By Elizabeth Dubos
All my life, I’ve loved wildlife and domesticated animals. I’ve always owned multiple pets and I consider them my children. I actually have a list of animals that I’d love to add to my family in the future as well. I just need a bit more property. I can’t go into certain stores when they’re holding adoption events, otherwise I’ll end up bringing home a new family member.
Another big part of my life is wildlife conservation. I love visiting zoos and aquariums to see and learn about different species. In addition to being a graphic designer, I am a photographer that specializes in black and white wildlife photos. Whenever I visit a wildlife sanctuary, aquarium, or zoo, I’m always taking pictures. I enjoy photographing them to memorialize the event and I genuinely admire their beauty.
As a dedicated animal lover, I want to help and save every creature that I can. So, I’ve made a list of things I’d love to do in the future to save all kinds of wildlife and domesticated animals.
First, I would love to open an animal hospital/rehabilitation center to save all kinds of animals. The town that I reside in is currently cutting down forests and basically destroying the ecosystem for housing developments. Therefore, it’s displacing and killing tons of animals. Animals are being forced from their homes and have nowhere to go. Due to the rise of housing developments, there’s been an increase in traffic, causing an increase in animals getting injured or killed. It’s absolutely heartbreaking because no matter where I go in town it’s impossible to miss seeing a smushed animal on the side of the road. There’s no stopping the traffic, so I want to create an animal hospital dedicated to rescuing these displaced animals. Then, after they’re rehabilitated, I want to safely transport them to protected areas, so they can live out their lives in peace.
Second, I would love to open a facility that cares for hospice or elderly animals. There are so many animals that are thrown into animal shelters because they’re “too sick” or “too old.” Often these animals die from heartbreak because they’re so sad from being dumped in a loud, crowded, scary environment. I want to make it my mission to save these animals and give them all love, comfort, compassion, and medical attention they require. These animals are on the last leg of their life, they deserve the best.
My third order of business would be to design oceanic educational content. Whether it’s brochures, flyers, or a website. There are so many misinformed people that think they’re doing the right thing but end up making it worse. For instance, tortoises have claws and belong on land, they walk down to the ocean to roll in the waves as a way to remove ticks from their body. However, people mistake this as an ocean sea turtle in need and throw the tortoise deep in the ocean. There’s been numerous times I’ve grabbed my surfboard to swim out and save it. But the majority of the time the tortoises don’t make it, because their tiny bodies couldn’t handle the shock. I want to prevent this from happening, so I think educating and informing the public is important.
Another thing that I would like to do to save more animals is create a mobile animal training service. Often, untrained pets end up in shelters or worse put to sleep because of their unruly behavior. Owners get easily distracted during their animal’s baby phase because they’re so small and cute. However, when that animal grows up the “cute” behavior turns out to be annoying or dangerous. For example, people think it’s cute when a puppy nibbles on their hands; however, when the puppy grows up and into their adult teeth, that nibbling isn’t so cute anymore; it hurts. My mobile animal training service will tend to all kinds of animals, so they can stay in the homes of their owners. Or if plans change and the owner can no longer care for the animal, it’ll be re-homed with veteran pet owners who have the time, space, and patience to help the animal.
Animals will always be a huge part of my life. They have always been there to help me, so I want to give back and help them too. I’m always going to want to come up with different ways to save them. If I had an endless supply of money, I would buy hundreds of acres of property to save all kinds of domesticated and wildlife animals.
Edited by Emelyn Ehrlich