Some days I wonder if I do enough to help animals. Do you ever feel like this? But then there are other days…and I just know I’m making a difference.
I support AAVS’s Tina Nelson Sanctuary Fund. It’s my small way of helping animals rescued from labs get a second chance at a new, sooo well-deserved life. One of my favorite places that AAVS supports is Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary.
Today, I’m writing with a tearful smile. Friends, let me tell you about Ubee, a darling macaque who lived at Mindy’s Memory. I read about Ubee in a recent Mindy’s newsletter, and her story touched me.Ubee spent most of her life in a research laboratory. When she wasn’t wanted there anymore, she was sent to a roadside zoo, and the living conditions there, if you can believe it, were even worse than in the lab! When the zoo closed, nobody wanted poor Ubee. She was sick, and she was old; to some, Ubee was worthless.
Thank golly the folks at Mindy’s Memory were called. They gave Ubee some much needed TLC. Linda Barkley, who founded Mindy’s, said that she had never met a “sweeter primate” than Ubee, and wondered “how she could remain so sweet with all she had endured.”
Finally, Ubee had a chance to be herself. She was able to go outside to sit in the sun or to take a snooze whenever she wanted. She was given the best of everything, including her favorite foods, cherry tomatoes, as well as peanut butter sandwiches, and she was spoiled with the occasional powdered donut. Yum!
Ubee lived at Mindy’s Memory for just seven months, but there’s no doubt in my mind that they were the best seven months of her life. To Mindy’s Memory, Ubee was priceless.
I’m so glad to know that my support of AAVS’s Sanctuary Fund is used to help animals like Ubee. Some may see it as small potatoes, but to me, every penny pinched is worth it when I hear stories like Ubee’s.
Yes, there’s still much work to be done to help animals on a much grander scale. But to make a difference for one life is to make all the difference in her world. And after all, isn’t that really why we dedicate ourselves to this important work?
Until next time,
PS: Friends, learn more about AAVS’s Sanctuary Fund!