One of the things I love most about writing articles for Best Friends is that I get the opportunity to meet and talk with people that I most likely never would have met otherwise. In just a few short months, I've had the chance to talk with people in Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, Utah, Nevada, California, Kentucky, Indiana, and Colorado, as well as several folks in my own hometown and in other parts of Ohio. It's amazing to learn about the wonderful work people are doing for animals all across the country. I've learned about people who went out every day in the freezing and snowy northern Ohio winter to take care of a homeless mother cat and her kittens. Neighbors who banded together to find a new home for a cat who had been left behind to fend for himself at a California apartment complex.Volunteers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana who care for animals in disaster situations, and stepped in to rescue more than 30 Chihuahuas from a puppy mill. An American Marine in Okinawa, Japan who fell in love with three homeless cats, and worked to make sure the cats found a new home in New Jersey.
All around the country, and indeed all over the world, there are ordinary people doing amazing things for animals every day. In what can often be a harsh world, it's a joy to be able to learn of so many kind and good-hearted people. And it's a privilege to be able to share their stories, along with the stories of their beloved animal friends.