Shout out to all of the oldest children…who were used as the tester kids and now watch their younger siblings get away with shit you would have been killed for.. Justice will never be restored
On a regular basis, people tell me how lucky I am because I get to “pet cats and dogs all day” at my job. When I first started hearing it, I just nodded. I didn’t care that people thought that all I do is pet cats. But, today, as I get ready to assist at a cat hoard, I do care. My job does not consist of me sitting in a room and petting cats all day. Rescue is not always fun and cuddly. Sometimes, it is dirty and ugly and hard. Sometimes, we see terrible things and we have to make some really hard decisions.
I’ve seen pictures of the hoard today. There are 50+ cats. Some of them are dead, some of them will have to be euthanized because they will be sick or horribly injured. My director and I will have to make those decisions today. There is garbage and feces up to your thighs. I will have to wear a suit and a mask so I don’t breathe in toxins. But, we will save the lives that we can.
Yes, I love my job. A lot of the time, I do get to cuddle cats. I get to help neuter and spay them. I get to give them vaccines that help them from getting sick. I get to brush them and tell them how much I love them. I get to hand them to their new families. I get to cry when they leave because I was so fond of them. But, sometimes, I have to hold them as they die. Sometimes, I have to deal with horrible people who do horrible things with animals. I have to deal with people who don’t agree with No Kill. I have to see animals who have been put in horrible conditions. I have to deal with crazy people who think I should euthanize all of the stray cats. I have to cry because we couldn’t save that one that I loved so dearly.
My job consists of love and joy and happiness. But it also consists of tears, hard work, and heartache. Don’t underestimate a rescue worker. Don’t underestimate an animal advocate. We worker harder than you will ever see. We work hard so you can find the new love of your life. And we will never stop.