Mia Mattsson Mercer

Children and Animal Warrior

Category Archives: Abuse

The Girl’s Past Helped her Become an Animal Lawyer

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20170817mia1020cropped-mia_header_31.jpgText: Mia Mattsson-Mercer

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Outside my door stood a very thin girl in her too big t-shirt. By her side sat a messy dog.

The girl could not be more than seven years old that first day. When the social workers came to pick her up, she refused to accompany the assistant without her dog. One of the social workers was a big animal lover who had heard me tell how important animals can be for the humans healing.

The girl was interrogated while her dog, Duncan, laid next by her chair. She stretched and gently petted him over his coat. “He is my best friend. When my mother and stepfather argued, me and Duncan always crawled under the bed together. ”

Later I met them both, but the main character for me was Duncan.

He was calm and did not leave her side.

Bottles thrown, furniture being thrown around, punches, loud voices, followed by a spooky silence. Several times Duncan went to protect the girl. The dog even bit the man, but out of protection.

The social worker later confirmed that the girl’s stepfather had tried to get rid of the dog.

Children who come from a violent family can usually heal faster with animal therapy. The healing ability from the animals affects us humans strongly.

Over the years the girl and I have been in touch with each other and especially after the difficult time when Duncan died. Duncan fought against death to continue to protect, though his master was safe and away in school. He did not want to leave her.

We were many who were afraid of what the grief and sorrow would do to her.

But life often surprises us, I thought. You are many times fooled by your own assumptions, in advance of concrete actions of others.

Of course, she mourned. But after a while she started studying to become an animal lawyer. Her dream was to fight for animals that were not allowed to accompany the children in their new foster home. She spoke of her vision as “Duncan’s Law Firm”

She ends in the letter to me:

The way back is a lifelong path but definitely not impossible. It is a healing process on a long journey. We often wonder when we will come to the healing destination. But the wounds are also a way to learn to live, and together with Duncan I became stronger than ever.

Chris and Duncan

 

That’s Amore!

No one Should

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The mind replays what the heart can't delete

Bearded Dragon at the Reptile Veterinarian

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Our beloved AWL bearded dragon Bobby, had to go to the veterinarian yesterday. I had found a fantastic reptile veterinarian only an hour away from our Animal Sanctuary.
Bobby bleeds from his mouth, especially when he eats grasshoppers!
I am the only one handling Bobby, and during his stay here for 3 weeks, nothing special has happened!

Veterinarian examined him and told me that Bobby got an old fracture on his jaw. The jaw is trying to heal!

We have no idea what or when this could have happened! The former person that cared about him said he thought he bleed from his mouth when shedding.
When rescuing animals, even with a story being told to you about the animal, bring the animal(s) to be examined by an experienced person!

When Bobby came to us a piece of his tail was gone, and several toes missing. We don’t know why…we can only guess. He has been in different homes before finally ending up with us.

For now, he will be without crickets for two weeks, and after that, another examination at the veterinarian!

❤️🦎

Animals Without Limits Award 2017

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We were pleased to give AWL Animal Friend Award to Rossella Leda Ass Onlus down in Accera South Italy!
I first met Rossella back in 2007 Awl was involved in one of the worst cases of animal abuse. Rossella stepped in and rescued also many dogs.
Since then has our paths met many times.
For thirty years has she worked hard fighting animal abuse and neglect!

Summer Vacation

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263964_10150223361696512_686306511_7532235_7844568_nI have been told that tomorrow the airfairs are going up in price,  the high season starts. We are many people that want to rest, maybe discover new places, or new food, and read new books.

Workin with animal wellness and welfare (isn’t that the same thing?) summer time is our hardest months with many abandon animals. Many people dump their dogs, or put them out in the garden, alone.

Several of the pets are escaping.

Its heart breaking to see many dogs sitting by their parco waiting for their owner to come home. No one opens the door for several days.

Pets lose their instinct and intuition very quickly, and will not survive many days out alone on the streets. Pets do not know how to get food, since we the humans have kept giving it to them. Children that got homes are being served food by their mother or father, and the children wouldn’t survive, for example, on the streets of Brasil together with homeless children. Children that grew up on the streets had to learn quickly how to survive. Just like the starys, but not the pets.

Start planing for your pets early……That’s Amore!

 

weak men

It is Hard to See(a)

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ice bear

It is hard to see, however, it’s the reality right now. Our Animals are getting emaciated , dehydrated because of us Humans.
We are overfishing the ocean. Learn more about this problem, even if you say you “only” eat fish ones a week.
You can visit ocean.org to learn more !