Ronnie Casey

PETS: Making a brand new ending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juan, a shepherd mix, is one of several dogs available for adoption at the Tehama County Animal Care Center. (Contributed)

 

By RONNIE CASEY |

PUBLISHED: January 3, 2020 at 2:25 pm | UPDATED: January 3, 2020 at 2:26 pm

 

In the 2006 movie “Peaceful Warrior” a character named Dan Millman was led on a trek to a remote location by his mentor, Socrates. Dan was excited about the trip because he expected something of significance at the trail’s end, but when all he saw was an ordinary rock, he was greatly disappointed. However, after reflection, he said the following to his guide: “The journey… the journey is what brings us happiness… not the destination.”

 

Part of my journey began when I started volunteering at the Tehama County Animal Care Center and joined the PETS organization. Those venues opened my eyes, educated me, pulled on my emotions and introduced me to a wider scope of people and views. Both assisted in fulfilling my desire to help those who cannot help themselves. While this particular “journey” has been filled with valuable lessons, hardships, and many heartaches, the trek has also brought me happiness through the very special moments of accomplishment gained in aiding vulnerable beings in need.

There are those that believe a New Year represents a new beginning. It is thought of as making a fresh start. Personally, I believe more in what author James R. Sherman wrote, “There’s nothing you can do now to change what has already happened… You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand-new ending.” The journey to make a new ending may not always be smooth; in fact, there may be a multitude of challenges. Some of them will test the courage of your conviction, the strength of your determination, and the moral fortitude you believe you have.

 

Courage is the willingness to stand up for your beliefs. The world today needs more people who are willing to go against the flow when truth and public consensus are not the same thing, or when wrongdoing is ever present. Blind acceptance of the status quo is wrong when it means the tolerance of unacceptable behavior. To create a new ending, we must have the courage of conviction to be a voice for change. Our actions can make a difference. We have already seen how public pressure has been responsible for many improvements in animal welfare, but there is still a great deal to accomplish. If we wish to ensure that animals are treated with respect and dignity throughout their lives, then it is our responsibility, as individuals, to have the courage to act. Whether it is informing the authorities of instances of cruelty and neglect, or increasing public awareness about detrimental animal-related issues, each step in the right direction can mean a new improved ending for a creature who does not have a voice.

 

Determination is the desire to get the job done and includes characteristics such as initiative, persistence and drive. People with determination are willing to assert themselves, they are proactive, and they have the capacity to persevere in the face of obstacles  People who have “strength of determination” are not those who have never failed, or even those who have failed multiple times. They are those who get up and keep going, despite all obstacles. They have “grit”. Do you have the grit to work with others to establish programs that will address difficult problems such as feral cats, pet over-population, and how to supply food and medical care to pets for those who cannot afford either? Do you have the grit to volunteer at our local shelter or one of the many rescue organizations in the area? Do you have the grit to stop talking about what is wrong with the shelter, animal control, and every other agency dealing with animal welfare within our town, county, state, etc. and do something to improve whatever situation you are complaining about? Do you have the grit to get the necessary work done?

 

To have moral fortitude is to have the courage to speak out and act for what is right, even in the face of opposition. It is having the strength of character to do the right thing, even if it is not popular. It is a willingness to take a stand. In its most mundane form, it is merely the act of doing the right thing when it is much easier to do otherwise. If we truly believe that animals are to be treated with respect and dignity throughout their lives, then it is our moral fortitude that ensures that the following “Five Freedoms” are provided to them: Freedom from hunger and thirst; Freedom from discomfort; Freedom from pain, injury, or disease; Freedom to express normal behavior; and Freedom from fear and distress. If these “Freedoms” are lacking, then it is our moral responsibility to work towards remedying their situation. Any animal, whether pet or product, must be protected from unnecessary suffering.

 

The New Year brings us a golden opportunity to make a “brand new ending” not only for us, but also for those who are dependent upon our courage of conviction, the strength of our determination, and our moral fortitude. Every positive step we can take towards the greater good, no matter how small, will move us all closer to becoming more humane. Everyone can benefit from the “journey” we choose to take this year.

Ronnie Casey is a former vice president of PETS — Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter. She can be reached at rmcredbluff@gmail.com. 

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(TCACC) kicked off their fifth annual "Home for the Holidays" pet adoption event.

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By Red Bluff Daily News |

PUBLISHED: July 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm | UPDATED: July 1, 2019 at 5:51 pm

 

Nu-Way Market in Los Molinos is sponsoring the fourth annual month-long fundraiser for Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo becomes Red Bluff trend

 

By JULIE ZEEB | jzeeb@redbluffdailynews.com | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

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Not Cho’ Grandma’s Bingo becomes Red Bluff trend

 

By JULIE ZEEB | jzeeb@redbluffdailynews.com | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm

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By JAKE HUTCHISON | jhutchison@redbluffdailynews.com | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: April 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm | UPDATED: April 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm

 

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By JULIE ZEEB | jzeeb@redbluffdailynews.com | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: February 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm | UPDATED: February 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm

 

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By BILL CORNELIUS |

PUBLISHED: January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm | UPDATED: January 15, 2019 at 3:56 pm

 

RED BLUFF — The majority of Tehama County’s first responders and veterans organizations were well-represented at the Not Every Hero Wears a Cape event Saturday hosted by Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter, or PETS, at the State Theatre.

The event, which included a special screening of “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” was a chance for the community to come out to meet and thank their hometown heroes, said PETS Vice President Ronnie Casey.

Event to honor first responders, veterans Saturday at State Theatre

 

By JULIE ZEEB | jzeeb@redbluffdailynews.com | Red Bluff Daily News

PUBLISHED: January 16, 2019 at 5:24 pm | UPDATED: January 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

RED BLUFF — Tehama County will get the chance to honor first responders and veterans, who will be recognized Saturday at a special event hosted by Providing Essentials For Tehama Shelter, or PETS.

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By STAFF REPORTS |

PUBLISHED: September 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm | UPDATED: September 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm

 

RED BLUFF — Tehama County Animal Care Center will be hosting a four-day spay neuter clinic in Tehama County, courtesy of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.

PATRIOTS AND PETS ADOPTION PROGRAM

 

Contact: Ronnie Casey                                                             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Are you an Active Duty, Reserve, or Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?  Are you looking to adopt a furry companion?  Are you interested in giving a shelter pet a second chance at life?  Then the “Patriots and Pets Adoption Program” may be right for you.

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By STAFF REPORTS |

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POSTED: 04/19/18, 5:55 PM PDT 

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Dog beds donated to care center-

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Read the Daily News Article here.

Learn  all  about   PETS-  

Click on the cover page of the Tehama Magazine from  Spring 2017

Current events concerning local feral cats...

Corning City Council discusses Feral Cat Problems.

Read the Daily News Article here.

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