Worth a Thousand Words

By on May 23, 2008 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

You may already receive our quarterly magazine, All Animals. If you don’t, you’re missing out. The latest issue, landing in the mailboxes of HSUS members now, is our best yet. Chronicling our progress and challenges, All Animals reports on people making a difference for animals.

Among a number of new enhancements to the magazine is a feature called "Celebrating Animals." In each issue you’ll now find a reader’s photo on the last page and the story behind it. If you have a favorite inspiring photo of an animal, we’d love to see it. You can send your submissions either by email or through the mail (see submission details here).

The first photo chosen for publication comes from All Animals reader Joe DiStefano of North Tustin, Calif. His hummingbird close-up and story follows.

Your Best Shot rescued hummingbird

I recently found a hummingbird who could not fly on the ground in my backyard. I thought he was in the midst of dying and I tried to comfort him. A friend took him and held up some salvia flowers, and he began to drink. After a quick sip, he would look around, signaling that he was done and wanted to try another bloom.

I kept him in the house overnight, fed him sugar water the next morning, and located a local hummingbird rescuer. I transported him to the rescuer and was kept up-to-date on his progress and eventual release.

Helping the animal was rewarding, and it reinforced my belief in valuing each individual creature, no matter how small or common.

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