Life can change in an instant for any of us. Disaster can strike. As Her Majesty the Queen said “grief is the price we pay for love” but in my humble opinion, it is the love that keeps us going.
After a probable second Christmas of war continuing so close to our shelters, there are more questions and uncertainties than we imagined when the panic over COVID came to an end.
The war horror, crimes, and abuse are marking directly inocent animals, leaving more of them homeless, hungry, cripled and in pain. As if millions of homeless animals from Romania isn’t already a heavy weight financially and mentally, the tragedy of the Ukrainian only shows the capacity of love in our hearts and mind, in a world where hope remains the sunshine that lights our souls.
It is challenging to predict what next Christmas will bring us, this planet is an increasingly difficult place to live… but I don’t hide, I don’t run away from challenges. I know we are many; people with great values, people who are passionate about animal causes, people who treat pets like family… and I know that together, we fear, we cry, we hope and we win. We are consumed by the hope that make us feel alive. Together we can do, day by day, the best we can to give back to communities in need, for people and their animals. I don’t mean only donations, but any gesture which supports our beliefs and values. A handwritten card to someone who helped, a visit to someone who lives primarily alone, a gift in a will for a charity; small or big gestures make a big difference.
Together, we can fuel an ambition to prove to the next generation that even on the worst days, as it is during the war, people form a special bond with their animals to support each other.
The PawzUp project is inspired by all of this. You can read more about PawzUp by visiting pawzup.org and decide if this will be your next year’s project to support. 2023 was a mixed year for ROLDA, with good and bad moments, but that’s exactly how life is. I am grateful for every ROLDA supporter who continued to stand by us and support our programmes. ON behalf of the entire team, I wish you all Happy Holidays and a better New Year that will bring you everything that money can’t buy.