Friends, Old and New:
It has been nearly one year to the day since we embarked on this Journey of sharing Timmy’s story in a way that would personally involve others. We do this by candidly sharing the ups and downs, triumphs and disappointments of his Healing Journey with his friends and supporters. We use video documentation of his progress, photos, blogs, articles and social networks like Twitter and Facebook. In just one short year, we have touched over 13,000 individual personal supporters and a total reach of over 23,000. You matter. You make this Journey possible. Simply by being here, you are a tool for change.
Almost daily I hear stories from people about their pets who have been harmed or killed from exposure to flea and tick products. There is comfort in knowing you are not alone. There is power in knowledge and sharing your stories with others the way things actually happened as well as the joy of recovery and the tears of defeat. These are the silent stories that weigh heavy on the heart. They spark anger, frustration, confusion and they also are the sparks of change.
You are not alone. The EPA has received over 27,000 incident reports in 2007, over 44,000 in 2008, and over 39,000 in 2009 from spot on, sqeeze on and drop products alone. That does not include those harmed by collars, powders, sprays, dips, foggers, shampoos and other applications. The actual number of incidents is much higher as many go unreported or under-reported, as required by law, by the manufacturers (also known as registrants or stake holders). In other instances, there is no owner or vet reporting to the EPA. If you have experienced an adverse reaction to these products, even if the product states it is natural or organic, you can find reporting information here. NOTE: The EPA requested during our meeting with Directors in Washington DC in August, 2010 that even past incidences are reported. If your pet or a human in your household experienced an adverse reaction in the past, please contact these places to report it so that the EPA can gain a better understanding of the experiences of pet owners.
I want to thank everyone for sharing their stories. Your courage will help others right now and in the future. Sometimes they are very painful and almost always leave owners full of guilt… if only I didn’t do this or that or did this or that… I am here to tell you that you were trying to be a good pet owner, believing in “trusted” companies. One of my goals is to educate others before this happens to their beloved dog or cat. No one should ever have to go through this kind of pain and suffering due to corporate greed and lack of honest cautions, warnings and possible side effects clearly printed on labels.
To see the Tribute Movie, We Remember, honoring those cats and dogs who have been harmed by these products, please visit Timmy TV.