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Letters:Chris

| December 30, 2011

Hello,

I just read through some of these letters and I am touched. I did not understand cats myself until I moved to Johannesburg about 7 years ago. I was always a dog person up till then, but I learned once my first two babies came into my life- 2 cheeky brothers with a  wanderlust of note unfortunately..they have since passed rather tragically, but I have gone on to rescuing about 6 more kits since. Sadly of those, 3 have either also passed or went missing in the Westdene area about 6 months ago. I never realised the bond that  develops between a cat and their human companion. I found this bond more spiritual and intellectual than with other animals, but it may be unique to my experience. I must thank my ex-partner of five years for introducing me to kitties and said bond or I would have never known…I will always treasure my time with my best companions and protect the ones who have moved on in my heart, particularly one who was always my little girl.

I guess this is not a letter to emphasize a certain point, although I think it is a poor situation in that the number of people emigrating who just leave their animal companions and it seems to be getting worse. Emigrating okay..neglecting responsibility..not okay. I do understand the quarantine rules, but surely there is another way? Sometimes better to go the not-so nice route if it means your companion can remain in your life or, if not, there must be a friend or relative somewhere in South Africa which may provide a bit of  familiarity for the animal companion? Just a thought..I know it is not a easy decision but where there is a will, there is a way.

I am also terribly saddened by the growing number of missing cats – I still check every day for my two that went missing – I have heard rumours of satanic cults using animal sacrifice, the impoverished feasting on someone’s companions and thugs who “kit/dognap” companions when they are aware of the possibility of a substantial ransom . I would hope that these situations do not exist and are left in the rumour pile. All I can say for those who may have lost a dear kitty or dog is that one must never give up hope and do not listen to the naysayers out there. It is not easy as there really is no closure, but always remind yourself of the special gifts you have been given and as mentioned…keep hope alive in your soul. If indeed your companion returns or even if they don’t – keep them in your own special place.

With kind regards,
Chris

Category: Feline Resources

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