How do cats fare around the world? War, violence, starvation – the cats have to fend for their lives, just like their humans.
A few weeks ago, Paws’ mom had a chance, one of few, to watch movies on Netflix. She came across an old favorite novel – The Diary of Anne Frank. While it was wonderful to see these families hiding in an attic, away from the Nazis, it also reminded her the comfort a cat can give to people in distress. One of the families brought a cat to live in the annex. He lived there, till one day, he escaped through a window – never to return again.
We give pause to what could have happened to that cat. Did he find happiness on the streets? That’s doubtful considering the times.
It also brings us to take pause and wonder how cats are faring today, some 70 years later in times of war and distress. We don’t hear much about this. That’s probably a GOOD thing.
We’ve heard stories about soldiers in Afghanistan taking in stray cats into the barracks, and nurturing them back to life. We heard stories surrounding the Winter Olympics 2014 about Olympians and other rescuing stray dogs.
We did hear of the plight of the animals after the Tsunami in Japan, and we do hear of help for animals from natural disasters. But what about non-natural disaster such as war, drug wars, repressive regimes, and more.
Whether it be my favorite, the cat, or a horse, rabbit, dog, hamster, guinea pig, or a cow with those big beautiful eyes, people wanted their animal friends with them.
As we are left wondering in curiosity at Paws, and take a pause for reflection, we’d like you to share any stories or thoughts about our pets’ welfare in wartime and times of violence. If you know of any FB pages, Twitter accounts, or other resources, where people worldwide are shouting out to help their pets in time of distress, please share. Paws wants to help spread the word.
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Sharon: Thanks for sharing. This indeed is something that should be addressed. I’m sure these dogs brought your husband a lot of solace and peace during a time of horrendous turmoil. He should be credited with helping them for the 2 years that he was there. I’m sure they remembered him, as he remembers them.
I love that you are covering this topic. I look forward to reading the submissions from other pet lovers. A million years ago when my husband was stationed in Viet Nam he befriended two homeless dogs. They were his buddies for nearly 2 years. Laws were different than they are now for servicemen who want to bring an animal back to the U.S. so although he tried the best he could to get approval to take the dogs home, ultimately he had to leave them behind. He left them in the care of a woman who cleaned their barracks, but he never felt comfortable that she would take care of the dogs. He still has their pictures and it still haunts him today about what might have happened to them.