After bearing 30 some hours at our home without hydro after this past weekend's ice storm, we were everso grateful yesterday late morning when our power was restored. Now that we have the comforts of home once again, our thoughts are turned toward those who are still without, and with the service personnel who are working fervently to try and restore it for all our fellow citizens.
Our kids were pretty uncomfortable and not too happy while we were in the throes of darkness and cold. I couldn't help but think upon the kitties who reside outside all year round and who battle the elements on a daily basis, and all the rescue people who take it upon themselves to ensure that these babies at least have food, water and makeshift shelters to help them survive.
The last couple of days I've also been assisting our rescue with transporting some of the kitties from a horrible hoarding situation. In total, there have been 113 cats rescued from this situation and although the large majority of them have been terrified as they've been transported from one end of the city to the other, and then onto foster homes, it's amazing to think how much brighter their futures look as a result of the valiant efforts of some pretty amazing people. People who give of their time, their energy, their resources, to try and help save the lives of animals who would otherwise face a very poor quality of life. My contribution as a foster parent and volunteer, is miniscule in comparison to the long endless hours that these folks put in trying to coordinate, transport, arrange, and assist with all the complex area's of a rescue of this magnitude.
This Christmas I hope that there will be more of us (myself included), who give thanks for all of the blessings that are ours, and who will throughout the coming year, take opportunities to help those around them in whatever way they can - big or small.
Merry Christmas to everyone............