Last year I decided I was going to become a for-real runner, competing in races and events as much as possible so I could raise money for animal sanctuaries. And after a lot of time running—in heat, in freezing cold, and in everything in between—I'm about to participate in my first one, a sprint triathlon in Pasadena, CA, on March 9th. If you follow my social media accounts you've likely seen me posting my run times. They've been super hard—especially in cold weather—because of my asthma. I never imagined I could become so athletic with such defective lungs. But whenever I feel like I can't continue I think about the animals, one of my primary reasons for doing all of this, and I keep going.
Farm Sanctuary is an incredible organization that works to promote compassion through myriad avenues. They rescue animals from terrible conditions, rehabilitate them and either find good homes for them or allow them the opportunity to live out healthy, happy lives in their New York and California locations; they educate the public on the truths behind factory farming and how it affects our animal friends, our health and the environment; they work with other organizations like the Humane Society to pass helpful state legislation around the country to ensure animal protections and to make sure things like gestation crates and ag-gag laws are a thing of the past.
So you can see, this is an organization worth championing—especially if you care about the animals with which we share the earth. I give as much money as I can to them and other sanctuaries, but I feel it's important for me to give my body, too. Through the tough times I experience while becoming a runner, I'm hope to inspire people to think about the suffering animals have to constantly endure and maybe donate a little bit to this very worthy cause. If you love animals, this is a great way to help them live better.