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Here we go!

I am pretty excited right now. Lets see if I will be later.

I’ve been asked to join a Board of Directors for a nonprofit organization as Secretary.

The organization doesn’t really have a name yet — we’ve just decided to put this together over the last few hours.

It started with a post on a local Facebook group asking how we could lower the cat population in our community. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for the last several months. I’ve read the bylaws for my town about animal control and pets, I’ve looked into starting a nonprofit organization and I was going to go to a neighbouring community’s pet society to ask for help or insight into how I could start my own.

People came together rather quickly after that first post  and we’re in the beginning stages of creating our nonprofit.

I’m so excited. I really hope that with the support of all these people we will actually get something off the ground and not let this great idea wither and die.

I’m glad to help in a capacity that I enjoy (paperwork and me: BFFs). I just hope I won’t let anyone down. I realize that I don’t exactly understand what I’m getting myself into and it’s probably going to be a lot of work. I hope I’m up to the challenge!

Wish me luck!! ^^

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Song of Freedom

During the Autumn, my sleepy little community has a little film festival, and this year I was fortunate enough to see Blackfish. If you haven’t heard about it, Blackfish is a moving documentary about orcas in captivity and follows the life of one whale in particular named Tilikum.

Orcas have been one of my favourite animals since I was a small child. I would spend hours reading about them, drawing them, and hours in the local pool, imagining I was one of them. I don’t live near any aquariums and I have never seen an orca in real life, so, for whatever reason, I never really considered what it meant for them to be kept in captivity.

This film opened my eyes.

 

At first I was utterly enraged by the things I learned. Well, I’m still enraged, but the red has left my eyes and I no longer want to just hit people with lead pipes and try to set orcas free a la Free Willy. However, I am just one woman. I live in a mountain town, far away from the ocean or any sea life parks. I don’t have an education in marine biology, or anything like that and I definitely don’t have a lot of money to donate. So, what can I do?

The only thing I can really do is help spread the word and get people talking and thinking about cetaceans in captivity.

So I’ve had a crazy little idea.

Today the documentary becomes available on Itunes, DVD, and Blue-Ray. I plan to buy myself a copy, obviously, but I’m also going to buy two extra copies of the DVD. I’m going to give them to two people I know and I’m going to ask them to watch it. If they are as moved as I am, I’m hoping they will pass the DVD onto someone else, and so on and so forth. If not, I ask they give/mail it back to me. I realize that this may not work, that someone is just going to throw it on a shelf somewhere, and forget about it, but at least I tried.

And that’s something.

If you haven’t seen this film, I strongly urge you to do so.
You can check out the official website HERE or the official Facebook page HERE.