Why we save the lives of kittens…
Yorkshire Cat Rescue
In our continuing monthly feature, Bingley Hub is pleased to be bringing you up to date news of what is happening at the homing centre. We are pleased to be working with such a fantastic charity, which helps re-home unwanted cats in our region.
At a recent fundraising collection day in a local supermarket, we were approached by a gentleman who said – in response to a Yorkshire Cat Rescue poster – “Why do people save the lives of kittens and not children?”.
Of course, our answer was to the effect that people can choose which charities they wish to support and for those people who love cats, a kitten’s life is worth saving.
Some days later, a group of volunteers were chatting about the reasons they come along to our centre to help care for the cats. One lovely happy volunteer said that she had been ill after an unhappy relationship and the knowledge that she would never be able to have children, hadn’t been able to motivate herself to anything and had felt that her life wasn’t going anywhere. She had started to volunteer from time to time and loved it. She rounded off by saying “Yorkshire Cat Rescue has been my salvation”.
So, there we have two diametrically opposing opinions – we shouldn’t waste time and money saving the lives of kittens on the one hand, and our very existence has been the salvation of someone on the other hand.
Every cat which comes to our centre affects a minimum of two people – the person bringing the cat in, and ultimately the person adopting it. The person bringing it in could be glad to see the back of it, considering it a nuisance or could be devastated at having to part with a much loved member of the family. The person adopting it is of course delighted to welcome a new friend. And of course there are all the volunteers, fosterers, and staff who gain pleasure from interacting with the cat whilst it is in our care.
Yorkshire Cat Rescue re-home cats to homes with young children, elderly people, people living in groups, people living on their own. To people who are well, people who are ill and people living with chronic and sometimes painful medical conditions. We’ve been told that the cats have provided a reason for people to get up in the morning and a reason for them to go out shopping. They have provided comfort to the bereaved, including bereaved children, and they have generated hours of fun for their owners as they play with them and enjoy their antics. For many people their cat is the only other living being they see most days, and for others they fill that gap that childlessness creates – that human need to hold a small body close and kiss its little head.
We think there is too much talk of “people charities” and “animal charities”. Cats are, after all, companion animals. Companions – not to themselves and to other animals, but to people – adults and children, who care for them and love them.
We ask the readers of Community Hub to support the charities they want to support and if they come across a charity that they don’t feel they want to support, to simply say a polite “no thank you” and accept that everyone has a right to choose who they do or don’t support.