When I was a kid, I was terrified of dogs and cats. Whenever a big dog would come up to me, I would jump up into my mom's arms to get to higher ground (even though she’s only 4’11”). And when a neighborhood cat wandered into my bedroom when I was 5 or 6 years old, I leapt onto a flimsy three-legged table… not knowing the cat could’ve easily jumped up too.
Today, I’ll be the first to admit that I am obsessed with animals. (My boyfriend tells me I need to diversify my news interests and sources beyond The Dodo, TakePart, Defenders of Wildlife, etc.).
I’m not sure what the turning point was; I think as I got older, I grew more sensitive toward animals and felt more empathy for them. It seems for every heartwarming, feel-good story about animals, there are 10 horror stories of animal abuse and/or neglect at the hands of people.
Sadly, animals are the victims of many people’s inability to coexist with those they consider inferior. If only more people could see that animals are just as deserving of a normal life in their natural environment without their furs/skins, babies, homes or lives ruthlessly taken from them.
I created this blog because I want to connect with other animal lovers, and encourage everyone to keep an open mind, be more empathetic and make compassionate dietary and lifestyle choices to help animals and the environment.
I also want to do my part in helping shelter animals find their forever homes by posting about them here. After years of wanting to volunteer at an animal rescue but fearing attachment and emotional instability, I finally committed to volunteering at Much Love Animal Rescue, a 16-year-old non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. (Sure enough, I ended up adopting my second cat from them.)
As a marketing copywriter by day, it made sense to use what I know to help animals in any way I can. And maybe, just maybe, CTAs (marketing speak for ‘Call to Action’) to convert a prospect into a customer can be used to turn apathy into action... with your help, of course.
Why "The Ant's Meow"? Ant is my nickname, I have two cats, and this is my call for people to have greater compassion for all living things.