Help Fund Our 2013 Investigations

(From the desk of Anne St. Michael)

"Our dedication cards were read and our devotional candles were lit by these beautiful people"

“Our dedication cards were read and our devotional candles were lit by these beautiful people”

Animals’ Angels is pleased to announce new gifts for purchase that are available in our Cafe Press Store. Our merchandise is imprinted with beautiful photographs, taken during Light The Sky 2012! These items can be worn or used every day. Choose from hats, T-shirts, aprons, tiles, mouse pads, logo stickers and canvas bags. Every purchase made provides funding for our upcoming 2013 investigations. What a worthy cause! Your generous donations help insure Animals’ Angels will continue to publish their monthly newsletter, which includes in-depth investigative reports, plus the periodic updates that are provided on our Facebook page. If you have not yet done so, please Like Us (see side bar).

"A lovely reminder to say a prayer for those we will not forget"

“A lovely reminder to say a prayer for those we will never forget”

I love taking my time drinking my morning coffee and baking. My husband likes wearing sports shirts and hats, so we are going to buy some items for ourselves. Our products, featuring the ceremony of December 1, 2012, “Light the Sky, are a beautiful reminder to continue reaching out to friends. For example, those we meet standing in line at the grocery or department store, or waiting for the Metro, gives us the opportunity to introduce the difficult topic of the mistreatment of America’s horses and farm animals. There are so many people who have no idea these things are happening in the USA. People need to learn about these matters and you could be the one who will open their eyes … just by carrying a bag, or wearing a cool hat or a T-shirt!

"A great way to share an open discussion about these important issues"

“A great way to share an open discussion about these important issues”

This is your invitation to visit our non-profit store at Cafe Press to choose and order some cool articles today. Keep in mind every sale is important because it is for the benefit of horses, mules, donkeys, burros and farm animals. These betrayed animals need their story to be told loud and clear. Animals’ Angels presents us with documented footage that our farm animals and horses are not being treated with dignity or respect. With more and more people getting involved … even if it is just by purchasing a few items or making a donation through PayPal (see sidebar), progressive change will come. By joining together we will see improvements made by our insisting that the laws in place must be followed, and that The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act will finally be passed into law. Every positive action taken on behalf of these animals is a step in the right direction. Be a part of this movement.

Come on over and Shop Today! Animals’ Angels depends upon supporter generosity and we thank you most sincerely. We certainly wish you a very joyful Holiday Season.

Angel Appreciation For All of You!

"Animals' Angels symbolizes outstanding guardianship for our equine and farm animals"

“Animals’ Angels symbolizes outstanding guardianship for our equine and farm animals”

(Below an interview w/ founder Sonja Meadows)

When Animals’ Angels began it was with the hope that change could be brought about and that the animals forced into the slaughter pipeline would be spotlighted. That the animals who suffered needlessly would have their stories told and that above all … somehow more people would get involved and care enough to sign petitions, phone their representatives and demand for this ugliness to stop.

"Animals' Angels symbolizes outstanding guardianship for our equine and farm animals"

“Animals’ Angels symbolizes outstanding guardianship for our equine and farm animals”

It’s been rotations of harsh winters, scorching summers, dangerous weather, and long vigils sitting and waiting for hours on end, in order to document the harshest and cruelest deeds against these animals. Animals’ Angels has courageously been there with the animals. It is most difficult to read their reports and even harder to watch the damning videos. I wonder … how much more difficult is it to purposely watch yet not be able to save these innocent victims … in monitoring the successive events leading up to the torment and death of these gorgeous, intelligent animals? What a price to pay in order to do something valuable and good for these equine and farm animals. Animals’ Angels supplies all of us with the necessary ammunition so we can make a conscious decision to become involved in this fight. They place strong emphasis on getting the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act passed. Because together we can help end the suffering of these equine and insist that the authorities enforce the laws already on the books for the protection of horses and farm animals.

"Personal words written by our supporters"

“Personal words written by our supporters”

Light the Sky 2012 fundraising is still ongoing through the end of the year. We appreciate each and every one of you that has made the decision to join forces, donate dedication candles and to help keep the investigations going strong. There is progress taking place slowly but surely and as these candles were lit in memory of our beloved pets we have lost, they were especially lit for those animals who were not saved. Every candle held significant meaning. Every donation from the smallest to the largest was given by those of us who want the unvarnished truth to be told. We want Animals’ Angels to know they are not alone.

"Angels on earth Amber, Brandi and Sonja"

“Angels on earth Amber, Brandi and Sonja”

They are the voice of the animals we care about and because of these investigators we learn what the animals are going through every time we see updates or read full-length reports included in Animals’ Angels Newsletters. If we did not support their efforts investigators would not be able to uncover the plight of these animals and the horses would be treated far worse than they already are! The auctions, kill buyers, feed lots and transporters need to be seen for what they are … and if no one is willing to watch them then we have failed as people to protect our equine. By donating and speaking out and speaking up and standing together we show the world there is hope to make a “Mighty Change“! Animals’ Angels is a major part of this hope.

"The spirit of man needs the spirit of our horses"

“The spirit of man needs the spirit of our horses”

Light The Sky 2012 event was successful because of you! We honored those we could not save. Many travelers and local citizens in Toyahvale, Texas, stopped to take a look at the wailing wall. They asked for and received information. They took time to read our dedication cards. They listened to the stories of slaughter and what our animals must endure. They stood on the road that transport trailers use when they drive our equine into Mexico.

"The wailing wall marks the trail of tears"

“The wailing wall marks the highway of tears”

These concerned people learned the event was a dedication for those poor souls who have been tragically slaughtered. Most of them decided to support Animals’ Angels and their efforts.

It’s so easy to donate. Click: Support Animals’ Angels Investigations and in about three minutes you’re done and you can feel good about the money you share. Giving is such a kind and generous thing to do for our animals. Thank you for caring and being a significant and growing hope for a better year ahead.

Chatting with Sonja Meadows

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Anne: Tell me more about the weekend and have you reached your goal for your 2013 investigations yet?

"Loving and dedicated people reverently light the candles to remember our fallen equine"

“Loving and dedicated people reverently light the candles to remember our fallen equine”

Sonja: We don’t know yet since people are still sending in donations for the event. We will not have the final count until January. I would just say that the support was overwhelming and that we received hundreds of prayers, stories and pictures.

Anne: Did this event surpass the others in the involvement of the public and new supporters?

"People learned about how our horses, mules and burros are transported across our borders"

“People learned about how our horses, mules and burros are transported across our borders”

Sonja: Yes, it did. The location is just perfect and the prayers are very visible along the highway of tears. All weekend we had people stop and pull over with their cars and inquiring about the event and the significance of the location. Most people had no idea that it is this road that takes all these horses to their deaths. Lots of them took brochures and reports with them and promised to check out the website. I feel that we gathered a lot of new supporters that weekend and that local awareness was increased greatly.

Anne: Were there a few standout moments that impressed you or drew you in ceremony?

Sonja: I was impressed how committed people were to make the ceremony a success. Everybody worked so hard preparing everything, setting up thousands of candles, printing out reports and erecting signs. It was an incredible team effort. We all started lighting when the sun was setting behind the mountains. It was so beautiful and all of us were united in prayer. The feeling of hope for a better future was very strong.

Anne: Who lead the prayers?

Sonja: No one. Prayers were very individual, but everyone was united within the spirit. Micki Free was there to show his support for our organization and played a song for us that he had created just for this event.

Anne: What symbolizes how you felt … how you feel about another year that you and your team have worked so hard for the horses?

"There is reverence for our fallen animals ... They will not be forgotten ... Mickie Free lighting candles"

“There is reverence for our fallen animals … They will not be forgotten … Mickie Free lighting candles”

Sonja: Like every year, it was a very intense to remember all the animals that have crossed our path in 2012. My investigators and I had given them all names and recited those names while lighting candles on their behalf. I feel very good about what was accomplished this year for the animals. We have conducted more investigations than ever and have brought several offenders to justice. I think all of us renewed our vow to keep going while we were lighting candles. We will not rest until we have completed our mission. I am very excited about the Toyahvale location and while lighting candles I felt that this was the beginning of something great. I am already looking forward to next year’s event.

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Be a part of the Mighty Change. Please support Animals Angels and donate today. Thank you it means everything for the animals.

A special event takes place tonight in New York City. The documentary “Saving America’s Horses” premieres. We are sending good wishes there will be a lot of positive news coverage to raise public awareness about this film. Animals’ Angels not only supported but provided important documentation and footage for the making of this film.

(Photography by: Nancy Smith-Blackwell)

Welcome To Animals’ Angels Blog

“We are There With the Animals”

When said aloud, this short sentence takes on a whole new meaning. Animals’ Angels was born from someone getting involved. Someone just like you. Someone who couldn’t pretend it would go away. Sonja Meadows, Executive Director of Animals’ Angels, Inc., decided to step out of her comfort zone and take a stand. I’ll interview her later so you can hear her ongoing story. You’ll learn how and why she set up this non-profit organization, what she experienced during these investigations and what sustains her faith she tirelessly exhibits everyday. She has joined with thousands of other like-minded objectors in bringing these matters to the forefront. I consider her a pioneer woman in a time when we are going places we never thought we could. Visiting Animals’ Angels Blog and the home site will provide you with an extraordinary amount of documented proof that it’s time for us to step up to the plate and take a swing at getting the message out to the people.

“Advisory Board Member”

Sonja Meadows makes another appeal on behalf of innocent horses facing demeaning mistreatment, abuse, heartbreak, and horrendous walk of death: 

“Ban Horse Slaughter”

Update: Saving America’s Horses on the trail to the Oscars!

We, Animals’ Angels, are asking our supporters to help bring the feature film “SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES” , into theaters. This documentary film is up for consideration at the 2013 ACADEMY AWARDS, with a bicoastal theatrical release this year!

Time is running out for Saving America’s Horses. Theaters are booking up but costs for finish processing and other expenses needed to be covered to bring the film to public release. Your support is vital to help get SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES into theaters THIS YEAR. Reaching the fund-raising goal in 30 days can be a game changer for this important film for the horses.

Click here to donate and support this important film.

Thank you so much!