Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The best interpreters

I love going to the woods on a morning like this!  There is something so delicious about hiking in the rain ... especially when one can come back home and put on a cozy fire!
Its a different cup of tea entirely for cats that have been cast adrift on their own.   Many of them have to seek shelter where they can, because there are very limited options out there for a stray cat.
In most areas, stray cats are not an Animal Control responsibility unless they have been injured.  The society is crystal clear "that it is often not possible to offer assistance with stray cats"
Now if a stray or feral cat is VERY lucky, they come under the umbrella of SCARS .... where underfunded is never an excuse and heroic efforts are made to save every cat in their charge.  
Take Jovi, pictured above, for instance.  This friendly fellow was rescued in February when he was trying to fend for himself with a colony of feral cats.   After he had begun to recover from his injuries, disaster struck and he had to be rushed in for treatment.  The short version of this story is that after pulling out all the stops, this beautiful boy is now fully recovered and ready to be adopted.
Nor is he the exception to the rule .. the poster cat or dog that gets saved so that his or her face can be used for fundraising appeals.  Nope!  If you look at the list of 11 cats that Sonya has on Petfinder this morning, three are special needs, four more required all the extra medical recovery one would expect from a hoarding situation along with a couple of sweet strays and socialized ferals.
Years ago my mother used to tell me that it wasn't enough to be good ... that one had to be good for something. 
What time is it?  It is always, always time to salute those who pull out all the stops and understand that there is more to speaking for the animals than positioning and pretty white papers.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  John Locke

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