If you ever feel like giving up rescue


I would've died that day
if not for you.

I would've given up on life
if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear
if not for your gentle hands.

I would have left this life
believing that all humans don't care

Believing there is no such thing
as fur that isn't matted;
Skin that isn't flea bitten;
Good food - and enough of it;
Beds to sleep on,
Someone to love me...

To show me I deserve love
just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile,
your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me…

You saved me from
the TERROR of the pound,
Soothing away
the memories of my old life.
You have taught me
what it means to be loved.

I have seen you do the same
for other cats like me.
I have heard you
ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it.

When there is no more money,
no more room, no more homes.
You open your heart a little bigger,
stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room
to save one more like me.

I tell you with the gratitude
and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how,
Reminding you why you go on trying.

I am the reason
The cats before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted,
our love never given
We would die if not for you.

~ Author unknown ~



Thanks to our rescue friend, Eric Schickendantz for sharing this most poignant writing.  Eric's rescue efforts in the Ohio area have saved hundreds of animals. 

Much paw applause to you, Eric, for all you continue to do.



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