We often hear about how humans should have more compassion towards animals. There are often stories in the news about unkind treatment of animals by humans. We were raised to respect our fellow animal friends and show compassion and love towards them. By taking them into our homes we are offering them a life that they deserve. But, what do we understand about compassion from animals?

As those with pets will attest, sometimes it is the animal that brings that extra spark of joy to our day. Our pets are there when we return home from a long day and are there during some of our roughest moments. Animals offer a type of compassion that is innate and pure.

“I live with five dogs in my house hold. Therefore everyday is full with love and compassion. I captured this photo because this dog acts more human than dog.” says Savannah Barth, photographer.

Many organizations exist that work with animals and use the compassion in animals to help those that are ill or in retirement homes. Organizations like Tails of Joy in Connecticut bring the kindness of animals and use it to bring joy and comfort to those in need.

“If having a soul means means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot

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