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  Paradise Lost
by Mr. Ed
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
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“The greatness of a nation,


And its moral progress,


Can be judged,


By the way its animals are treated.”


 


Gandhi


 


 


Dogs first befriended man


Many thousands of years ago


And cats since the days of ancient Egypt


Have managed to purr their way into our souls


 


Yet somewhere along mankind’s long line of history


We somehow lost our respect for these noble creatures


The callous way that we very often treat them these days


Is surely not one of modern man’s most redeeming features


 


Months after Hurricane Katrina wreaked her destruction


There are still many starving dogs and cats on the coast


And many of them have now turned untrusting and wild


Having been forsaken by beings they had loved the most


 


Once very faithful dogs have now formed wild packs


After being left behind by their once trusted human friends


And once very content domesticated cats have now gone feral


On their ancient survival instincts they’ve been forced to depend


 


And these once very docile and trusting ‘left behind’ pets


Will most likely never be able to trust we human beings again


What we all permitted to happen to them in Hurricane Katrina


Is surely not a very proud legacy to future generations we send


 


Far too many of these once cared for and domesticated animals


Will now live out their days in the desperate shadows until they die


Both from starvation and by being struck by uncaring vehicles


And these are the images that now haunt every pet rescuer’s eyes


 


We rescuers sincerely pray that our government has now grown a lot wiser


We all pray that pet owners will never again be forced to leave them behind


We pray that we’ve all now learned a valuable lesson from Hurricane Katrina


For the pain in these ‘left behind’ eyes will live on forever in our troubled minds


 


©2005, Ed Kostro


 


 


Many abandoned Hurricane Katrina dogs and cats are still very sadly wandering the Gulf Coast, months after the storm has passed; they have now begun to fear man; and they have been forced to forget their former human families forever in their woefully tragic efforts to survive.


 


Many of these once cared for creatures are now living in abandoned buildings, in junked cars, under bridges, in culverts and bushes, and even deep within many of the sewer systems of coastal cities and towns – any possible place at all where they can hide.


 


And most of them are desperately attempting to survive on garbage, and on tiny discarded tidbits occasionally tossed their way by some kind hearted passerby.  And, very sadly, most of them are dying.


 


.The average life span of a feral cat or a wild dog in America today is only about two years. And Hurricane Katrina has now added many more to their desperate ranks.


 


And the offspring of these abandoned pets who somehow manage to survive long enough to reproduce will now also woefully add to the extremely severe, ever increasing, discarded pet overpopulation problem in this country.


 


The dangers facing them include starvation, de-hydration, traffic injuries, other animals, heat and cold, disease, poisoning, and extremely callous human beings who have already begun growing impatient with these now wild and haggard storm orphans – who, through no fault of their own - are simply attempting to survive.


 


And although rescue operations continue, it grows more difficult with each passing day for rescuers to coax them from their deep dark hiding places.


 


The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that between 40-50,000 pets lived in New Orleans alone prior to Hurricane Katrina.  Thousands of them died in the storm, and thousands of them were rescued by compassionate souls.


 


But now, thousands more will reproduce and then die on the mean city streets, in abandoned buildings, in deserted warehouses and basements, and on isolated coastal highways, because they were so tragically, and so callously, left behind – by all of us.


 


Please spay and neuter your pets; please don’t allow them to roam unattended; please renew your compassion for all living beings; and please treat all of our earthly neighbors as you, yourself, would want to be treated should the next major catastrophe strike your neighborhood.


 


 


 

  


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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 12/15/2005
A sobering, eye opening write Ed...now is the time for change, I pray it happens soon

Carole...love and peace
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 12/15/2005
Dear friend, lately, many activities have been preventing me from spending as much time in AD as I would like, and that time, which always seems much too short, I have been dedicating mostly to reading. But today, I can't just read this alert, in the essence and in the form of heart-wrenching poetry and information, without leaving a comment, to express, once more, my admiration, respect and affection. You always remember and speak for these beings whom too many forget or ignore, but who in turn never forget the humans that have been the most important beings in their lives. I feel deeply for them, having come across many of these "discarded", forlorn, gone wild because they had to in order to survive creatures, in my own country, and like you, I strongly urge all caring owners to have their pets neutered and spayed and to keep them from roaming. And I pray, fervently and endlessly for a day when no more of such loving, trusting creatures will ever again be "discarded" or left behind.
May you be blessed for your unrelenting efforts, full of deep care and vast love.
Love&Light*
Alexandra*
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/14/2005
very sad and hopefully the beginning of changes needed. Thank you for the sharing.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/14/2005
Starkly sad realism Ed; but it needs to be expressed. Thank you for teaching. Love and peace to you.

Regis
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/14/2005
This is all so very sad, Ed. In my neighborhood alone, there are many feral animals, mostly cats who are not neutered but left behind when people move or tossed out when people just don't want them anymore. I am currently taking care of 6 feral cats, (well probably more, but there are 6 that come near enough for me to know them and give them names, but I have seen some others who only visit at night) and I wish I could do more to help with the problem. I am trying to get a trap, neuter, release group to come out and catch them before spring comes and they begin reproducing again. I called such a group a last spring and they told me that they would rehab any that they thought they could, but that I would have to show them that I would provide for the ones they couldn't place in homes before they would be willing to help me. So, I bought 2 insulated feral houses and put them out on my patio on a cinderblock platform and got foam backed emergency blankets for the floor of the houses (beyond the built in insulation) and synthetic sheepskins for their beds. I bought a solar water bowl so their water won't freeze and I feed them every day two times a day. My prize is that they all look great now. I tried to call back the group back once I got everything in order for the wild ones but the number I had is no longer in service. I am now wondering if I will be able to find any help for these cats and the feral situation in my neighborhood. It breaks my heart to see these animals living on the street and having to try to fend for themselves when they have little to no instincts due to having been domesticated pets. How could someone toss them out like that? How could people let their own cats reproduce over and over again and just toss the kittens out on the street. I guess I shouldn't be so surprised since people treat their own children the same way. I wish there was an easy solution for all the homeless pets, but unfortunately most will die a painful and unnatural death. Thank you for all that you do, Ed, and for keeping all of us informed of the situation.

Take care,

Sherry
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/14/2005
Tel 'em as it is boy...
Reviewed by Paul Williams 12/14/2005
A very sad reality Ed, this is a heartwrenching piece, thank God there are people like your dear self, giving voice to those who cannot speak.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 12/14/2005
Thank You, Ed, for being a voice for those who have none.
Welcome back, dear friend.

Love & Light,
Joseph
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/14/2005
Sobering and heart-rending, Ed. There's a book and a half in here... I keep dwelling on the fact that they are now "in hiding" - almost like an Armageddon for these poor creatures, now living their lives "bunkered". The emotional pain such a picture paints is devastating. Your last line and a half, too, says so much. Bless you and may The Season also extend to fond benevolence to our animalkind, too. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/14/2005
Ed,

Tragic. May your voice continue to raise awareness, and may all of the abandoned pets find a home. Sad, when the well being of humans over-rides the need to evacuate furry friends...

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Powerfully eye-opening write.
Reviewed by Patrick McCormick 12/14/2005
This is a very tragic situation. Thank you for bringing it to everyone's attention. You have writen it very well.

Pat.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/14/2005
It breaks the heart and wrenches the soul, when we see what is happening in our world today with both humanity and the animal kingdom besides all of nature. The Universe is in tears how can
we hope to escape the same, when we have let it happen. A somber write Ed and I know it isn't easy for you to see such things. God
bless you for caring and sharing...

Love,
Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 12/14/2005
This is heart breaking to even think about, much less accept it is happening. I've always adopted my pets from the pound, or rescued them from the street. I know animals to be many times more appreciative than humans can ever be, and their loyalty is for a lifetime. Thank you for constant reminders of the obligation we have to life, and that it shouldn't exclude our animal friends.

Carmen
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/14/2005
Oh this moved me to tears yet again...

I feel like just never to trust another human after reading this!!

But on the other hand maybe their loved ones died and don't even know the pain their pets are going through...that change the situation completely...right!!

Thanks for sharing dear one!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 12/14/2005
Ed,

Such powerful words. I hope you submit this article to every news source across our country. People need to know how serious the situation continues to be. Thanks again for your continued support.

Cynthia
Reviewed by L. Figgins 12/14/2005
What a friend these poor animals have in you, Ed, and how callous
we've become. I've always thought of pets as our children. They depend apon us for love and survival. The quote by Ghandi echoes the sentiments of Elenore Roosevelt who said that a nation can be judged by the way it treats the poorest of it's citizens. This is a very fine write!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/14/2005
Ah Ed, tis good to have you home, we worry about you when you are gone...Rufuz wants again to thank you for your caring ways, but right now after reading this tragic poem, he is too broken up to do so...so allow me to thank you for keeping all of us up to date on the rescue efforts of so few...I hope and pray that these lost souls find peace and new homes...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Peter Paton 12/14/2005
You strike a notable chord in the nation's hearts Ed...
All creatures great and small should be afforded the same rights and principles as human beings
Moving and informative write
Glad to see you back from your travels and endeavours Ed in time for the Festive period !
Peter
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 12/14/2005
A very interesting, informative write, Ed!

D
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 12/14/2005
This is so traumatic to read and what must it have been for you and other rescuers to have actually been there for these poor neglected mites. We need more people like you Ed to share such info...maybe somewhere somehow some of us will be moved to action. Thanks for sharing - shoma

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