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Organized by: Eric Greene
Problem Fixed! - Support Families with Animals today!
December 30, 2017
It’s heartbreaking to see stories of animals being neglected or abused. Like you – I want to make their lives better. We usually see the worst cases, where bodies are bloodied or emaciated, but what about the animals we don’t see – behind closed doors and high fences? Their misery comes from being locked up, chained, yelled at, ignored, poorly fed, or left all alone without anyone to understand them.
These are dogs, cats, horses, birds, captured wildlife, ‘exotic pets’ and other animals. While local SPCAs and humane societies respond to calls of neglect and abuse, many people don’t report out of fear of retaliation or of complicating an important relationship. Even if those calls were made, local and state laws don’t cover many situations. So – who will help all those animals whose misery is unseen, who suffer in silence?
Center for Families with Animals
We need new strategies and approaches to reach these families.
I’m creating a center that draws upon multi-disciplinary research and best practices, especially in education, ethnography, community organizing, and health-based outreach methods. We won't only consider the worst cases, but will look at how people live with animals generally. We will address the thinking that leads to this neglect, as well as the cultural conditioning within societies that care little about an animal’s overall well-being. Many people don't intend to harm their animals - we will investigate and respond to their unmet needs as well.
Through the Center for Families with Animals, we will collaborate with animal experts, social scientists and others to develop the best approaches for engaging hard-to-reach families. We will also generate model policies and system improvements that may be adapted to different communities: we’ll create new outlets for education, build coalitions with community gatekeepers, and propose new regulations and laws. Our work will be designed to complement the work of SPCAs and humane societies, especially in communities with few resources. Additionally, we will focus on the links between pet abuse and other forms of family violence.
The Center will be one of four at a global nonprofit I will soon launch, Family Spirals™, designed to address a variety of family problems that ‘fall through the cracks.’ As an entity dedicated to several areas of family life, we’ll be in a strong position to introduce animal concerns to established family welfare and health authorities.
How You Can Help
Your gift of any amount will help me to finish developing the Center and cover various start-up costs before our big launch.
I’ve poured my savings into this project – now I need your help to realize it. Donors' names will be listed on our website.
Please let me know what issues you’d like us to address in the future. We also will have opportunities for skilled volunteer.
I am the founder of Family Spirals™ and its four centers. In the early 1980s I pioneered the field of Animals and Culture Studies, earning its first BA and MA degrees, and teaching its first courses at Miami-Dade College. Since then I’ve served as a top executive at local and international nonprofits, often focusing on hard-to-reach populations, and I've advised scholars worldwide.
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