What is C.L.E.A.R.?
We’ve all done it. We’ve all been driving down the road, busy with our own lives, when we’d pass a farm or a pasture, or even someone’s front yard, and seen a horse so skinny and unkempt that all we could do is shake our heads at the cruelty and unfairness of it all. “Such a shame”, we tell ourselves,” that such a fine animal has been reduced down to a pitiful, woebegone creature. Someone should do something about that.”
Of course, you’d like to do something about it, but you aren’t sure what to do. Or maybe you think that the next person by will handle it, or that the authorities will surely swoop in and get the poor animal out of those deplorable conditions. Besides, you say, “I wouldn’t know what to do”, or “who do I call?”, “I’m just one person”, “what can I do about it?” The answer is simpler than you might imagine. There are all sorts of agencies out there that have the resources to handle these sorts of situations. Practically every sheriff’s department in the country has an agricultural department, or at least an Animal Control Officer. It is their job to investigate these incidences and determine what course of action should be taken. There are also private rescues that exist to get animals out of these bad conditions and rehabilitate them and find them new, loving homes. A simple internet search for a local Rescue will turn up dozens of numbers to call. Just think, with one simple phone call you can save an innocent animal from a shortened lifetime of pain and suffering. We all spend countless hours on the phone, wouldn’t it be nice to add a quick 5 minute call that makes the world a little bit better place? Especially for a defenseless animal that relies on human beings for its comfort and well being, it makes all the difference in the world.
C.L.E.A.R. offers a list of resources available for you to call.
Don’t let apathy, or a hope that someone else will do something, stand in the way of a chance at life. Be Their voice. Make a Difference.
Written by Mark Rodenburgh.