Friday, August 06, 2010
I was out with friends the other night and was asked "Why do you bother with stray cats?"
I kind of had to think about that and now can honestly say there are lots and lots of reasons.
I have learned a long time ago that there really isn't a "somebody". When we see something that needs to be taken care of, thinking that "somebody" will do it doesn't work. We all need to be a somebody.
As a side note, many years ago a neighbor would leave their small children home alone with their teenager. The younger children, about 2 and 5 could be seen all over the neighborhood, filthy, hungry and worst of all, in the streets. The people that lived around me would say, "Someone has to do something. Someone should call the child services dept." Yes, someone. But no one did until I looked in the mirror and become "someone".
It's the same way I feel about these strays. Someone has to do something. Just feeding them isn't enough. I trap them, neuter and vaccinate them and in those wonderful cases, when they are tame and sweet, find them homes. It's not easy and very often heartbreaking but I make a difference.
I know I can't save them all but I can make a difference for a few. I can watch my daughter who has the patience of a gnat, pick up a kitten and talk to it soothingly and pet it until it's calm. I watch my hulk of a son, this champion wrestler, spend an hour just cuddling a scared kitten with the softest of touch.
As for me, I get this wonderful fulfillment when, on those rare occasions, I find a home that will love them always and I know the cycle of "stray" for that one cat is over. It's a great feeling.
If we all just become a "someone" think of all the great things that can be accomplished in this world. It can be as simple as a hand out to a homeless person, helping a child or feeding a stray. Put it all together and it's a whole lot of something.