Animals teach us so many beautiful things in life and in ourselves. They teach us how to love unconditionally without expecting anything in return. Their love is one of a kind, genuine and true. From the animals we’ve met on the sidewalk, in the park, in the animal shelter they teach us valuable lessons in life. Giving our little time to interact with them wherever we are, we can take away valuable knowledge that we can not always learn from our fellow humans.
Here are some important things they can teach us:
FORGIVENESS and COMPASSION – Animals are full of compassion, empathy and love. They have the ability to forgive us even if we make mistakes when dealing with them. No matter what kind of treatment they experiences, they don’t hold grudges nor complained. Their trust might have been damaged but their ability to forgive remains intact.
WORK AND HELP ONE ANOTHER – Animals work together, they work as a team, “one for all, all for one” that is how they work. No one is left, and no one carries all the weight while others just taking their time sitting or looking around. With this simple act they teach us how to value one another. We should work together instead of competing with each other.
FOLLOW YOUR PATH IN LIFE NO MATTER WHAT – Be like the animals in the wilderness, run freely into the wind, fly and soar no matter what the consequences might be. When we find our path, we not be afraid. We need to have enough courage to make mistakes.
LISTEN MORE AND TALK LESS – Animals have a distinctive behaviour in communicating with one another. Just like the dolphins they communicate with one another via high-pitched whistling noises, and each makes a distinctive sound that other dolphins can immediately recognise. As the maxim goes ” The Quieter You Become The More You Can Hear”. So why not listen to another person first and not always talking, in fact this can be very beneficial in our relationships towards each other.
BE SILLY and PLAYFUL – Animals are tend to have a silly and very playful personalities. They have a very laid back personalities and teach us to have a little fun in life every once in a while. They jump and hop around, rubbing their bodies against us, licking our feet when they want little attention. Just like the animals we must learn to embrace our inner child and make life again. Being playful makes us more creative, open-minded and have a positive outlook towards life. Just be crazy and have fun!
ACCEPTANCE – Animals don’t worry about their physical appearance. I’ve seen one-eyed kittens, three legged-dogs yet they are happy as the way they are. They don’t complain nor compare themselves to other animals. While us humans we try to compare and compete with one another. Acceptance is the best way for us to be happy and enjoy life. There is no end to possible number of comparisons. There will be also be something or someone-else to focus on.
UNITY – Animals unite and having each other’s back when it comes to survival. Animals who stick together are less likely to become the victim of predators. What have we learned from this? As humans we should set aside our differences instead we should unite and work together and focused on what we all have in common.
What about you, what have animals taught your during your life so far? I would love to hear from you.
NOAH’S ARK is a privately funded animal shelter located in Pekan Nanas, Johor Malaysia founded by Mr.Raymund Weewhose dedication, love, kindness and commitment in rescuing abandoned and abused animals is beyond measure. Mr. Wee is a man with a lot of love for the animals. His compassion to animals is truly an inspiration.
Back in 1995, the shelter was first then opened in Singapore into one of the foremost private animal shelters where Mr. Wee is hands on in seeing the operation of the sanctuary and taking care of the animals when they need medical attention. However, when the land leased in Singapore expired they had to move to Pekan Nanas Johor Malaysia.
MR. RAYMUND WEEthe founder of NOAH'S ARK giving us a brief history of the place, how it was run and operated by people and volunteers. Mr.Raymund Wee believe that animals should be treated with Kindness,love and compassion.
Driving from Singapore to the sanctuary will take about two hours (Private car/van) to reach the place. The place is home to stray, abandoned and abused animals including 700 dogs, 300 kittens, 9 horses, 4 primates and many other small animals living at the sanctuary some with disabilities because of vehicular accidents. HEALING takes place in this sanctuary.
The moment our service parked we were greeted by dozens of barking dogs, jumping and sniffing on us half-delighted, half-hungry for human attention and affection. Some were contented watching us while some liked to be patted.
This is not an ordinary sanctuary where animals are put into cages. The place is a piece of HEAVEN ON EARTH where dogs can run freely with horses, roam and explore the woods and play all day long.
Free with no worries. A place where the dogs can run freely with horses. What a wonderful world to live in!
Animals here are given shelter, food, medical care, are loved by people and volunteers who never get tired of taking care of them, showing human kindness and to look for their FUR-EVER family to take home with them.
Human please pat me.
HAPPINESS! yes exactly this is how you felt being surrounded by these bundles of joy once you step inside the sanctuary.
Volunteers never get tired of caring for abused and unwanted pets. Their empathy, dedication and love for animals are admirable.
Not long ago you were thrilled to have a puppy of your very own. But time changed and you dumped me because you no longer needed me. I am not as cute as I was before. But don’t worry here in this place, I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch…knowing that no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored.
Here in this place, no matter what I look like I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value. I will never be cast out because I am too old to ill, to unruly nor cute enough.
I am a dog. I want to give and receive love. I want to live. I am not a thing or a commodity or a piece of property. Please do not discard me; rather treat me with KINDNESS, LOVE and RESPECT. I promise to pay you unconditional love and loyalty.
The place shelters 9 horses most of them surrendered by their owners because they can no longer care for them, some are not fit to race or work. In short they are no longer viable and never make it to racetrack once their racing career has ended.
What happens to ex-racehorses? Nearly all the horses that leave the industry will be killed for meat. Some are lucky enough being saved by caring individuals and horse rescue organisations. However, usually the numbers of horses being saved are extremely low because of the expensive cost and the time needed in retraining and maintaining a horse.
At NOAH’S ARK they are rehabilitated and provided a safer place for them to live out their lives knowing that they will be loved and cared for. The people behind NOAH’S ARK believe that all animals deserve to live out their lives with dignity.
The sanctuary has two catteries. One is made of a large wooden double-storey house over looking a small pond and fenced compounds side by side while the other is a concrete room surrounded with wire mesh where cats are kept safe and happy.
The shelter believes in humanely dealing with the cat overpopulation problem by spay, neuter, release. Cats when given a second chance become a wonderful member of the family and both give and respond to the kind of love that families bring.
Seeing all the kittens, I feel like hugging them all as much as I can. As I tried to pat one at a time some would try to rub their bodies against my legs, some tried to jump on your back. Some are three legged kittens, some are one-eyed kittens. Seeing what they have been through, I just want to take their pain and suffering away. I felt a pinch in my heart as I remember my kittens back in the Philippines and how I truly miss them all.
Time passed and we needed to say goodbye to the animals and this is the hardest part of leaving. Seeing animals looking at you with their eyes telling you how eager they want to be with you.
It can be heartbreaking to think about animals in the shelters and it is our obligation and responsibility to do something for them. If you can not adopt there are many ways you can lend a hand and make life easier for those animals.
How can you help shelter animals?
Help The Animals Find a Home. If you’re able to adopt and give a shelter animal loving home, it’s the single greatest thing you can do. But if adopting is impossible you can still help by sharing adoption profiles on your social media, spreading the word about the animals in need.
Foster an Animal. Fostering is beneficial for the shelter because it opens up some space, allowing the shelter to accept newcomers.
Donate. Donating to local shelter is great.
Volunteer. The best thing you can give is your time and talent.
Let us work hand in hand to bring awareness to stop people letting unwanted pets loose on the streets…this needs to stop. Animal cruelty needs to stop from domesticated world to the wild. I urge you to give your pet extra love. Not just today, not just tomorrow, not just this week, next month, next year but for their entirety of their stay with you.
As what Mr Wee said when you do something do it whole heartedly and not in a half-hearted manner.
It was a short visit but I learned a lot from a man like Mr. Wee who dedicates his life, time and effort in rescuing and finding a better place for animals to live in with KINDNESS, LOVE and COMPASSION.
My heart belongs to animals. My mom taught me how to be kind and loving to animals. She is an animal rescuer and I love what she is doing. Now, I am the voice of the voiceless. The love of an animal is pure and true. I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter, the cast off of human society. I saw in their eyes love, hope, fear, dread, sadness and betrayal. I was angry. “GOD” I said, “Why don’t you do something? and God replied” I did. I created you”. Now, I am an active rescuer of homeless and stray animals like my mom. I want to be the voice of the voiceless because animal abuse, cruelty, neglect and abandonment are contrary to my life-long values of love and compassion towards all animal which I learned from my mom. I want to be the voice for the voiceless because not enough is being done to help prevent animal abuses and neglect! I am working on having my voice heard for those who don’t have a voice. Ringo is one of our rescued kittens. My mom found him in Silay Public Plaza, abandoned, hungry, frightened and scared. So thin and hopeless. With so much love, care, family he can call his own and proper nourishment, Ringo is now a healthy, happy, loving kitten. A dog, cat…pets are FOREVER please don’t dump them like garbage…they have feelings too.
” WHAT GREATER GIFT THAN THE LOVE OF A CAT?” – CHARLES DICKENS
National Cat Day was first created by Collen Paige, a strong animal welfare advocate, to bring attention to the plight of domestic cats. Often cats overlooked and under-appreciated because they don’t have usually the jobs like dogs. But don’t you know that cats bring unconditional love and companionship as well? They are a bundle of joys that bring tons of laughter and happiness to millions of people around the word and often alert their owner to danger.
National Cat Day adopted by the ASPCA ( American Society for thePrevention of Cruelty to Animals), a nonprofit organization which also works to encourage pet adoption. ASPCA work hard to bring awareness to the numbers of animals that been rescued each year and encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they give upon us. National Cat Day is celebrated every 29th of October in the United States.
As a cat lover / animal lover, My partner and I usually help feed stray kittens and set aside certain amount to ASPCA and local organizations as donations in helping thousand of animals that come through the shelter every years.
To celebrate the National Cat Dat I am sharing with you some famous cat quotes, sayings and photos of my rescued fur babies.
Time spent with a cat is never wasted” – Colette
” If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.” – Martin Buxbaum
” A cat has an absolute honesty. Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” – Ernest Hemingway
” You cannot look at sleeping cat and feel tense.” – Jane Pauley
” In ancient time cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” – Terry Pratchett
” Cats choose us, we don’t own them.” – Kristin Cast
“Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep and company only when they want it.” – Rod Mckuen
” Never try out-stubborn a cat.” – Roberta A. Heinlein
” Kittens can happen to anyone.” – Paul Gallico
” I love cats because I enjoy my home, and little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau
” Cats tell me without effort all that there is to know.” – Charles Bukowski
“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” – James Herriot
If you have a kitten (s) , take time out to spoil them. If you don’t I am encouraging you to consider adopting a shelter cat.