Red Balloon Rising by Laurel Blossom

I tied it to your wrist
With a pretty pink bow, torn off
By the first little tug of wind.
I’m sorry.
I jumped to catch it, but not soon enough.
It darted away.
It still looked large and almost within reach.
Like a heart.
Watch, I said.
You squinted your little eyes.
The balloon looked happy, waving
Good-bye.
The sky is very high today, I said.
Red went black, a polka dot,
Then not. We watched it,
Even though we couldn’t
Spot it anymore at all.
Even after that.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. Poem copyright ©2011 by Laurel Blossom, whose most recent book of poetry is Degrees of Latitude, Four Way Books, 2007. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. Poem copyright ©2011 by Laurel Blossom, whose most recent book of poetry is Degrees of Latitude, Four Way Books, 2007.

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Having Trouble Affording Your Pet? Check our list for resources in your state

March 23, 2012

Having Trouble Affording Your Pet?`

      

Below is a comprehensive list of pet financial aid-related organizations.

Some are listed nationwide, and some are listed alphabetically by state.

NOTICE: If your animal requires emergency veterinary care and you cannot afford treatment, click here to contact groups, veterinary schools and learn of other resources that may help.  If you are unsure what qualifies as emergency veterinary care, call your veterinarian and describe the symptoms.

If your organization is offering assistance (such as pet food, discounted veterinary services including spay/neuter, temporary foster care, etc.) to individuals facing financial difficulties due to the current economic situation, please let us know about your programs by emailing us at foreclosurepets@humanesociety.org.

National organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need

Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

The Binky Foundation: binkyfoundation.org
Brown Dog Foundation (prescription medications): browndogfoundation.org
Canine Cancer Awareness: caninecancerawareness.org
Cats In Crisis: catsincrisis.org
God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity: www.all-creatures.org
Good Sam Fund: goodsamfund.org
Help-A-Pet: help-a-pet.org
IMOM.org: IMOM.org
Jake Brady Memorial Fund: www.myjakebrady.com
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer-specific): themagicbulletfund.org
The Mosby Fund: themosbyfoundation.org
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation: onyxandbreezy.org
Pet Food Bank: www.petco.com
The Pet Fund: thepetfund.com
RedRover Relief: redrover.org
Rose’s Fund: rosesfund.org
Shakespeare Animal Fund: www.shakespeareanimalfund.org
Top Dog Foundation “Bentley Grant”: topdogfoundation.org 

Contact The Humane Society For Further Information.

For Assistance by state Click On State Assistance

Animal Rescues; an Integral Part of Our Society

Animal Rescue groups have been an important part of our society since the founding of the ASPCA in 1866. Unfortunately, humanity with all its technological advances cannot move beyond the savage acts of animal abuse and neglect.
But in addition to the nationwide ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States, and PETA there are countless smaller rescue groups out there saving the lives of many animals that are deemed “disposable” by our society.
American Bulldog Rescue founded in 1999 is a non profit no kill rescue specializing in all types of bulldogs. Carey Johnson, the director of the Southeast Chapter faces new challenges daily rescuing animals in crisis.
“Droopy” was rescued from an animal control shelter where he was listed as a stray. This sweet loveable dog was born with no bones in his feet or toes! Yet his indomitable spirit makes him a well loved member of the rescue. Droopy is still looking for a foster home or forever home to go to. He will definitely give unconditional adoration to whoever will give him a chance!
Unfortunately, rescue work is not always clean. Carey has been witness to many horrific crimes of cruelty to “man’s best friend” by those they trusted the most.
“Vinnie” was pulled from another animal control/kill shelter. He was a stray whom someone slashed with a knife thus permanently disfiguring his sweet face. But worse than that, this poor dog and his severe injuries were ignored by the staff for a week. It was not until American Bulldog Rescue took him under their wing that he received the medical care he was so deserving of.

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Elephants Reunite After 20 Years Apart

Who says it’s only humans that can feel heartsick? The story of these two elephants, from start to finish, is one that will really touch your heart. If you like animals and happy endings, this is for you.

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