"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men." Alice Walker, American author

Our Mission

Countryside Animal Friends is a local chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry (www.uuam.org).

We strive to follow the guidelines set forth by the UUAM:
"The seventh principle of Unitarian Univeraslism calls us to respect the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. We of UUAM understand that human beings are only a strand in the intricate web of life.

While our Unitarian Universalist principles affirm the "inherent worth and dignity of every person and call us to seek justice and compassion in human relations, we extend these principles to include other species who also possess an intrinsic value.

Recognizing the beauty and interconnectedness of all species that call us to wholeness and toward justice for all beings, we dedicate ourselves to:

Growing our Unitarian Universalist faith in the interdependence of all life that reveals itself in the inherent worth and dignity of all beings.

Informing ourselves about nonhuman suffering

Seeking and promoting ecological justice

Inspiring respect and reverence for the earth all its creatures

Living in harmony with the natural world, which includes a deep respect and commitment to human as well as nonhuman animals."  

Furthermore, CAF is part of Countryside Church's  (UU) Service Ministry team.  

It is our goal to regularly host or participate in fundraisers for local non-profits that aid animals.  We have already, in our first year, raised money for Flint Creek Wildlife Rehab Center in Barrington IL and Young-at-Heart Pet Rescue for senior pets in Palatine IL.  
In addition to fundraising, we hope to find and participate in active service projects in the local community, such as volunteering at a local pet shelter or farm animal sanctuary.  
Finally, we hope to use our blog and Facebook page - www.facebook.com/CountrysideAnimalFriends to draw light on current issues and news regarding the welfare of all animals.

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