Giving a Helping Paw
You know what they say, to give of your time is the best gift of all.
If you have a passion for cats and love to rescue them or foster them while trying to find them a home, like I do, why not get involved at a local pet rescue shelter?
No doubt every community has a cat rescue or dog or animal rescue, whether it be in your neighborhood, city or county. There are too many un-homed dogs and cats running around out there, mostly cats.
I am one of “those” that has a tender heart for the orphan animal. I have taken into my home a variety of animals in need to help them out of the cold or with injury so that I could deliver them to a proper rehab wildlife person. It pains me to see a cat running around my neighborhood or on my deck in cold weather, looking for food. In a case like this I try to live trap the cat and immediately bring it into my cozy basement. I have never rescued a cat that didn’t want to be inside and warm, and fed.
As I have four cats, all rescues, I know the ropes, and am very careful to keep the new cat separate from my house cats. Usually, my family cat members, are not even aware of the new cat visitor.
Well, after a day or two, it’s time for decision. The idea of keeping another cat is always appealing, I have to consider the whole picture of adopting again. This is the step that led me to getting involved at a larger level.
My solution to a recent rescue was to find a nearby local animal rescue and take it there for a better future. This investigation started a few months ago at Little Orpahn’s Animal Rescue in Montello, Wisconsin. It seemed as though I was destined to find this particular rescue, and have saved a good amount of cats that have shown up on my back deck.
After taking a tour of the facility and getting know the dedicated volunteers, and the founder Sandie. I was asked to join the board of directors as the Secretary. I accepted and am now involved on a level I had no idea I would be. Being part of the mix, and watching the hard-working volunteers, who truly care for these orphan cats and dogs is a wonderful feeling. Getting involved and giving back, so that these animals will be given their “furever home”, is a beyond a just a rewarding experience. It gives me hope too, that people really do care and want to take care of their communities, while preventing suffering for those that only want to be loved and to give unconditional love.
Are you part of an animal rescue of any kind? Share your stories and comment below!