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Organized by: Eric Greene

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Problem Fixed! - Support Families with Animals today!
December 30, 2017

A couple of days ago I sent you a brief update about Families Untied, the signature program we're piloting through the Center for Families with See More

THE STORY:

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.

About Me

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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73% Raised of $13,500 Goal

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Kris Stewart

Kris Stewart

DONATION: $100

In memory of our beloved companion Ursa Minor 1 year ago

Christopher White

Christopher White

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Linda Brant

Linda Brant

DONATION: $50

In memory of all the animals who did not have a chance 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $2,500

This I can get behind! Thank you! 2 years ago

Deborah Elliott

Deborah Elliott

DONATION: $50

In memory of Omar and Harrison 2 years ago

Anonymous

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DONATION: $500

Great project - good luck! 2 years ago

Anonymous

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DONATION: $1,000

For all the forgotten animals. 2 years ago

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2 years ago

Christie, Phil & Minke

Christie, Phil & Minke

DONATION: $100

Thanks for taking on this important issue! 2 years ago

Jesse Freidin

Jesse Freidin

DONATION: $25

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