The Giving Year: June & July: The Marine Mammal Center & the Wildlife Conservation Network – also, foxes!

So, it’s not really a surprise that I like animals. I am, after all, Snow White. The critters are my friends, and I am a friend to the critters.

Lately, I have been all about the foxes. I love them. I love their fluffy tails and their happy smiles and their stealth and their sneakiness and mostly I just love them in all ways for all reasons. And so I got on YouTube and started watching fox videos and, I shit you not, I started crying I was so happy watching this video of what could be the happiest fox in all the lands.

And then I just kept watching fox videos because they’re SO CUTE and also they are basically the perfect combination between cats and dogs because foxes basically meow about their feelings and it’s amazing and I think if I ever got to pet a fox I would probably die on the spot because my heart could not contain all the glee and happiness that would fill it.

Anyway. I like animals, both the land-dwelling and the sea-dwelling sort and the charities I picked for June & July reflect that:

JUNE: The Marine Mammal Center

Our mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

JULY: The Wildlife Conservation Network

WCN protects endangered species and preserves their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.

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For every month of 2013, I’m donating $100 to a different charity, and I’ve named it the Giving Year.

Previous months in the Giving Year:

January: Big Brothers, Big Sisters
February: Safe Harbor
March: Girls on the Run
April: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
May: Team Rubicon

8 thoughts on “The Giving Year: June & July: The Marine Mammal Center & the Wildlife Conservation Network – also, foxes!

  1. Ash

    Ah, the chica beat me to it! I’ve seen those foxes featured in several documentaries – it’s been going on for something like 50 years, selectively breeding the most tame foxes. An old Soviet research project. In short order they found they not only tamed but developed unusual coloration, like spots! You can buy them (someone here has been dreaming of that) and they help you arrange import. $$$$$

    I love the foxes, too, T. One day I was sitting on the screened porch when Kodi started pacing and whining, and suddenly not one but two foxes came tearing down from the front of the house, one to each side of the house, like their tails were on fire. They dove off down the mountain and just vanished in the blink of an eye, but it’s one of my most treasured wildlife memories. (Right up there with the midnight I realised Kasha was sniffing a black bear’s butt 10 feet from me while I cleaned up the mess it had made!)

  2. I LOVE FOXES too!! I have for about 30 years now. Of course I call one (one and all) Foxie and his wife, Farina. Saw a fox up close when we we used to take day trips to Maine and Vt. I had a whole Fox collection and still have the most battered, ripped, barely thread Tee shirt that I will never part with. It is so worn you can see through it but I won’t ever give it away. There is something so sweet and cunning about a fox. I almost adopted a dog just because it looked like a fox but unfortunately my husband said no. Lexi is red, I can pretend she is fox although she is so stubborn and strong she could probably bully an ox! With love and friendship to you and to my “sisters” Laurie

  3. p.s. Ash, you must show Terra the photo of Lexi Laughing, I think she would love it. In it she makes the same face of the fox laughing!
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