My heart is breaking.

I read a story in one of the local publications about two animal shelters that are closing. They can’t stay open because their funding from the city and/or the county has been pulled. The shelter is trying to find places for all the animals they have, and of course, there will be no place for any other homeless animals in the future.

That’s not even the worst part.

Where will Rusty go next?The article mentioned a 15-year-old cat who has been living at the shelter. Rusty’s elderly owner had to move in with her adult children, and she couldn’t take Rusty along. So, Rusty ended up at the shelter. My heart breaks for this woman who had to give up her companion (for whatever reason), but even more so for Rusty, who I’m sure doesn’t understand why the home he had for many years is now gone.

I wish I could help him, but we already have nine cats, ages 2 to 13. One is diabetic, another is on heart medication and has a mysterious liver ailment. One is feline leukemia positive and is battling a raging infection from feline acne. The two youngest ones were in with inflamed throats (from what we have no idea). One gets antibiotics the first five days each month because he has gum disease, plus he suffers from really bad allergies.

So you see, we really do have our hands full.

It still doesn’t keep me from crying over Rusty.

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About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have three cats and a husband.
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