Thursday, November 25, 2010

Forging Ahead

Everytime I hear of a problem or issue within another rescue I begin to feel a frozen knot in the pit of my stomach.  All it takes is hearing idle chit-chat about a sick cat and huge veterinary bills, or a cat that has to be moved due to a personality problem - and I feel sick to my stomach.  Regardless, it's the part of rescue that nobody likes and certainly frightens me the most about starting my own rescue.

I'm no stranger to cat-related problems.  It happens to EVERY rescue.  I know how to deal with them.  But my resources will be limited for a while and that's the part that I find a bit paralyzing.

Just when I thought I was going to have some kind of menopausal freak out about the whole thing,  I found an old video that I never posted here.  I don't know why I didn't post it, but I had goosebumps when I watched it.  You may have to watch it twice.  (The cat has long been rescued, so don't worry!)  ***Listen to the dogs in the background beginning at about 13 seconds into the video.***

I don't believe in coincidences.  Just as I was feeling weak and cowardly, I found that video.  That video reminded me in so many ways why I need to keep forging ahead. 

"Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow."  ~Dan Rather


Anonymous said...

Ugh, the dogs broke my heart :(

House of the Discarded said...

I know. The dogs are what did me in too. :(

Anonymous said...

Will you be able to give tax receipts for donations made this year? You have so many followers that if even half of them offered to donate $10 or $20 a month that should help to get you some start up money.

House of the Discarded said...

I won't be able to give tax receipts until my Charity status comes through. I'm hopeful for January 2011...

I'm applying to be a rescue on Helping Homeless Pets, which will permit people to donate through them and I'd get 100% of the donation until my charity status comes through. More on that later...I don't have all the information yet :)

Deb said...

I know what you mean. I feel the same way about the ferals. I get flack from friends who know about them and they will say "don't feed them if they can't be trapped right now" Just stop and then they will peter out but when I get back in my car after placing food for them and I see one heading over from the bush in anticipation of a good meal after being hungry all day I just can't stop. It sounds corny but I am all they have. So I keep going every night with food. I understand your heart. Deb

House of the Discarded said...

Deb: Picturing that is heartbreaking!!! :(

Crystal said...

Beth, I am so happy that you are following your heart. You are brave and courageous and will do amazing things with your own rescue.

These cats are so fortunate to have you on their on their side, to be their voice!

You have a very special ability to find the "right cat for the right home" (I have 4 very special examples). Thank you for moving forward and taking this gigantic leap of faith.


Anonymous said...

Forging ahead, not foraging ahead:

1. the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter.
2. characterized by or dependent upon the acquisition of food by such means; food-gathering: a foraging people.

verb, forged, forg·ing. noun
–verb (used with object)
1. to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape.
2. to form or make, esp. by concentrated effort: to forge a friendship through mutual trust.
3. to imitate (handwriting, a Signature, etc.) fraudulently; fabricate a forgery.

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: Thank you!!! I hate making these kind of mistakes :)

Caroline said...

I know that Beautiful girl in the video! And don't worry fellow blog readers, she was rescued and is doing Fabulous!