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Coming to the call of cats, shelter

To the editors:

We have volunteered at Kitty Rescue, and it has been a most fascinating and satisfying time of our lives.

Watching a large group of cats interact taught us more than I can possibly describe. The satisfaction when, after a day of cleaning, we watched the cats settle happily onto their clean towels and throws, and drift off to sleep as soundly as if they had done all the work, is indescribable.

But Kitty Rescue is not only a magical place for those lucky enough to experience it. It is a place of rescue, kindness, and support for animals for which we have assumed responsibility. All of us. When we domesticate animals, we assume responsibility for them, and we should all strive to live up to that.

Kitty Rescue has performed a service for all of us. A moral service, and a practical one. Where do you take the stray cat who wandered into your yard? Where do cats go when their human partners enter the nursing home or die? Kitty Rescue has served as our conscience, and as a resource for the Monadnock region for more than a decade.

Now it has entered a crisis, as the Ledger-Transcript has reported, and it needs help from all of us. It needs volunteers, contributions, and people who can find room in their hearts and homes for needy cats. Everyone (even most dogs) needs cats in their lives. No house lacking a cat can be truly a home. Petting a cat lowers blood pressure, eases stress. Taking in a homeless, needy cat is satisfying and self-fulfilling. We all owe it to ourselves.

William and Carole Doreski


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