It saddens me to say that I live in a state that participates in such a cruel tradition: the annual New Jersey black bear hunt. This year the hunt to control the state’s black bear population has been expanded into two parts. The first week lasted from Oct. 10 to Oct. 15 and the second will from Dec. 5 to Dec. 10.
The aftermath of last week’s hunt ended with bad news, which may have made room for some good news. Pedals, a wild New Jersey bear who was famous for walking through backyards on his hind legs, was killed.
Sometimes rescuing animals is not only a running thought, but it is an instinct. This is exactly how Jena and Anthony Mazzio felt when they finally opened Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary and it certainly showed when they saved a 10-day-year-old pig who only had a 5 percent chance of living before he was lucky enough to meet them.
Mazzio and Rocky smiling together. Photo/Jena Mazzio
Rocky the miracle pig has brought the Mazzios’ a story that will forever remind them why they are doing what they do. Rocky is named after Rocky Balboa for the fight he put up and for the Mazzios’ hopes of never giving up.
After opening their dream sanctuary in March of 2015, Jena and Anthony Mazzio find themselves with a loved handful 11 chickens, 6 ducks, 5 pigs, 3 rabbits, 2 sheep and 2 goats later.
After educating myself on rescues and sanctuaries, I wanted to try to visit one at least every month. Becoming closer to animals (physically and emotionally) has always been a goal of mine. I’ve always been jealous of the people who live in the states where they are lucky enough to be able to walk outside and spontaneously see wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate our New Jersey squirrels and rabbits and still act like a little girl who wants to keep one as a pet when I see one.
I used to have trouble finding places in New Jersey, but they are here. I made it easier for you animal lovers to browse through and choose where you want to visit first…
Here are two happy, playful and loving kittens. Can you see a difference between the two? Probably not. One of these kittens is only four months old and has already been through surgeries, medications and pain. However, as you can see, she is not letting any of those obstacles get in her way of living like a normal cat.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to Animal Compassion Continues. If you’re reading this, I assume you may love animals more than human beings, like myself. I’ve always been an animal lover, but just started educating myself on animal cruelty along with progressive ways to change these issues for about two years now.
Here you will find animal rescue stories including interviews with their rescuers (often times a rescuer is involved with animal rights because of a life-changing experience), animal welfare and advocacy, a widespread of animal organizations in the area, shelters and adoption and ultimately how one can help lessen the suffering of animals specifically in New Jersey. Animals — all types including cows, pigs, goats and even your typical “pet” animals such as dogs and cats — are in need of rescue and a new life we are able to give them. I want to include photographs that capture how lovable animals are (some who can’t get adopted or are returned to the shelter) and even the kind of photographs people turn their heads away from like the deplorable conditions animals are in when they are rescued.
I know a lot of people who are passionate about animals but do not get involved or simply think that is enough. My hope is that my content will move animal lovers to reach out or to open the eyes of people who did not know the extremes of animal issues around the world or even in their hometowns. I want my content to spread awareness and inspire all of you to give back the compassion that animals give us by instinct.