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For more than a century now, millions of Americans
have set aside the first week of May as Be Kind to
Animals Week. Having rescued cats for the past decade,
I can vouch for the great emotional reward in this
And, writing this piece just days after the passing
of a sweet foster kitty named Douglas, I dedicate this
column to him. He taught me that one of the greatest
acts of kindness to animals is to rescue/care for/adopt
those who most need it — and are least likely to get it.
Douglas was born with a congenital kidney defect
that stunted his growth and made him sickly. When a
veterinarian examined Douglas and diagnosed kidney
disease, the prognosis was poor. We weren’t sure how
long he would live, but I couldn’t bear to euthanize
him; instead, we tried a prescription diet and hoped
for the best. The question was, who would care for
Douglas? Finding an adopter would be very difficult.
My home wasn’t the best environment for Douglas
(I had my hands full with four cats of my own), but it
was the only home. And he needed me.
I committed myself to caring for him for as long as
necessary. That time span turned out to be nearly five
years. But, Douglas’ difficult life came to the heartbreaking but inevitable ending with renal failure. Taking on a
fifth cat, especially one with an illness, presented a huge
challenge. But I feel so privileged that I could give this
sweet and needy cat a few years of life and love.
So, please look in a shelter or rescue for a kitty like
Douglas: one with special needs, who will have difficulty finding a home. Adopting such a cat will be a transforming act of kindness that saves a kitty who badly
needs you and may have no other hope. And that cat
will reward you with such gratitude and love.
For information on Be Kind to Animals Week, visit
Kellie B. Gormly is a Pittsburgh-based journalist otherwise known as Mother Catresa to homeless kittens
and cats. She blogs about her adventures in fostering at
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By Kellie B. Gormly
We got these at
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sorts of fun
Purrin’ Puss Salmon Paté
6 ounces boneless, skinless salmon
½ cup finely chopped celery
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
¼ cup breadcrumbs
1 organic egg — beaten
½ cup spring water
1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2 Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
3 Pack into a mold, and bake for 45 minutes.
4 Serve at room temperature.