So let me ask you, why are you reading this today? Hey, you’re on a roll, you got it right! Obviously it’s because you are connected in some way to the wonderful world of critters. Maybe you love your pets, maybe you are a rescue person, maybe you are an animal activist, maybe you want to make a difference, or maybe it’s even all of these. As you know, the world if full of maybes and what-ifs. There is one thing I’m certain of though, it’s that there are heroes out there, and they walk among us. We don’t always see them, we don’t always hear about them, but they’re out there, doing what they do every day, often completely un-noticed or unrecognized.
You know the type of individual I’m referring to, I know you do. Where would we be without them? I can tell you quite bluntly that many of us would be homeless or dead.
When I was rescued, adopted, abused, re-rescued and finally in my forever home, I promised myself that I would do whatever I could to make life a little easier for as many other critters as I possibly could. But I’m just one Tabby. Oh sure, I supposed I could say I’ve been somewhat successful, but I would have zero success if I had to do this alone. Fortunately that isn’t the case. I am so fortunate to have made some of the best friends a cat could ever have. And our online community known as the Cat Blogosphere is one of the most loving families ever. But we all know what we do, we’re linked together by the amazing Interwebs.
I would like to dedicate this special day to the unsung heroes of animal rescue. And today, I’d like to tell you about one of those I’ve recently encountered. Let me tell you about Kathy. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ve probably encountered the Social Media rescue of my Sister Dolly, which started via CT, back to Greenville, SC to a wonderful rescue lady named Jenna.
Not too long ago Jenna contacted me on behalf of her friend Kathy to see if I could possibly help with a sweet young girl cat named Little Bit.
Little Bit had just two days to live unless a miracle happened. Little Bit had required a lot of surgery and not only was she at risk of losing her leg because she was confined to a cage, she was a major risk of losing her life. Up to this point the vet care, and there was a lot of it, was being totally funded by Kathy.
Then Jenna again contacted me on behalf of Kathy about another sweet feral girl who had been terribly sick, so sick that a nasty infection had taken one of her eyes. You knew her at the time as Faith, who is now happily in her forever home as Selina.
We had some breathing room with two whole weeks to try and help this girl. Let me tell you, she was one sick little one for quite a while. Again, the vet care was never withheld and was totally paid for by Kathy. Both Little Bit and Selina are now safe in their forever homes, but others are not so lucky.
By now you must be thinking, isn’t that nice that some rich lady helps out so much. NOT! Kathy is retired and is not wealthy. She pays for all this vet care and puts it on her credit card, and they worries about how she is going to pay it off later. I don’t have to tell you how much a vet bill can run up for just one kitty. But Kathy repeats
this over and over and over again. Her only priority is caring for the kitties. In her typical day she gets up early and does not finish until around midnight. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many feral lives she has touch or improved. I have encountered just two of those lives and although things looked impossible, Kathy never gave
The heroes, they walk among us. I am compelled to try and give a little back, the only way I know how. And that’s by asking for a little help. Below you will see a ChipIn called Kathy Cares.
Kathy does not know I’m doing this, nor did she ask for assistance. Upon her retirement she left behind all “information technology”, so she will never even see this post. I have to try, to just ease the burden a little, because I know how financially challenging just one little illness can become.
I know the economy is tough right now, but there never really is a wrong time to try and help one of those heroes. I also know that a few green papers here, and a few green papers there can add up. So if you can find it in your hearts to give a dollar or two, many kitties you will never know will be forever grateful. And if you cannot, that’s okay too, the only thing I ask is that you remember your own local heroes, and take the time to say thank you for all that they do. They do indeed walk among us.
Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!