Articles by Michelle Rivera

  • Sep
  • 19

Common Superstitions and Myths About Animals

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In my travels as a humane educator , I confront moldy myths, superstitions, and flat-out fallacies that, with a simple bit of deduction, prove to be utterly foolish. But these false notions persist, unfortunately, and can have deadly consequences for animals.

For instance, many people turning a companion animal into the shelter state, “I just had a baby, and …

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  • Aug
  • 14

Eight Things You Can Do Today to Help Animals

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Has this ever happened to you? You read about some wonderfully heroic thing that someone “out there” does and you wonder why you aren’t out there doing great things too? We read about activists holding an eye-opening demonstration and we think, “Why can’t I do something like that?”

We want to help … we want to help …

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  • Feb
  • 7

You Don’t Have to Be a Great Vegan, Just a Good One

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So you have decided to join the world of the compassionate and go vegan! Good for you! Remember that going vegan is a journey, and if you fall, get up and try again. Not everyone goes vegan overnight. It took me a while to complete my journey. I would first have vegan meals, then “vegan days,” when …

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  • Sep
  • 18

Helping Kids Deal With Companion Animal Loss

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The loss of an animal companion is always a heartbreaking and heavy experience to go through. It’s even tougher when we must watch our kids suffer through the loss of a beloved furry, finned, or feathered friend. It’s not a pain that can be fixed like a scraped knee. Nothing can take away that sorrow, but there …

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  • Jul
  • 23

Summer Visitors to Watch For

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Where I live, summertime brings out many animal visitors who are usually not as visible in other seasons, and some of these visitors can be dangerous to animal companions.

For example, cane toads, or bufo toads (Bufo marinus) , are venomous—they secrete a toxin that is quite dangerous to animals and can kill cats or small dogs and make large dogs very sick. If …

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  • May
  • 18

Is Being Vegan Really More Expensive?

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I was watching a television show the other night on one of those educational channels about a man who weighed more than 1,000 pounds. They had to cut him out of his house. Can you imagine? I mean, that’s gotta suck, right?

So the show got me thinking about how fortunate I am-not only because I don’t …

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  • Mar
  • 16

Tips for Coping With Nonvegan Family Members

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Most of us “in the prime” of our senior years were hippies. As such, we have a longstanding tradition of free-love that includes birds, flowers, and trees. So how is it that we flower children gave birth to a generation that idolizes not free love and organic food but McDonalds and Hummers? Did we, a generation …

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