Monday, April 18, 2016

Orphan Kitties that will live in my heart forever

I'm not going to apologize for my love for cats. I love cats in all sizes, shapes and colours. After leaving behind a beautiful cat at home, I was sad and I missed her dearly on a daily basis. Her face, her lazy stance, the meowing when she was hungry, her utter disregard to humans of the house, all of it made me love my ball of fur.

After about 2 months, the snow was finally gone and the beautiful onset of spring brought in the desire to go out more often. On one of our Friday night eat outs (Or like I called it, date night) I was a at a local diner where I spotted a poster for a cat sanctuary. My curiosity piqued! I wanted to know more and so one day I got the husband to drive me all the way to the cat shelter. My joy knew no bounds. I saw at least 100 different cats and kittens of all colours, shapes and sizes, all of them being taken care of by volunteers who spent a few hours each week to keep the place looking completely worthy of royalty. After all, cats are royalty. 

In the 3 or so months that I spent doing volunteer work (I wouldn't really call it work, more like the happiest moments of my life), I learned so many great things and met so many wonderful people that when I was leaving I didn't have the heart to say goodbye. I couldn't bring myself to wake up, drive and actually say the words good bye to those beautiful faces.

What did the cat shelter teach me? Oh. So many things. Firstly, with a little help even the most unhelpful looking members of our natural world are capable of changing lives. Those cats rescued me from a dull spring. I'm sure those cats have over the years added purpose to many people's lives. Better yet, they've gone into families and rescued them with love, hope and joy that only a pet can bring.

I learned so much about love. About appreciation. Every single day there would be people, adults and children who would want to contribute their time and effort to making these cats feel special. People who would foster them and love them and spoil them with goodies. My lesson was on kindness.

Finally, my greatest takeaway was to not feel guilty about making no difference at all.  Every time I said "I care about animals" I'd have at least one smart mouthed person who would say stuff like "what about poverty? what about people dying of malnutrition?" and I would feel both guilty, helpless and angry for not doing anything about poverty, but how could I rescue anyone a thousand miles away from me? My 3 month stint at the cat shelter taught me that I didn't need be guilty for helping one group over the other. As citizens of the earth, it lies upon us to help our weakest. Whether it is people in need or animals or trees. We can't rescue everybody and that is the great tragedy. However, we can (try to) make a difference (ever so slightly) by helping everyone within our reach. 


  1. That is so wonderful Maggie, learning life lessons from the most unexpected places! A desire to help, to care is what makes our world more beautiful! So cats or humans, doing our little bit does help! Cheers @KalaRavi16 from

  2. I love cats too. What a wonderful thing you did in volunteering at the shelter. Yes, as an Animal Rights person I have heard a lot of those arguments. I enjoyed your post.

  3. "As citizens of the earth, it lies upon us to help our weakest. Whether it is people in need or animals or trees." I totally agree with this!!

    Your 3 months of volunteering sounds like a lot of fun! Being surrounded by cats, watching them play and groom, eat and sounds blissful!

    Cheers from another crazy cat lady! ;-)
    Modern Gypsy

  4. I'm not a great animal lover but a plant lover. N i know u r doing your bit to make the world a better place.

  5. I love cats too! Good that you got the opportunity to help those cats. And yes, we can't we can't rescue everyone but we can do our bit.

  6. Uhm. I don't like cats, and I'm terribly scared of animals. These cats have this weird thing of staring at me when i walk past them, and dogs start following me when they see me around. *hides face*
    But yes, don't think that you haven't done your bit in helping out. There are so many people who don't care about so many things, animals included, and you've taken the initiative to volunteer to care for the cats. Cheers! :D

  7. Aww wow
    The cats and volunteering them .

    They taught so many lessons to you .

    @dixita011 from
    Cafenined words


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