Christina H. Becker
I have been an animal lover since I was a little girl. I knew as a child that helping animals was going to be my purpose in life. Becoming a Veterinarian was my dream. I remember walking home from school on a rainy day and I heard the loudest meow from the bushes and I found a tiny little kitten drenched in water. It was probably only a week old because it couldnít even see. I immediately took it in my arms, went home and asked my mother if I could keep her. This is where saving animals all started for me. Luckily, passion for animals ran in the family on my motherís side so by the time I was in high school we had rescued about 8 cats. She would always tell me the day I got married she will move to the Mutsugoro-Animal Kingdom in Hokkaido, Japan where she could live with animals from all walks of life.
Tragedy struck my life when I was 17. I was a typical teenager, happy and excited to move away from home to go to college. I was accepted to Cal Poly Pomona where I was going to study Veterinary Science. Unfortunately, my beloved mother was slain by my stepfather and my plans for college were out the door. I was in no shape financially or mentally to move away and pursue my dreams. It was a very difficult time in my life, however these were the cards I was dealt and I persevered.
Today, I am not a Veterinarian but I will be earning a degree as a Veterinary Technician so I can be hands on with the animals that need proper medical care at my Veterinary Hospital. I dedicate myself in trying to help and rescue as many animals as possible. Animals do not have a voice and it is our responsibility as humans to help care for them. If it wasnít for my beloved cat Rocko I would have never been able to get through life alone. He was my angel and best friend. He gave me the strength and will to live. It is my duty now to give back to the Animal Kingdom. Itís amazing how a pet can make such a difference in a personís life by giving us their unconditional love. I sometimes wonder if I was an animal before this crazy human existence.
In 2006, I volunteered at the L.A Animal Services and fostered kitties and found them great homes. I ended up meeting Linda Blair (Linda Blair World Heart Foundation), we quickly became friends and I asked her if there was anything I can do to help. Collaborating with Linda in rescuing dogs I quickly learned that one of the biggest problems besides the statistics of euthanasia from overcrowded animal shelters was the disease that these animals were exposed to. Just like humans, an animalís immune system breaks down from stress, depression, and lack of sleep and lack of nutrition. Most dogs and cats that are placed in these shelters develop upper respiratory infections causing such symptoms as a runny nose or eyes, a sore throat, coughing, inflammation of the mouth and sneezing. It broke my heart to watch these poor animals get sick and I couldnít do anything about it. I asked myself, ďAre all these animals given antibiotics to fight these diseasesĒ? I knew in my heart the answer was no. Theyíre all waiting to get sick to the point where their symptoms become so severe that they even develop pneumonia and ulcers of the tongue and become so miserably ill that they eventually have to be put down. There was a cat that reminded me of my beloved Rocko and I had to take him home with me. He was skin and bones and of course he had URI and some form of skin disease. It took a very long time for his immune system to get back to normal. Realistically, the antibiotics were very costly for me but I had to purchase them. I started to calculate how much it would cost for each rescue. Typically, pet hospitals charge full price for treatment unless the rescuer is a registered non-profit which then you may get a 25% discount. Unfortunately, I have come across Vets, just like doctors, that are more concerned about money than truly caring for these animals.
This is when I knew that I had to form my own non-profit organization so I could help assist rescue organizations in treating these abused and abandoned animals that deserve to live.
We are a non-profit tax-deductible organization. My aspirations are to develop a Community Animal Treatment Center (C.A.T) in Downtown Los Angeles that will take more of a Homeopathic / Holistic approach in treating the animals in our care as well as helping to provide an eco friendly environment for the community. The animals that we rescue from the shelters and the unfortunate animals that are abused and tortured will be rehabilitated and trained to become therapy pets and will be taken to homebound elderly people, convalescent homes, kids in foster care, orphans, sick children, children with disabilities, children at risk and rehabilitated Veterans. Iím looking to garnish support and advice from the Homeopathic Veterinary Community and will be seeking donations and financial support from people who care about the well being of these unfortunate animals, innocent children and Veterans of our society and physical support for this worthwhile endeavor.
Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing your thoughts; guidance and input in helping me make a better life for these sentient beings that need us more than ever.
For more information and if you would like to donate to my cause, please email me at email@example.com
CATS and DOGS Foundation
Community Animal Treatment Center/Donation of Goodness Saves
3881 W. 6th St. #209
Los Angeles, CA 90020