"Now, I’ve done some pretty spiritual things in my life. I’ve watched the sun rise over the Acropolis, in Athens. I’ve hiked in the red rocks of Sedona and felt the power of the mystical vortices. I’ve seen Barbra Streisand live on her farewell tour, twice. And yet none of these experiences comes close to what I’ve felt when I’ve adopted an animal.
This world seems so out of control at times—and you can feel absolutely powerless to have a hand in changing any of it. But when you adopt an animal, you create a little miracle. You right a little bit of what’s gone wrong on this harebrained planet of ours. You feel like every superhero rolled into one, because you took something dark and awful and made it light again."
Carol Leifer, in When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, 2009.