One of our volunteers, Kim D., – who had adopted Scarlet (AKA Paris) only a month or two before the following incident, shared this incredible story with me a while back. It is an amazing example of what a close bond Scarlet had already formed in a few short months with her brother Oliver!
Several months ago, Kim’s cat Oliver – a very sweet, lovey boy, had been viciously attacked by a neighborhood cat IN HIS OWN BACKYARD.
When Oliver was being attacked, Scarlet ran to help her brother. She put herself between the attacking cat and Oliver and growled at the other cat. Although she’s only about 8 pounds and was probably about half the size of the other cat, she tried to defend Oliver to the extent of putting herself in danger. She was trying to give Oliver the chance to get away and back to safety. Scarlet…
I visited the Ten Lives Club shelter for the first time today & got the full tour of their facilities. Seeing all of the beautiful cats – knowing they just want a loving home & the attention they want one on one – it breaks my heart. They all have the utmost care and many are taken in that would’ve been euthanized otherwise due to various medical issues.
I’ve decided to use the age old “total submersion” theory of “growing a steel set of balls” because otherwise, you’ll just sit back & cry, whine & do nothing. I did that for years. I cried. I wailed. I railed endlessly about the assholes who would abandon, neglect, abuse or otherwise care less about these beautiful animals who have always had my heart & I had grown up knowing & loving since before I could even walk. I didn’t think I could walk in & see so many without taking one (or 2) home with me.
But I’ve somehow become like a race horse with side-blinders – focused on one thing – the finish line. And fuck the obstacles, or my feelings – it’s about doing what will make things happen. What I can do to help them ALL. To get the big picture & try not to let my emotions get in the way…They deserve it. They desperately need our help. So fuck it – I’m in. All I can see right now is the finish line…
Ten Lives Club is a registered non-profit organization located in Western New York that is made up of volunteers and staff all devoted to the club’s mission, “to promote, further and enhance all cat life”. We rely on donations to help us feed, medicate, and house over 300+ (including our cats in foster care) cats in our program. Ten Lives Club began in January 2001 with a dream to be able to save as many cats as possible.
Since 2001 Ten Lives Club has touched the lives of 15,000+ cats and kittens whether through adoptions, spay/neuter or other assistance.
In 2012 alone, Ten Lives Club adopted out 1369 cats and kittens to forever homes!
Child labor is affecting children around the world. Millions of children have to work to help their families. Most of these children have never been to school.
Child labor is a problem that affects millions of children around the world. They are deprived of a normal childhood. They work in fields or factories for hours. They send the little money they earn to their families.
Education is the key to ending child labor. In Kenya, the government banned a luxury school fee. People in Asia must work to end child labor. The United Nation in Kenya is reforming child labor.
In conclusion, child labor is a problem that must be stopped. People are trying to get children out of the fields and into the classroom.
Teacher comments: Good conclusion!
I read this and it made me cry – with joy, that Josh understood the implications of the topic, with love because he embraces our values & beliefs and with pride, because he works so hard to achieve what so many other children take for granted…
I love you sweetie!! You make me so proud to be your Mommy!
I was so impressed with my son this evening. We were all sitting around the table at dinner and Josh made a very poignant comment. “Did you know there are kids my age in other countries who have to work all day long?” Pretending (slightly) that this is new information, I said “Really? Was this something you learned in school today?” His response – “YES! They have to work all day long, every day and don’t go to school”.
“Wow”, I said. “Aren’t you lucky you have the opportunity to go to school and learn about how people in other countries live? Which would you prefer – working all day long or going to school?”
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