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.