This is the story she had in her newsletter today and it broke my heart. I asked her if I could repeat it for you because it's a conversation that needs to be had. I have a new co-worker who, when I asked if she had any pets, sheepishly answered "Yes, Seven cats" "Seven?!", I replied, looking at her like she might be one of those CCL's (Crazy Cat Ladies) - and she said that she and her husband live out in the country and people from town just dump cats on their road, and she can't bear to turn them away, knowing that they will never be able to survive out in the woods.
It is sad when people can no longer take care of their pets, but even sadder when they just leave them behind like garbage that they no longer want. Yay for Mary Ellen for fostering Ms. Myraki - I hope she finds a new furever home soon. (And I hate to wish bad things on her previous owners, but - karma will get them...)
Pardon me, but today I am "hissed off" and confused. Why do humans refer to animals as "dumb", when it's really the other way around?! Some humans' actions result in pain and suffering to innocent, loving animals; but rescued mistreated animals smother their new "parents" with love, the only "gift" they know how to give, from deep within their souls.
It took three weeks for Myrakl's neighbors to lure her into a live-animal trap and take her to the Humane Society after her owners left their three domesticated cats behind, OUT IN THE JANUARY COLD to fend for themselves, after packing up all of their belongings, locking up the house, and driving off for parts unknown.
As a domesticated exotic Persian elderly cat with NO BOTTOM TEETH, Myrakl is far from "streetwise". Even if she did manage to catch any dinner (prey), she would have a difficult time eating it. She also had worms so she'd have been hard-pressed to absorb any nutrients from said prey. Her once-gorgeous fur was matted into cement hard, tennis ball-size clumps which made walking difficult. Myrakl patiently endured five hours grooming over several days to remove the matted fur, (we are still not done!) enough to fill one-third of a grocery bag. I named her "Myrakl" due to her "miracle" survival and will foster her until she is placed with someone looking for a purr-fectly beautiful lap cat.
Regarding Myrakl's two siblings, a kind neighbor took one in; the other was found mauled to death, either by a vehicle or larger animal.
As I happened upon Myrakl recuperating in a cage in the This 'n' That shop, a sobbing young woman entered the shop with a cat wrapped in a ragged towel, their close bond evident. Between sobs, tears, kisses and nuzzling her kitty, she repeated over and over again, "I love you!". The woman had just lost her home, but rather than leaving her beloved kitty behind to fend for itself she lovingly relinquished it to the Humane Society knowing that it would receive shelter, food, safety, and a chance for a new life with another family.
"I try not to tear up over this unfortunately frequent scenario. It breaks my heart, but there is nothing to do for these people but to accept their pets, and to pray for them", says Janetta Overholser, president of The Humane Society of Cottage Grove. "Adopting an older pet is wonderful thing to do and you can see that this young woman's cat is used to being loved."
Had Myrakl's pet parents acted as responsibly as this young woman did, none of that needless pain and suffering would have occurred. Bravo to this young woman for doing the right thing. Should you happen to hear of a family faced with a similar plight, offer to relieve them of the emotional burden of relinquishing their pet(s) and take their animals to a Shelter.
Now, off to cuddle Myrakl to keep her feeling safe and loved.
If you are interested in adopting Myrakl or donating towards her dental/medical bills, contact the Human Society This n That Shop on 8th Street. Phone 541 942 2789.
PS - Thanks again to Mary Ellen for allowing me to re-post her story here. By the way, if you go to my friend Miss Peach's blog today, she has an another amazing story of redemption from Mary Ellen's Tips & Tales!