It’s the Season of Giving

And that means it’s time to salute those among us who are unselfish and generous in the name of a good cause. So today I’m offering a heartfelt tip of the hat to WAR: Whimsical Animal Rescue of Sussex County Animal Association, a local organization involved in caring for “unwanted,” abandoned or otherwise unfortunate cats and dogs.
I was lucky enough to spend most of yesterday afternoon with Amy, who is in charge of the feline divison of WAR. It takes a very special kind of person to provide foster care for cats and kittens, nursing them back to health, socializing them, loving them, and then finding them good and caring homes. Well, Amy, if I didn’t say so yesterday, (and even if I did) I’ll say it now: you are that kind of special. I’m not sure I could do it, I’d be wanting to keep every kitten that passed through my door.
There is nothing quite like walking into a building specially set aside for cats, kneeling down and being mobbed by a posse of friendly, curious kitties. Kitties of all description, from tiny, striped Mr. Spock to the gentle blue-eyed Blue Moon, and of course the excellent orange Tabasco, who wanted all the attention and petting for himself and wasn’t afraid to push his furry pals out of the way in order to get it. The whole experience just confirms what the scientists have been saying all along: interacting with animals is good for us.
So Amy, thanks again both for a wonderful afternoon, and for your tireless and devoted care of these adorable creatures. And to Blue Moon, Tabasco, Spock and Company, best possible wishes to all of you!
Go to Whimsical Animal Rescue to learn more about this amazing organization, and to see pictures of some of the cats and dogs.


4 Responses to “It’s the Season of Giving”

  1. Brian Schnabel Says:

    It is true that having critters around is good for folks in a myriad of ways. I can say that because mine continually keeps me from donating blood to the objects I don’t see around me when out and about town. You’re a quick study! Keep up the good work!

  2. Ellen Scharf Says:

    You are 100% correct; it does take a special person to do animal rescue. Most people have no idea, do not realize there is no salary involved, and think it’s just a hobby. My friend who does this takes it seriously, as we all should. Have you pets spayed or neutered.

    • ghostscribe Says:

      Yep, just like Bob Barker always says. Another thing: I know people who do that kind of work get jokes about “crazy cat ladies/men” and I think this is unfair. Your stereotypical “cat lady” is usually a bit off, mentally, and cannot or does not care for her collection properly, which sets her off on a whole different level from a cat rescuer, who doesn’t need the insult. After all, a rescuer’s work mainly involves trying to take up the slack from other people’s irresponsibility. *steps down from soapbox* Yes, thanks, I’m finished.

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