It was an unbelievably horrific situation, but there were some light hearted moments during the Great Kitty Rescue that saved everyone’s sanity.
Sadly, (and I apologize), I do not remember this volunteer’s name but her advice made us all laugh and gave us a good tip.
We were taking a break and sitting around and talking about the cats ~ of course! One of the things everyone did was to make a list of their favorite cats, the ones that if number were no object they would take home in a heartbeat.
As with parenting, we all know you’re not supposed to have favorites, but the truth is that even as you care for and love all of the cats, there are always a few (or more!) that you connect to in a special way.
When I first met the cats of the Great Kitty Rescue, I fell in love with so many of them. Getting to know them, their names, their personalities – it was all such a delight.
Kermit, Patch, Dexter, Baxter, Peek-a-Boo, Squeeker, Kaiser, Yin, Andy Bartholomew, Eclipse, Pacific, Oblio, Sir Robin…the list kept growing.
We all knew we couldn’t adopt them all no matter how much we wanted to. Many of us had the additional obstacle (or way of keeping us in check) of having partners who had definite ideas about how many cats should be in our homes.
“You all need to do what I did.”
“Why, what did you do?”
“Well, after my first day of volunteering, I called my husband. When he asked me how it was going, I told him I had fallen in love with a 100 cats, but that I had narrowed the list down to my top ten.”
He said, “You are NOT bringing ten cats home!”
“I insisted that I didn’t know how I could possibly leave them behind. So, when I came home with just three he was extremely happy and relieved.”
More than one volunteer used that technique after that 😉
P.S. As I said, we know that we cannot adopt them all, so the next best thing we can do is to help find them a loving home. Do you have room in your heart and home for one of these orphaned cats?