We received a contribution with a note inside. We wanted to share the message with you. We felt it is not only to RVAS, but to every individual, group and/or organization that rescues animals.
Dear Raccoon Valley,
Words of gratitude can not be expressed enough for taking the kittens that the dog saved. We have never met, nor had I ever heard of your organization until the other day when I read the kitten story on the internet. I'm sure, like many others, it touched my heart with both grief and relief. Incredibly saddened for the cruelty of our society, and the loss of life, and relief that two were found and saved, and didn't die equally horrific deaths. That is where my letter should end.
I was sickened that our society are not a species advanced enough to refrain from this form of cruelty and horrified that our laws are not tough enough for those who do. That our own state laws are so vague that even if the person/persons who did it were caught, the punishment would never fit the crime. When is the punishment going to fit the crime?
My day was full of activities with work, to taking my kids to their after school activities, and by the time I got off of work, got home, got everyone fed, it was time to drop my girls off at dance class and take our boy to Karate. Hours later I would return home with crew in hand and help them with their homework and by then it would be time to go bed. In short, my day was full. As mortified as I was when I initially read it, my day was so full that I never thought twice about the horrific story I read a few hours earlier. I was simply too busy!
I lied awake that evening, with images flashing through my mind of the horror these tiny helpless creatures must have felt. Hoping and praying that the wee ones that didn't make it felt no pain or suffering. Then turning to anger to our society as a whole...to the person/persons who would perform such an act of cruelty, to the lawmakers who waste our time and money on trivial non-life threatening subjects rather than worthy causes that would prevent animal cruelty. To disgust of how can any organization turn this woman or the kittens, both pleading for help...away???!
So there I was..in bed....exhausted, and the story kept going through my head over and over again. I sat up in bed, and went downstairs and this is what poured out of my soul.
"I read the story this morning. I was moved by it. I was angered by it. I was disgusted by it. Then I went about my day and returned home thankful that someone else took care of it.
And I did nothing.
I didn't contribute. I didn't say thank you. I didn't voice my disgust or anger to anyone. I didn't share the story. I didn't comment on a single news article. I didn't post it on any social network. I didn't tweet or text it. I didn't even cry.
I did nothing. I went about my day as if it never happened. Perhaps it was too awful of a thought to carry around all day. Perhaps I was counting on others to handle it. Perhaps, I was just too busy to give it a second thought.
So I'm writing this letter to apologize. I'm sorry that I'm not a person that can handle the horrific details of animal rescue and be a noble rescuer of the innocent. But I'm grateful to those of you who do!
I'm sorry that I have become so desensitized by the bad news of our society, that while this story bothered me a great deal...it took me until the end of the day for it to really sink in, the magnitude of the cruelty by members of our society. I'm so grateful that the dog's owner didn't follow in my footsteps on that tragic day, but instead stopped, listened and stepped forward to help these precious lives immediately.
I'm sorry that I profess to be an animal lover, and yet have done little for the animals or those who try to help them, except to be a responsible pet owner myself. But that ends now!
I can start by sending you this. A small contribution to say thank you. And a promise, that I will never look the other way again. That I will find a way each month to help an animal in need, somewhere, somehow, large or small, so that in the future, when I profess my love for animals...I'm living up to my word.
You have set an example of what an animal lover should be. To love, to care for, to save, even when it's the hardest. Even when it's not convenient. Even when we don't want to. No excuses, just action. I feel very blessed to have come across the kitten story. As my heart was touched deeply by tragedy and triumph of the story, my soul was reached by those of you who never gave up and whom I've never met. It's by your example I wish to follow...not only to help animals...but to support those who, like myself, want to make the world a better place.
And for that, I am grateful!"
Newfounded Humbled Supporter