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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


The Watchdog – 13 January 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Do you donate to animal-related charities? How do you decide which ones to help support? I hope you aren’t making similar mistakes to the ones that we made years ago: Like donating to large organizations that claim to be for “wildlife” or “conservation,” but support hunting and trophy hunting. Two examples are the World Wildlife Fund and the National Wildlife Federation. The Nature Conservancy is another group that we were dismayed to learn use very cruel methods to eradicate non-native species.

How did we learn (and are still learning) who were really worth helping? If I had to name the best resource that educated us about donating to animal-related charities, I would have to say ANIMAL PEOPLE: News For People Who Care About Animals. In addition to our annual subscription, we order The Watchdog Report on Animal Protection Charities – their special supplement. The 2007 edition lists 150 charities, as well as a page of excellent advice: “How to make your donations do the most for animals.”

For a free sample and to learn more about ANIMAL PEOPLE please visit:

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