I have been asked in the past if I “breed” cats in my rescue. Please don’t be upset, it’s a genuine question as many people are unaware of what a true animal rescue is. While many kittens have indeed been born in my rescue, they were born out of the carelessness of humans. Humans who chose to abandon or leave their unsuspecting companion at a barn, commercial property, field, or random location miles away from the place they once called home.
Below, I will do my best to explain the true nature of what an animal rescue is; in human form…
In rescue, we open our doors to the single moms, the pregnant teenagers, the bachelors, and the elderly. We open our hearts to all shapes, sizes, and colours, we do not discriminate; we see the need and the longing in their eyes. We provide a roof over their heads, a place to sleep, and healthy meals. We welcome the diseased, the sick, the lame, the poor, and the weakened in spirit. We spend countless nights waking every couple of hours (or even less) for those late-night newborn feedings, sometimes bottle feeding more than four or five little ones. We offer programs to help rehabilitate and counselors to those who suffer the most. We cry over their pain and heartache; then rejoice with every new milestone they accomplish. We provide medical care, physiotherapy, and birth control. We cradle the orphans and provide palliative care to those whose days are few. We will also provide a room to those who are unwanted by their parents because they are fed up with behaviour that is unacceptable or out of control. Finally, we provide the patience and unending compassion that will help these beautiful souls feel they are worthy of the love they truly deserve.
Whether you have two legs or four, rescue is the act of saving someone. Animals are feeling beings. They purr when they are happy, cower when they are scared, they can sense danger, human emotions, and they can feel pain. The biggest difference between us and them is the fact that we have a voice. They do not. As humans, it is up to us to provide these beautiful creatures with a voice that can be heard. Without rescuers, people like me and you, these animals will never have the chance to be heard.
Bottom line, the true root of the problem is the act of NOT fixing our pets. Let’s face it, they will want to go outside. If there is even one unfixed animal, the potential for another 5 or 6 unfixed pets is there. It is a vicious cycle that is almost impossible to control. Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment being a best friend, parent, nurse, caregiver, servant, companion, and of course; a rescuer – theirs. Please help make a difference and listen to their voice. It doesn’t take much, simply look in their eyes, hold them close, and never let go.
A mom of 3 that loves Jesus Christ, my children, cats, and of course, all that God created. Thank you for checking us out here at ELM!