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Rest in Peace, Little Cottontail

Published August 5, 2022 by Maryanne
Eastern Cottontail

Sunday night my husband found a wounded rabbit near the bushes, near our home. The little guy was alive, but his pelt was stripped off his back and there was also a wound near his neck/shoulder area. Seems another animal tried to attack him and as he was getting away, his pelt stripped off.

Immediately my husband put him in a box and we called dozens of animal refuges, many which were filled to the max; or wouldn’t take rabbits only deer, or whatever animal they specialized in.

The next morning we found Woodlands Wildlife Refuge (www.woodlandswildlife.org). It was an hour drive and the bunny was placed on the floor of the backseat of the car, still alive, but in shock. Every so often his eyes would blink or his little front paws would twitch. Boy, was he a cutie pie. We had high hopes for his recovery.

They took him right in. He was so badly injured, they got right on it.

Sadly, he didn’t make it. In less than 24 hours he was gone.

It’s terrible to see a defenseless animal hurt, and then die.

What does make me feel somewhat okay about all of this is: 1. It was an act of nature and he didn’t get killed by a car.; 2. We tried our best. And at least we had a place to bring him and he didn’t have to die in the bushes and be eaten by bugs.

In honor of this beautiful Eastern Cottontail, my husband bought me a necklace from the refuge, along with a bunny statue (and another statue that looked like one of our cats).

I’ll never forget this sad week, but I did learn a lot about rabbits, and that such a beautiful place like Woodlands Wildlife Refuge exists.

Rest in peace, sweet little bunny. We tried……………

NOTE: The above photo was swiped from Google. Friends have asked to see a photo of the rabbit, but he was too badly torn up. No one would like to see an animal like that, though his beautiful eyes were just fine — big and round. And his front paws were adorable, along with his little cottontail.

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The Raptor Trust’s Third Annual Community Day

Published June 4, 2018 by Maryanne

ZiziZizi, a female American Kestrel (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Note: The following article by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta originally appeared in New Jersey’s Long Hill Leader, June 1, 2018. 

The Raptor Trust’s Third Annual Community Day

By Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

The Raptor Trust, of Millington, New Jersey, recently held their Third Annual Community Day at Stirling Hotel, Stirling, New Jersey. The day was filled with fun and festivities, including live music from Ross Griswold and the Second Line, with special guests the Raccoon Ridge Ramblers. Booths from community partners and local environmental organizations were featured. There was also family games and activities, a tricky tray, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. Food and drinks were provided by The Stirling Hotel. Proceeds from the event benefit The Raptor Trust.

Community partners included: Somerset County Parks Environmental Education Center; Friends of the Great Swamp, Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, Morris County Parks Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, Delaware Valley Eagle Alliance, and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.

Christopher Soucy, executive director of The Raptor Trust, said, “People come from all over,” adding that The Raptor Trust is celebrating 35 years.

Educator Kate Matta was showing birds like Penny, a 9-year-old blind Eastern Screech Owl and Zizi, a female American Kestrel. Zizi was found in New York City as a baby. The people who found her fed her baby food, which was a mistake.

“They eat mice and insects,” said Matta. “So, she was not getting proper nutrition. Her growth is stunted.” However, since Zizi was raised around humans, she is totally unafraid of people according to Matta. She added, “Zizi doesn’t know how to hunt. She’s a ‘people bird.’ She’s done this event before. She had no problem with people looking at her and taking pictures.”

Melissa Anahory, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator at Woodlands Wildlife, was teaching children about Tan, an Eastern Box Turtle. “He likes people,” she said. “He doesn’t hide. He’s used to people.” She continued to explain to the kids that a turtle has the shell to hide in.

The Raptor Trust was named and established as a non-profit corporation in the state of New Jersey in 1982.

The next event presented by The Raptor Trust will be a Guided Tour of The Raptor Trust on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit: theraptortrust.org, call 908-647-2353, or email: info@theraptortrust.org

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist and book editor/ghost writer. Contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

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.


Neil Simpkins

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Officially Introducing R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights)

Published August 27, 2015 by Maryanne

Cecil 2Cecil the Lion

R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) is a new animal rights activist group, inspired by the murder of Cecil the Lion. We all came together August 1, 2015, bonding over the loss of Cecil, and our love for animals. Our home base is in New Jersey, but we have online members from all over the world. Every day we sign petitions, share beautiful photos of animals and post about events/fundraisers that benefit animals.

Originally our goal was to raise funds to make July 1 National Save the Lions Day in order to bring awareness to senseless trophy killings. We needed to raise $1499 for National Day Calendar to officiate the day. However, we were almost halfway to our goal when it was brought to our attention there already was a World Lions Day. So we decided to send our monies raised thus far to various animal rights organizations in need.

For our first fundraiser, we have raised $550 and just sent the money to the following organizations:

1. Wild Cru (via Americans for Oxford, Inc.) – $250 (http://www.wildcru.org/)
2. Farm Sanctuary$50 (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/)
3. Panthera$250, to sponsor a lion! I thought that would be awesome to have in honor of Cecil! In addition to many things, the donation supports the salary of a well trained community scout in Africa to help track and protect lions from being hunted! (More info can be found on the Panthera website). (http://www.panthera.org/)

Those who have donated include: Mickey Wnek, Lynelle Behler, Patricia Blythe, Sarah Geer, Judith Smith, Joan Bunda, Dave Aver, Susan George, Iben Skjernaa Lyhne, Margaret Villa, Jerry Bedfor, Ellen and Greg Policastro, Beverly Russell, Corinne Wood, and Anonymous.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/respectouranimalsrights/

Everyone is welcome, but please note, this is not a vegan group. We’d like everyone who loves animals to feel welcome.




Feeling the Love for Cecil

Published July 29, 2015 by Maryanne

Cecil 2Rest in peace, beautiful angel ❤

Thousands have signed the petition to demand justice for the beloved Cecil the Zimbabwe lion who was shot and killed ILLEGALLY as a “trophy” animal by a Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer.

I am as torn and heartbroken as are millions of animal lovers. We are hurting because such a beautiful animal was killed needlessly — not for food or clothing — but beheaded simply for show. It’s a tragedy and I am sick to my stomach over this.

I’m dedicating the following song, by Elton John, to Cecil’s memory. Cecil, you are our Lion King, may your soul be at peace in heaven! We love you! ❤

In honor of Cecil, donations can be made for the conservations of lions at Wildlife Conservation Research Unit: http://www.wildcru.org/

You can also demand justice for Cecil by signing here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe/

A Walk in the Park

Published August 7, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1809Nature, practically in my own backyard!

Being self-employed, you have 99 percent happy days.

Yesterday was a one percent day, that rarely happens, but when it does, it’s absolutely awful. One of my clients stressed me to the point of chest pains and almost tears. Dennis was at the animal hospital with Billy. I was so stressed I called him there for comfort!

Then I spent a few hours getting lost in writing my book which is always a pleasure. Then I noticed the day was almost over. My husband was working out in the yard and just as I was going out, he was coming in. I suggested a walk.

What a great idea! It was so gorgeous out and not only did we see the fawn pictured above, but we saw the smallest bunny I ever saw in my life! It felt so good to get out and about.

No matter how much you love what you do, you just need to break away and call it a day.

Today I feel refreshed!

And I LOVE my dreams:

Last night I had a beautiful dream that my husband and I went to see Tommy James perform in the ocean. His whole band was in the ocean playing their instruments. It was so cool and surreal. I had a bathing suit on, and my husband looked very sexy in wet blue jeans.  Tommy came over to us to say “hello.”