In the spring of 1996, after Elizabeth, one of my two beloved Burmese cats, died at a young age, I told myself I would just look.
Elizabeth and Angel
The handsome orange tabby at the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center in Boston peered up at me and put his nose through the bars of his cage. I asked the attendant whether I could try holding him, and she said yes. After the paperwork, the cat and I headed home.
For Edward, as I named him, this was a turn of fortune. He was a year old, and had had two prior owners. I do not know whether anyone else would have adopted him. I do know that I gave him the best possible care. He was an anxious cat, and what he needed, as a start, was love.
We moved to New York City and then to Redding, Connecticut. We missed the terrorist attack of the World Trade Center, blocks from where we had lived, by three weeks.
Eddie and Angel liked the large house. Over time, they became friends, and would nap together. Eddie, while always lovable, became calmer. [click to continue…]
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. As a friend and supporter of the organization, I had looked forward to seeing the center. Having returned to Connecticut, I was able to attend an event.
Wolf Conservation Center
The center’s mission is to promote wolf conservation and recovery:
The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), founded in 1999 by Hélène Grimaud, is a private, not-for-profit environmental education organization located in South Salem, NY. The WCC’s mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future.The WCC accomplishes this mission through onsite and offsite education programs emphasizing wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States.
The WCC also participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf … and the red wolf ….
Maggie Howell is the center’s executive director. She also was a founding board member for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition and serves as its Director of Wildlife Science.
The center has an incredible reach, as reflected in its 2012 Annual Report. Last year, it provided education programs for more than 38,000 people. It also provides the global opportunity to view wolves through its webcams. [click to continue…]