Pet sanctuary has done good work; needs support

Pet sanctuary has done good work; needs support
After reading the article in the newspaper regarding the 16 cats that were removed from Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary, I felt compelled to write. It never ceases to amaze me how people always seem to target those who are doing the most good. I have volunteered at Alchemy and have seen for myself that each and every animal there is treated with a lot of love and care. I cannot understand how the Humane Society of Columbiana County could even think of suggesting that harm was ever done to the rescued animals that are at Alchemy Acres.
I want to bring up two instances that show the extent that the Sacco family will go to help abused animals. The first one is about a Chihuahua that was rescued from a puppy mill where she had been used time after time to breed litters of pups to be sold. This poor dog weighed only two pounds and was tied outside in the cold weather. Consequently, she had frost bite on her paw and ears and was in extreme pain as well as being malnourished. Julie and Steve Sacco took this dog in and paid all of her vet bills. After she was strong enough, she was spayed and they found a good home for her where she can live out her life.
The second sad story concerns a dog that was used as bait for pit bulls that were being trained to attack. The dog was helpless as the pit bulls ripped out her skin from the tendons. She was left to die. The Sacco family got this dog to a vet who said she could help this dog. They paid for the medical and surgical treatments needed. After the dog healed under the Saccos' care at Alchemy, she too was found a good, loving home where she is now a wonderful pet.
Alchemy Acres is a no-kill animal sanctuary and that is the major difference between it and the Humane Society of Columbiana County. That difference, however, should not precipitate fault finding of the Sacco family who genuinely care for the animals that they rescue.
Julie and Steve Sacco are the first ones to help anyone in need, not just the animals. The Alchemy Acres No-Kill Animal Sanctuary needs and deserves all the support they can get from those who care.
Pastors and politics do mix
Shortly before reading Bertram de Souza's column suggesting that pastors should keep out of politics, I had just finished reading "Stride toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story" by Martin Luther King Jr. (published 1958). This is the story of the year-long boycott of Montgomery buses prompted by the actions of Rosa Parks and Dr. King's involvement.
King writes: "The apparent apathy of the Negro ministers presented a special problem. A faithful few had always shown a deep concern for social problems, but too many had remained aloof from the area of social responsibility.Much of this indifference, it is true, stemmed from a sincere feeling that ministers were not supposed to get mixed up in such earthly, temporal matters as social and economic improvement. ... But, however sincere, this view of religion, I felt, was too confined."
Bertram states, "The decay suggests that individuals most responsible for keeping society on the straight and narrow have failed in their duties." And later, he says, "Therefore, these men and women of the cloth must bear responsibility for the breakdown of the family unit, the explosion of crime among young people, and the general disregard in the inner city for life."
Although, these men and women have the strength to bear the burden that Bertram places on their shoulders, they need not do so. These people have made significant differences in their congregations' lives and in the communities. But, we are the church, we are the government, we are the people in "We the people of the United States." It is we who must bear the responsibility -- not a few handfuls of ministers and leaders.

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