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Food for Strays MAG

June 20, 2014
By LaurenKearney SILVER, Sarafovo, Burgas, Other
LaurenKearney SILVER, Sarafovo, Burgas, Other
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I’m part of the Roots & Shoots program founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, which promotes making positive changes in the world. As Dr. Goodall says, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

In Bulgaria, where I live, stray dogs are everywhere. Although many people here turn a blind eye, I cannot ignore the soulful gaze of a malnourished street dog. That’s why I’m no longer a food waster. When I see wasted food, I picture an emaciated dog prowling garbage bins, searching for a meal. When eating in a restaurant, I’m not afraid to take leftovers to feed stray cats or dogs.

A week ago, I saw a stray dog around the garbage bins. I knelt down and stroked his head. Hours earlier, I’d bagged up a plate of leftover fish. As I unwrapped it, he wagged his tail and sniffed at it. He devoured the fish in no time.

It’s sad, isn’t it, how we waste so much and think little of it? These homeless animals have taught me that food is precious. Even when I don’t have leftovers with me, I take the time to get something from the grocery store.

The next time you see wasted food, turn it into worthy food. You have the power to save a life!


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on Nov. 6 2015 at 3:45 pm
TheRealPrincess GOLD, Vallejo, California
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what about homeless people? are their lives not as valued as that of a stray cat or dog? do you ever give them your leftovers? or do their broken gazes intimidate you?

on Oct. 23 2015 at 12:19 pm
LittleRedDeliriousPrince SILVER, Parma Heights, Ohio
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There's a stray cat in my neighborhood. My father leaves out a plate of food in our backyard for her. She had a litter just this past summer :)