Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This kitty almost died. Well, he almost almost died. He was roaming loose in the neighborhood, uncared for, with a gash in his side. My friend feeds strays sometimes and was leaving food out for him. When she saw that the gash was bigger instead of healing up, she trapped him and took him to the vet. She paid to have him stitched up and then kept him inside while he healed. She put up "found cat" posters and notified the local animal authorities. One woman actually came and looked at him, but her missing kitty was a she. When my friend took this unclaimed cat back to have the stitches removed, she had him 'fixed' and kept him. He is beautiful! He is sweet. He is intelligent and curious but otherwise well-behaved. What a great cat and what a great person to rescue him. She has rescued other cats and one case in particular is dear to my heart: A pair of kittens would have been neglected and probably died horrible deaths over a winter abandoned outdoors, but she saved them. I can't say more until I am sure any applicable statutes of limitations have run out. There are those who overdo the animal thing with silly grooming and painted toenails and silly coats and fancy beds and toys and expensive unnecessary foods and taking them in their cars and to public events. There are those who get puppies and kittens and neglect them when the novelty wears off and abandon them or turn them loose outdoors to fend for themselves. And there are people like my friend who see a need and respond to it in a caring rational reasonable way to give a home to an animal in true need. Balance, in all things, is the key.