“… he will be our friend for always and always and always.” - Rudyard Kipling
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“… he will be our friend for always and always and always.” - Rudyard Kipling
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EMACIATED HOMELESS CAT FINDS A LOVING HUMAN
Meet Minnie the cat. She was really skinny and sick when her human mom first found her. Joss didn’t intend of getting a cat but just don’t have a heart to let the kitten suffer when she knows that the feline needed her help.
Joss usually leave their doors open due to the heat. One night, she was sitting in her bedroom when a skinny little cat walked right in the house and plopped down on the floor as if to say: I’m here, now save me.
Joss said, “She was deathly skinny. Could hardly even keep her eyes open and basically slept the entire time in my arms like a baby. I felt so sorry for her so I spent the night with her wondering what the hell am I gonna do! The next day I went out and when I came back she was gone. I was so worried. I told my friends, if they see her, don’t let her go! I will take her.”
“About 4 days later, a neighbour found her and kept her for me till I got home. So the next day I took her to the vet and happily discovered she was healthy, just very malnourished. She would only eat if you hand fed her apparently. So I did this all week. Slowly she fattened up and before our eyes, became an animated kitten full of energy. I called her Minnie because she was the tiniest skinniest cat I had ever seen.”
“She follows me like a dog..I think she might be part dog. She eats everything: papaya, sunflower seeds, peanuts…probably so grateful from the days of no food that she endured. She meows at me as though she is trying to talk and as long as you talk to her, she always gives a meow back each time. She is my protector, I live in the jungle and every night she is always prowling around the house…makes me feel so safe and I love her company. She loves to make friends: at my old place, she had 4 puppy friends, 2 dogs and 2 kittens that were her BFF’s haha!”
“I am on holiday this year in Thailand…I never intended to get a cat but she literally walked into my life and my heart just melted. Not many cats get saved as she did here in Thailand. I am so happy that I could at least give one stray a chance at a good life.”
Happy 1 year rescue anniversary, Samuel!
From Veal Crate to Sanctuary: The Beautiful Rescue Story of Samuel the Calf
After defying all odds of ending up at the slaughterhouse, Samuel was given a second chance at life, and he is certainly making the most of this opportunity at his new home, Gaia Sanctuary.
Capturing the hearts of people from all over the world, Samuel and his incredible story allows us to see how intelligent and emotionally complex farm animals really are. Rescues like Samuel’s, while they remind us of the cruel and barbaric practices taking place each and every day, simultaneously give us hope of the beautiful world we can create when we start to see animals as our friends and not as our food.
It’s obvious when you look at Samuel’s lust for life that he doesn’t want to die. He wants to live just like the rest of us. He wants to feel love and experience friendship. He wants to be free to eat, play, and sleep as he pleases, and thankfully, now he can.
Samuel was born into an industry which does not value the life of each individual animal. The almost inevitable fate of a calf like him is to spend their few short months on this planet confined in tiny veal crates, near to starvation, unable to walk, and crying out for their mothers.
Samuel was born a twin, and twins born into the industrialized farming industry are seen as surplus as they are often smaller and weaker than their sibling, and farmers do not want to spend money raising them. This would usually result in slaughter in the first few weeks of life, but in a strange twist of fate, this same fact ended up being the very thing that saved him. As the farmer did not consider Samuel’s life to have any value, he agreed to let him be rescued by Gaia Sanctuary, an animal rescue located nearby.
Like all calves born into the dairy industry, Samuel was torn away from his mother just hours after birth and confined to a tiny crate, only just big enough to stand up and turn around in. Scared and unaware of what was happening, he and all of the other calves in the farm cried endlessly to be reunited with their mothers. When the rescuers arrived to take Samuel away to his new life, he saw them and immediately tried to escape through the cage.
Sadly, his twin brother was to suffer a different fate as the farmer would not agree to release them both. With a heavy heart, they put Samuel into the van and headed back to the sanctuary leaving his brother and all the other crying calves behind with the heartbreaking knowledge of what their future held.
Having been awaiting an early trip to the slaughter house, Samuel was extremely underweight and in a seriously poor condition. The milk he was supposed to have from his mother to nourish him and build strength in the first few hours and days after birth was instead being collected for human consumption. Thankfully, with a lot of love, care, and bottle feeding, Samuel began to recover and gain strength. He was ready to begin enjoying life outside of a veal crate.
Since his rescue, Samuel has gained a huge following of people who have completely fallen in love with his gentle, inquisitive, and fun nature. To see a cow come from such a desperate situation, enjoying the sunshine, wagging his tail as he eats the fresh grass, and springing around with excitement when he feels happy is a reminder of what life should be like for all animals. Thanks to the photographs and videos from the sanctuary, we have been able to catch an intimate glimpse into Samuel’s life as he grows up.
It has been an emotional roller coaster for all involved to say the least, especially after complications with a hernia operation left him bedridden, unable to go outside in fear of infection to the wound. Having been cooped up indoors, watching Samuel return to the field which he so loved was a truly touching moment.
Captured on video, Samuel was so excited to be outside again in the sunshine, with the grass under his feet, and his new friends in sight once more, he began to leap around with excitement, running around the pen like a child in a playground.
Samuel has befriended many different animals at the sanctuary including goats, dogs, sheep, chickens, and of course, humans. He has inspired change in the way people view cows, with many of his new found fans pledging to give up meat and dairy after falling in love with his special story, a story which has now been made into a beautiful children’s book.
Being able to watch Samuel grow from a scared, lonely, and debilitated veal calf, into a gentle, loving, and friendly creature, able to explore the world without fear of abuse or torment, reminds us all of how different the future of this planet could be if we continue to reject the widespread exploitation of animals.
Together We Can See The World
When grandpa Horst walked into the Best Friends adoption center, a cat with only one eye caught his attention. Just like the cat, grandpa Horst can only see through one eye.
“Horst and Mimi bonded at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Salt Lake City just a few weeks ago,” Best Friends Animal Society – Utah wrote. After meeting Mimi, he knew right away that that was the cat for him.
“You can’t see out of your right eye, and I can’t see out of my left, but together we can see the world,” Horst said to his furry companion in his home in Colorado.
“My grandfather and Mimi are truly happy together! I haven’t seen him this happy in years,” said Horst’s granddaughter Heather.
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Nurse Gives 175 Terminally Ill Cats A Loving Home
LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count.
The 45-year-old nurse has turned her two-story, eight-room apartment into a hospice for cats with feline leukemia, scattering it with scores of feeding dishes and at least two dozen boxes litter boxes.
Some have suggested she shelter healthy cats instead. “That’s not my role,” she told The Associated Press. “I’m a nurse. My duty is to the cats that nobody cares about.”
She said that “people don’t adopt adult cats, especially if they are terminally ill.”
For five years, Torero has ministered to animals as they slowly succumb to the common, fatal retrovirus, which is not contagious to humans or other species. It usually is transmitted through direct contact, mutual grooming and the sharing of litter boxes, food and water bowls, according to the website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
She finds the cats in Lima’s streets and markets and has them tested for leukemia. Nearly all of the street cats turn out to have the disease, as well as fleas, parasites and malnutrition. She takes in only adult cats to avoid spreading the disease to new generations.
"Bringing a kitten here is condemning it to death," she said.
Torero names the cats — Fellini, Peppa, Dolly, Misterio among them — and dresses many in small shirts. “Each one has a distinct personality,” she said.
She said she doses out medicine, sterilizes the animals and treats them for parasites every two months. Her arms bear the scratches of cats that resist the injections.
She estimated she spends about $1,785 a month to care for the cats, half of that from donations and the other half from her job as a private nurse.
Her three children, ages 16, 14, and 6, share the apartment and often play or cuddle with the cats, many of which sleep in plastic organizer bins and sprawl across seemingly every chair and shelf.
The cat boxes and heavy use of deodorants don’t quite mask the odor of urine, but Torero said her neighbors haven’t complained.
Cats with leukemia can survive for several years, though their lifespan is usually much shorter than that of an unaffected cat. They eventually die naturally; Torero hasn’t the resources to have them put down. There are no special ceremonies.
"My best gift of love and respect I give them in life," she said.
All by ©wrinklepaws:
Pretty depressing going to work when you have the cutest kitty asking you to stay :(
The Balance in Love
Illustrations by ©Bullzara
"I found him in the trash. I named him Shadow because he followed me everywhere."
Everyone who shares their life with a black cat knows how much good luck they bring. :)
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Saving just one pet won’t change the world, but the world will change for that one pet.
Shelter Stories by ©MuttsComics - Patrick McDonnell
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"You auto complete me."
Photo via Anastazja Borowska on Pinterest
Yes. There are angels among us.
"In July 2013, I moved into a duplex apartment at the border of Brooklyn and Queens. The plan was to sublet half of my apartment out to stray cats. Not only would they get to stay here as long as they need, but I would try to help them find permanent homes through the power of social media and occasional cat videos. This is a blog about my adventures in fostering, and the struggles of trying to make a living out of something that’s never really existed. Oh yeah, and I’m allergic to cats.”
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