Tuesday, June 06, 2006

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Anonymous BILLIE MAQUET said...


Thursday, June 08, 2006 2:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Helena Poist said...

I never knew Shannon but am touched by her good works and love of animals. Eventhough I live far away from new orleans, I try to help in small ways to make the lives of those helping animals a little easier...the world is a sadder place now that Shannon is gone.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 9:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brenda’s comments were so well written it is hard to follow…

I didn’t know Shannon but met so many like her: at Gonzales, in New Orleans in early September, driving vans and rental cars with “Animal Rescue” painted in shoe polish at the side and later, at Magazine Street with ARNO. I met so many dedicated people during Katrina – mostly those involved with animals but of course many others who came simply to help the many residents who remained heroic and brave as their world crumbled around them. People like Shannon (and Brenda) and Anita (No Animal Left Behind) and Susan in Connecticut (who continues to try and reunite owners and pets), and Chris McLaughlin and so many others continue to awe me with their dedication and their willingness to face the sad stories and the heartbreak. I am no longer (at least right now) strong enough to do that and by admitting that I see a glimmer of where Shannon went to. Brenda’s comment that:

“The fragile heart feels too much. Sees too much. Hears too much. Empathy gives way to anger and confusion. To experience the fear and pain of infinite animals can break the soul. Without a lifeline, isolation becomes unbearable.”

This comment says it all and in a way much better than I can say it….those of you who are still so deeply involved take a breath, listen to your heart, understand all the good you have done – not just for animals but for humans, and, for awhile, rest. Those of you like me, who are still trying to sort things out, get back in the game when you can. I know I will soon.

Friday, June 09, 2006 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Maggie said...

I did not know Shannon. I have only learned of her through Brenda's beautiful words. But I do know what it is like to feel over-whelmed by feeling the pain of all the animals who are suffering. Being able to feel the pain of others is a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I wish I were dead so I wouldn't have to feel it so strongly. Or I want to stop reading all the emails, each and every one a revelation because I thought I'd heard it all, I thought I'd heard the worst possible thing that could be done to animals, and then I find out, no there are worse things I must know about. It's too much sometimes, it feels so hopeless, but how can you turn away once you know? I do wish I could turn it off though, that somehow the world will wake up and it will stop.

I do not know why Shannon left this earth, but I can only imagine her pain and wish she were still here to continue her amazing work for animals. While she was helping so many others, was she sacrificing herself? She must have been. I do know I am in awe of what she accomplished. She has left an inspiring legacy.

Every year on June 20 I make a donation to help cats in memory of my beloved cat Spook and this year my donation will be to Alley Cat Allies, as requested, in honor of Shannon, as well as Spook.

I am sorry for all of you who knew and loved Shannon, for the pain you are feeling now. Don't give up...

Friday, June 09, 2006 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

In the wake of katrina, Shannon helped countless times at the Winn Dixie. When weather got cold, she turned her sun room into a cattery for Grassroots, caring for 15 cats. She also brought heaters and other supplies to Richard that I would buy over the phone via Los Angeles to keep the operation running. Shannon & Robert were both always there whenever I needed something for the animals.
She was an extremely passionate and sympathetic person. She gave until she could give no more. She is in a better place now where there is no more suffering, surrounded by her beloved friends.I will miss you, Shannon.

Friday, June 09, 2006 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Jennie Hartwick Adams said...

I like Billie's analogy. I was thinking of a supernova, burning bright at the end of its life, but I like the comet analogy better; a comet makes a bright light but goes on to shine somewhere else. ...

Brenda's open letter had reached me a few days ago and, of course, it hit the mark and consoled me that Shannon was "seen" and loved.

Shannon gave her all, but giving her all was her style. Do not weep, please, that she cared deeply. Rejoice.

I wish there could be a national day of unmourning. Everyone involved with Katrina, Rita and animal advocacy would take the day off and go to the beach. Take the dog. Play.

You just cannot rescue the animals if you do not regularly rescue yourself.

But then, please, turn your focus to the animals. Do NOT forget Shannon. Pray for her. Carry her in your heart. But put your focus on the LIVES that need you, including your own.

I heard that the La. Pet Evacuation Bill may die. Now THAT is a life worth saving. Can anyone help?!

- Mom

Friday, June 09, 2006 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A different day at Rainbow Bridge

Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray.

All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.

Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging.

He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.

But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge.

There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting, yet not knowing what he was actually waiting for.

One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, "Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge."

The dog asked the cat, "So what will happen to those animals?"

Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. The cat replied, "Watch, and you will see."

In the distance was a single person, and as she approached the Bridge the old, infirm, and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were all at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached.

At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug. One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love. The dog asked the cat, "What just happened?"

The cat responded, "That was a rescuer."

The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn't place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge and into Heaven."

The dog thought for a moment, then said, "I like rescuers." The cat smiled and replied, "So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven."

Friday, June 16, 2006 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Jeri Palumbo said...

Dearest Shannon,

You will be pleased to know today is the day after Gov Blanco signed YOUR BILL into effect. Those many sleepless nights, the constant writing, the organized marches, the phone calls, the crying, the joy.....was never in vain. Animals are smiling today because of you. And families are rejoicing. Because never again will either be put in a position to be seperated or forgotten. The Animal Kingdom is now protected....and you, my Dear, are their reigning Queen. We love you, Shannon.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 12:21:00 PM  

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