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Poem I found at the rescue centre

post #1 of 24
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The Meaning Of Rescue

Now that I’m home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked up in my new bed,
I’d like to open my baggage, lest I forget.
There is so much to carry, so much to regret.

Hmmm…. Yes, there it is, right on the top,
Let’s unpack loneliness, heartache and loss
And there beneath hides fear and shame
I still have to unpack my baggage called pain.
I loved them - the others, why couldn’t they see
But I wasn’t good enough - for they didn’t want me.

Will you carry my baggage, will you help me unpack,
Or will you look at my things and take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me recover;
The joy of living - to help me discover?
I pray that you do - I’m so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage, will you still want me?
post #2 of 24
I'm moved by that poem, I felt so sad.

That should be put up at every rescue to prevent adopted cats/dogs being brought back AGAIN.

Now I have to go look for something that will cheer me up.....
post #3 of 24
That brought tears to my eyes.

I just got home from my saturday "job" at the rescue, but it makes me want to go right back and hug the kitties again.
post #4 of 24
Yes, I still want you!!!!

post #5 of 24
Somehow the "baggage" makes them all the more precious, y'know? My gosh... we actually adopted Abby because of all the baggage that made her unadoptable!
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post #7 of 24
aww. There was a sad poem at the SPCA where we adopted our kittens. The gist was that a dog was adopted, and he is asking why everyone said they'd walk him, now they groan; no one plays with him anymore, etc. I was all sorts of
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Yes, I still want you!!!!


In fact, that's a big part of WHY I want you...to show you that not all people are going to leave you and break your heart.
post #9 of 24
That's the JRT I've got here fostering....so much baggage for such a young boy.
post #10 of 24
But the baggage animals need us most.
post #11 of 24
I hate knowing there are so many unwanted animals out there. It breaks my heart so much.
post #12 of 24
That is so touching...everyone ought to read it before they adopt.
post #13 of 24
That's why I have Isis, Luna and Neffie. Noone would ever adopt them if they were sent to the shelter. I love them baggage and all.
post #14 of 24
oh,
So sad poem, it makes me cry.
post #15 of 24
I LOVE that and know just the cat who needs it on her cage!

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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Somehow the "baggage" makes them all the more precious, y'know? My gosh... we actually adopted Abby because of all the baggage that made her unadoptable!
same here!
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Somehow the "baggage" makes them all the more precious, y'know? My gosh... we actually adopted Abby because of all the baggage that made her unadoptable!
Same thing with Jake and Tonka.

I can safely say not only have they unpacked, but they've lost quite a bit of what they were carrying.
post #17 of 24
That's why every cat I've ever shared my life with has been rescued in one way or another.

There's the stray who showed up as a tiny kitten, so dirty everyone thought he was gray, turned out to be a beautiful white kitten...that's my 17 pound love bug Elliott.

A semi-feral who was living behind my friends tanning salon and one day decided she should play in traffic and was so scared that she didn't know which way to run...that's Annabelle.

Two kittens who's Mother was dumped on my best friends door step, one had a few health problems...that was Lizzie who sadly went to the bridge in May.
The other kitten had so many problems that the Vet told me he doubted she'd live more than a few weeks....8 years later she still has some health problems but that's my sweet baby girl Gracie who's sitting on my lap right now purring her tiny little head off.

Then there was another tiny white kitten, the Lady who lived next door to us had an unspayed female who always roamed the neighborhood and had litter after litter of kittens...I was just a kid at the time and didn't have any money or know how to even talk to the Lady about getting her cat spayed and keeping her indoors..her name was Petal.
I remember waking up one morning and seeing two of the babies dead on the road, so I went over...without asking my parents ( they were cat people too, so they fell in love with her the second they saw her )...and told the Lady I wanted all the other kittens...there was only one left.
That was my Maggie, she lived a long , happy and healthy life..dying just two days shy of her 19th Birthday.

We're looking for another cat right now, and whoever he or she is they will be a rescue also.

Sorry for the long post, but that poem just made me think of how all my sweet furbabies came into my life.
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
That's all right. That poem makes me feel guilty, although I have got a rescue cat and can't take on another cat. I wish I could though.
post #19 of 24
There's no reason to feel guilty.
You can only do what you can do.
If you can't take in another cat then you can't.
You rescued one and that's one less homeless cat in the world.
post #20 of 24
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I know I just feel bad I couldn't take on Phoenix (a cat that is fearful of people) on as well. I fundraise for the cat rescue centre and it wouldn't be fair on Beauty to get another cat. She's paranoid enough as it is - it was only today she thought I was going to steal her tuna!
post #21 of 24
I whish people would understand that those animals with the most baggage are the most rewarding to get to know. It may take a while, but they make every second of the time well worth it.
post #22 of 24
Everytime I read poems like this, they always make me cry! But I read them anyway. I think our lives would be empty without our furbabies, I can't imagine a life without mine & the smiles they bring. All 3 are rescues with their own stories to tell, all I can do is hope to give them a happy ending.
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
I doubt Phoenix would be happy with us though - we live in a very sociable neighbourhood and there's always people coming round and nearly every holiday some family members come to stay a few days and there's nowhere for him to retreat to have a quiet five minutes.
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
At least Coco and Nancy (the other cats who were there when I started) have been rehomed. There's only Phoenix left now out of the cats who were there when I started.
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