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 creation, St. Ciarán's Critter Connection began 11 years ago as an online network for animal welfare sites. The mission of "St. Ciarán's Critter Connection" is to support the welfare of animals, particularly in the Pocono Mountain area of PA. When 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 death.
Many spiritual, as well as many religious, people see God in all creation, and particularly in the beauty 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 their care.
We have 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.
Please consider helping Rev. Holly McClure in this same effort in Georgia! Her ministry also centers around working with animals, finding homes for unwanted pets, and teaching children to consider the feelings of animals
Bishop Cait Finnegan, OMC
The Celtic Christian Church
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"Madonna and Child"
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.
Sneakin' a kiss. Mom and Dad have some quality time while BabyB is out with M.Cait playing.
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, first came to us at 12 weeks. This is Puca at 13 weeks on left, and 7yrs on the right. Puca lived for 15 years in wonderful health. She died in May 2016
Honey, a German Shepherd Dog, was rescued from GSD breed rescue 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 in January 2008. 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. After fostering her for 4 months, we adopted her, and she has adopted us. She is a service-dog-in-training. She is eager to learn and very intelligent. A joy to be with. Kells is 9 yrs old and, never injured as a pup, she has stepped into Honey's job and is a very happy dog.
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, but now she loves him! She is now 12 years old and happy.
Caesar is a White Persian Lover. Occasionally, you might see him or his buddies, Brian Boru or Brigid (below) in St. Ciarán's front window.
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 in the house, and has a special affection for the dogs. >
<Brigid's mother was a wild cat we took in, and she gifted us with 7 sick kittens. Only Brigid survived. She is now 17 yrs old and the Queen B.
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. His owner needed to give him and his companion up when her 5 month old child tested severely allergic to cats. Kirby is 12 yrs old and arrived at our rescue with his friend Gizmo (below) who is an 11 yrs old female calico. Both are large friendly cats.
This is Kirby's life-long companion, Gizmo, who is 14 yrs old. She is shy but beautiful and gentle. She holds her own though. Giz hid from us for over a week when she first arrived. Now she lives wherever the action is!
"I'm a star!" Puca in her Easter Bonnet
The Peaceable Kingdom DOES exist if they are secure and know love.
<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 30 yrs old.
Charlie, a 14 year old deaf and blind mixed breed found walking on the highway in Northwestern PA found his way to us. We found no home for Charlie, so he lived here for the brief few months he had left before he died. Charlie LOVED being with our dogs and bunnies in our yard during good weather, and sleeping with them all in their beds at night. Poor old Charlie...
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. She is 4 years old now.
Caoimhe, a German Shepherd was attacked by several large dogs in a rescue in Alabama,
and had to have surgery to repair all the damage done to her by bites.
She was terrified when she arrived. Her first winter and snow in the Poconos was a challenge, but with time she adapted!
She's been here now for 4 years and is a a happy PA girl.
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 operation, reports 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.