It’s no secret that I love animals and you’re here on this site, so I’d wager that you love animals too.
But I’m also a person with a lot on the go and while I would love to be an amazing advocate for the wonderous, lovely little creatures we share this planet with m the truth is, I often fall short of that desire.
I’m not alone.
I was talking with a friend recently who would love to volunteer at her local shelter, but they require a minimum of four hours a week. Four hours she just doesn’t have. Another friend loves animal rescue, volunteers with a foster organization and yet, after several months, hasn’t found the right rescue dog to join her own family. She’s started looking at puppies. I have friends who would be vegan – except that bacon is their favourite food. We all love animals. We all want a world where animals can thrive. But we’re often at a loss for how to pair that desire with action.
We live in a world of wanting to do more as animal lovers, but the fear of doing it imperfectly keeps us from moving forward.
When did we get like this? When did doing nothing become preferable to doing what we can? How can we combat the guilt that comes with feeling like we – and our efforts to make the world a better place for animals – are not enough? These are the questions that plague me and that’s why I was so excited to be asked to review Stephanie Feldstein’s new book The Animal Lover’s Guide to Changing the World.