The original poem by Janine Allen sees the rescue from a dog's point of view and always brings tears to my eyes. I stumbled across this adaption online and just knew I had to share this take on adoption, from a cat's point of view here.
I Rescued A Human Today
Her eyes met mine as she walked through the gate.
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I meowed, not too exuberantly, I did not want to startle her.
As she read the sign next to my name I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past.
I try not to look back at those days, but to look to the future.
A future where I can make a difference in someone’s life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.
I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against her hand to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
I purred gently, not to loud as I did not want to frighten her. She looked at me and her smile was as warm and bright as the sun.
I wanted to jump into her arms, wanted to tell her that everything would be alright.
I wanted to promise to always love her.
(after all, she would be the one serving up the food)
To promise to always be by her side.
(unless there was a mouse to chase)
To promise to do everything I can to keep her smiling.
(especially if catnip is involved)
I was so fortunate that she walked through our gate.
There are so many out there who never take that step.
So many who never open their hearts...
So many more to be saved.
At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.
And the beautiful boy posing perfectly here is Bryan.
He arrived at Domino's as a tiny ball of fur....
And got to rescue his own human when he was adopted.
(not to mention he also got to drive his new, "old" adopted brother crazy)
Believe it or not, there was NO flash used when this picture was taken.
Please help us help more of our wonderful kittens and cats rescue more humans.