It wasn't until I did a bit of research that I discovered that it was on this day, April 10, 1866, that the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was established by Henry Bergh.
Isn't it wonderful that even in the harsh realities of the 19th century that someone realized that our animal friends need our protection and care. My heart is always torn when I see public service announcemts on television depicting animals who have been mistreated, abused, or neglected. I admit to crying freely over such things. In fact, I frequently have to change the channel because I can't bear to see these innocent creatures in distress.
In this blog, I've talked about my cat, Harley, many times. She is my constant companion and loving friend. Last year when I was laid up for several weeks after my hip replacement, it was Harley who came and sat on my lap, letting me pet her and giving me her sweet kitty kisses.
So, for today, I am grateful for those people who care for and love animals.