Let us learn the lessons of trust God's
creatures can teach US!
Inspired by the Celtic
Christian spirituality of love and respect for all of God's
St. Ciarán's Critter Connection began 15 years ago as an
online network for animal welfare sites.
of "St. Ciarán's
Critter Connection" is to support the welfare of animals,
particularly in the Pocono Mountain area of PA.
possible, we rescue, foster and try to help owners find homes
for pets they can no longer keep. During this current
difficult economic time many homeowners face foreclosure or must
sell their homes, and doing so often leaves beloved pets without
a home as owners seek rental spaces or double up with other
family members or friends. We don't hear much about the
pets even though more and more shelters are closing, again
because of the financial crunch of local governments and
non-profits. Giving is down and pets suffer. Without
the help of animal-lovers these pets will most likely face
Many spiritual, as well as many
religious, people see God in all creation, and particularly in
of life in other creatures. We believe that we
are here as stewards of creation, and as such our efforts
are to help those who love animals, to provide better for their needs with food, leashes,
cages, crates, blankets, training material, and any other items
that will help an animal lover care better for God's creature in
fostered or adopted many
unwanted animals over the years, and know well that
fostering and adopting animals brings joy to both human and
animal alike. We know humans can learn from the
God-given instincts in many animals in our care, in our world.
We know what animals can do to bring out the best in humans, as
well as how humans can create strong relationships with animals.
We want to do our part to
try to help our neighbors find loving homes for the pets they
can no longer keep. All funds given to this ministry will
go to the care of domestic pets.
Thank you for your interest and for caring.
Rev. Cait Finnegan, OMC The Celtic Christian Church
You can donate through PayPal and use a
credit card or a PayPal account.
You can easily see what spiritual people see
immediately...God's Love abounds in this world, for those with
eyes to see, ears to hear.
A Tribute to Some
Beautiful Critters Who Have Passed Through Our
Lives...briefly or for a longer stay:
Sneakin' a kiss. Mom and
Dad have some quality time while BabyB is out with M.Cait
Baby B is the
little one with her Mom (above) and in M.Cait's hand in the
first picture at the top of this page.
Puca, at 12 weeks.
This is Puca at 13 weeks on left,
and 7yrs on the right. Her elderly mom passed on and Pu
needed immediate adoption.
a German Shepherd Dog, was rescued from
at the age of 6 months. She and her
sister were put on death row by a backyard
breeder who only wanted male
Shepherds. She was terrified of everything when we rescued her.
She worked as a service dog until her sudden death at age 9.She is very keenly missed.
Puca and Honey.
Our fostered German Shepherd. Her pedigree name is: Kelsi
Angell Haus von Bishop. We knew with that she was sent by
God. A joy to be
with. Sorely missed.
Aspen is an American Eskimo. She was rescued from the
American Eskimo Breed
Rescue, Heart Bandits,
at 6 months of age. She was terrified of men. It took Joe a year
to gain her trust so she would stop biting until she came to
love him. She lived 13 yrs after rescue.
Caesar, a White Persian Lover.
Brian Boru was rescued
6 yrs ago. He is a big
gentle fellow. Despite some impressions--he is NOT a Halloween
cat! He is the most loving affectionate cat
and has a special affection for the dogs.
<Brigid's mother was a wild cat who
gave birth to 7 sick kittens. Only Brigid survived. She
lived to be 18 yrs old.
Patrick was adopted after his owner,
Sister Patricia Valentine, OMC, passed
to the Lord from cancer. Patrick brought her a
lot of happiness in her final days. Sadly at the age of 4-1/2
Patrick died from internal injuries.
<Kirby is a male rescue cat
who showed up at The Rose of Sharon Shop. His
owner needed to give him and his companion up when her 5 month old
child tested severely allergic to cats.
is Kirby's life-long companion, Gizmo, who is 13 yrs old. She is shy but
beautiful and gentle. Giz
hid from us for over a week when she first arrived at the store.
"I'm a star!"
Puca in her Easter
<Holly, the pizza-loving, cool
whip-spoon-holding parrot! She doesn't get treated with sweets
that often, but loves it when she does! Adopted after her
elderly owners died. Holly loves opera, and loves singing
along with the Ave Maria! Holly is 22 yrs old.
Here is Paddy Daly, whistling
Tchaikovsky to Kelsi. Paddy Daly came here at
Christmastime many years ago, and so he picked up "The Nutcracker" in a
few weeks. Jingle Bells took him 5 years!
He has several Irish tunes that he
uses to entertain.
Bonita (fondly known as
Bonnie), a 3 month old Chihuahua was the runt of her litter. Now
at her forever home.
Many more have come through our lives
and share their lives among our family and friends!
Thanks to all those who care so deeply
for God's Critters.
If you're thinking about adopting a
pet, consider adopting one of God's creatures that is in need of
love and a home There are some great animal shelters and
rescue groups in our area. Give them a call to
adopt, or to volunteer to help!
The amputee cat has a new spring
in his step, thanks to some high-tech prosthetic paws.
After Oscar the cat suffered a terrible accident
and lost both of his back paws, his owners thought their beloved feline
friend wouldn't survive. But thanks to a revolutionary operation, not only
was he saved but he's healthy, happy and back on all four paws again.
The operation, the first of its kind in the
world saw veterinary surgeon, Noel Fitzpatrick from Surrey attach high-tech
custom-made prosthetic paws to Oscar's ankles, during a three-hour
BBC News. The cutting
edge implants, known as ITAP (intraosseous transcutaneous amputation
prosthetics) combine engineering mechanics with biology and if little Oscar
is anything to go by, the successful operation could lead to amazing work in
the field of human prosthetics too.
Irish-born Fitzpatrick, who is soon to be
featured in a BBC television show,
The Bionic Vet
worked with Professor Gordon Blunn, at University College London to develop
the prosthetics and they couldn't be happier with the results. Watching his
patient walking around freely, just days after the groundbreaking procedure,
he said with a smile: "Oscar has made medical history!" Having lost his paws
after a traumatic accident with a combine harvester, the cat will now have
to stay indoors but it's a small price to pay considering the extent of his
injuries. "I can't tell you how good it feels to keep him alive," the
ecstatic surgeon said.
It's a heartwarming, simply puuurrrfect story!
Let's hope it leads to even more life-saving operations.