I hadn’t given much thought to this month’s #WATWB until I looked cat Gibbs squarely into his handsome, gray, furry face.
Gibbs and his sister, Ziva, are rescues. A little over seven years ago, I took them home from Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter in Neenah, Wisconsin. From their website:
“Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. is a no-kill, volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue. Our mission is to save the lives of homeless animals, one at a time. We provide compassion, love, and the highest quality of care for each animal, in a cage-free, home like environment, until they find a forever home.”
OARS is located in a brick house and, at last visit, there was only one large cage for incoming house guests. All other felines are housed in separate rooms of the home, with a few other cats present to keep everyone socialized. The rooms consist of soft places and structures to sleep, climb and discover, along with plenty of cat toys strewn about the floor. Cats with feline leukemia are housed upstairs, behind closed doors to keep healthy cats safe. I remember seeing Gibbs staring at me from the other side of a glass and wood-pane door as if to say, “Hey, I’m in here! Take me home!”
OARS utilizes foster homes for all of the dogs in need of a permanent place to live because the OARS house is only for the cats and there simply is not enough room.
I want to send a big THANK YOU to volunteers, veterinarians, and the people who have a soft and loving spot in their heart for abandoned, neglected and sick animals. Without these people, taking care of all creatures big and small, the world would be a much darker place. A terrible number of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year, but the no-kill shelters and rescue organizations offer a glimmer of hope for critters in need of a safe place to lay their sweet little heads.
From One Green Planet:
I didn’t see OARS on the no-kill shelter list, but was happy to see that the Dane County (Madison, WI) Humane Society is doing their part to find homes for cats and dogs. The wildlife rehab centers are also amazing places, focusing on saving cougars, manatees, birds, squirrels, reptiles, and more.
In closing, I ask that you share your stories of pet rescue and furr-ever homes in the comments section. Tell me of the wonderful rescue organizations in your city, state, province or country, or of the people who run them. I’d love to hear of the animal love present in your part of the world or in your own home.
The “We are the World” Blogfest is in its sixth month of a heartfelt journey. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts, Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese , welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE to check out the intention and rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time. You are always welcome!
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