Moondrop was found as a stray in January and was taken to a local shelter at that time. She is estimated to be at least 15 years old. She was sick, in very poor condition, with severe flea infestation and hair loss due to flea allergies. She also is badly in need of a dental. Unfortunately, there are not many prospects for adoptions of elderly cats. Yet, clearly, Moondrop was not ready to die and all she wanted most in her life was a person to snuggle up with. So little to ask, and nearly impossible to find. The shelter contacted us to see if we could give her a place and we agreed to help her. Within moments of her arrival, she relaxed knowing she had a home again and people to snuggle with her. When we pick her up, she nestles in with an amazing purr and will sit like that for hours. We all fell in love with her instantly. She has an appointment with our veterinarian for a complete exam and she will get the dental treatment she needs very soon. As soon as we get her back to full health, we will try to find a special home where she can live out her days in a family all her own. And if not, she will stay here with us at the farm, to be loved by us.
When we held each of these cats the day they arrived, we were stunned by the feeling of how they let down their guard and stopped having to fight to survive. They each knew that they were safe, that they had a place to be, and that they would know what feeling loved felt like once again. They fought hard to get to this place again, searching for one more lap to curl in, one more set of arms to hold them, one more head to butt up against, one more heart to purr for, and their fights were over.No one knows how much time either of these cats will have left in their lives. It may be weeks, it may be months, it may be years. But for each of them, every single day counts as another day to be grateful that someone cared enough to open their hearts to them once again. Neither of them deserved to die alone out on the street, sick and starving, but both of them were looking at that reality. Someone loved them once, you can tell by the way they are and by how they see humans in their lives. We don’t know what happened to them for them to end up homeless on the street. But all it takes is a loving and caring heart to change their plight. Knowing that they have now gotten their wish of loving arms to hold them before they die is both heart breaking and fulfilling to those of us who now step in as their caretakers and friends and offer them the space within our hearts to love and be loved once again.