Arrival Story: We would see Lili wandering around our old apartment complex often. She was skinny, scared, and had no fur on her back legs from fleas. I hoped she was just a feral cat, there are so many out here, but one day I couldn't ignore her any longer. She came right up to me and almost collapsed at my feet. I rushed her inside and gave her a can of wet food. She ate it right up and won my heart. We gave her a bath, got her fed hydrated, set up a warm bed for her, and kept her overnight. In the morning I couldn't bare to part with her, her chances at a shelter not being good. I took her to the vet and got her all cleaned up and medically up to speed. At this point I had even given her her own name, she looked up at me with the most trusting eyes in the world, she needed someone to love her and I was going to give her the second chance she needed.
Bio: Lili was only with us a short time. While we really wanted her to be a member of the family, a hard life on the street had just made her too afraid of larger cats. River scared her too much. When he came bounding toward her she would become very defensive. We kept her until a suitable no kill rescue agency agreed to help us out, she was adopted to a lovely home where she can lead a full rich life, she will always be remembered as our first true rescue though.
I was abandoned by my old family and left for dead in the streets before someone took me in and saved my life. Although she couldn't keep me, she protected me until a forever home was found. Because of her, I've got a second chance at a good life. Because she worked with a rescue group, I also have a micro chip now, so if anything ever happens to me again, I can be brought back to people who will love and protect me.
This poem was on one of the rescue groups web pages when the nice lady was trying to find me a new home of my own. She'd read it, look into my eyes, and start crying that she couldn't keep me herself. I know she tried everything, but I was just too afraid of her bigger cats, and in the end, it really was best for me to have my own home. I'll never forget her and I hope she'll never forget me...
A Stray Cat's Prayer
Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care.
I'm so tired of running and sick with despair.
My body is aching and filled with such pain;
And dear God I pray, as I run in the rain
That someone will love me and give me a home,
A warm cozy bed, and food of my own.
My last owner left me alone in the yard...
I watched as they moved, and God that was hard.
So I waited a while, then went on my way
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now, God, I'm so tired and hungry and cold;
And I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.
They've chased me with sticks and hit me with straps
While I run the streets just looking for scraps.
I'm not really bad, God, please help if you can,
For I have become just a "Victim of Man."
I'm wormy, dear God, and I'm ridden with fleas;
And all that I want is an Owner to please.
If you find one for me, God, I'll try to be good.
I won't scratch the carpet; I'll do as I should.
I'll love them, play with them, and try to obey.
I will be so grateful if they'll let me stay.
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
'Cause I'm getting weak and I'm so all alone.
Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
'Cause I'm so afraid, God, that I'm gonna die.
I've got so much love and devotion to give
That I should be given a new chance to Live.
So dear God, please hear me, please answer my prayer,
And send me somebody who will REALLY care.