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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated ... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man."

Mahatma Gandhi

The following letter was written by Anna C. Briggs who passed away at 101 years of age in February 2011:


Dear Friends,

I was once told of a college professor who informed his students that certain political theorists evaluate a country's progress based on the way it treats its poor. MrsBriggs When I heard this, I thought of Mahatma Gandhi's words, and that a more accurate barometer for measuring a country's progress should include the additional indicator of how it treats its homeless companion animals.

I love America and I do believe that it is the greatest country in the world with the greatest governing political system in the world. And because of its greatness, I also believe that America can do much more to care for its homeless companion animals. In doing so, we (America) can become an even greater country; a truly humane nation.

The Briggs Animal Adoption Center's program services are part, albeit a small part, of the solution to decreasing the suffering of homeless animals in America. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the BAAC's supporters, for helping to construct and operate the BAAC and for helping to create a more humane world. Without your support, it wouldn't be possible.

For the animals, I sincerely thank you,

Mrs. Briggs with Timmy



Anna C. Briggs



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