We’ve all seen those “Who Rescued Who” bumper stickers. That is a statement that rings true in my life! My cats are always making me laugh, comforting me when I cry and providing a kind of friendship that no one else can. This is why I would like to share a deeply personal story with you about how my cats have rescued me. You can participate in the Remember Me Thursday® and Remember the Rescue campaigns too to give back to the pets that have rescued you.
How a Cat Rescued Me
I could probably write a novel on all of the ways my cats have rescued me. For the sake of this post, I’m going to focus on just one single story. Some of the most important stories to tell are the ones that are the most difficult to tell. If you are bothered by highly dramatic situations, please skip to the next subtitle.
Cinco and I had a very special bond. I don’t know what it is about some cats, but they find a way of connecting with you on a very deep level. From that first moment that I brought him home, we were inseparable. He was a one-person cat and I was that person. You could almost always find him in my lap.
One of the most incredible things about my relationship with Cinco was the way he understood my moods. I suffer from bipolar disorder (which I’m very open about) and he always seemed to know when something was wrong. His cuddles and purrs always had a way of calming hurricane inside of me.
There was a night when I was really in the throes of depression. It felt like the world was collapsing in. Thoughts were racing around my head about how everyone hated me. It was like CNN’s news ticker in fast forward wrapping around my mind.
As I stood there in the shower, I accidently cut my leg. I watched the blood drip down to my ankle and thought about how I deserved to bleed. Maybe it would let all the pressure out if I just cut myself a little more.
Suddenly, there was a faint meow. Cinco popped his head around the shower curtain and was looking at me with his large golden eyes. That was all he needed to do. I dropped the razor and got out of the shower. Cinco followed me into the bedroom as I woke up my husband and let him know that I was not feeling well and needed help. My furry little buddy stayed glued to my side for the rest of the night. This cat really came to my rescue.
Remember Me Thursday
Remember Me Thursday is a campaign that was started by Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. It is in its 4th year and has been supported by hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 500 animal welfare organizations in 164 countries. The goal is “to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes.”
Participating in Remember Me Thursday / Remember The Rescue is simple! Try one of these ideas:
- Share a photo of your rescued pet on your favorite social media channel using the hashtag #RememberTheRescue and/or #RememberMeThursday.
- Attend a Remember Me Thursday event near you.
- Adopt a new pet
- Volunteer or donate to your local animal rescue.
- Download this fun Educator’s Kit (pdf file) to help teach children about animal rescue.
For more ideas, to see all of the celebrities (both humans and pets) endorsing Remember Me Thursday, and to light a virtual candle for the rescue pets in your life, visit the official website for Remember Me Thursday. You can see my photo entry in the #RememberMeThursday contest here (enter your own while you are there) and my virtual candle for Cinco here.
Returning the Favor – Remember the Rescue
Since I have been rescued by my cats, I want to return the favor and help see some orphan cats get rescued. Would you help me “Remember The Rescue” and please share one of these photos on social media?
These kitties are from one of my local animal rescues, A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue. Clicking on the images will take you to the PetFinder page for each cat. Big thank you to Emily of Emma Rae Pawtography for taking all of these gorgeous photos!
Bunny is a special needs kitten that is in need of a loving home. She has Manx Syndrome, a genetic condition in which the spinal cord has been shortened too much. She is actually a very healthy, happy kitten that is expected to live a normal length life. The only issue that she has is incontinence and so she must wear a diaper. She gets along great with both cats and dogs and she loves to play! A ReJoyceful Animal Rescue will waive the fee for her adoption for a qualified adopter!
Iverson is a handsome 7½-year-old man cat. He has been with the rescue a very long time and would love to have a forever home to call his own. This love bug enjoys kicker toys and being the dominant cat around the home. He will get along with other cats if they are willing to let him be the boss.