One Animal at a Time!

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Our mission is to create this world a better place for our four legged friends; with one cat and one dog at a time, we eventually want to spread our welfare support towards more animals and generally, to make this planet a more sustainable place for future generations.

Day in and day out, these canine and feral beings are pushed into distress in so many ways. Some face harsh weather conditions and cruelty at the hands of humans while being homeless, others yet are tortured and killed by licit and illicit dog meat industries and animal fighting for entertainment purposes. These animals starve to their deaths, which was specially common during the covid times when due to a halt in tourism activities and restaurant closures, many strays found themselves cut off from their go-to, essential food supply sources.

The survival of the fittest was the only way for the most vulnerable beings of our society. As many shifted to remote work and started adopting pets, there was also an uptick of abandonment in many other regions. In these grim times, it became more important than ever to relocate cats and dogs from areas that posed a great risk to their survival to ones where there was a high demand for adoption.

Although relocation seems the most logical solution, it is not the easiest. According to statistics, 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year, in the United States alone while estimates show around 200 to 300 million free-roaming dogs. Hence, to pack all these animals and ship them to far-away regions isn’t always possible. It is emotionally and physically tolling for these small furry beings to be packed in a small box for up to 3 to 4 hours at a time — or possibly even longer — at high altitudes. However, in order to abate the exponential increase in death rates of these animals, relocation remains an only option.

Once these animals are relocated, it is our responsibility to get them to homes where they are loved, wanted and valued. They are sent to foster homes, where a group of volunteers take responsibility for them, nourish them, and give them a safe space that they can consider a home. As supporters of this cause, you can make a difference too.

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Animal welfare communities are constantly in search of volunteers who can help with a wide domain of tasks, from marketing, public relations, graphic designing and photography to project management and those with information on medical rescue. If you already have a home full of pets or are in some situation where you can’t adopt them, you can help by just feeding cats and dogs in your backyard. Another way is to conduct TNR (trap-neuter-return) in your neighborhood, which is the most humane way of helping stray cats.

TNR saves cats’ lives, improves their life, makes them happier and healthier by stopping their breeding cycle. Due to many statistics showing an improved co-existence between stray cats and humans in a shared neighborhood, spaying or neutering cats has been adopted by many communities and is also offered as a low cost/free service by many local rescue and shelter groups. Along with other animal welfare groups, we dedicate our efforts to curb the rampant stray cat and dog population so that more animals to come are saved from the inhumane practices of this world.

Other methods that we have used and are continuing to use to save homeless animals include creating lifesaving programs, raising awareness about animal welfare issues, and motivating the public on pet adoptions.

Next up in our pipeline, we plan on expanding our efforts to save more of these vulnerable beings, for example, birds, farm animals, and those that are close to being endangered. Many animals, today, are being killed merely due to our carelessness with plastic. Marine animals, as an illustration, regularly get entangled in plastic and die agonizing, slow deaths with statistics demonstrating these numbers going up to a 100,000 each year. Birds, too, swallow plastic waste that ends up on the sea shores and choke on it. Apart from animal deaths, plastic is also ending up in our food chain since many animals are able to swallow it, however, due to the inability of their system to discard that plastic as waste, it ends up in our bodies through the food chain. Hence, one radical method of saving animals is to raise awareness against plastic pollution.

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In conclusion, we strive to create this world a better place for animals and humans alike, where both can coexist peacefully and with proper care. We would like to play a part in putting an end to animal abuse and promote the welfare of all animals, whether pets, stray or wild. Let’s change this world one animal at a time.

To read beautiful and heart touching animal rescue & adoption stories, follow Harmony Ark Foundation on Twitter: Harmony Ark Foundation (@arkharmony) / Twitter and Instagram: Harmony Ark Foundation (@arkharmony) • Instagram photos and videos

Or visit our website: Harmony Ark Foundation — World Advocates (harmonyearth.me)

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Harmony: Ark Foundation is an all volunteer organization. The organization has no paid officers and uses all donations towards animal and environmental programs