This wish list on Amazon.com has been set up to help the companion animals victims of Hurricane Sandy in the NY area. It's a list of the most needed items like food and litter. Just put the item in your Amazon cart, pay and it will be sent directly to an  Occupy Sandy distribution center where it will reach the animals in need, as quickly as possible. 

Occupy Sandy is an amazing group. You can google them to read all about the great work they're doing.

Here is the wish list on Amazon.

Please help spread the word so together we can help as many animals as possible.

This is so sweet. It literally makes me cry. A hospital allowed this woman to visit with her cat during her last days.
I was up at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary this weekend. If you've never been, I highly recommend visiting (or volunteering). It's an incredible place!!!! 
To see animals who were supposed to end up on peoples' plates, being treated with such love and respect, in such a idyllic, peaceful setting is such an beautiful thing. This is Olive. She's a big reiki fan. 
Thundershirt works using pressure points, kind of like what swaddling does for a baby. My sister is a vet and highly recommends it. The before and after footage in this video is amazing. It's also available for cats. Good for getting them into the carrier to go to the vet (without looking like you were in a sword fight with a pirate).
What an amazing animal. I love that she opens the door and lets herself into the house and has broken a sofa and the bed. She's so cute.
For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who had saved their lives.

The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, had been rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”

For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died March 7?

Known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony had become a legend. He is the author of three books, Baghdad Ark, detailing his efforts to rescue the animals at Baghdad Zoo during the Iraqi war, the forthcoming The Last Rhinos, and his bestselling The Elephant Whisperer.

There are two elephant herds at Thula Thula. According to his son Dylan, both arrived at the  Anthony family compound shortly after the author’s death.

“They had not visited the house for a year and a half and it must have taken them about 12 hours to make the journey,” Dylan is quoted in various local news accounts. “The first herd arrived on Sunday and the second herd, a day later. They all hung around for about two days before making their way back into the bush.”

Elephants have long been known to mourn their dead. In India, baby elephants often are raised with a boy who will be their lifelong “mahout.” The pair develop legendary bonds – and it is not uncommon for one to waste away without a will to live after the death of the other.

The first herd to arrive at Thula Thula several years ago were violent. They hated humans. Anthony found himself fighting a desperate battle for their survival and their trust, which he detailed in The Elephant Whisperer:

“It was 4:45 a.m. and I was standing in front of Nana, an enraged wild elephant, pleading with her in desperation. Both our lives depended on it. The only thing separating us was an 8,000-volt electric fence that she was preparing to flatten and make her escape.

“Nana, the matriarch of her herd, tensed her enormous frame and flared her ears.

“’Don’t do it, Nana,’ I said, as calmly as I could. She stood there, motionless but tense. The rest of the herd froze.

“’This is your home now,’ I continued. ‘Please don’t do it, girl.’

I felt her eyes boring into me.

“’They’ll kill you all if you break out. This is your home now. You have no need to run any more.’

“Suddenly, the absurdity of the situation struck me,” Anthony writes. “Here I was in pitch darkness, talking to a wild female elephant with a baby, the most dangerous possible combination, as if we were having a friendly chat. But I meant every word. ‘You will all die if you go. Stay here. I will be here with you and it’s a good place.’

“She took another step forward. I could see her tense up again, preparing to snap the electric wire and be out, the rest of the herd smashing after her in a flash.

“I was in their path, and would only have seconds to scramble out of their way and climb the nearest tree. I wondered if I would be fast enough to avoid being trampled. Possibly not.

“Then something happened between Nana and me, some tiny spark of recognition, flaring for the briefest of moments. Then it was gone. Nana turned and melted into the bush. The rest of the herd followed. I couldn’t explain what had happened between us, but it gave me the first glimmer-of hope since the elephants had first thundered into my life.”

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2012/03/rescued-wild-elephant-herds-inexplicably-gather-to-mourn-lawrence-anthony-south-africas-elephant-whisperer.php#ixzz221oq8QGO

A line of elephants approach the Anthony house (Photo courtesy of the Anthony family)
OMG. These poor dogs. Although that tiger dog does seem like he's having fun scaring the crap out of the other dogs in the dog run.
Thank God my cats aren't this smart.
I love this video. It's one of the reason I got interested in animal reiki in the first place.