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December 1, 2012

Looking back: It's important to show compassion for all creatures

It happened again. Another heartache for a poor adorable kitty that was just dropped off and abandoned.

It seems that our village is a handy place for unfeeling people to just abandon their unwanted pets. I wonder how a person like that could have such disrespect for life. Would they treat another human in such an inhumane way?

You most likely recall the column I wrote about Zorro, the long-haired tuxedo-type junior kitten who adopted our daughter. He seemed to be a drop-off, too, because of the deplorable condition he was in ... so skinny and his long hair so dirty. That poor cat didn’t look like he had seen a brush or comb in his whole little life. He just wandered around the village for days looking and searching for a happy home to be warm and loved in.

Yes, he’s still here and he’s now beautiful and healthy. Our hearts went out to him and he knew who would be his friends. Animals know ... they have emotions, too.

As I most emphatically wrote back then in the April 18, 2009, column of this newspaper: “The righteous one is caring for the soul (life) of his domestic animal ...” And that’s a firm directive from our Creator right from Proverbs 12:10.

And I should quote the entire sentence for it continues: “ — but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel.” What does that tell everyone?

And now we have another “unwanted.” We call him Tigger. He’s a short-haired, beautifully marked guy with an astounding meow-yowl to voice his presence. He too is a junior kitten. Being housebroken and well-mannered, he showed us that he was someone’s pet. Perhaps lost? 

We asked the village folks and hung a poster but no replies. Finally a neighbor remembered that a person several doors up just moved out and, guess what, left their cat.

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