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Prime Inspirations: Gaone and Moses—Everyday Heroes for Animals

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Prime Inspirations: Gaone and Moses—Everyday Heroes for Animals by Steve MartindaleIn the course of my work with PETA, I meet supporters every day who inspire me with their dedication and enthusiasm for animals. I want to share some of their stories with you, Prime readers.

Meet Gaone (“How-oh-nee”), a 15-year-old young lady who comes from a small village in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana. She now lives in the larger city of Maun in Botswana, where she is studying to become a veterinarian, hoping one day to return to her home village to help animals there.

Gaone recently became infuriated when she saw a group of athletic boys in Maun playing soccer with a cat—using the cat as their ball, kicking her back and forth. Gaone intervened and rescued the tormented soul, who was badly beaten up. She stood her ground in front of the group of intimidating boys and told them how wrong they were to hurt the cat. What courage for a normally shy girl, facing down the neighborhood boys!

Prime Inspirations: Gaone and Moses—Everyday Heroes for Animals by Steve Martindale

Gaone

Gaone has since adopted and nursed Tibe (“Wild Cat”), who has recuperated and is now healthy, happy, and well cared for. The boys learned a lesson, and Gaone continues to speak up for those who need a voice. Africa has a brighter future because of young people like her.

Moses is a young everyday hero who lives in Soweto, the infamous former township southwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an orphan whose home for most of his life has been a scrap-metal shanty on the edge of the town garbage dump that serves as his primary source of sustenance. In this unlikely setting, the dogs seem to be healthier than the people, thanks to the efforts of this inspiring young man.

Moses takes care of eight dogs there, wisely making use of a charity’s veterinary clinic to keep his canine friends healthy. He is the dogs’ advocate—their champion—and his example has encouraged his friends and neighbors to provide better care for their dogs as well.

Prime Inspirations: Gaone and Moses—Everyday Heroes for Animals by Steve Martindale

Moses

Gaone’s and Moses’ stories are just two examples that prove that we all have the power within us to make a difference for others. This post is really dedicated to all the kind-hearted people in the world who defend animals and care for them, who take small or big actions to help the defenseless, working alone or with a group, speaking up and reaching out when no one else will.

These two young people give me inspiration and hope for the future.

Who has inspired you? You can share a story with us of someone you know who inspires you—young, old, or no longer living. Let’s hear about them!

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    Laura says...

    January 27th, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Awesome!

    Barbara Case says...

    January 29th, 2010, 11:10 pm

    These kids are truly inspiring! It gives me hope that future generations will show respect and compassion for all creatures great and small.

    Monica says...

    January 30th, 2010, 4:00 pm

    what a wonderful story……………how lovely it is to see these young people caring and nurturing these animals, this really made my day! bless them!

    Tucker says...

    January 30th, 2010, 8:59 pm

    GOD BLESS GAONE AND MOSES!!!!!!
    THEY ARE DOING A GREAT THING THAT OTHER
    CHILDREN AND ADULTS CAN LEARN FROM!!!!!!
    THESE 2 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN ARE GOING TO
    GROW UP IN TO 2 LOVING, CARING, COMPASSINATE
    GROWN UPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOD BLESS ANIMAL IN,AROUND,AND OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!

    Shannon says...

    January 31st, 2010, 12:50 am

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Mohandas K. Gandhi… These children are truly an inspiration! And what hope they give for their country, which with more determination and compassion like theirs, will surely show signs of progress & benefit when others realize, ‘if these two can stand up for those without a voice, then so can we!’… Way to go!!! And don’t give up the fight.

    liliana parra says...

    January 31st, 2010, 7:54 pm

    i would like to know what i can do to help moses along in his noble efforts, but also to help him personally? i hate to think of him rummagig thru trash to find food :(

    Daisy says...

    February 1st, 2010, 1:30 am

    We should not loose faith…The are angels every where we look if we choose to do so! Good work kiddos…God is ceirtanly with you!

    Steve says...

    February 1st, 2010, 8:01 pm

    Liliana-

    Thank you so much for your concern about Moses. I am happy to report that after being on his own for 5 years, Moses has recently found a home and support in Johannesburg with compassionate, animal-loving people. His noble efforts have indeed been rewarded, and he will continue to help the dogs in that area.

    -Steve

    robin says...

    February 2nd, 2010, 10:24 pm

    That is so good to hear about Moses. And Gaone – what a brave, intelligent young woman. Wonderful story. Great to see these young leaders via the photos too.

    TATIANA says...

    February 7th, 2010, 6:39 am

    very inspiring children!!!!!!

    Mary Hastag says...

    March 19th, 2010, 5:49 am

    Thank you Steve for posting Gaone’s story, I am going to take the story to her school and it is going to make her very proud.. This will motivate and encourage her to keep up the good work of taking care of animals.

    Jean says...

    July 5th, 2010, 2:03 am

    Wow, i am so very proud of these 2 people.
    How inspiring:)
    hopefully they can teach the teens and adults a thing or two about animals and thier feelings!

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