Cancer Led Lisa Miskella to Her Passion of Helping Abused Animals

Cancer Led Lisa Miskella to Her Passion of Helping Abused Animals

Did you know that most state criminal anti-cruelty laws and the Federal Animal Welfare Act don’t protect farmed animals? And when the laws do protect, they are rarely enforced.

Meet an unsung hero … Lisa Miskella.

With her lifelong passion for helping abused animals, Lisa created Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary (FFAS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in mid 2018. Lisa has a diploma in animal psychology, animal behavior and is certified in goat husbandry.

After recovering from cancer, and loving animals since she was a child, Lisa pursued her dream of having a meaningful and worthwhile life rescuing animals. This led her to creating FFAS. Now she would like to expand her sanctuary to save even more lives.

Collage of images created from her media broadcast. Please view Lisa’s interview HERE to see her amazing journey in helping animals.

Out from Slaughterhouses into a Loving Farm Sanctuary

Lisa’s focus is on farmed animals because of the overwhelming abuse to many breeds of farm animals, such as goats, sheep, rabbits, chicken, ducks, cows, pigs, horses and others.

These animals are cramped into cages too small to allow them to move even an inch in some cases. Many are physically altered without anesthesia, nor provided with medical care when sick or injured. They can’t roam around with freedom nor be with their young ones who are taken away at an early age for slaughter. Some actually have tried to save their young because they know they will never see them again.  This is the life of most farm animals. They only know abuse, torture and slaughter.

Animals are sentient beings…
They feel pain, fear, loss, joy, just like humans.

FFAS rescues animals from abusive situations, livestock auctions and slaughter houses. They rehabilitate these traumatized animals.

Lisa would like to expand her sanctuary so that she will be able to save more abused animals. Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary relies completely on donations to maintain the sanctuary.

 

Meet sweet Matilda

Matilda, a 2 month old goat, was rescued from a livestock auction in 2018. She was very ill with lice, worms, and coccidia, and an infected ear from the auction tag in her ear. Now she is healthy and safe at Freedom Farm. 

Lisa remembers the day she saved a goat named Goldie at one of the auctions:

 “There were hundreds of goats and sheep packed into a corral with no place to move around. I knew that I only had the space to adopt one or two from the group. I noticed Goldie looking at me and watching me walk around the room. No matter where I stood, she found a way to get through the crowded pen to stand in front of me. She chose me! Like many of our other rescues, she had lice and parasites. She also had a severe ear infection where the #39 identification tag was punched through. I’m happy to report that Goldie is healed and thriving at the farm! It’s so fun to watch her as she has taken on the role of  ‘mother’ to all of the younger rescues,” says Lisa

Some Eye-Opening Statistics

 

What are some of the statistics? About 54 billion animals have been killed in the U.S. for food in 2018. The 8 x 10″ cage is where egg-laying hens live their entire lives. Breeding pigs live in crates so small that they can’t move, 2 x 6.6′. These farms are called ‘factory farms’, where they are pumping out products at a very quick pace to meet demand and produce profits. 99% of farm animals are ‘living’ the factory farm nightmare.

… more statistics

 

Thank you to the Many Rescue Organizations

 

There are luckily many organizations helping animals. But given the enormity of the statistics, it is minuscule. People are becoming more aware of animal welfare. Awhile ago, I started making a list of 501c organizations that are helping animals. There were too many. About 100+ are listed on my directory of rescue organizations, in the hopes that it gives our viewers information to help the organizations who are at the frontlines of helping abused animals.

Some of the organizations listed on the directory are:

 

4 Ways You Can Help Animals

Many people don’t connect the dots between the food they eat, or the products they wear or use, to the sentient beings behind the products. We see cows hiding their calves because they already have learned that they will never see their babies again (so that humans can have their milk), or running after trucks that are driving away with their babies to the slaughterhouses.

Sharing Information

One way people can easily help is to share information across social media. This promotes awareness that can lead to additional help. One can share information about rescue organizations such as Lisa’s, as well as sharing petitions, articles of information, or great recipes that don’t use animal products.

Purchasing cruelty-free products

I created an online store that highlights compassionate products making it easier for people to find great cruelty-free and ‘go-green’ products. Parents can share great books about loving animals with young children. Once they get attached to animals, they will be life-long animal lovers.

Volunteering at organizations

Sanctuaries would love your onsite assistance for caring for their animals, with helping to maintain barns, and assisting with tours at their farms.

Donations

And maybe the easiest way is to donate funds so that organizations can support their animals.

 

Would you like to Help Lisa Save More Suffering Animals?

The truth is that the situation for farm animals is very heartbreaking. But Lisa is making a difference. She needs your help to expand her sanctuary to save more lives.

People feel good when they do something to help others. Luckily, more people are considering helping animals. Whether it’s by drinking plant-based milk, reducing the amount of meat eaten, buying less leather, or donating to animal welfare organizations, every little bit counts.

Please consider donating to Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary. Any amount would be appreciated. You will be helping to save a life.

 

I am creating a fundraiser for Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary to help them in their quest of helping abused animals and expanding the number of animals they can save. I hope that you can share this post to support this wonderful organization.

In appreciation for a donation of $50 or more, I will send individuals (continental U.S. only) my Helping Abused Animals bag to showcase your love of animals.

If you would like to donate,
100% of proceeds goes towards the
Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary

Would you like to donate to Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary?

It will enable them to save more animals.

Thank you for caring about animals and considering to donate to help Lisa save more farm animals.  Sharing this information with your friends and social media connections will great help too.

 

Dahlia Benaroya

Founder, Helping Abused Animals
Owner, Dahlia Web Designs LLC

About: Pets of the Homeless

About: Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless, legal name Feeding Pets of the Homeless, is located in Nevada.  Helping abused animals is not the only way to help animals. They are a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to the homeless across the United States and Canada. Of the approximate 3.5 million Americans that are homeless, between 5% to 24% have dogs and/or cats.

The homeless not only need to find ways to help themselves. If they have pets that they love, they want to take care of them too. Pets of the Homeless utilize collection sites that accept pet food donations. They deliver it to distributing organizations (food banks, homeless shelter and/or soups kitchens) which have agreed to distribute the pet food to the homeless and poor.

Pets of the Homeless sponsor veterinarians that go to where the homeless congregate and provide veterinary care such as vaccines, spay/neuter and other needed treatments at Wellness Clinics.  They assist homeless shelters that will allow pets sanctuary with their owners by shipping crates so that the homeless can come in out of the cold and heat.

Pets of the Homeless addresses many initiatives: recruiting collection sites and distributing organizations as well as awarding grants, answering hundreds of requests for information on how to start a pet food pantry, how to volunteer, how to help a homeless person on the street, how to donate if there isn’t a collection site in the area, where to take pet food, and where to get pet food and veterinary care.  They work with social workers, school children, Scouts, churches and companies who want to help. They talk with homeless everyday about their pets.

By helping the loved pets of the homeless, you are also helping the homeless.

“Feeding Pets of the Homeless believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important in the lives of many homeless.  They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets.  They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less.  Our task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.”

Visit their website to find out  more about their initiatives such as:

  • Promoting to veterinarians and pet related businesses the importance of joining the organization as a collection site
  • Campaigning to food distributing organizations the importance of distributing pet food to the less fortunate
  • Speaking out on the issue of pets of homeless and disadvantaged
  • Providing funding to licensed veterinarians and other nonprofit organizations that meet our objective to administer veterinary care to pets of the homeless
  • Providing funding for crates to nonprofit homeless shelters that will allow pets sanctuary with their owners

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Legislations that are Helping Abused Animals in New York

Legislations that are Helping Abused Animals in New York

The Humane Society of the United States

With the help of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and volunteers, a number of legislations have been passed and are currently being reviewed in the goals of helping abused animals.

In New York, areas of focus during 2020 include the legislation to prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits by pet shops. This is critical because people are unknowingly buying pets that, many times, are not healthy. Some kind owners will support the resulting medical bills needed. However, others may decide to dump their pets. Such pets come from puppy mills with the puppy mill mothers are not well taken care of, living in small wire cages without sufficient water and food. Their puppies are sick due to poor sanitation. There is a lack of veterinary care.

In the area of wildlife, NY is looking into banking wildlife killing contests where the game is to slaughter coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other animals , all for a prize. giraffes are also at jeopardy due to trafficking and trade of their body parts for boots, knife handles, furniture, bible covers and more. Over the last 40 years, the giraffe’s population dropped 40%, with not even 100,000 giraffes remaining the the wild.

HSUS, with their volunteers, have been at the forefront in recent years promoting many initiatives to strengthen animal fighting laws and improve standards of care, banning sale of illegal ivory products, rhino horns, wild boar, and shark fins. HSUS succeeded in stopping elephant circus acts in NYS and wild animal circus acts in NYC.  Legislation has provided $5M in state funding for local animal shelters. Legalization of snare traps for wildlife has been defeated. NYC passed a moratorium on the horse slaughter market. Spaying and neutering and micro-chipping of all dogs and cats are required prior to sale in NYC. Anti-tethering laws were passed in Syracuse, Utica and Buffalo. Pet leasing agreements have been prohibited. Heated cage/box dryers in grooming shops have been banned.

HSUS Animal Rescue Teams supported NY during Hurricane Sandy.

Training law enforcement and promoting humane education in schools has been provided.

Federal legislation that have been passed or are currently being reviewed include:

  • Captive Primate Safety Act: H.R. 1776
  • Kitten Act of 2019: H.R. 1622
  • Big Cat Public Safety Act: H.R. 1380, 1818, 3546, 1998
  • Prepared Act: H.R.1042
  • Woof! Act: H.R. 1002, 4691
  • Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2019: H.R. 693
  • Humane Cosmetics Act: H.R. 2790, 2858
  • Past Act: H.R. 1847, 3268, 1518
  • Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017: H.R. 1406
  • Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2015: H.R. 2849
  • Captive Primate Safety Act: H.R. 2856
  • Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act: H.R. 847
3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

The short of it is that if more people reduce their usage of plastics, it will help the animals, the environment, and yes, humans.

Why?

Plastics are made from fossil fuels. They have a huge carbon footprint. They will exist practically forever. Only a tiny percentage is recycled. Plastics leach toxins into food and drinks. They promote hormone disruption and cancers. There is so much plastics usage in the world, that our lands and seas have become horribly polluted. They kill animals and birds by strangling them or because they are ingested. The plastics enter our food chain.          

Some statistics:

  • 2.5 billion metric tons (1000 kg) of solid waste is produced all around the world.
  • Of that number, 275 million metric tons is plastic waste.
  • 2 billion people within 30 miles of the coast create 100 million metric tons of coastal plastic waste.
  • 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the oceans yearly. 

What can people do? We can’t get away from plastics yet. Too many of our products offer no alternatives. However, there are many things we can do…

  • Use reusable mesh produce bags and shopping bags.
  • Use recycled and compostable bags.
  • Save the plastic bags you’ve collected and reuse them as often as possible to reduce acquiring new bags.
  • Avoid buying 6 packs with the plastic rings around each.
  • Use reusable products such as bottles, containers, and straws.
  • Use silicone baking mats, lids and food bags instead of use-once aluminum sheets, plastic wraps and plastic bags.
  • Use reusable K Cups for Keurig machines.
  • Use dryer balls rather than dryer sheets.
  • Recycle as much as possible in your area.

You will find such products at the online store, www.TheCompassionateShopper.com.

What are some of your solutions to reducing plastics and waste?

 

VETPAW is Helping Elephants and Rhinos Survive

VETPAW is Helping Elephants and Rhinos Survive

Do you love elephants and rhinos and want to help save them? Here is a great and easy way to help. Meet the VETPAW organization.

 

VETPAW

An awesome group of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient veterans and their team are helping abused animals. Witnessing  elephant and rhino species extinction, they came to the rescue. Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) was founded by Ryan Tate, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. After bravely serving from 2003-2007 in the most dangerous areas during the Iraq War, he was recognized as Marine of the Year in 2005.

Ryan Tate wanted to apply his skills towards his passion for wildlife conservation, to help save elephants and rhinos and to help stop poaching in Africa.

Losing one species has an impact on all the other species in an ecosystem. If it’s not a balanced ecosystem, it all fails.” — Ryan Tate exclaims.

If poaching doesn’t stop, the extinction of elephants will happen within 20 years.  Rhinos are also poached. Some species are already extinct.

There’s a really solid chance that if you educate a poacher in the right manner and make that big of an impact on him, he’s not going to do it again when he gets out of jail.” – Ryan Tate

Donations to VETPAW helps trainers and rangers with the supplies they need, for fuel, helicopter time, firearms, food, and new technology for counter-poaching methods. Some goes to community engagement.

Some of the VETPAW missions include

Operation Rhino Shield – securing a long term home with the help of Army, Marine and Navy veterans and private reserves.

Operation Tanzania – investigations resulted in arrest of 50 suspected poachers, with the help of U.S. Special Forces, Army and Air Force, VETPAW-trained local rangers, and Tansazian Wlidlife Anit-Crimes Task Force.

Meet some of the VETPAW heroes:

 

We thank VETPAW for #HelpingAbusedAnimals and in turn, the world. Elephants and rhinos are family-oriented beings. They feel pain and loss. They are playful in loving situations. Just like humans. #BeKindToElephants, #BeKindToRhinos, #BeKindToAnimals.

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Manufactured Leather and Fur are Helping Abused Animals

Manufactured Leather and Fur are Helping Abused Animals

Great news!

More and more companies are manufacturing products with materials that look and feel like leather and fur, but are not derived from animals. This is because they realize how abusive leather and other materials and fabrics are when made from animals. And they also realize that consumers are becoming more aware and conscious of their purchases, wanting compassionate products. Consumers are demanding an end to animal testing and animal derived products. Businesses that don’t meet this growing consumer demand are growing go out of favor.

 

Meet a pioneer and global leader in vegan design, Deborah DiMare. Her video explains how wonderful these new products are and why more consumers are choosing compassionate products.

Deborah is an accomplished vegan design expert, luxury interior decorator, published author, TV personality, educational speaker, a global influencer for the vegan design movement and founder of DiMare Design. She created VeganDesign.org to promote an understanding of fabulous vegan options and why these should replace animal derived products.

Click HERE to see a list of many beautiful vegan fabrics taking over the market.

Vegan Design Online Class

VeganDesign.org offers an accredited online courses for professional designers, students and non-professional compassionate consumers that care about animal welfare.

Certified Vegan Class

The Vegan Design 101 Online Class

When purchasing, please use the code ‘HelpingAnimals‘ to receive 20% off.

Consumers will learn how wonderful vegan materials are. Professionals will receive a Certificate of Completion to display on their marketing materials. Students will receive an accredited 7.5 CEUs.

Other offerings include on-site classes, lectures, seminars and internship programs.

Consumer trends show that:1

56% of Americans stop buying from brands they believe are unethical.

16 Million people in the U.S. are now vegan or vegetarian. That is a growth of 13 Million since 2009.

 72% of Americans oppose testing products on animals.

30-55% of global consumers are willing to pay more for socially responsible companies.

One BILLION animals are killed every year for their skin and fur. 1

Animals feel pain too

Innovative materials are a true luxury, rather than [animal] leather, which as become a commodity.

Stella McCartney

Fashion Designer

Design Industry Statistics1

  • 80% of the world’s leather comes from China. China has no regulations on leather, so dogs and cats are often used for leather hides.
  • The fur and skins industry is not transparent about the statistics. The following estimates are based on research:
    • 12 geese for 1 down pillow
    • 8 cows for 1 sofa
    • 150 chinchillas for 1 full-length coat,
    • 60 minks for 1 full-length coat

For additional statistics, please see https://vegandesign.org/industry-facts/.

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