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Published on Apr 8, 2012

This Forgotten Felines/Downeast Maine (OWTD) video by maggie davis celebrates a Forgotten Felines adoption event in Ellsworth, Maine held for the benefit of local feral cats.Thank you for watching. (Please Like and Comment and Share and Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/user/HopeForTh... ) Each positive response matters.

OPEN WIDE THE DOOR is a not-for- profit, fresh-hope, Smartphone Conversation Project (by choice, not 501c3), created to benefit Animals-in-Need. The project features conversations with Rescuers, Fosterers, Adopters who share home(stead) and heart with three or more animals formerly in need (no matter the species). Pam's In Depth video is one example. (Thank you, Pam.)

Do stop by my website to read more about OPEN WIDE THE DOOR (OWTD), http://CaringInRememberedWays.org/OWT...
Wherever you are in the world, no matter who you are -- rich or poor, ill or thriving, lonely or embraced -- join me and increasing numbers of individuals who celebrate compassion as a way of life. The OPEN WIDE THE DOOR Mission
1) to inspire Rescue/Fostering/Adoption on a broader scale
2) to co-create stronger animal-fostering networks
3) to reduce numbers of shelter surrenders and returns
4) to celebrate what animals teach us when we see them deeply
5) to promote reverence for all life

I have left the Maine village, where I lived for many years, to follow the OWTD project where it leads me. Along the way, I record stories of increasing numbers of individuals who consider the welfare of animals to be of prime importance — and act accordingly. These individuals differ as to daily routines and philosophy and practice of care but share committment and love for what they do.

Some tell their stories anonymously – just their voices are heard. Others say more.

Whether podcast or video, the conversations take place face-to-face or by phone or Skype, In Depth or On the Spot. To get a true feel for what folks experience with their animals -- and within themselves, having them -- i hope you watch and listen to many, returning to this channel as as one returns to an oasis of hope.

The voices themselves tell stories, laced as they are with heartfelt, but unsentimental, emotion. The stories inform. They open the heart's eye to what's possible. I imagine the good that will grow when more are told and listened to.

I urge you not to choose a video or podcast on the basis of calling yourself a dog person or a cat person. In fact, watching/listening you will hear folks speak of having switched preferences — cat lovers become dog lovers, dog lovers become cat lovers, cat lovers become bird lovers.
Walls fall down. Love is love.

Since the 1980s, after caring for my parents while each was dying, I have served the voiceless in my own community and beyond. As with Neighborcare, Meant for Each Other, Helping Animals Heal — services still ongoing — OPEN WIDE THE DOOR was sparked by a blast of knowing.

I have spent much time sound editing. That said, OPEN WIDE THE DOOR is a digital quilt of stories, not a documentary. I view the occasional hisses and highway noises, chain saw din, folks chatting, dog collars jingling, birds sounding loudly, as “accompaniment” to the rescuers’/fosterers’/adopters’ clearly spoken words.

The videos and podcasts celebrate the lengths to which human beings will go for the sake of animals in need, even in (especially in) extreme and tender times. Seeing animals honored and served, gladly — hearing their humans' wisdom and experiences and tips — adds light to efforts on their behalf, which sparks more light.

In honor of your own animal companion(s), past and present, please help me serve others less fortunate. Sharing, Liking (Thumbs up!), Commenting, Subscribing -- each truly makes a difference. In advance, thank you!

crreak. CRRRREAK. Can you hear them?
Doors ARE opening.

with all goodwill and blessings,
maggie davis
YouTube: HopeForTheVoiceless

NOTE TO COPYRIGHT HOLDERS:The nature of my not-for-profit videos for young people and adults is not only educational but inspirational. I often include parts of selected love songs to stir the heart (Kudos to Adele and her beautiful song, "Make You Feel My Love"). Though I have searched, I have not found in the public domain what I'm searching for.

I have read copyright law and hope Fair Use applies—this, so my video is not removed. In advance, and for the sake of the cats in this video and others like them, thank you.


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