Marni, I, too, beg Jesus to help the animals, and the world. I will think of you as my sister in all this. What does help me the most is to get out back with my two incredibly lovable horses and do things with them. Takes my mind off of awful stuff, makes life seem really worthwhile anyway, and brings back a feeling of enthusiasm and zip, at least for awhile.
To me, the answer is NOT to stay away from hearing "the bad stuff" because it's all around us anyway, and then if I don't know about something I can't be a helping factor in it. But, I try to keep hurtful info coming into my mind to a minimum, such as not watching the news on TV.
Nice to hear from you, and your perspective, but it is so sad you are feeling generally awful about it, too. At least we can support one another and keep doing all we can do to help.