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Quotations We Like

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"Island County understands the necessity of killing animals only when they are hopelessly sick or injured, clearly vicious, and only after telephone calls have been made to associate rescue groups with signed, hold harmless transfer agreements, giving them the opportunity to concur or rescue. No animal in a shelter’s care can be killed if a rescue group offers to save the animal’s life unless it is clearly vicious and a clear threat to public safety. Sight impairments, old age, fur color, missing limbs, lack of kennel space, human breed biases, or highly-treatable illnesses such as upper respiratory infection and kennel cough are not grounds for killing. Island County believes taking a life to protect it is an oxymoron, and life always takes precedence over expediency."
Former Island County Commissioner John Dean

"Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice

Bless the beasts and the children
For the world can never be
The world they see

Light their way
When the darkness surrounds them
Give them love
Let it shine all around them

Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from the storm
Keep them safe
Keep them warm"

Lyrics to a hit song by The Carpenters

"The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.... It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind."
~Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize address, "The Problem of Peace in the World Today"

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead 1901 - 1978

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."
Mahatma Gandhi

"Animals are not resources or property with whom we can do what we please; their lives matter very much, and they should be firmly entrenched in our moral community. Accepting the notion of 'animal guardian' to replace 'pet owner' will go a long way towards making the lives of our companions much better and richer."
Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado

"Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
Elie Wiesel, born 1928: 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act".
George Orwell....."1984"

"The more we invest in our mistakes, the less we are willing to admit them."
Unknown

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers 1879 –1935

God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses.
~R.B. Cunninghame Graham, letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1917

The grace of God is found between the saddle and the ground.
-Irish Proverb

“The greatness of a people can be measured by how well it treats its animals.”
Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948

“Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission – to be of service to them wherever they require it. If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” Francis of Assisi 1181-1226

(Job 12:7-10) "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind."

“Do not let your fire go out
Spark by irreplaceable spark,
In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the
not at all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish
And leave only frustration for the
life you deserved but never have been able to reach.
The world you desire can be won,
It exists, it is real it is possible,
It is yours”

Ayn Rand


All god's creatures got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
Some just clap their hands or paws or anything they've got now

Listen to the bass it's the one at the bottom
Where the bullfrog croaks and the hippopotamus
Moans and groans in the big tattoo
And the old cow just goes "moo"

The dogs and the cats they take up the middle
Where the honey bee hums and the cricket fiddles
The donkey brays and the pony neighs
And the old grey badger sighs oh

Listen to the top with the little birds singing
And the melodies and the high notes ringing
And the hoot-owls cries over everything
And the blackbird disagrees

Singing in the night-time, singing in the day
And the little duck quacks and he's on his way
And the otter hasn't got much to say
And the porcupine talks to himself

It's a simple song, a little one sung everywhere
By the ox and the fox and the grizzly bear
The dopey alligator and the hawk above
The sly old weasel and the turtle-dove

All god's creatures got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
Some just clap their hands or paws or anything they've got now


Lyrics to "A Place In The Choir" by Bill Staines
Bill Staines

Table of Contents

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WAG critters on the Internet! December 23, 2013 3:32 PM anonymous
Writing About Animals November 30, 2013 11:33 AM anonymous
PLEASE SUPPORT THESE ISLAND RESCUES September 9, 2015 9:36 AM anonymous
WHIDBEY ISLAND RESCUE FUND (WIRF) for animals September 14, 2013 2:32 PM anonymous
WEBSITES FOR WAGGERS February 21, 2016 10:45 AM anonymous
Quotations We Like August 15, 2014 9:15 AM anonymous
About Whidbey Animal Guild (WAG) July 5, 2016 11:08 AM anonymous

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