When I was young and lived with my grandmother, she taught me to have a soft heart for animals. As time has passed and I have gotten older, this lesson aged with me.
There is a tremendous population of abandoned animals throughout the country. Not all of them make it to shelters or rescue habitats. Sometimes the shelters in the area are over-populated and cannot take in any more. My love for the independence of the feline leads the strays and abandoned to me.
Over the years I have literally rescued dozens of starving, injured, and sick cats from the streets. Most find homes with friends, co-workers, and family. Some find homes with people who are looking for a reason to live. Some stay with me.
I live with ten cats currently. Eight belong to me and two belong to my mother. They all vary in shape, size, and color. They all have very vivid personalities. They have all been rescued from the streets and have found a home they choose to remain in.
Rescuing a cat, or any animal, requires a generosity of soul to give back and help. Despite animal funds and charities, animals are still largely overlooked; mostly because people think that someone else will help or that's what animal control is paid for. The life span at the hands of animal control can be short and too many people think that someone else will help.
Many choose not to rescue animals because they do not think they can afford the expense, especially when they are struggling. One cat saved from the streets eats very little, what a person spends on fast food during the week will often feed a single cat for several weeks. A saved cat that is sick or injured can often be treated without charge through a local veterinarian if you explain financial difficulties and that the cat is directly from the street. Most vets can offer affordable insurance for the animal to cover the major future expenses for as little as $6 a month.
Why choose to rescue a cat? Because cat's can be your friend, your love, and your salvation.