By Coleen Ellis

The day that Nick and I sat down to take a good, hard look at what the mission, vision, and pillars of The Pet Loss Center were comprised of, there was one thing that was organic to the discussion and what we stood for: we wanted to make a difference for pets and those that cared for and loved them.

Therefore, one of those organic elements was the vision of our organization: That all animals receive dignity and respect in life and in death.

Maybe you’ve heard this story, but it bears repeating:

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!

At The Pet Loss Center, it’s our goal to make a difference, one pet at a time.

This past week it was an honor to finalize our partnership with Austin Pets Alive, to continue that vision, one pet at a time. Homeless or in a forever home, it’s what EVERY animal deserves.

Read more on the release announcing our partnership HERE.