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In memory of 2 nameless, beautiful cats

post #1 of 10
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I went to our local humane society (they euthanize) to pick up a new foster. I went in saying I could only foster one. The employee repeatedly begged me to take more. I said I couldn't. She showed me two beautiful, young, healthy, friendly cats who would be die in less than 2 hours if they were not rescued. The young, colorful calico and the young, gray boy were both owner give ups. She begged me to take them anywhere- even another shelter that at least would buy them more time. I reluctantly agreed. I could bring them to another shelter- at least give them a second chance. I called my rescue's intake coordinator who was angry I was pressured. She didn't think this should be our problem or that worker should have made it my problem. She wanted me to return the cats. I did. Their fate had already been determined. I am sorry kitties, I tried but I could not save you.
post #2 of 10
Aww how sad. I'm so sorry. And you must be really frustrated not to mention sad.
post #3 of 10
Rescue work is very difficult. We can't save them all. You made a big difference for the one you took though. Thank you for doing what you can.

The Starfish Story as told by Loren Eiseley

Loren Eiseley tells the story of a writer who is vacationing in a hotel on the coast and decides to take a break from his work by strolling along the sandy beach. In the distance, he spies a person whom he believes, at the time, is dancing, and is so intrigued he investigates further.

As he approaches the “dancer,†he realizes it is a young man and he is not dancing, but throwing objects from the beach into the ocean. He gets closer still and discovers that the man is picking up starfish from the beach, where thousands have been stranded by low tide, and is throwing them back, one by one, into the ocean.

The writer asks the man why he is undertaking such a task and the man replies that if he does not, the starfish will certainly die. At this, the writer scoffs and informs the man that there are miles and miles of beach and tens of thousands of starfish and he can’t possibly believe that what he is doing will make a difference.

The young man pauses and gives thought to this observation. Then, picking up another starfish from the beach, he tells the writer as he throws it back into the ocean...“It makes a difference to this one.â€
post #4 of 10
Another take on it is that when you were made aware of the situation, maybe Powers greater than we mortals were trying to use you as a tool to find a solution. This world is so full of people like your intake coordinator who think that it wasn't their problem. Actually, it is ALL our problem, every one who lives on this planet.
But what's done is done and I applaud you for trying. At least you have fostered one more kitty, which is so much more than far too many other people are willing to do. You ARE making a difference, and I send vibes of encouragement for you and for the valiant shelter worker who so desperately tried to save that precious calico and the young gray boy - I am sure that both those darling kitties are in the arms of sweet, precious children who died as the result of abuse and neglect because, just like for the kitties, their tragedies were "not someone else's problem".
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by catcaregiver View Post

The Starfish Story as told by Loren Eiseley

Loren Eiseley tells the story of a writer who is vacationing in a hotel on the coast and decides to take a break from his work by strolling along the sandy beach. In the distance, he spies a person whom he believes, at the time, is dancing, and is so intrigued he investigates further.

As he approaches the “dancer,” he realizes it is a young man and he is not dancing, but throwing objects from the beach into the ocean. He gets closer still and discovers that the man is picking up starfish from the beach, where thousands have been stranded by low tide, and is throwing them back, one by one, into the ocean.

The writer asks the man why he is undertaking such a task and the man replies that if he does not, the starfish will certainly die. At this, the writer scoffs and informs the man that there are miles and miles of beach and tens of thousands of starfish and he can’t possibly believe that what he is doing will make a difference.

The young man pauses and gives thought to this observation. Then, picking up another starfish from the beach, he tells the writer as he throws it back into the ocean...“It makes a difference to this one.”
What a wonderful story.
post #6 of 10
The poor babies

You tried

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post #7 of 10
You can't save them all, so please don't blame yourself. You did save one and that is more than most people do.

RIP babies.
post #8 of 10
That always breaks our hearts when purrfectly adoptable kitties get euthanized
We just wish people would just spay/neuter their pets, its a one time only surgery!
We don't get why people don't do that, its so important!

To all the pets who need love - we love you even if you don't know it!
post #9 of 10
awe, those poor babies. You tried. Rest in Peace sweet kitties.

post #10 of 10
Poor babies!

RIP kitties
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