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  Still In My Heart, Five Years Later
by Mr. Ed
Friday, August 27, 2010
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Dedicated To All The Forlorn Animals Still Being Left Behind,

And To All The Rescuers, Who Still Attempt To Assist Them

 

 

“You'll be in my heart,

Yes, you'll be in my heart,

From this day on,

Now, and forever more.”

 

Phil Collins,

You’ll Be In My Heart

 

 

It is hard to believe, it has been five years

Since Hurricane Katrina, caused such pain

It’s also extremely hard to believe, that today

The horrendous Gulf Oil Spill, is doing it, again

 

So many of us will never forget, late August 2005

Thousands and thousands of pets, were left behind

With no food or fresh water, fighting for their lives

That horrific hurricane had been so cruel and unkind

 

More than 1,800 people, lost their lives in that storm

Tens of thousands of pets, were trapped in its savagery

Animal rescuers soon flocked to the ravaged Gulf Coast

And launched the largest pet rescue effort in U.S. history

 

In the days, weeks, and months, following Katrina’s fury

We rescued some 10,000 remarkable animals, of all kinds

Each of them with a unique personality, and a unique story

Here are a few, still in my heart, that were so sadly left behind

 

Red – a storm-ravaged, paralyzed pit bull, with absolutely nothing but love in his heart, and a very staunch will to survive in his soul.

Mangy Dog – an extremely loyal, emaciated, mange-covered mutt – who many weeks after the storm had passed still refused to leave the broken-down steps of his now destroyed home – still believing with every ounce of strength left in him that he must continue to diligently guard that house for his never returning human family.

One-Eyed Jack – a massive, gentle, giant of a Chow, who had lost an eye in the storm, yet who somehow comforted me each night on our walks around camp, instead of the other way around.

Chico – a tiny white poodle, now completely black from head to toe – drenched in toxic oil, who had been ripped right out of his owner’s arms, and so very cruelly tossed off an evacuation bus, to fend for himself.

Knight – a big, brave, Shepherd/Collie mix, with an even bigger heart. He was found still valiantly protecting his best friend – a tiny, frail, and blind, calico cat – weeks after the storm had passed.

Only a small number of these pets were reunited with their families

We soon shipped thousands of them to shelters all across our country

And, most of the volunteer animal rescuers, took some of them home

Five years later, still in my heart and my home, are these adorable three

 

Flower – an extremely lonely, withdrawn, tortoise shell feline found near death in a gutter in New Orleans, and now housed in a very hastily constructed ‘cat house,’ along with dozens and dozens of other left behind cats and kittens of all shapes, sizes, colors, and dispositions.

Every time that I wandered ‘cat row,’ sadly viewing the dozens and dozens of makeshift cages, now stacked from floor to ceiling with forlorn felines, a tiny black and cream colored paw would slowly reach out from one particular cage, and it would now cling very tightly to my arm. I would now stop and gaze into her extremely sad and lonely eyes; and I eventually knew that I could never leave this very deserving orphan behind.

Junior – a de-hydrated, barely alive, large black dog – part Lab, part Hound, part Who Knows What. When I pulled him out of his small rescue crate, his eyes were swollen shut; his mouth was completely covered in dry, caked on spittle; and his breathing was extremely labored. I never expected him to survive – so many had not.

For some reason, I sat in the pen with him all night, stroking his dirty matted fur, and talking to him. At morning’s light, I left him there alone for a much needed cup of coffee. And, as I stood outside his pen speaking to a fellow volunteer, someone yelled, “Look! He’s moving; he’s getting to his feet; he’s still listening to your voice!” How could I possibly leave this very determined survivor behind now?

Tater – a call had come into our pet rescue camp from a demolition crew down in Gulfport, Mississippi - they had found a lone survivor at a devastated trailer park right on the ocean – an adorable Black Lab they had quickly named ‘Tater’ since they were tossing him French Fries, which he very gratefully devoured. “Who wants to retrieve this Tater Dog?” 

For some reason, I volunteered immediately; and I now drove the one hundred long hot miles to fetch him. I also immediately fell in love with him when we met, and he immediately bonded with me. When we finally got back to base camp, Tater simply refused to get out of my truck; he now felt much safer in it. And, I guess I couldn’t blame him.

Tater and I now spent the next week in my old truck, rescuing many other animals in need, and he loved ‘riding shotgun’ with me. I slept in my truck that entire week, and Tater slept right on top of me in the back seat. He still thinks he’s a lap dog today; and he still very lovingly follows after me, everywhere.

But very sadly, today, five years later, the same thing is happening to them, again

Because of this horrid oil spill, Gulf Coast families are now relinquishing their pets

But unlike five years ago, there is now nowhere to send them, anywhere in America

Just about every animal shelter is now overflowing, and there is no relief in sight yet

 

America’s tragically left behind pets today,

Now have absolutely nowhere left to go,

And most of them, have very little hope left.

 

Please Find It In Your Heart To Help At Least One of Them – Please Adopt; Don’t Shop.

Please Continue To Support America’s Many Animal Welfare Organizations, and The Many Extremely Dedicated Animal Rescuers Throughout Our Nation, And Throughout The World, Who Still Care About Them, Including Many Who Are In Our Armed Forces.

And Please Watch This Heartfelt Video, Dedicated To Animal Rescuers, Everywhere:


 
      


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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/31/2010
This remains so disturbing, but I really have to ask a dumb question that I have asked many times before with little to no satisfation. When people are forced to leave certain areas, because we have this everywhere, why are their pets not allowed to be rescued too?? Why can't they remain with their owners, providing they are leashed, caged. I saw this during Hurricaine Gloria on the east coast, again during the North Ridge earthquake in California. I only had one cat, Cheyenne, with me and I stuffed her in my sweatshirt. I think now, living in Tornado alley what I would do if we ever got hit bad and I just can not imagine leaving any of my pets behind. Maybe I am just being closed minded, but I could not leave my pets any more than I would leave a child behind. There just has to be a better way....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by The Poetess 8/31/2010
My heart is with this mission. As Rita hit the South I went to work in a few shelters and ended up jumping on a crusade to rescue animals that were left behind and not allowed in the shelters people were rushed to. We hid some of them in the shelters and the Houston Animal rescue leage was awesome! They were incredably busy but got to every house I called in the address to. Many animals were saved from starvation...etc.
After three weeks in shelters I returned to NH - to the devistation of my Alstead neighborhood being wiped out in a flash flood, which killed four of my closest nieghbors...etc. Life has not been the same since. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and sometimes it feels like it was in some other lifetime.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 8/30/2010
Bless all the precious animals! My heart aches for what happens to them all too often......

Anna
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/28/2010
The situation is grave, but a little positive feedback on successes is enormously helpful to bear the burden of the future. Thanks for that too. Patrick
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/28/2010
i can't watch the videos, so glad you post, do you know if little chico ever was reunited with his small owner? I remember the incident well, often wonder at the thinking of the fool who took away the last bit of hope, home and stability for a little boy and a little dog.

m
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/27/2010
The details you outline and describe are certainly a lesson and an education for me, Ed, I had only a general idea of the extent of suffering and destruction, of neglect and loss.

And again, that great heart of yours!

John
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/27/2010
Ready to take action,
Christine
Reviewed by Linda Hill 8/27/2010
Ed,
This touches me deeply, Ed. I have a precious little dog and my heart would break if I had to leave him to unknown terrors. God bless you for writing this, it is outstanding. I also care.

Blessings+
~Linda
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/27/2010
I will, somehow, I will...ed
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/27/2010
10,000 I had no idea it was that many. Well done and the bios make it so much more personal and compelling.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/27/2010
Ed, you have such a wonderful and caring heart. Thank God for people like you. Beautiful, touching and sad story.

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