“Animals can help fill a void in your heart that humans often leave. Adopt an animal and start to heal your heart.” ~ Nikki Karis
I’m Nikki Karis, founder of Tone Rising, which is a super-brand of risings I created during the first six months of the pandemic of 2020. Not only do I love creating the inspiring products showcased on this site, but I also love writing my books and rescuing animals, especially when I’m on the island of Eleuther in the Bahamas, my home away from home.
Since November 19, 2006, the day I rescued my first dog from a parking lot in Holiday, Florida, I’ve rescued hundreds of animals off the streets of Turkey and the Bahamas and from high-kill shelters in north Florida. Many of these incredible souls have made a permanent place at my home which I’ve dubbed: the Karis Animal Sanctuary.
Via the Karis Animal Sanctuary, I’m committed to drawing attention to rescue animals, feeling rescue animals are often overlooked for adoption given they aren’t purebreds. Instead, humans, by seeking to buy or adopt purebred animals, actually encourage the continuation of unethical animal breeding which serves to perpetuate the out of control pet population and alarming euthanization rate.
Sadly, the value of an animal’s life, especially those who aren’t purebreds, is considered to be worth less than that of a human’s resulting in a staggering number of animals being euthanized each and every day. This is due to a myriad of reasons including a failure of humans to spay and neuter their pets, to consider a pet a lifetime commitment, and to recognize the beauty present in an animal who is less than perfect.
I firmly believe that animals are some of our greatest teachers here on planet Earth as they possess the ability to forgive, even after enduring abuse and neglect. Animals also love unconditionally, meaning no matter what their owner’s imperfections might be, they love their owners without limitation.
As I demonstrate via my own rescue stories, animals who have been rescued are especially loving and grateful for having been given a second chance at life. In an almost miraculous way, anxious, antisocial, and even aggressive animals can be transformed into the most loving, outgoing pets. Dogs who once roamed the streets can transform into the most unbelievable pets filling their owners’ hearts and homes.
Please follow the journey of my animals and myself on this site, as well as my personal site, Nikki Karis – the GodDogger, which is currently under reconstruction. And if you’re considering adding an animal member to your family, please consider rescuing or adopting one, as he or she will be eternally grateful for your efforts.
Love and blessings always, Nikki Karis … xo