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Starving No More: Smudge

I’m the latest stray kitty to find my way to Shady Hollow. I’d been wandering the neighborhood for a while. Mommy said she heard me meowing over a week before she saw me, but there are lots of cats in this neighborhood, and she didn’t realize I was abandoned, scared and starving until last Friday.


I was trying to slip around the cottage to see if I could find kitty left-overs from another kitty’s dinner when she saw me. I ran and hid under a big thick bush. Mommy called me and I meowed and came to peep out at her. She left and came back with a paper plate of food! Oh, how good it was!!


I felt much better after the food. I stayed under the bush and waited. Sure enough, after a few hours she brought me more food. By Sunday I felt much better. I was letting Mommy pet me and coming when she called…. well almost. I would come to the edge of the bush and peek out at her, then come to the food when she placed it one the ground near my bush.


I started trusting Mommy and would follow her when she walked away.


Last night it started to rain a little. Mommy fed me this morning and I was wet. She had left the garden shed open for me, but I wouldn’t go in.

Mommy says I’m too thin and in too delicate a condition to be out in the rain. She put a litter box, food and water in a bathroom in her basement and  brought me in. I was a little scared at first. Mommy kept petting me and telling me what a good kitty I am. It dawned on me that I was in a house, warm and dry and being petted. I gave Mommy a head bonk and began to purr and purr.

I want her to stay with me all the time and call for her to come back when she leaves me. But I know she will come back. . . with food, treats, and petties.

I think I’m going to be OK.

Purrs ~ Smudge

Mommy here: I have been calling her Smudge because of the marking on her nose; which I first thought was a smudge of dirt. Her age is uncertain, but I guess between 4 and 5 at least. We’ll see what Dr. Kevin thinks when she goes to be vetted.


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Thanks To All Animal Rescuer’s

Our thanks to Your Daily Cute for allowing us to share this:

I am an Animal Rescuer.
I will never bring about world peace.
I’m not a brain surgeon and I’ll never transplant an organ to save a life….
I don’t have the ear of a powerful politician or world power.
I can’t end world hunger.
I’m not a celebrity, and God knows I’m not glamorous!
I’m not looked up to by millions around the world. Very few people even recognize my name.
I’ll never win the Nobel prize.
I’ll never save the rain forest or end global warming.
There are a lot of things that I’ll never do or become.
But today I placed a cat!
It was a small, scared, bundle of flesh and bones that was dropped off in a shelter by unfeeling people that didn’t care what happened to it, but yet who were responsible for it even having existence in the first place.
I found it a home.
It now has contentment and an abundance of love. A warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. A child has a warm fuzzy new friend who will give them unquestioning devotion and teach them about responsibility and love.
No, I’m not a rocket scientist but today I saved one of God’s precious creatures. Today, I made a difference!
I am an Animal Rescuer.
My job is to assist God’s creatures.
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs.
I take in new family members without plan, thought or selection.
I have bought dog and cat food with my last dime.
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body.
I have Animal Friends and friends who have Animal Friends.
I don’t often use the word "pet."
I notice those lost at the road side
and my heart aches.
I will hand raise a field mouse
and make friends with a vulture.
I know of no creature unworthy of my time.
I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven.
But I believe there are!
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?
We may be master of the animals,
but the animals have mastered themselves.
Something people still haven’t learned.
War and abuse make me hurt for the world,
but a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for humankind.
We are a quiet but determined army.
And making a difference every day.
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan.
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life.
No higher recognition than watching them thrive.
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat.
I am an Animal Rescuer.

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