Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
Tales of WellBeing – Issue 6, July 2019
This issue of Tales of WellBeing includes two stories about animals that have had significant impacts on individuals and communities. These two stories (memorials) exemplify the intense bonds that exist between animals and humans and the impact those relationships can have upon the participants. These examples illustrate the close and life-changing relationships found in the intersections among people, animals and the environment.

Bella the Pig, the Inspiration for a Farm Animal Sanctuary
By Nicky Vernon

It is 5.30 in the morning and it sounds like the gates of hell have opened and the tortured demons are screaming from the midst of the inferno. Bella and ninety other pigs are ‘singing’ for their breakfast. They are hungry and they want food. Now. So, despite the fact that the sun has not yet risen over the peaks of the Riviersonderend mountains in our little corner of South Africa, the weary residents and volunteers of the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary (GFAS) stumble out into the feed preparation room and gather up the bowls and buckets we prepped the night before. Within a few minutes the demons have been replaced with what sounds like a babbling brook as 91 snouts blow away the dirt and delicately pick up each perfectly clean pellet of food with a satisfied smack of the lips.

Photo by: Jennifer Rowan

The Charles Award
By Kathleen Rowan

Charles Rowan, as he was known by the local veterinary practice that tended to his health needs, was a beloved member of the Rowan family for almost fourteen years. He was an excellent ambassador for dogs and for all animals – at least among his own family and some other humans who were fortunate enough to be admitted to his “special” community. Nothing makes us feel closer to animals than the very close relationship we develop with companion animals and the grief we experience when that relationship ends.This relationship is captured by an epitaph developed by the folk at that reads:
“You have gone ahead, and nothing is the same, Leaving paw prints on my heart that will always remain!”

Book Review | The Cat Men of Gotham (2019)
By Peggy Gavan

Rutgers University Press, Brunswick, New Jersey Notes from Publisher’s copy plus additional comments by Andrew Rowan
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were rough times to be a stray cat in New York City. The city’s human residents dealt with feline overpopulation by gassing unwanted cats or tossing them in rivers. Indeed, records from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (founded in 1866), indicate that over 200,000 stray cats were handled by the society in the late 1920s (most of whom would have been "euthanized" – i.e. drowned in the East River).

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