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Last month Niteblade became the proud adoptive parent of Pumpkin, from Save the Chimps. Pumpkin was born in a laboratory, taken from his mother before he was two and ‘knocked down’ (anesthetized in what tends to be a very traumatic way) about 180 times and had his liver biopsied at least 23 times. By the time he was five years old, Pumpkin was self-mutilating.
You can read more about his story here.
In 2002, when Pumpkin was about 16 he was rescued by Save the Chimps and has been recovering in their sanctuary since then. These days he no longer self-mutilates and has been spending more and more time outside on ‘the island’ (which is a big thing for chimps raised in captivity).
These things, Pumpkin’s rescue and rehabilitation, would not be possible without donations received by Save the Chimps, and I’m exceedingly proud that the Niteblade family is counted among those donors.
Thank all of you, but an especially big thank you to the authors who donate their payment to help chimpanzees like Pumpkin. Your generosity matters and it does make a difference.
ETA: This is the second chimp Niteblade has adopted. The first was Rufus.
Each contributor to Niteblade is offered a choice of being paid via Paypal or donating their payment to Save the Chimps. Once we’ve reached $150 in donations, my husband and I match that and Niteblade “adopts” a chimpanzee.
Well, we’ve done it again 🙂
With last month’s issue we reached the tipping point for donations and now it’s time to choose which chimpanzee we will adopt.
Please follow this link:
and read the profiles of the chimps who are available for “adoption”.
Then, choose which chimpanzee you’d like us to adopt and leave your vote as a comment to this post. We’ll be open to votes until mid-November and then we’ll tally them up and adopt whichever chimp gets the most votes.
Last year Rufus won by a landslide and we adopted him. Will he take it again this year? It’s totally up to you 🙂
On a related note, starting with issue #30 (December’s issue) we will be switching our charitable donations to support Fauna Foundation. They are also a chimpanzee sanctuary, but they are Canadian (like me) and their chimp adoption rates are lower than Save the Chimps new ones ($55 vs $300). This will enable us to make more frequent donations, and to an organization which is just as deserving as Save the Chimps.
This is Rufus. Due to the generosity of many of Niteblade’s authors and poets, we were able to “adopt” Rufus from Save the Chimps last month. As described in this Miscellanea blog post, contributors are given a choice of being paid via paypal or of donating their payment to Save the Chimps. I had hoped that maybe we would be able to adopt a chimp every 18 months or so, but I was blown away by the number of people donating their payment. We reached the $75 goal quite some time ago and then had a bit of a vote to decide which chimp we’d adopt. Rufus won by a landslide.
You can learn more about Rufus (and see more photos of him) right here — All About Rufus.
The reason I’m just blogging about our adoption of Rufus now is that I must have made a mistake when I filled out the paperwork to adopt him. The original certificate (which exists solely for bragging rights) listed me, personally, as the person who adopted Rufus (though I’d said in the papers that it was on behalf of Niteblade Magazine). I emailed Save the Chimps to see if they could provide me with a certificate that more accurately reflected reality but so far I haven’t heard back (no doubt since they are busy helping chimps). So what you see above is a copy of the certificate which I edited to give credit where it belonged.
Thank you to everyone who donated their payment to support Save the Chimps, and to everyone who voted to help us decide which chimp to adopt! It’s a small thing we’ve done, but because of you, Niteblade is changing lives and helping to make the world a better place, and how awesome is that?