A Thought to Smile About and a personal Thanksgiving: The cognitive-emotional value of animals to vulnerable children.
My daughter, new puppy, and I are hosting 4 fundraiser events at family Thanksgiving dinner's this year to support the ASPCA! However, you can also support me by making an online donation today. Your donation will help the ASPCA provide life-saving programs and services to millions of animals nationwide. The ASPCA is very important to me and I appreciate your help as we fight to give abused and homeless animals a second chance at life. It is also important to me because improved quality of life for animals can have positive and meaningful outcomes for the quality of life for young children worldwide. Please support my fundraiser event by making a donation and help me make a positive impact in the lives of animals, and in effect, an impact on the lives of the little people that love those animals! Thank you!
Freewriting from experience, a Thanksgiving to animals from my childhood:
A family or neighborhood pet can be a source of validation for our nation's children that are enduring long-term suffering and those that face repeated exposure to continual traumatic life events. For children isolated from mainstream society -and not only just children living in poverty- interactions and relationships with pet animals are nourishing and stimulating in a way that remains unsurpassed. Irreplaceable.
As a child beginning life in extreme poverty, many pet, "neighborhood", and acquainted animals had provided me a source of stimulation and attention that had been lacking elsewhere. In other words, a cognitive-emotional benefit. A mirror. Not quite the mirror a parent is supposed to provide, but a mirror/source of validation none-the-less. And, astonishingly, they had been so forgiving of me -a young child can experience guilt and shame at being unable to give their pet survival necessities. All a young child has to offer is love, maybe perceived by the animal as validation as well?
We should never forget, we human's also have value to pet animal’s other than our survival value for them. Even if all we have to offer is little hands and open hearts. Please donate, there is no telling how many children the ASPCA has positively impacted- even if removing the animal from the child, they will be more concerned with it's quality of life than the loss of the relationship. Concern, kindness, awareness of the quality of life for others are just a few things they helped me with. Their existence offered me the opportunity to explore and discover humane aspects about myself, that I may have delayed in acquiring until later on in my life. It let me prove to myself that I could discover paths to self-validation, a method to explore who I was and could be- something we may only be able to find when other people aren't looking? Does loving and showing an animal decency help give us a reason to care about ourselves- after all, the loving is done out of the social spotlight and there are no superficial motivations. To me, this indicates something of great value.
About the ASPCA: Fighting for animals is a 24/7 job, but your commitment makes it possible for our life-saving programs to create happy endings for those innocent lives touched by cruelty. Every single day of the year, we are rescuing animals from neglect and suffering. With your support, we are able to rescue animals from dog fighting, cockfighting, and puppy mills, work to end animal homelessness and farm animal cruelty, and provide medical care for countless pets in need. Please help us save even more animals and donate to this Team ASPCA campaign today.
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