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The other evening I reached out to pet Chilli and her ears went back, while her eyes appeared to enlarge to cartoon proportions. This happens nearly every time. When it’s windy outside, Chilli hides herself under the covers in my bed. She furiously licks our faces when the noise level in the house rises. These might all just be quirks of her chihuahua personality or more likely they are left over from the life of abuse and neglect she surely suffered before she found her forever home with us. Abandoned under a house and left for dead, Chilli was a lucky dog because someone cared enough to rescue her. She has found a safe haven in our family and will never know anything but luxury for the rest of her days.
Kiki is a rescue as well. She was an abandoned leftover from an inexperienced breeder of Ragdoll cats. We took her in when she was far larger than the cute kitten stage. She is the boss of the place now.
These two loved family pets are two of the lucky ones. In 2014, in addition to 25,920 animals passing through their shelters in this one state, RSPCA Victoria handled 17,995 cases of animal cruelty up from 15,568 in 2013.* Think about that for a moment…that is five cases away from EIGHTEEN THOUSAND in Victoria alone. RSPCA is the advocate for these animals when the humans they are trusted with abuse them and break the trust of caring for a creature who can’t care for themselves. I’m not just talking about dogs and cats, but all animals from horses to chickens and all the fur and feathers in-between.
The RSCPA goes to court for these animals, they remove them from harm, get their medical needs seen to and find them carefully screened new homes. They do it all with 97% of their funding received through community donations. The RSPCA is not a government agency and receive only 3% in financial aid from there. That is why Chilli and I are walking this year in the Million Paws Walk at the main Victorian location of Albert Park. This annual event is the largest fundraiser for the RSCPA and since we can’t take in any more pets ourselves, we are committed to helping the people who can. Last year, my neighborhood was actually one of the highest represented at this walk! Let’s see if we can do it again this year! You don’t have to be near the city to walk, there are 16 in total throughout Victoria on the 17th of May. You don’t even need to bring a dog. Heck, you don’t even need to be here and walking to support! If you are in Victoria, join us, and head to the Victorian Million Paws Walk event site to register. Want to help from afar? Please consider a small donation in support of Team #ChilliEllis!
Follow our #millionpawswalk progress on the 17th of May on social media and cheer Chilli on as she braves all the dogs.
*Statistic freely found on the RSPCA Victoria annual report published on rspcavic.org