Going to try with a little help from my friends
– Billy Shears/The Beatles
On August 2, 2014 something extraordinary happened in Illinois: three third graders changed the law. Brooke Martin, Claire Hackmann and Maddie O’Dell, after reading a book about two kids rescuing a dog from a puppy mill, decided to take action and change the world, even if just a little bit, for the better.
They contacted local politicians, and even did some lobbying in their own school. End result? Doubled penalties for animal abuse. This is beautiful on so many levels, from the children learning about something terrible and deciding to do something about it, to the adults actually taking to heart the kids’ message. Frequently adults pooh-pooh children. Sometimes they remind us of some of the more important messages of all: change for the better.
If this trio, who still don’t have all their adult teeth yet, can achieve this lofty goal, what can we as adults do? “Like” and re-post on Facebook? Awesome, but that’s not a lot. Let’s get real. Let’s get our hands dirty.
Go to your local shelter and volunteer. Write a letter (yes, and honest-to-God, pen-and paper letter!) to your congressman. Demand protection for our animals. What about starting a kibble kitchen in your neighbourhood? There are so many ways we can help.
So let’s take a cue from these lovely ladies. Don’t worry about how big a job may be, or how difficult a problem is to overcome. Start chipping away at it. These girls did. So can you. Do you have any ideas to share about how to help the animals in your community? Post them in the comment section below!