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In the world of animal abuse, there is only one hope. That our children are raised to be kind, compassionate and empathetic adults. Adults who, in turn, model that behavior to their children and grandchildren. It is the only hope left for our animals.
We at Children Helping Animals In Need, want to share ways that you can help raise children who treat animals with kindness. Crafts, healthy recipes and ways to volunteer, will be shared.
We hope you join us!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


COMPASSION SCHOOL 2017  Introducing Compassion School 2017. Teaching kindness and empathy for animals has never been more needed then now. Our mobile program will travel to your home, school, camp or event, to teach a one to two hour program on Compassion for Animals. We offer stories of rescue, a fun "kind craft" and encourage questions. So close your eyes, and imagine a world where animal abuse no longer exists! We must teach our children that animals are innocent and they need our help. Together we can do this!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Kindness Feels Good. 5 Simple Ways You Can Give Back

It's DAY OF GIVING!  So in honor of helping others and in our case, helping animals in need, here are some easy ways to help.
                                                            London and Sugar Plum

Ever wonder why certain people almost always seem happy? Or why that lady at the Pet Smart checkout is always pleasant to EVERYONE?

They have a little secret. And it's quite easy to learn!

Having a happy and fulfilled life is as simple as looking for the KINDNESS in all situations and people. and then being kind yourself.
Looking at life with positive energy and thinking positive thoughts, is a practice that we can do all the time. The more we do it, the easier it gets!
 Next time you catch yourself thinking the worst about a situation, turn it around and realize the good in it. Instead of complaining about the long lines at the food store, think how lucky you are to be able to buy the food you want.
Putting a POSITIVE spin on a situation or even a person, is a practice that will condition our brains and the ENERGY we put out into the world.
It's a win-win!

Here then, are 5 simple ways that you can spark KINDNESS and bring your special joy to others!

!.Neighborhood Watch:

Helping people in your neighborhood is a great way to inspire compassion in others and bring a sense of wellbeing to ourselves.
You know the senior couple down the street who have a really hard time walking their dog? Offer to take their pup for a walk. Getting older, is a major reason why dogs and cats, especially seniors, end up in a shelter. People become overwhelmed with their own medical situations and they cannot care for their pets anymore. It's very sad for the person AND for their pet.
Maybe they need a few things from the food store, or a ride to do a few errands.
Offer to shop for them, take their pet to the groomers or offer them a ride to the vet.
You could mow their lawn, weed their garden or shovel their driveway.

2. Bake Me A Cake

We love BAKING in our house! My daughter has helped me bake cakes, cookies and brownies (her specialty) since she was old enough to hold a spatula!

Baking a few treats for a local or school bake sale, treating your friends or neighbors to a few extra chocolate chip cookies you just baked or preparing an extra dinner plate for a home-bound family member, are just a few ways of spreading a little yumminess into the lives of others.

3. Step Up!   

                                                                       Our Pippin
This one suggestion is inspired by the unending array of horrendous animal abuse seen on social media!
When you see something DO SOMETHING!
When you hear something SAY SOMETHING!
And when you witness something STEP IN AND STOP IT!

There are always a number of WAYS TO HELP, From stepping in yourself, to calling the police, to calling a rescue or your local shelter. Help is right there in your hand, and all it takes is one call on your cell phone to set that help in motion.

We tell our children not to bully others and to tell a teacher or adult if someone is being bullied. Some of our children have  hearts of gold, and will step in themselves and help a friend, or an animal in distress.

This is what we need to do when others are being hurt. And this is especially true for animals, who cannot speak for themselves!

4.Craft For Compassion

Teaching our children how to craft for kindness, is an awesome way for them to feel great about themselves and help others at the same time.

Make a few Pinecone Birdfeeders

Make a painting, drawing or get well card for a sick friend.

Design a few "Adopt Me" bandanas for your local shelter dogs looking for home. You and your kids can deliver them to a shelter or local rescue just in time for their next adoption event.

Learn a new craft that your child is interested in, and donate your creations to a nursing home, hospital or animal shelter.

5. Donate and Volunteer   
                                 London and Me at a fundraiser for the Bucks County S.P.C.A. 

Volunteering is one of the best ways I know of to help others, while making yourself feel great!
Animal shelters and rescues, nursing homes, and senior centers are just a few of the places that will welcome your help.
Call and ask them or check their website and ask them what they need. It only takes a few minutes and you will be bringing a smile to someone's face!

Donate your gently used blankets, sheets and towels, new dog and cat toys and pet food to animal shelters and rescues.

Homeless shelters will welcome clothes, shoes, blankets, sheets and other household items.
Call them and ask what they can use,
Maybe even offer to donate food and toiletries.

There are so many ways you can help others. Start here, and your will be on your way to a kinder, more compassionate existence.

When my daughter, London was about six, she said to me, "Mommy, when I help an animal, my heart is smiling."

I think that sums it up quite nicely!
                                                               London and Chocolate

Friday, April 28, 2017

Smiling On The Outside

Are you an animal activist? Do you love and defend animals at all costs? Do you rescue, care for and educate others about animals in need?

If yes, then you must be smiling on the outside, while your heart is breaking on the inside.

Many people I know are doing this right now, and it's killing them!

Almost four years ago, I read an incredibly sad post on Facebook. It was about a women, who I did not know. She had taken her own life that day.
The whole reason it grabbed my attention was of course, why was she so unhappy that she did this?
What could have been going on, that would make her want to end her life?
I was compelled by this poor soul, and felt that her life did mean something, as everyone's life does.

When I read through the comments, what I immediately noticed, was that she had been an animal activist. She had tried and had succeeded at helping many animals, at the expense of her own life.
The comments revealed that when she no longer had the strength to help ALL the animals in need....she saw only one way out. I think that way out was to end her own pain.

I  read how she had lived very simply and sacrificed all that she had to help needy animals.
Even to the point of not having a way to pay for heat in her modest little home.

Fours years later, this women's story still breaks my heart.

Why did this have to happen. There is help out there.
I think most animal activists face their fears alone and without much compassion or empathy.
They have such a difficult journey in this world, without ready help or kindness from others.

Yes, the world is beginning to look at animal cruelty with fresh eyes, and we are seeing more and more animal heroes and rescuers. They are beginning to get the praise and positive attention they deserve.

Maybe next time you see a rescue at your local pet store, stop and listen to what they have to say, pet the dog they are fostering and tell them what an awesome thing they are doing. Thank them for rescuing! It will mean the world to them.
Let your kids ask them questions and gush over all the precious pets looking for a forever home.
After all, in a world of electronics, games, television and movies, the real action is happening everyday in our homes and on the streets. In real time, in real life.

Compassion, kindness and empathy are more important than what we wear, drive, or live in.

Remember this, saying one kind word to a person who is struggling, can have the power to change that person's whole day!
Maybe it will even help her to smile on the INSIDE.

In memory of Lisa Myer. May you have found the peace in Heaven that you were looking for here on earth, with your angels by your side.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Broken Hearts: An Anti-Bullying Campaign


Today, I want to talk about a topic that has been, well, talked about a lot-- Bullying!

Bullying is never okay. In any form and to any living being. It is NEVER okay.

We know this, as adults. But, do we really follow what our heart is telling us to do?
Do we help others when they are being picked on or laughed at, or cyber bullied?
Do we teach our children that we should never bully others, and to stand up to a bully, even if it means telling an adult?

I had an experience with London being bullied at the start of the school year in her new school. This had never happed before, and let me tell you,  I was furious!
London immediately told me when I picked her up from school that day, and my husband and I talked with her teacher that evening. And we talked about how it made her feel, and how wrong those two girls were for doing that to her.
Her amazing teacher, to her credit, handled the situation rapidly and with the concern and anger of, not only a teacher, but a mother.

The girls who had picked on London were made to write letters of apology AND their parents had to sign them. Needless to say, after they also apologized in person, they never bullied her again.

THIS is how bullying should be handled! Swiftly and without any bull****!

Now, a mom friend of mine is dealing with the same thing with her daughter.
Her daughter is bullied by one particular girl on an almost daily basis. And, she is getting no help from the principle or vice principle!
So, we as moms and as parents and planning on talking with them as a group and asking that they start a No Bullying Campaign at school, and address this immediately!

I feel terrible for this mom, and especially for her child. I know how crazy it made me to know that my child was bullied. And it makes me crazy now, to know that my friend's situation is not being addressed.

Bullying in any form, from any age group, to any species, is simply-WRONG. So why is it not nipped in the bud right away? Whether at school, in the workplace, online, or in the form of animal abuse. WHY?

In many cases, people who bully others are being bullied themselves or have other issues of low self-worth. This never excuses it, but it should be addressed and dealt with.

So, have you ever had a bullying situation? Or did you help start an Anti-Bullying Campaign at your child's school? How did YOU handle it? What advice did you give your child or a friend?

I would love to hear from you with your suggestions or advice.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

6 Simple Ways YOU Can Raise Awareness For Animals In Need

     As our world changes and grows, and new ideas blossom into shape, so should our outlook
on the plight of our animals.

Photo by London DiIorio

     New rescues and resources come into fruition every single day, and there are numerous ideas,
and events that focus solely on helping animals in need.

     So, with Spring here at last, let's make it one of our goals of renewal, to change our focus and readjust of beliefs, for the sake of our pets and all animals, who share our beautiful earth with us.

      Here are a few simple ideas that will hopefully inspire you and your kids to make a change for animals! Just starting locally in your neighborhood, school, church or where you work, can have a HUGE impact.

     Invite a Vet to Career Day at Your School. Next time your school hosts a Career Day, invite your favorite vet to come and talk about becoming a doctor for animals.

Start a Neighborhood Watch Program. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has some great ideas for preventing animal abuse with a Neighborhood Watch Program. Learn about it here:  http://www.nnw.org/

Teach Your Community About Preventing Animal Cruelty. You and your neighbors can make a difference by learning how to prevent animal cruelty. Anne Marie Lucus from Animal Precinct shared some easy ways to prevent animal cruelty with the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Read the list and share with family and friends: https://www.aspca.org/

Become a Mentor. If you are a veterinarian you can become a mentor and share your animal awareness with new vets. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a mentoring program. Learn about that here: http://www.mentoring.org/get-involved/become-a-mentor/

Have Your Children and Students Read Humane Children's Books. You can read books like Black Beauty together and talk about the importance of kindness to animals. A great example: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/animal-rescue

Photo By London DiIorio

Help People Find a Place to Volunteer.  There are tons of ways to volunteer.  Print out the volunteer locations in your area and share them with friends, family, co-workers and fellow students! Post the volunteer locations in your inter-office mail, school paper or local paper. Make sure everyone who volunteers to help animals makes a promise here! http://www.aspca.org/take-action

Making a difference, no matter how small it may seem to you, has a big impact on animals in need.
Teaching our children to respect and love animals is starting a circle of compassion that will grow as our children do.

If you want to share an idea that you may have, please leave your idea in the comment section below. All ideas are welcome and encouraged!

Photo By London DiIorio

These ideas were inspired by the ASPCA, and Animal Planet http://www.animalplanet.com/

Please contact us at Children Helping Animals In Need to get your kids involved locally in helping animals!  Visit us here: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenHelpingAnimalsInNeed/

Friday, March 10, 2017

Women Changing The World For Animals

London and I are introducing a new series called, Women Changing The World For Animals.

Our very first interview is with a lovely lady who is truly changing the world for our animals!
 Meet Denise Fleck!

"After years in the Entertainment Industry, I went TO THE DOGS! Training, practicing and learning some more led me to developing my Pet First-Aid & CPR, Pet Disaster Preparedness and Senior Pet Care Classes along with a 20 week Animal Care Class for high school juniors and seniors. For 16 years, my motto has been "Helping People to Help Their Pets," and I feel I have...having taught more than 10,000 pet lovers animal life-saving skills in person and millions more on national television segments. "

Denise continues her very important work of teaching animal first aide and helping us help our pets in an emergency, before they go to the vet.
Saving animals is just one of the many beautiful qualities of this interesting lady.

Here then,  is our very first interview for Women Changing The World For Animals!

Please introduce yourself. Who are you? What do you do? How does your heart manifest in the world?

My name is Denise Fleck and I am the Pet Safety CrusaderTM.  I go around the country teaching humans to be better pet parents as well as empowering them with animal life-saving skills through my Pet First-Aid & CPCR (yes, there's now a 2nd "C" -- Cardio Pulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation), Senior Pet Care and Pet Disaster PAWparedness classes and books!  Over the years I've taught 12,000 people in person, written 10 books including my soon-to-be-released "The Pet Safety Crusader's 'My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness" and the compilation of my 16 years worth of learning, the 300 page "The Pet Safety Bible."
I've also taped online pet first-aid classes that will launch this summer as well as webinars and have been lucky enough to appear on numerous news and TV programs touting the importance of helping our animal friends.

When you follow your passion, it isn't like work and seeing how students or readers of my books/webinars have been able to help an animal in need just melts my heart.  Those loving, brown eyes connected to soft fur and unconditional love have given me so much over the decades -- companionship, friendship, love, protection, therapy and trust for they never tell my secrets but listen intently, and I so want to give back to the animals of the world and advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.  Actually, they do speak, humans just don't always listen or understand :( 

Opening my high school students' eyes to the horror of puppy mills, declawing and animal fighting has had a huge impact.  A lot of people don't want to see the dirty side of life, but if we don't see it and aren't aware, we never effect a change and help animals, so although I can't do or teach it all, I try to introduce students of all ages to all plights of the animals and hope they will take the ball and run with it.  Although I hope one of my students will discover the cure for canine cancer or end the animal homelessness problem, I'll wag my tail for everyone who better cares for and respects an animal on their journey through life.

2. My work is important because:

Animals are our family members and it is our privilege, honor and responsibility to know how to best care for and help them so that they can thrive and enjoy life to its fullest by our sides.

3. As an entrepreneur and a business woman, who do you admire?

The obvious answer is Oprah Winfrey who is one of the most successful humans to walk the earth.  I've been honored to teach her staff Pet First-Aid on several occasions and am so happy that animals are so important to her.  Being an author (although certainly not in her league), I admire JK Rowling not only for her talents, but for getting her books seen, read, improving literacy levels (teaching 16 year olds I see such lack in grammar and sentence structure) and wow!  made into successful films.  I know how difficult that is.  In the animal  world, it would have to be Jane Goodall and Temple Grandin, who turned her challenges into ways to improve the lives of livestock, but...the woman I admire most was not an entrepreneur, it was my mom Milada Helena Polach Urbanski who passed away many years ago but taught me to do my best and to cope in life.  No matter her struggles, she carried on with a smile and found that silver lining in every cloud.  I'd be proud to be half the woman she was!

4. What is your biggest challenge in your business? How do you work with or around it?

A decade ago, I would have said my biggest challenge was getting people interested in taking classes, but over the years, I have personally taught 12,000 humans (and millions more via national TV segments), so I feel the word is getting out as to how helpful pet first aid skills and knowledge are.  I used to have to beg locations to let me teach a class and now they find me!  People are also embracing the need to be better pet parents so teaching them how to read pet food labels, the importance of continued obedience training and pet safety are making their mark.  Therefore, I'd say now my biggest issues are gaining the necessary capital to expand and grow.  So many of my classes are benefits for rescues and shelters -- which is so very needed -- but doesn't allow for a lot of profit.  As a businesswoman, I always have ideas to reach more people with products and events, but need start-up funds to accomplish the mission so I prioritize, partner with other businesses and do the best with what I have, trying to creatively think outside the box. 

5. Do you have a first memory from childhood that connects you to what you have created today?

I was raised by a Great Dane -- Ulysses!  Uly for short and he was truly a gentle giant who set me on the path of loving dogs.  My parents of course were around too and their love for animals genetically must have been implanted in me.  Uly would get between me and any visitors to gently spread the message that they shouldn't get too close to me, and one time, actually pulled someone -- ever so gently -- by the seat of his pants a little distance from my playpen LOL  Uly allowed my tiny hands to grasp his skin and pull myself to a standing position and learn to walk.  When he played with me, my parents recounted that he literally covered his teeth with his lips so as not to cause any harm.  Because of him, I was always bringing home strays and developed an intense love for our canine best friends and have be blessed to have 11 in my family over the years, not to mention the scores I've grown found of helping find homes for at shelters.

My yellow Labrador Sunny however, was the dog who sent me on the path of teaching Pet First-Aid.  When she was 8, one morning she could not move and literally cried a blood curdling scream when she tried.  This happy-go-lucky Lab who complained about nothing, had ruptured 3 discs in her spine (unknown to us at the time -- it was actually a genetic defect that reared its head one morning as opposed to an actual spinal injury).  At the time, we live in the hills 110 Railroad Tie steps from the car to the house, and with an almost 100 lbs. doggie in pain, it was a daunting task to get her the help needed.  We did though, and after she recovered, I knew I wanted to learn everything I could so that I could come to the rescue if my furry child ever needed me again, so I started taking classes, attending seminars, doing rescue work, practicing, learning and studying until I developed the curriculum I teach.  Sunny also inspired me to develop a line of Pet First-Aid Kits that complement my classes.

After Sunny crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we were blessed to have our first Japanese Akita, Sushi!  I wrote a story about her that was published in "Dog Fancy" Magazine and that sent me on my path of writing and writing and writing for animal publications.

My black Labrador Mr. Rico (who could lick a smile onto the grumpiest of human faces) coupled with the fact that I started teaching high school animal care sent me on the path of writing children's books about animals...  I realized that although kids don't always listen to their parents, parents do in fact listen to their kids.  I discovered this when what I was teaching was actually being shared at the family dinner table and that because of my classes, parents were making better food choices for the family cat and dog.  That along with how Mr. Rico would assist me at library events teaching kids pet safety, caused me to launch my "Don't Judge a Book by its Cover" series where through the eyes of a cartoon character, I share the message that pets ARE part of the family and that whether we're 0 or 99, we should judge them by their age, breed or fur color.  The discussion themes in the back of the books take it a step further reminding us all not to judge animals, people or anything but to look for the treasure that lies below the surface.

Each of my dogs has sent me on another tangent -- My Chikita (Chow-Akita) Haiku is on the cover of my Dog First Aid pocket guides and will be introduced in the 3rd book in the "Don't Judge a Book..." series.  My beautiful Akita Bonsai (who recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge at age 16+) is the star of the 2nd book, "Start Off on the Right Paw," and I have many more tales to tell ;)  Bonsai was one my greatest protectors and saved us all from a rattlesnake, only to take the bite to her face herself, so I put my first-aid knowledge to work that day including the need to stay calm, keep the wound below her heart and get her to antivenin!  She and the day were saved thank God!

6. Tell us a story or describe a time when something occurred in your business that made your heart leap, and you knew you were doing the right thing. 

  Oh gosh, I now have bunches but one of the first was when a woman, who had taken my pet first aid class only 3 weeks before, called me to say, "I was driving down a dark mountain road when a black Rottweiler came out of no where.  I hit the brakes but the worst had happened.  I started crying and shaking but had to help, and I could because I took your class.  What could have been a nightmare turned into a success story!"

Then there was the groomer who discovered another groomer behind him had left an older Golden Retriever on the table because her heard a thud, and the dog fell off with the restraining strap still around her neck.  He performed rescue breathing and CPR and saved that dog's life!

Another pet sitter performed CPR on a dog who was literally hanging over a balcony from his leash and the dog is living a perfectly normal life years later due to the skills she learned in my class.

But there are also the more common injuries that people have been about to help with after one of my classes, especially noticing early on when something isn't quite right.  A main emphasis of my classes is not to make students veterinarians -- they are the true experts, but we have to work as a team with them and minimize pain and injury BEFORE we get to the veterinary clinic.  Also by doing a weekly Head-to-Tail Check-up of our pet's at home, we can discover something at its onset and get our best friend the help they need before it becomes a bigger issue.  So I've had students notice behavior changes and get help for their dogs and cats that were the results of diabetes, dehydration, bone & nasal cancers, neurological problems as well as upset stomachs and bee stings.

7. Please share a personal mantra, motto or ritual for when you feel drained. How do you stay inspired?

I have a couple...
For my high school animal care kids, I teach them to:
Work enthusiastically, show initiative and take pride in a job well done.

Since our doggie friends don't live on this earth as long as we do...
Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!

I am more spiritual than religious, but I do believe...
When God closes a door, he opens a window.  People, jobs and things come in and out of our life for a reason.  It's so important to 'be in the moment' like our animal friends, taking time to sniff the flowers and be present for our family and friends, for moments are fleeting, yet -- I do feel change is important too and helps us grow, challenges us and become better humans, so we do end chapters and start brighter, bigger new ones at various times in our lives.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Happy "Gotcha Day"!


     This month's topic was chosen by London.
It has always been extremely important to her to celebrate her pet's birthdays.

     In the world of rescue, we often don't know our pets exact date of birth. So we celebrate what
has come to be known as their "Gotcha Day", the day that we adopted them and brought them home!

     Having a celebration for your pet, no matter how small or how elaborate, is a wonderful way for
your children to appreciate all the joy and love, your pets bring to your family. Having them involved in the planning
often teaches them that others are deserving of special gifts and treatment, just as they are.

     There are many local bakeries that cater just to pets, and can create a cake or cupcakes to your
pet's liking. Some of these goodies can even be eaten by you! And, local grocery stores have isles of
pet friendly treats. Frozen ice cream for your dog, is a nice, cool treat any time of the year.

     If you want to get your children really involved, have them make cards for your pets and then display them
on the frig, or on a wall close to your pet's food bowls. That way, they can see their creations for days to come, and
feel proud that they we a part of their pet's birthday celebration. Take them with you to the pet store to choose a few new toys, and let them pick the ones they think their pet will love!

    We know that many people feel that their pets are a part of the family, and celebrating the day they became a part of your family, is a natural thing to do.
Your children will feel a stronger bond, and  a deeper understanding of their pet's life and all he brings to their family.

When your children attend a birthday party, they are celebrating their friend, cousin or class mate turning another year older. The attention and gifts are showered on their friend because it is THEIR special day.
The same appreciation for another happens when you celebrate your pet's life. THEY are the focus and THEY get the attention. Children begin to understand that animals have feelings and can sense and feel love , joy and happiness, the same way they do.

     So, think back to the day you brought your pet home, and make it a special day to celebrate his or her life.

      Because who doesn't need another reason to be showered with dog kisses!