Tristan Favro via Crowdrise
July 11, 2012
BENEFITING: ANJELLICLE CATS RESCUE
EVENT DATE: Oct 07, 2012
Every year, thousands of kittens and cats are euthanized in New York City alone. Cats that were once healthy and happy are abandoned by their owners on the streets or turned over to the NYC Animal Care & Control (ACC) where they often die or become seriously ill before they even have a chance to be adopted or taken in by a no-kill shelter. All too often, these innocent animals die in ACC from disease or malnutrition even before they are euthanized.
I'm running to support New York City's amazing community of no-kill shelters. All money I raise will go to Anjellicle Cats Rescue, one of the many extraordinary no-kill shelters in New York City. Anjellicle is devoted to "pulling" cats at kill shelters, cats that are often sick as a result of spending time at ACC and need immediate medical care. Anjellicle and similar organizations receive no city, state, or federal funding and need our support and generosity. There's no reason why New York or any community should not be a no-kill community, and I ask for your support to help these organizations on the ground every day keep doing what they do: saving innocent lives.
But if that sad story doesn't do it for you, then let me try something else. First, consider this: I am not a runner. At 5'9 and 160lbs, I'm not exactly built like a runner. I desperately lack height or a single-digit body fat percentage. But I do love cats. Possibly more than people, but please don't take that personally. If you are a cat person, you understand.
I rescued my first cat, Lily, back in 6th grade. She was a feral kitten from Tennessee who would attack your feet if you were brave enough to get up in the middle of night to use the bathroom and who routinely gorged on various small critters, the remains of which often found their way to my bedside. You might ask yourself: how could you like, let along love, such a creature! But love her I did, and I thank her for introducing me to the enigmatic minds and wondrous personalities of felines. Lily passed away prematurely from cancer during my freshman year of college, but since then I have added four more cats to the family: Charlotte (Brooklyn rescue), Emma (Providence, RI rescue), Rex (Linden, NJ rescue), and Marley (my California-boy rescue).
But I want to do more. I want to find a way to support these amazing animals and those who make saving them a reality. I want to rescue them all, take them home and give them love and all my money. But I have no money, only law school debt. And I know I can't rescue them all. But I also cannot close my eyes to the way these animals are abandoned and left for dead. I don't want to become desensitized to the needless killing, to bury my head in Rex's furry belly only to ignore the plight of millions of other animals who weren't lucky enough to find a loving home.
That is why I am running. It is starting with three runs this fall: the Bronx 10-miler, Central Park 18-miler, and culminating with the Staten Island Half Marathon. And, if I don't die, will lead to a full marathon in the near future. I can't get taller (a sad fact I have only recently realized), but I can try to make a difference. And that is what this fundraiser is all about.
On a side note, my love for animals extends well beyond cats. I in no way mean to diminish the immense suffering experienced by humans across the globe, or dogs, horses, farmed animals, or any number of species we as a society have commoditized and abused. I am a vegan and encourage those who visit this site, either to donate or laugh at the thought of me running a half-marathon (or both!), to take a second and "consider the lobster." But more importantly, whether you donate to my cause or to others, I ask only that you open your heart to the suffering of others, whatever the species, and try and find a way, any way, to make that suffering a little bit less.