On March 25, 2013, former Arizona Representative Gabby Giffords, her husband (Mark Kelly) and his daughter were vactioning in Laguna Beach when thier pet dog escaped from its owner and attacked and killed a young California sea lion pup, devastating Kelly's daughter and many beach goers who witnessed the tragic event.
My first thought was - why was the dog so close? Then I thought, are there really that many sick sea lions that they are willing to risk coming in conctact with humans just to get some needed rest? Niether answer is easy.
Also in national news, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) which rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals (sea lions) from local beaches has been inundated with many animals this year and are in dire need of financial support. They are independently funded and rely strictly on donations to operate and to help these beloved sea mammals get back to the ocean.
Let's help draw a positive light to this issue by encouraging the Giffords (Kelly) to step up and take the lead on flooding the PMMC with donations. Surely they would be willing to use their high-profile status to help turn around this unfortunate event into something positive and beneficial.
Don't you agree?
(If you would like to make a donation, please visit the PMMC website: http://pacificmmc.org/donations.html)