On a Mission Spring 2018

The sweet old woman had died, leaving no rel- ative to care for her cat. It was left in the streets among the rushing vehicles during snow and rain, heat and winds. Her bright, white and or- ange striped fur made her a target to young kids throwing rocks. Hoping only to find a warm place to sleep, yet shooed away from every yard. His owner tormented him and once the food ran out, he threw him into the darkness, starved and exposed.Luckily, his dark, gray fur allowed him to camouflage into some warm spaces to rest. With nowhere to go and no one to take care of them, the orange tiger cat met the brown and white Tomcat. They met and multiplied, and multi- plied, and multiplied, and multiplied. According to Do- Something.org, there are approximately 70 million stray cats in the U.S.. Out of these 70 million, only 10% have been neutered or spayed. These only count the cats alone. How many more animals have been left neglected to the wild, with animals that differ greatly from their domestic state? We love and care for our pets not only because they are sweet, furry companions, but also because we want to help the world’s ecosystem stay in bal- ance. This is a direct benefit to us as well as to them. Not only do we care for our domestic pets, but also for nature’s wild animals. Each and ev- ery part of our ecosystem needs to be taken care of by us so that it can help take care of us. Do you rely on your everyday items such as clothes, food, paper, and even the air? Of course. Did you know that by taking care of the ecosystem, including nature’s wild and domestic animals, we can have the best source of those daily needs? Improving our ecosystem can make as great as impact as providing a main source of protein for the lives of people on the coast through fish. Or simply less- ening the amount of pesky bugs like mosquitos or beetles in the summertime. We may not think we need to worry about which animals are going instinct or where there may be an overpopulated area. However, we receive a much clearer per- spective on nature’s effect on life when we look at the food chain. While this might seem sad to realize how order is kept through animals eating other ani- mals, we need to remember that God set up the world to work this way for our bene- fit after the fall. Here is one example of a food chain: the grasshopper eats the grass, the frog eats the grasshopper, the snake eats the frog and then the eagle eats the snake. If the eagles go instinct then the snakes will over take all the frogs, If there are no more frogs to eat the grasshoppers, the grasshoppers will continue to multiply and eat away at much of our produce as well as infest our houses. Brittani Sponaugle writes on the Udemy blog that “each variable is interdepen- dent on the other to continue the life cycle”. If we can help our ecosystems, we can help our earth which will improve our lives. Everything thing from your cat to the blue whales in the ocean have an effect on our world as well as our own, personal lives. by ADDALYN LOVE From Our Pets to Our World 34 | SPRING 2018 ON A MISSION women-on-a-mission.com

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