A Rescuer's poem

I am an Animal Rescuer
My job is to assist God's creatures
I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs
I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures without planning or selection
I have bought cat food with my last dime
I have patted a matted and dirty cat with my bare hand
I have hugged someone feral and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count
I have animal friends and friends who have animal friends
I don't often use the word "pet"
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time
I want to live forever if there aren't any animals in Heaven
But I believe there are
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind
Some may think we are master of the animals
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven't learned
War and abuse make me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And we are making a difference every day
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat
By the love of those who I've been privileged to rescue
I have been rescued
I know what true unconditional love really is
for I've seen it shining in the eyes of so many
Grateful for so little
I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full
------Author Unknown

some of my zoobabies

some of my zoobabies

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Easter Lily: Protect your Felines

In preparation for the celebration of Easter Sunday, many families enjoy adorning their homes with plants. One plant, the Easter Lilly, is a favorite decorative element. But, did you know this beautiful symbol of Easter is a highly dangerous toxin to your pet cat?

Even a small amount of the Easter Lily plant ingested by your cat can make it extremely ill. While dogs are not adversely affected, the Easter Lily is not the only lily plant that is toxic to felines. The Tiger Lily, Rubrum Lily, Japanese Lily and some Day Lily species also are extremely toxic to cats.

All parts of the lily plant are toxic - including the pollen. If your cat should brush up against the plant, transferred pollen can be breathed into its lungs or licked off its fur into its mouth and digestive tract.

The result? Severe kidney damage and acute renal failure can occur. Within just a few hours of ingestion, a cat can show the early symptoms of lily toxin poisoning: vomiting, not wanting to eat or drink and lethargy. Immediate veterinarian treatment is crucial. A poisoned feline can develop kidney failure in as little as 36 hours.

If you are a cat owner and do have an Easter Lily in your home, please keep the plant safely away from your cat's ability to access it. You may want to reconsider a safer alternative altogether for both your feline and canine furry friends. Some non-toxic Easter plants safe for your cat and dog are:

Easter Orchids

Easter Cactus



A valuable resource link for all pet owners is the Animal Poison Control Center, found at:


As you enjoy the celebration of Easter with your family, please remember to protect your pets!

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