Topsy the Elephant

Smuggled into the country while young, Topsy was an Asian elephant. Tormented and tortured throughout her life in the name of entertainment. Thomas Edison electrocuted her 4 January 1903 in an effort to show the world just how lethal Alternating Current was. It was his hope that people would abandon A/C and stick with his idea of Direct Current (thus making him even more money).

Elephants are not here for our circus entertainment. They are majestic beasts that deserve the life they were meant to have. I would like to say that 100 years later we all know better and cruelty against animals is a thing of the past. But, with so many people refusing to give up their “family friendly” circus entertainment, it is unlikely we are near the end of this practice.

What can you do to help?

Stop giving your money to circuses, theme park, and fairs that use animal entertainment. Let these attractions know that you won’t be giving them money while they continue to have animals perform.

Donate the money you would have spent on the tickets to an animal rescue / sanctuary of your choice and instead teach your children how they can help these animals.

For more information about Topsy please check out “Topsy by Michael Daly

Also you can help elephants at Elephants.com

Help the Animals

Living in such small space gives way to a big imagination when it comes to animals. I have always had a multi-pet household. Truth be told if we didn’t RV full-time I would love to have a farm and just be surrounded by animals day and night. Goats, cows, horses, ferrets, dogs, cats, birds — well you get the picture.

Giving up a stationary lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up on helping animals. Most animal shelters and rescues work on 100% volunteer staff and they often need people to come and help out. With the internet you can find local to you organizations that need a lending hand.

Here are some ways that as nomads we can continue to help animals.

* First and foremost – have YOUR pets Spayed / Neutered. I can not stress this enough. Too many animals die alone because of overpopulation. The other upside to having your pets altered — HEALTH. They are happier and healthier.

* Don’t support companies that test on animals or support cruelty to animals. It takes a bit of time to read labels and research but it is worth it. There is a great app / website called “Buycott” that can help you figure it out.

* Write letters in support of the animals. Be it for funding of municipal shelters, or against the wolf hunts. Your voice matters, but only if you exercise it.

* Donate your time to area organizations. They have long-term needs but also most are willing to work with your schedule. You can do a lot from your computer these days. I have stuffed envelopes, walked dogs, typing, made calls, graphic design, short-term foster, even transport. Again, use technology to your advantage.

* When you are ready to add an animal to your family … ADOPT ADOPT ADOPT. Not only are you saving that animal but you are making room for another animal to be saved.

Here are some organizations that always need volunteers.
Animal Welfare Institute
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Dogs Deserve Better
Pet-Abuse.com

For more information about top rated charities check out Charity Navigator