Jim and I were on our way home from eating out the other night when he spotted something running across the parking lot. I immediately said don’t show me what it is it might be a cat. Never the less we drove over to where he had seen it and it turned out to be two small skinny kittens running around under a car. They looked and acted so frightened so we stopped to see if we could catch them. I sat on the ground and tried to coax them out from under the car. They seemed interested but too afraid to come out. I told Jim to go home and get our feral cage so we could trap them. While he was gone I saw a bag boy retrieving carts from the parking lot and motioned him to come over. I handed him some money and asked him to go in to the store and get some cat food so I could keep them there until Jim got back.
It seemed like forever until Jim returned. But it helped having the small bag of dry food to keep them interested enough to stay by me until he got back. By the time he got back they had let me pet them and actually hold them briefly. This told me they weren’t feral and someone had probably left them there. My heart sank as I thought of the cruelty of that act. How could anyone leave these helpless kittens in a parking lot where they could easily get run over or die of starvation. When Jim got back we put them into the feral cage and brought them home. We have a recovery cage that we keep the ferals in after surgery in the basement so that’s where they spent their first night with us. It’s been a week now and it’s becoming clear that these guys have found a home with us, we have become so attached to them.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Our treatment of animals is important to our own internal state. If we are to expand our horizons, to grow to understand what the relatedness of each and every thing means, then our love and appreciation of all life is essential. Our respect and reverence for all living things will be reflected in our own living. – Bill Schul (Author of The Psychic Power of Animals)