Not convinced about volunteering and helping out at your local shelter or rescue? Please read this story shared by Larry from Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary and you’ll see part of the reason that makes rescues and shelters such a magical places!
“There is one more very important point I would like to make regarding the ‘Passion’ behind what we do here. For many years we celebrated the number of adoptions we had. We looked forward to filing the new vacancies with more surrendered cats and kittens. This was always a measure of our success.
Then it occurred to us one day what was really being accomplished.
During one of our in-store adoption events at the Fayetteville Arkansas Petco Store, a young family entered the store. That Saturday afternoon was obscure and uneventful until the young girl and her parents approached us. The youngster quietly asked if she could hold one of our kittens. Her parents, standing behind her, looked at us and nodded with approval.
We opened the cage door and gently handed the young girl a 12 week old kitten. It may have been the very first time she had actually held a live, breathing and moving animal. We watched as her small hands trembled with some uncertainty. Her shy and somewhat frightened look gradually turned to an innocent but pleasant smile. She looked to her parents for approval. They returned the smile and a few minutes later adopted the young kitten.
It was not until that Saturday afternoon several years ago that we realized we were doing so much more than saving lives and finding homes for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens. We were playing a role, along with their parents, in teaching children some of the most important values they will carry with them all their lives. We are taking part in teaching compassion, responsibility, and a love for all of God’s precious creatures. Sure, we just ‘had another adoption.’
But what did we really accomplish?
We are also impacting families, changing lives, touching the hearts and minds of children and giving them the positive values they will carry with them their entire life.”
Beckett with his new family