Google+

St. Francis Animal Stewards Explores Animals as Spiritual Creatures

 

The following story first appeared on Examiner.com and is being reposted here with the author’s permission.

Susana Escayola has been a lifelong animal lover and instrumental in many dog rescues as well as fund raisers to benefit rescues.st-francis-animal-steward

In 2013 she decided to start her own animal advocacy program called St. Francis Animal Stewards. Escayola based this program on the philosophy that we are all here to be stewards for animals and a voice for them, especially domestic pets. The program is named to honor the popular Catholic saint St. Francis of Assisi but will be interdenominational.

The organization is set up to work through local churches, schools, as well as an independent entity.

Susana, a resident of Surfside, Florida has degrees in art, philosophy and religion. She has always had a love for St Francis, the patron saint of animals which prompted her to name her organization in his honor. This way she could combine her love of animals with her spirituality.

Some of the programs SFAS offers are food collections at local churches during their annual blessing of the animals. During that weekend parishioners would be asked to bring in a bag of pet food (dog, cat, or horse food) which would then be distributed to the local animal charities and shelter.

Susana believes that it is not only necessary to provide food and funding for local rescues but that education is also an integral element in the fight against animal abuse. St. Francis Animal Stewards would also offer programs for schools.

The R.E.A.D .DOGS program is a group of therapy dogs who work with their handlers in schools, libraries and other settings teaching children to read by having them read to a dog.

The Book Drive would collect religious books depicting animals such as the story of St. Francis and Noah’s Ark and donate them to schools. The books would serve to educate on Catholic/Christian theology as well as depict the important roles we serve in the Creator’s plan for the earth.

“Volunteer for the Animals” would be another school based program offered by St Francis Animal Stewards. The program is an ideal way to teach children to give back at an early age as well as teach respect for all God’s creatures. Many local charities rely heavily on volunteers. SFAS would find volunteer opportunities suitable for specific age groups. As a project, schools could adopt an animal charity, learn about their work and raise money for that organization. The schools would earn community service credits through program participation.

Susana also believes community outreach is an important part of any animal welfare organization. In these tough economic times many people have lost everything, they should not have to lose their pets also. SFAS will offer programs to keep pets and families together. This will help the shelters from being overpopulated as well as save the lives of dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized. Some of the programs to benefit low income families will be a low cost vaccine and spay/ neuter services, a Pet Soup Kitchen to collect and distribute pet food to members of a food assistance program.

In addition to these wonderful programs, Susana has other great plans for St. Francis Animal Stewards and making it a top notch community outreach program to benefit both humans and animals.

Please help Susana by supporting St. Francis Animal Stewards. She can be contacted via email at stfranciswolfpack@yahoo.com.

Or via facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisAnimalStewards.

A Prayer for Animals

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Suggested by the author

Remembering Rambo, the stray that won the hearts of a community

 

Entertainment

For movies opening December 2, 2016

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening December 2, 2016     BIG BUDGET FILMS Incarnate (PG-13 for terror, profanity, disturbing images, intense violence, sensuality and mature themes) Horror flick about an unconventional exorcist (Aaron Eckhart) who meets his match while attempting to free the mind of an 11 year-old (David Mazouz) possessed by a … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

  Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This Book Review by Amy Lignor What began in an unforgettable Volume 1—living Jerry Hall’s story and dealing with the heart-wrenching issues of the Viet Nam* War—continues here. The action of battle, fraught with the unending horrors that the “unwanted veterans” dealt with, grows even more painful. And as war comes closer to an end, what should have been peaceful … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Inside WildAid

  Inside WildAid by Amy Lignor   Donations can be made. Time can be volunteered. There are a great number of charities, organizations and hard workers out there who strive with everything they have to save the animals of the world. The National Wildlife Administration, the World Wildlife Federation – these are just two leaders that help keep our beloved species’ on the map. There is also an organization whose sole mission is to end … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

  Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever By Craig Lamb   If you are overdosing on TV fishing shows, mindlessly flipping through tackle catalogs, or feeling down and don’t know why, then you are not alone. Count yourself among most of the fishermen in the entire country. We have cabin fever. It’s common this time of year when hunting and football overtake wetting a line on the list of weekend priorities. Or, it’s just plain too … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Charity Begins at Home

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop the bad from getting even worse. Remarks are made about “other countries” and what they do wrong when it comes to the harming of animals for profit. However, in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

  Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe by Amy Lignor   Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!   From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the night, the holiday season is a truly … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Forecasting Climate Change

  Forecasting Climate Change by Amy Lignor As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming. As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? … [Read More its Good for You...]