June 15, 2010

Saving one animal .....

..... won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal. (Author Unknown).

Meet Peggy.
She was one of the stray cats I've been feeding. She turned up "at my location" sometime in April and when I came to put the food out for the cats, she would stay as far away from me as possible. She was very cautious. Sometime in May I noticed she started having a round belly. Yes, she was pregnant. She also started to come closer to me and I could eventually pet her and she didn't mind. I tried to find a home for her so that she could have her babies and so that they could all get adopted later on, but with no luck. Our shelter was a huge disappointment as every time I need help with a cat, they say they have no room. A friend who feeds another set of stray cats helped me catch her and we took her to the vet to get her fixed. Yes, the babies were lost, too. I am still so upset about this, but since she lived on the street and nobody could foster her (I couldn't as my husband and my cat were against it) the babies didn't have a fighting chance anyway. I keep telling me this so that I can live with myself. After she had been returned to her location, she stayed clear of me for a couple of days. And then the meowing started (you can see it on the above picture). It was a sad meowing, like she was asking me "give me my babies back". Could she have known? Could she have understood? Anyway, she kept meowing all the time and she followed me to the place that I work at and she would keep meowing throughout the day. As not everybody (that's an understatement!) is happy about those stray cats living near where I work, I was even more upset as people could get annoyed with her. What to do? I called somebody else who is supposed to "work for the cats" and she said she'd put an add in a newspaper but she couldn't take her in. I called one of my Mum's friends and I wore her down... she accepted to take Peggy in!!! I went straight back to where I work, I picked the cat and drove her to my Mum's friend. Peggy performed all sorts of tricks and antics while we were in the car and she was just beyond cute. Her separate quarters were all ready when we got there. Sure, there was some hissing and growling, hiding and running involved, but my Mum's friend got to pet her and everything - she is just so good for the animals, bless her heart. She already has a male cat and I really hope they eventually form a friendship and cuddle together to fall asleep. I am really looking forward to seeing her again. I cannot tell you how relieved I felt after I left. I don't even know how I drove home. Life is good today. 

9 comments:

Louise said...

Peggy is a very lucky cat. Thank you so much for taking the time, and making the effort to find her a good home, where she will be loved and cared for. People like you, who care, make the world such a better place.

Elda said...

agreed :)

morningbrayfarm.com said...

Sandra,

Know in your heart that you did the right thing. You are such a kind soul! You really did the right thing... don't second guess yourself for a second. Hugs.

Wanderlust said...

You are such a good person. You take the time to care where others wouldn't. xx

Canyon Girl said...

I was just going to say the same thing: Sandra, you are truly such a good person. You can't save them all, but remember always the huge difference you make in the lives of those you can help.--Inger

Lori Skoog said...

Thanks again, for all the work you do to save animals. Hope she is now getting used to her new home.

Suzanne said...

Thank you so much for your loving help.

Katie said...

She is a beautiful cat.

Christina said...

I am so happy that Peggy found you! You do great things for animals Sandra!

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