THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS IN WHICH EVERYDAY PEOPLE CAN HELP AND SUPPORT OUR WORLD. YOU HAVE TO JUST LOOK INSIDE AND FIND WHAT MAKES YOU BURN WITH PASSION AND FIND OUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP.
BELOW ARE A FEW I HAVE PASSION AND HOPEFULLY MAKING OTHERS AWARE OF THEM WILL HELP IN THEIR AID.
CHAIRITES I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT
One thing you will find out very quickly here is we LOVE our pets!
You will see them everywhere and they can be among the most loved and papered pets you will ever meet. Pets are allowed almost everywhere in town. You will see them in stores, restaurantss, in strollers, purses, you name it.
One thing that broke my heart was when I found out that some people come here and get a pet to entertain their children and then when they leave they turn it loose when they head back home. I was outraged by this. The second thing that broke my heart was finding out that when all the foreclosures where happening, people who were losing their homes where leaving the pets locked up in the house or back yard with no one to take care of them, or just leaving them behind when they had to move to an apartment. The human society saw a big increase in abandoned pets.
This is not fair; we are the care takers of the earth. They only give love and devotion to us. They have no voice to ask for help.
We have a brand new facility here in Palm Springs, a much overdue facility. Please visit by clicking on the picture above.
This is a charity I got involved with several years ago. It just so happened I was having dinner at a local restaurant and they were doing a fund raiser in the back bar area of the restaurnat. I had never heard of the Christmas foundation and this was after Christmas so I was curious why they were already starting for next year. Well as I listened and watched the slide show I found out that this foundation is not just about their Christmas program; which is worthy in its own cause.That of which is providing toys for children who are in the hospitals, in homeless sheltors and others who are in underprivileged enviroments.
What really caught my attention and what this fund raiser was for, was one of their programs called "Camp Heartland".
This program provides children who are in one way or another affected by HIV AIDS, the ability to go to summer camp. As you can imagine the expense of having nurses and medical professionals at a camp with sick children can be expensive. They are given, in some cases the only chance to experience camp in their young lives. They are sent to a camp in Malibu California where they are provided with clothing, food, camp cost, transportation and some have additional cost for needs of up to $1000.00 per child.
Please click on the picture above and look at the different programs the Christmas foundation assists.
Most people are not aware The Living Desert in Palm Desert has a wild life rehabilitation program that accepts any injured or orphaned animals.
I have called on their service a couple of times when I have come across injured birds. I was able to take them to the front gate, be lead in and hand the poor creatures over to the experts who will do everything in their power to rehabilitate these creatures.
Not only is it a great Zoo and Nursery of desert dwelling plants and animals, but it is very active and preserving wildlife and education.
I have visited The Living Desert several times and it is one of the main attractions I take my visitors to whenever someone new comes to call.
I would highly recommend it as a must see to anyone either living here or visiting here. Not to mention their Wildlights event at Christmas. It is so magnificent, it is a, don't miss event!
So if you come across an injured or orphaned animal and you are able to assist it without putting yourself in danger, please know that this service is available right here in the desert.
THAT DESERVE MENTION
DESERT HOT SPRINGS
If you have ever had a four legged baby sick in the middle of the night, you know the horror of feeling helpless in being able to help them. It happened to me and one of my pups.
I came home from work and Maggie was not acting herself. She seemed withdrawn and was staying under the coffee table. There were signs that she had gotten sick on the area rug, which puppies can do when something up sets their tummy. She was our four month old Pom. She was very the light of my life. She was smart, of course she had the energy of a puppy and she had already learned and was loved swimming in the swimming pool. I had adopted her on Father's day, which seem appropriate. But that day I came home something was different. She wouldn't eat her dinner, I tried to give her lunchmeat by hand and she would start to chew it and let it drop to the floor.
I hoped she would let it run its course and be all better by the morning. We went to bed and I got up at 2:00 a.m. to check on her in her doggie bed and she was convulsing. I panicked.
I did not know what to do. Getting out the phone book, I discovered we had a 24 hour animal medical emergency hospital down in Indio. To make sure, I called and they were open, we jumped into the car and raced to Indio. They were so very nice; they got her right in, no waiting. They examined her and told us of the test she needed. We agreed. They wanted to keep her. They told us to go home and they would call if there was any change. At 4:30 they called and said if we were going to say goodbye we needed to come then. We did. Our hearts were broken, both of us in shock. What we found out is that she had a liver shunt, or a hole in her liver and it had been slowly poisoning her all along. We did not know that such a thing existed. She had acted just fine up to that day. It was one of the saddest days of my life. Our next puppy had to visit the same place on a weekend night, but I am happy to say, she did get better and they were able to treat her. She had eaten all the fallen peppers from our neighbor's pepper tree that came into our yard and made herself sick with pancreatitis. She now stays away from peppers corns!
I was so happy for such a service being available as such a helpless time. I have put them in my will. I'm serious. They are a member of the VCA hospitals which do a lot of charity work.
Please know where they are located and visit the sight above get more information.
HOSPITAL IN INDIO