"Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible,
forever, for what you have tamed." - Antoine de Saint Exupery
Why is it taking us all so long to understand? There are too many animals out there on the streets, in shelters, and with rescuers that need homes, and still people go to pet stores to buy new pets for their families (and then allow them to breed!). Before we really knew better, we bought our golden retriever, Chloe, from a pet store. I am sure they got her from a puppy mill or backyard breeder. I do want to say, in our defense, that we looked at the local shelters for a golden first, but we did choose to buy our pup at a store. We were fortunate in that she is healthy and very sweet, but I will never do that again. If I ever feel the need to get a purebred animal again, I will research reputable breeders for the breed and choose from them.
The cat in the picture to the left is one of our rescues. We've named her Alice, and she's a sweet little manx kitten. At the time we got her, she was between six and eight months old. Before you get too excited about Alice, though, she's already been spayed and placed. Don't you just love happy endings?
I ask for the privilege of not being born. . . not to be born until you can assure me of a home and a person to protect me, and the right to live as long as I am physically able to enjoy life. . . not to be born until my body is precious and people have ceased to exploit it because it is cheap and plentiful.
We do rescue all kinds of animals. Animals we have gotten for rescue in the past include rats (of course), dogs, cats, snakes, ferrets and a chinchilla. There aren't many types we will turn down if we have the space and time they need. Our requirements are that they be friendly, so that they can be placed, reasonably clean and healthy, and, if it applies, have their own cage. Donations are always welcome to feed and provide medical care for rescue animals. When we receive donations, but don't have animals at that time, the money is saved for when it is needed (which usually isn't long!).
|This lovely girl is being called "Callie." She is a stray who was first seen in the vicinity of 107th and Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 3, 2003. Callie is a 9-12 month-old calico; she has green eyes and weighs about five pounds. She's a sweet girl, loves people and gets along fine with other cats. She's very content indoors-not afraid of noises or activity. Callie has been tested for feline FIV and leukemia and was found to be free of diseases. For now, she is in a foster home, but as her people have not been found, she will need to find a permanent home. If you have questions or are interested in adopting Callie, contact me at the email link below. After February 1, 2003, you can email Terrie for information on Callie.
The picture above is of Chloe and Alice taken December 2000. Chloe just couldn't stand that "The Stupid Cat" was getting my attention instead of her.
When you find the pet you have been looking for, please have them spayed or neutered. Let's leave the breeding to the professionals!
Check these links for rescuers in the Kansas City area and for stories of pets in rescue.
"I am only one; but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something;
I will not refuse to do something I can do." -Helen Keller
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