Soon millions of us will be with friends and family and reflecting on what makes us most thankful in life. Despite the challenges we’ve faced since the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down two years ago, I am grateful for a lot.
For one, I’m grateful for all the animals’ lives saved with incredible vegan food and recipes at this time of year. Truth be told, my husband is the cook in our family. He makes vegan (plant-based) versions of all the Thanksgiving classics, including “˜turkey,’ stuffing, gravy, butter, and scrumptious pies with whipped cream. It’s all delicious AND compassionate toward animals.
From veganism to activism, I’m thankful for all the ways we can protect every species on this planet we share. Holistic, transformative change is my mission in life, and at the heart of what Alley Cat Allies is as an organization.
The change we are making can’t be stoppedit can only grow.
Every year since I formed Alley Cat Allies 31 years ago, more and more incredible advocates have taken up the cause with us. Together, we have shepherded in new laws and programs for cats worldwide that embrace empathy over killing.
But true justice can’t only serve one species. Animals, the environment, and human beingswe are all interconnected far deeper than many realize. That’s why Alley Cat Allies defends all animals.
When we incorporate nonlethal, evidence-based programs within the animal shelter system, we help not only cats but every animal who enters shelter doors.
When we take on deadly cruelty toward cats in East Bay, California, parks and at a manmade breakwall in Port of Newcastle, Australia, we help set a critical moral standard: Humans have no right to order the slaughter of ANY animal.
This year more than ever, I am grateful for all of you who join us to advocate, act, and educate in this fight for animals’ very right to live. What we’re accomplishing is nothing short of a societal shift that will benefit us all.
You have the power to change the world for the better, this season and always. Wield it proudly. When we achieve that brighter tomorrow together, it will be something for which we can all truly be thankful.
Eat well, stay safe, and thank you for all you do for animals. And from my home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
President and FounderAlley Cat Allies