People often ask us how we manage to continue in rescue when we see so many horrible cases of neglect and abuse not to mention the hundreds of cats simply thrown out through no fault of their own. They are simply an inconvenient object thrown away like rubbish.
We aren’t hardened to what we see. Far from it. Each poor soul who has endured horrors arrives at the Harbour and is given as much TLC as we can muster and whilst we trudge on & work to improve their quality of life and health our hearts break. We get tears in our eyes, lumps in our throat and often feel anger and physically sick at the thought to make these poor cats better we must first cause them to endure more discomfort whilst we work to clean and treat wounds, remove matts and get them on the road to recovery.
Why do we do it when it upsets us so? Because we feel we can and do make a difference to each little soul that finds its way to the Harbour for however long they may have. Whether that is days or weeks in our care before they pass to rainbow bridge or for years as they move onto new loving homes.
We offer hope and a future where it may otherwise seem bleak. The end result of a happy, healthy and confident cat moving onto their new home is what makes it worthwhile. To see them settle and trust again is overwhelming and as much as we have a tear in our eye and a lump in our throat, this time it is of joy to see them moving on but also a tinge of sadness as we miss each and every one of our feline charges.
This is why we do rescue and the day we stop feeling this way will be the time when we consider whether we should end our days in rescue. Because for us that is what makes a difference to our cats and kittens; the love and compassion we give to each and every one nurturing each troubled soul into a loving companion.
For those whose stay is short lived at Sunny Harbour before they make their way to the bridge. They do not pass from this world without leaving their mark. They leave with a little piece of our heart each time and are forever remembered because all Harbour Babies are special. Whilst these furry souls may have walked the streets, living outside and having not known love for a long time. They are sent on from this world knowing unconditional love, compassion, joy and most importantly that not all humans are ignorant and uncaring…
This isn’t a job, we don’t receive any payment, yet we have given over our home, our lives and our hearts to try and make a difference. My message for those blind few who believe that without breeding their cats we would be without a job and an income:… We long for the day there is no need for rescue centres like Sunny Harbour so please please neuter your pets and stop cruelty and let the hundreds of volunteers like us spend the quality time with our families, not clearing up behind your arrogance.
Sadly I don’t think that day will ever come.