Are you an animal lover? Have you ever considered rescuing an animal instead of purchasing one?
In 2012, Mike’s band was performing in a festival in Pismo Beach (north of Santa Barbara), and Mike had spent the day tuning the festival pianos. He texted me that day, telling me to be ready at 5:15. I was excited – we were going on a romantic date – maybe to Hearst Castle – I got dolled up, and I have to admit I was extremely disappointed when Mike pulled into the rescue parking lot. That experience actually turned out to be one of the best things to happen to us. Mike had fallen for two dogs, but he chose the younger dog – the older dog was so focused on playing – I can’t help but think he was trying to impress Mike with his playing skills – breaks my heart that we left him there. It was a no kill rescue, so we are certain the older dog did find his home. Amos, our adopted black retriever/lab dog has honestly been THE best dog I have known in my entire life. He’s beautiful, he’s gentle, and he’s so very well behaved.
A couple years later, after my kids had moved out with their kitties, I wanted a kitty of my own – I wanted a male Siamese kitten so he would grow up with Amos and have better chance of them being siblings if I got him as a kitten. So I casually mentioned on Facebook what I was looking for. Mike happened to take me on a tuning for Arturo Sandoval – and after taking photos with us, we were on our way. Luckily I checked my facebook and found that my boss of several years earlier had posted a photo of his wife holding a Siamese kitten with the caption ‘here he is’. We happened to only be 20 minutes away from where the kitten was. A rescue organization was at a pet store in Simi Valley – so we went there and met up with my former boss (and friend) Simon, and we met Mozie (short for Mozart). I was in love. Again we had to leave an older kitty there that wasn’t full Siamese and was of an age I didn’t think would mesh well with Amos, and again, I pray that kitty found a home – breaks my heart we left him there.
So that is our little family – our kids have moved out and gone on with their lives, and Mike and I are now proud parents of Amos and Mozie.
There are SO many animals waiting for their turn at being part of a loving family, some trying to beat the clock. I’m certain you are already aware of the urgency, if you are in fact in a position in life to accept another beautiful soul into your home.
Wouldn’t you like to be the rescuer of an animal waiting to have his/her life saved? That animal will NEVER forget that you saved it.
- A dog will ALWAYS remember the day you saved him
- 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.
- 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.
- The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
- 25 percent of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
- Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
- Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
I personally cannot fully comprehend the fear in a poor animal’s heart, especially one that had been loved and doesn’t understand how he got where he is now.
Please, if you are planning an addition to your family, of the four legged sort, please consider rescue animals.
This is the only appropriate song for this particular post. It’s a tear jerker….
Please leave a comment – did you rescue an animal that is now part of your family?