In praise of the ninety nine percent



I love living out here!  What’s not to love?   It is close to the village without losing that country feel.    My neighbours are all either retired or gainfully employed.   Gosh …. if one should slide off the road on a slippery winter day,  it is actually very useful to live in a spot where every second dooryard has a backhoe 🙂

To be perfectly honest, the only real fly in the ointment is that we are also a popular dumping spot for cats and kittens.     Three of my five found their own way to my door …. as did their predecessors in days gone by 😦

Does that mean there was anything wrong with the lovelies who landed here?   Of course not!   Each and everyone was clever enough to charm their way in the door.   Most of them were already spayed or neutered!  Each of them … in their own way … enriched my home and my heart in unforgettable fashion!

But I am wandering afield once more, as I am often wont to do.    Not every cat that is found has actually been discarded!  Here in Nova Scotia, cat owners are very lucky to have the resource of The Lost and Found Cats of HRM and Nova Scotia.

It is kissing cousins to The Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network … and while I do not have any numbers, it has provided a forum to help cats find their way home.   This month, I noticed that an album has been started for Success Stories … and that has an impressive 13 pictures already!

Cats …. clever souls that they are …. can be particularly difficult to find.     Even worse, many folks who find a cat automatically assume that kitty needs new digs.    Saddest of all of course is that with such little faith in the prospects for kitties surrendered to any Animal Control,  found kitties tend to fly underneath all the radars that owners could check for.

That is what makes work like this so valuable!   The folks running these networks already have busy lives … but they make the time to help reunite owned pets with the people who already love them and want them (As we speak, the woman running the lost cat network is hard at work trying to trap the elusive Prince, pictured above)

In realspeak .. this is a very valuable contribution!    By preventing pets from being mislabeled as homeless,  more rescue and shelter slots are kept for the ones genuinely in need of help!

What time is it?  It is always time to remember the power of social networking tools for helping the animals … and to salute the hard-working volunteers who make these projects possible!

Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration.   Albert Einstein


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