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  Left Behind
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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“People must realize how totally helpless animals are,

How dependent on us, how trusting as a child,

That we will be kind, and take care of their needs.


They are a responsibility we have no right to neglect,

Nor to violate, by our cruelty.”


James Herriot


We left them behind, by the thousands

Before Katrina, to fend for themselves

And today, we are doing it, once more

Leaving them in a foreclosed home hell


Every week now, I hear another horror story

About another pet, that has been left behind

It breaks my heart, and it saddens me no end

That our species, can be so callous and unkind


Three dead cats, found inside someone’s foreclosure

A loyal family dog chained, and left behind. in the yard

A dog and a cat, huddled in a dark basement, barely alive

How can our human hearts and souls, be so horrifyingly hard


A friend of mine is a realtor, who now relays his horror stories

About the abandoned pets he and his co-workers find, every day

So many of them spend agonizing weeks, without any food or water

I just cannot comprehend, how we human beings, can behave this way


It is bad enough that we now dump our once treasured animal friends

In city parks, in forests, on farmland, in deserts, and by the sides of roads

But how in heaven’s name, can we be, such diabolical, uncaring, monsters

That we leave them behind, without food or water, in our abandoned homes


The lucky ones are found by someone, before hunger and thirst, kill them

But the look of sadness and betrayal in their eyes, always makes me weep

They just cannot comprehend, how the humans they loved, did this to them

And I very sadly wonder how anyone who leaves them behind, can even sleep



If there are any foreclosed homes, in your neck of the woods,

Please attempt to determine if they contain any left behind pets;

More and more people are now walking away from their mortgages,

And there is no sign of relief for these abandoned, starving animals yet.


And Please Consider Adopting,

A Foreclosed, Left Behind, Dog or Cat;

Our Nation’s Shelters are All Overflowing,

They Need Our Help, No Doubt About That.


©2010, Mr. Ed




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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/2/2010
there has to be a better way
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 7/15/2010
How sad and cruel can people get?
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/14/2010
And I very sadly wonder how anyone who leaves them behind, can even sleep.

Simply because they are cold hearted, mindless, stupid, soulless, maggots. No insult to maggots intended. Patrick
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/13/2010
some do treat pets pretty bad, however human treatment ranks very low also, especially on the children, good sensitive humain write, cheerio
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/13/2010
So very sad Ed..breaks my heart to think of it!
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/13/2010
I curse the bastards who do this; thank you, Ed, thank you for putting it out there.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/13/2010
this is so heartbreaking
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/13/2010
Your poem is truly a holy winged offering of help for these animals ~
So, first of all, you are releasing this loving poem skyward and there will have to be some beautiful results.

It's a vile crime to leave helpless animals behind, a horror ~

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/13/2010
This is completely heartwrenching.....I have to go hug my dog.

Reviewed by Lew Duffey 7/13/2010
While reading this I felt everything from anger, to emphathy to sympathy. What is even sadder is people treat other people as badly.
Is there any hope?
God bless (We all need it)
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/13/2010

I had trouble reading this, because of the tears in my eyes. It breaks my heart also to hear of these things. People think I'm crazy because I take in every stray cat I see, but if not me who else will take care of these things. We all have to have that mentality, it is our responsibility to help creatures that can't help themselves. Nothing angers me more than a person abusing an animal. If they have to leave, they need to find that animal a home. Would you leave your child behind? Thank you for this write.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/13/2010
Great message and one I hope many will adhere to. It is also sooo very sad that so many people are now losing their homes in this way...I was one of them, but still no excuse for leaving an animal to die a slow agonizing death.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/13/2010
So tragic; this should NOT be! EVER!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( *tears!*
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/13/2010
I cannot imagine leaving an animal behind, how hard is it to take them to a unfeeling can they be, as apparently they did not love the animal in the first place and if that is the case, why even have one...e
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 7/13/2010
HOMO "SAPHIENS" all brain, no heart, come on 2012, come on, this is as close as it gets to leaving unwanted children behind to starve and die in agony, this is worse than any abuse that I could imagine.
Do people like that ever deserve to ever live in a home again? Where is the law in all this, again the story isn't it, they're just animals, definetely more innocent than children when they grow up, like these so called homo neglectus.
Love and Peace my friend! Jasmin Horst

PS in a place where St. Francis came from, I guess they need him there again, thanks Dawn.
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 7/13/2010
Just yesterday I was discussing this atrocity with an acquaintance in GA; she has ties with real estate firms and will be sending emails to all about checking foreclosed homes for pets left behind...locked inside. Gut-wrenching images...Thanks, Ed, for bringing this sad-but-real tragedy for "Left Behind" pets.
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/13/2010
Ed, this is so sad. Here in Italy, it's not foreclosures, but the month of August, when most Italians leave for vacation.......and many leave their dogs and cats left behind in a park rather than take them with them or pay for a just breaks my heart.
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