I has been my extreme privilege to meet many wonderful people who love animals and act upon their concern for animal welfare. Making the world a better place for animals can take many forms. Not everybody can fill their home (and almost every waking minute) with cast off unwanted animals. Animal lovers find a variety of ways to help. Some provide temporary foster homes for animals that need special care. Others spread the word about animal rescue by referrals, pamphlets or posters. Some people tirelessly write letters trying to change policies or conditions to improve animal's lives or ease their suffering. Many folks show their concern about pet overpopulation by adopting from shelters and shopping at pet stores that do not indiscriminately sell live animals. Some bold souls actively teach pet responsibility and care with handouts, talks, information booths, etc. Then there is the guardian angels that help by donating money and supplies, or offering their own time and assistance, to shelters that constantly run short of such things. The possibilities and opportunities to help animals are endless and the need is always there. The following poem is dedicated to all our friends and fellow animal lovers, with a special thank you for personal kindness and generosity shown to my shelter and cavies. YOU help keep us going!


I AM THE VOICE

(part Voice of the Voiceless, written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear,
The wrongs of the wordless weak.

From street, from cage and from kennel,
From stable and zoo, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.

Oh shame on the mothers of mortals,
Who have not stooped to teach
O f the sorrow that lies in dear, dumb eyes,
The sorrow that has not speech.

And I am my brother's keeper,
And I will fight his fight;
And speak the word for beast and bird,
Till the world shall set things right.

 


We especially thank the following for their encouragement, referrals, assistance, donations - and other acts of kindness. YOU help keep us going!

Sandy Anderson

West Group Employees (special thanks to Chris Schoenberger)

Dr. Lori Pfeifer and staff at Elm Creek Animal Hospital/Champlin, MN

Carla Meyers

Sybil Bohnett

Elizabeth Perello

Mark and Diane Nielsen

Kay Fenning and Mom

Brad Slaker

Stacy Bestrom

Karen Moore

Dr. Christa Seiler

Susan and Kent Brunnell

Stephanie Stover

Allianz Life Insurance Company

Traci Johnson

Ralph and Julie Anderson

Isanti County Humane Society

Melinda Fierro Westberg

Mary Britton Clouse

Lisa Afinson

Holly Andreen

Deb Dalton

Laurie Olson

Karen Moore

Dr. Sue Malloy

Gloria Kroells

Lois Novacek

Erin Malone

Kara Khan

Linda Whitenton

Dr. Mary Olson and staff at East Central Veterinarian/Cambridge, MN

Dawn Lange & Animal Allies/Duluth MN

The Hay Loft/Spanaway, WA

Maria Lewis

Lynn Kowalski

MOM's Food Coop and patrons/Cambridge,MN

Dennis, Becky and Erica Anderson

Leann Ticknor

GuineaLynx for Cavy Health Record Books (www.guinealynx.info)

Lisa Moline

Charles Rawn - Carver/Scott Humane Society

AND

All of the kind people who decided to share their homes with our guinea pigs! (To see a list of people who have recently adopted from us, click here!)

Special appreciation to:

Lea Martin - The Jack Pine Guinea Pig Rescue (JPGPR) logo was designed and donated by Minnesota artist Lea Martin. Lea has great talent for drawing animals, both pets and wildlife - and can even do custom drawings of your favorite pet from photos. A growing choice of Lea's SuzieQ designs and items can be ordered directly from her web site at SuzieQ's Gifts. Proceeds (or as Lea calls it, "moola") from sales of JPGPR design items are generously donated to the shelter to help cover daily care and veterinary expenses of the rescued guinea pigs here. To see some of Lea's JPGPR designs, click here! Lea is truly one of JPGPR's guardian angels.

Richard Robinson - without Richard there would be no JPGPR web site. This web site was Richard's idea. He set it up, covers the cost of keeping it open, makes everything look good and work smoothly. When I send Richard written material for the web site (not nearly as often as I should!), I can't wait to see his finished product. It always looks much more interesting once he's done jazzing it up and adding pictures. Richard is a great friend, and I am very grateful for all the time and talent he shares with the shelter.

Dwayne Rawlings - Dwayne was one of my shelter's first supporters. We were corresponding by snail mail and faxes long before I got my first computer - which Dwayne donated. He was a constant source of kind words and encouragement, as well as donations he could barely afford. I am still inspired by Dwayne's hard fought crusades to improve the lives of animals he cared so much about - despite his own failing health. Dwayne became a treasured friend, one that I miss deeply since he left this world on January 10, 2001 to become Head Greeter and Comforter at the Rainbow Bridge. (To see a special memorial to Dwayne, please click here.)

Wally Nielsen - my generous, ever patient husband. Wally is tolerant of the guinea pigs, but really wouldn't mind seeing them all leave the house. In fact, Wally has been know to offer people "six pigs for the price of one" when they come out to adopt. Despite his lack of genuine fondness for the pigs, Wally continues to pay most of the enormous cost of keeping the rescues, and even accompanies me on long or scary (eek - city driving!) rides to pick up unwanted pigs.

Please forgive me if I have missed anybody. My records continue to be such a mess. I am working on it, and hope to update this list regularly.


OFTEN REMEMBERED, FOREVER IN MY HEART

Donations in memory of ...

Xuxa - euthanized after a month long battle with cancer, deeply missed by Jennifer Stohl

Hadji - this sweet pig will always hold a special place in Joann Sequeira's heart

Olga - cherished and much missed by owner Betsy and Auntie Gina Morrow

Mollywog - a lovely gentle pig whose life ended much too soon, honored by Teresa Nelson

Aspen & Pigpen - lovingly remembered by Kim Shinnick as two of the most beautiful and gentle souls she's had the honor of knowing

Fiona - cherished and constant companion of Susan Firestone, deeply missed

Frankie - sweet natured and loving rattie, much missed by owner Richard Robinson and buddies Sammy and Dino