Friday, August 2, 2013

Birthday Wish List

August is my birthday month (yes, I am about as much a Leo as they come!) and now my loved ones have begun asking what I would like. Last year I posted a wish list, mostly because that's just what bloggers do, right? They post pictures of beautiful, inspiring things they wish they could have. I didn't actually think I would get everything on the list!

It was too much! Too much love!

So this year my list is a little bit different.
I don't know if you know this about me yet, but I love animals. I have changed my life to help better their lives and champion their cause. I just know in my soul that animals are special creatures, with little personalities and experiences. They deserve our compassion, kindness, and respect.

Plus they're just so cute!

So if you are interested in getting a gift (for me, for anyone!), these are my favorite causes:

1. The Gentle Barn--Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and give sanctuary to abused animals. They have baby horses, cows, goats, birds, dogs, and more! You can sponsor an animal, buy bales of hay for food, or just make a donation. If you're in Southern California, you can also visit on Sundays!

2. Beagle Freedom Project--This organization is run by amazing, brave, strong people who work to save beagles who have been used for animal experimentation in labs around the world. They heal them, take care for them, show them love for the first time, and find them forever homes. We adopted our own Walden from them. You can donate to help save other puppies, or even adopt a little love of your own!

3. Buy Cruelty Free--It makes me so sad that companies will still do cosmetic testing on animals. It is cruel and unnecessary, and the only way there will ever be a change is if we show companies that we will not support their products until they are kind. Look for the leaping bunny, choose a cruelty-free product, and you will save lives! I can't think of a better gift.

Alright, I'm getting off my soap box. Go cuddle a creature and have a wonderful day!

♥ Shannon


  1. This post made me cry a little...I want to change my life to better their lives but I am so weak...I love turkey burgers at my fathers place....

    1. At least MFP goes to great lengths to find animals that have better lives than others in the meat & dairy industry.

      Small, little steps--start with cruelty free products!

  2. A-to-the-MEN, Sister. Love this and love you.


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