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
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 (, 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 (, publisher of Poetry magazine. Poem copyright ©2011 by Laurel Blossom, whose most recent book of poetry is Degrees of Latitude, Four Way Books, 2007.

Tigers Gallery:

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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

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:
Brown Dog Foundation (prescription medications):
Canine Cancer Awareness:
Cats In Crisis:
God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity:
Good Sam Fund:
Jake Brady Memorial Fund:
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer-specific):
The Mosby Fund:
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation:
Pet Food Bank:
The Pet Fund:
RedRover Relief:
Rose’s Fund:
Shakespeare Animal Fund:
Top Dog Foundation “Bentley Grant”: 

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.


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.


“Let us respect animal rights” – (China Daily 12/13/2005)

Human beings must learn to respect animals, as well as each other, says an article in Beijing News. An excerpt follows:
The case of a postgraduate from Fudan University killing 30 kittens in a very cruel manner was recently exposed by the media, inviting extensive comment and many discussions on the mental health of university students.
On the other hand, the frequent mutilation of animals by university students reflects and, to a certain extent, has something to do with the country’s cuisine culture and some people’s traditional attitude towards animals.
There is a lack of education about respect for the lives of animals in the country.
Some parents have added to their children’s indifference to animals. Some often buy little animals for their kids as “live toys” that are at their disposal, even available for abuse, but not treated as live things that should be respected.
Some people’s ideas of life are completely founded on egotism.
Respecting animals should be part of the civilized conduct of modern human beings. This value should reflect mankind’s respect not only for human rights, but also for the rights of lower animals.
What the country should do is to try to raise awareness not only in a moral sense, but through working out a set of laws and regulations aimed at the protection of animals and their welfare, to stop human cruelty.
We should bear in mind that protecting animals and respecting their lives is essential for humankind.

                                                                       (The China Daily)

Noted NY animal hospice hit with cruelty charges

Susan Marino started Angel’s Gate animal hospice more than a decade ago to care for animals with special needs: Dogs paralyzed after being hit by cars; cats with severe deformities; a Labrador retriever born without lower limbs, now fitted with orthotics.
A registered nurse who for more than 35 years specialized in emergency and critical care, mental health, and the care of critically and terminally ill children and their families, Marino went back to school and became a veterinary technician, got a certification in canine rehabilitation and a license to rehabilitate wildlife and had her efforts noticed by Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray.
Winfrey did a segment on Angel’s Gate; Marino’s center won $50,000 from the Food Network star. There was an appearance on Martha Stewart, an ASPCA Founders award and a Woman of Distinction honor from the state of New York.
Not all the attention was welcomed. The hospice came under fire from animal rights activists whose undercover investigation led to five cruelty charges against Marino.
Acting on a tip from a job applicant, an animal rights group sent in an undercover agent posing as a volunteer to scout the 100-acre ranch in rural upstate New York that 75 dogs, 230 cats, three horses and nine birds currently call home. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the investigation found paralyzed dogs dragging themselves around until they developed bloody skin ulcers while their wheeled carts hung on a fence unused; animals kept in diapers for several days, causing urine scald; animals with open wounds and respiratory infections that weren’t taken to a veterinarian.
They turned over the video to a local prosecutor who charged Marino on Dec. 30 with failing to provide sustenance to five cats, a violation of the state’s agriculture and markets law. The district attorney also charged her with possession of a controlled substance. They’re all misdemeanors that carry up to a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.