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USA and Denmark Friends Unite Over Love for Animals

Published April 9, 2017 by Maryanne

Her photoIben (left) and Maryanne at Mundo Vegan in Montclair, NJ 

Yesterday was an incredibly special, happy day. I finally got to meet my lovely friend Iben, who is visiting the USA, from Denmark. And her 14-year-old son, Mads, who is wise beyond his years and an all-around great kid.

Two years ago, Iben and I bonded online, over our love for animals. Cecil the lion was just killed and, of course it bothered us both terribly.

This was the summer of 2015. A short time later, Iben told me she’d be visiting the USA in 2017, so we planned to set a date to meet.

Yesterday I met Iben and Mads for the first time at a train station in Cranford, New Jersey. They’ve been staying in NYC, enjoying their holiday.

After two days of rain, we lucked out with a warm, windy day, perfect spring day. First stop was Montclair. We first went to an indie bookstore, then enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Mundo Vegan: http://www.mundovegannj.com/

We couldn’t rave enough about how great the meal was. I had organic quinoa salad and pumpkin “cheese” cake for dessert (made with tofu, almond crust, pumpkin and cashews). Delicious!

Afterwards we did some shopping in Montclair, then went for a walk around the gorgeous Verona Park. There, we coincidentally started a conversation with a woman who was from Denmark, living in the United States for 60 years! What are the chances of that?! And her brother lives in the same town as Iben.

And why did we start talking to the woman to being with? Because she had two cute dogs! It’s always hard to resist stopping to meet dogs, especially in a park.

We all ended our beautiful day with a last stop to my house so Iben and Mads could meet my kitty Nicholas. Nicholas is definitely a “people kitty.” Nicholas loved my new friends and did his “Circus flips” for them (which my husband taught him).

I’ve been so high since yesterday, meeting two incredible people. Fresh air, good food, and great conversation. So much fun!

I wish Iben and Mads a beautiful, safe trip while they continue their visit in the USA. And thanks to Facebook, we’ll be in touch, ’til we meet again! ❤

Montclair - MadsMaryanne and Mads, Montclair, NJ 

Verona ParkVerona Park (Photo by Iben) 

R.O.A.R. Receives Thank You from Farm Sanctuary!

Published September 26, 2015 by Maryanne

R.O.A.R.Official R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) t-shirt

Last month, non-profit organization R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) has raised $550.

Inspired by the death of Cecil the Lion, our original intent was to raise money to make July 1 (the date of Cecil’s murder) a National Save the Lions Day. However, after it was pointed out that there was already a World Lion Day, R.O.A.R. decided to divide the money earned to date among three animal groups: Wild Cru ($250), Farm Sanctuary ($50) and Panthera ($250).

Here is the “thank you” letter we received from Farm Sanctuary:

Dear Maryanne,

Thank you for your generous gift to Farm Sanctuary! Your donation of $50 was received on 9/16/15 and it is already making a difference for suffering farm animals.

As you know, billions of farm animals are victims of the callous, profit-driven factory farm industry. Pigs, cows, calves, chickens, and other farm animals are kept in horrifying conditions that leave them in agony from birth until their last harrowing moments on the slaughterhouse floor.

But people like you are demanding something better for farm animals — and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Each time you support Farm Sanctuary, you remind the world that farm animals matter, that they are individuals with unique and wonderful qualities. They are someone, not something — and they have no business being warehoused and abused in massive factory farms.

With you by our side, Farm Sanctuary will continue to rescue animals from abuse, fight for their protection in the courts, lobby for legislative progress, and inspire millions to make compassionate choices through our public awareness campaigns. And, of course your gift will help rescued animals find a new beginning at one of our three shelters — or with an adoptive family through our Farm Animal Adoption Network.

That’s something to be proud of as we continue working to make the world a kinder place for farm animals.

Thank you from all of us at Farm Sanctuary. We are stronger because of you!

With gratitude,

Gene Bauer

President and Co-Founder

R.O.A.R. is a copyright. It’s a non-profit organization founded by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta on August 1, 2015. Please note, R.O.A.R. is not a vegan group. We feel that you do not have to be vegan to love animals. Meat eaters and hunters (not trophy) are welcome. For more information or to purchase a t-shirt, contact Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com (Proceeds of t-shirt sales go to various animal rights organizations).

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

R.O.A.R. receives “Thank-You” Letter from American Oxford

Published September 22, 2015 by Maryanne

R.O.A.R. t-shirtOfficial R.O.A.R. t-shirt

Last month, non-profit organization R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) has raised $550.

Inspired by the death of Cecil the Lion, our original intent was to raise money to make July 1 (the date of Cecil’s murder) a National Save the Lions Day. However, after it was pointed out that there was already a World Lion Day, R.O.A.R. decided to divide the money earned to date among three animal groups: Wild Cru, Farm Sanctuary and Panthera.

Here is the “thank-you” letter we received from American Oxford:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to acknowledge the receipt of Respect Our Animals’ Rights generous gift of $250 to Americans for Oxford, Inc. We recognize the request for the Directors to allocate the gift as follows:

$250 – WildCRU – In honor of Cecil the lion

At our next quarterly distribution meeting, we will give full consideration to your expressed wishes. For your information and records, no goods or services were provided by Americans for Oxford, Inc. in exchange for your gift. We also ask that you keep this letter with your tax records.

Many thanks once again for your generous support.

Sincerely,

Neil Simpkins
Chairman

R.O.A.R. is a copyright. It’s a non-profit organization founded by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta on August 1, 2015. Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/847039385392058/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

Guest on Phoenix Rising Show

Published September 21, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8595Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

I was honored to be a guest on The Phoenix Rising Show cable show this morning, with host Phoenix Redhawk.

The show was televised live in Riverhead, Long Island and those who missed will get to see the show on You Tube in the near future.

Phoenix Redhawk and I discussed my animal rights group R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights), Cecil the Lion, and my latest book, “Love Cats.”

Stay tuned for links to the You Tube video of the show!

Special thanks to my very good friend Joan Bunda, who provided transportation and t-shirts. And very special thanks to cameraman Ryan.

For more information on R.O.A.R. and t-shirts, visit: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/r-o-a-r-respect-our-animals-rights-t-shirts/

To purchase “Love Cats” (Kindle an/or paperback) visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

SAM_8602Left to right: Joan Bunda, Phoenix Redhawk, Maryanne

SAM_8605Left to right: Ryan (camera), Phoenix Redhawk, Maryanne

Appearing on “Phoenix Rising Show” Monday, Sept. 21

Published September 19, 2015 by Maryanne

Phoenix RisingAugust 1, 2015, I founded the group R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights). R.O.A.R. is a non-profit organization. We are a group of animal lovers who got together and bonded over the death of Cecil the Lion. We are now doing exciting things for animals such as raising money for animal rights groups, signing petitions, and bringing awareness to the public. R.O.A.R. is a trademark and copy written 2015.

NOTE: This is not a vegan group. Meat eaters and non-trophy hunters welcome as they too have the right to love animals. No judging, no qualifications other than to be pro-preserving the beauty and lives of all animals.

We are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/847039385392058/

I am honored and humbled, as founder of R.O.A.R. to be a guest on “Phoenix Rising” Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 at 9 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/307073189416334/

We will discuss Cecil: the events, the follow-up, and also what you can do as an individual, a couple, and/or a group, to educate and prevent our beloveds who cannot speak for themselves.

There is an epidemic of torture and abuse to millions of different species that do not have the ability to speak up for themselves.

Audience seating available — FREE!

R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) is a copyright and trademark.

R.O.A.R. t-shirt
R.O.A.R. t-shirts!

To get your R.O.A.R. t-shirt, email Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is also the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon, paperback and kindle editions: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) Adopts a Lion for One Year

Published September 17, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8557Wild Cat Adoption Certificate

Last month, non-profit organization R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) has raised $550.

Inspired by the death of Cecil the Lion, our original intent was to raise money to make July 1 (the date of Cecil’s murder) a National Save the Lions Day. However, after it was pointed out that there was already a World Lion Day, R.O.A.R. decided to divide the money earned to date among three animal groups: Wild Cru, Farm Sanctuary and Panthera, which gave the option of adopting a wild cat.

Here is the letter from Panthera that accompanied the certificate:

On behalf of all of us, thank you for your gift to Panthera. We received a contribution of $250 from R.O.A.R. in support of our work to protect lions on Sept. 11, 2015 (Check #1665). This donation has symbolically adopted a lion. Thank you for your generosity, your passion for the natural world, and for helping turn one lion’s tragedy into triumph for all wild cats.

The death of Cecil is not the end of his story. Your gift in memory of Cecil can help save lions and other wild cats across the world by training and equipping protected area rangers, disabling deadly traps for cats and their prey, and helping communities live with and value wild cats.

Thank you again for your gift. Your support of the world’s wild cats is invaluable and shines light in some of the world’s most remote areas. Each snare we remove, each forest we protect and each cat we save is backed by your spirit and generosity.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Bowen
Chief Development Officer

R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) is a non-profit organization founded August 1, 2015 by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta. We are a group of animal lovers who got together and bonded over the murder of Cecil the Lion.

We are now doing exciting things for animals such as raising money for animal rights groups, signing petitions, and bringing awareness to the public. Come join us, everyone welcome!

Feel free to share your vision and suggestions. Post petitions and your love for animals.

We are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/respectouranimalsrights/?fref=ts

Please note: ROAR is not a vegan group. Everyone who loves animals is welcome to support ROAR.

R.O.A.R. copy right 2015.

R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) T-Shirts!

Published September 12, 2015 by Maryanne

R.O.A.R. t-shirtR.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights)

R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) is a non-profit organization founded by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta on August 1, 2015. We are a group of animal lovers who got together and bonded over the murder of Cecil the Lion.

We are now doing exciting things for animals such as raising money for animal rights groups, signing petitions, and bringing awareness to the public.

So far we’ve raised $550 which was divided between Wild Cru, Panthera and Farm Sanctuary. (Originally we were raising money to have a National Save the Lions Day, but changed our focus when we realized there already was a World Lions Day).

Join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/847039385392058/

Everyone is welcome, but please note we are not a vegan group as we believe you do not have to be vegan to love animals.

Portions of sales of R.O.A.R. t-shirts will be divided up and donated to various animal organizations.

For more information on getting a t-shirt, email Maryanne at: MaryanneChristiano@gmail.com