Today I cry over a lost one

Today I cry over one lost.

My job is to assist God’s creatures.
I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs.
I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures
without planning or selection.
I have bought dog food with my last dime.
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times.
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body
too many times to count.
I have Animal Friends and friends who have animal friends.
I don’t often use the word “pet”.
I notice those lost at the road side
and my heart aches.
I will hand raise a field mouse
and make friends with a vulture.
I know of no creature unworthy of my time.
I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven,
but I believe there are.
Why would God make something so perfect
and leave it behind?
Some may think we are masters of the animals,
but the animals have mastered themselves…
something people still haven’t learned.
War and abuse make me hurt for the world,
but a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind.
We are a quiet but determined army
and we are making a difference every day.
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan,
nothing more rewarding than saving a life,
no higher recognition than watching them thrive.
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who, only days ago, was too weak to eat.
By the love of those who I’ve been privileged to rescue,
I have been rescued.
I know what true unconditional love really is,
for I’ve seen it shining in the eyes of so many,
grateful for so little.
I am an Animal Rescuer.
My work is never done.
My home is never quiet.
My wallet is always empty,
but my heart is always full.
Author Unknown

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2 Responses to Today I cry over a lost one

  • Rae says:

    I cry when I read this. But, it is good to know I am not crazy…other people agree with me that non-human creatures are indeed important and valuable. This poem describes me, although I am not an official rescuer (but I did adopt!).
    Thank you.

  • Vikki says:

    Rae, but you *are* a rescuer… When you adopt one dog you rescue three. The one you adopt, the one that can move out of a shelter into the foster home because there is now space, and the one who can move into a shelter because there is now space. So you have rescued 6 dogs by adopting Zee and Palmer. :)

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