A Paws For Pets — Do the right thing

By LaMoine Roth, York Adopt A Pet

I am giving fair warning to anyone reading this article. It is graphic in the details of what rescue is all about. Not everyone has the stamina to witness what can happen when you are an animal advocate and in rescue. The public needs to be aware of their surroundings and if they see something, do something.

With the temperatures dropping to below zero and wind chills as low as 45 to 50  below zero in the last 10 days, we need to be aware of what this can mean, not only for humans but animals, birds and all outdoor animals. We have seen where people are being charged with animal cruelty by leaving their pets outside. If you see something, do something. Call your local police, sheriff, any law enforcement and sign a complaint, whatever it takes. Do the right thing.

Being in rescue sadly I have seen that some things never change. People need to be responsible, I cannot fathom someone looking out their window, seeing an animal in subzero conditions and not doing something. I will never forget an experience I had 30 some years ago with the temperatures being what we have experienced in the last several days.  I was awakened when someone was knocking at my front door at about 5:30 in the morning. Two local women who were living in one of our rentals were delivering the World Herald newspaper and they came upon a beautiful long-haired white cat. This cat had evidently been hit by a car, and the cat was literally frozen to the pavement by the blood he had lost. I know this is graphic but his story needs to be told.  These two women were able to lift Max and wrapped him in one of their newspapers. They didn’t know what to do, so they came to see if I could help this cat. They were truly angels of mercy. I wrapped him in a towel and heating pad and put him next to a heating vent. I can still see his beautiful blue eyes looking at me. I called Goldstein’s, now known as York Animal Clinic, and I was waiting at their front door when the first vet arrived. Thankfully he had not lost as much blood as originally thought and after stitching his wound he came home to recuperate. The irony is they are still renting the house. They could have just as easily driven by but they saw something and they did something. They saved Max’s life.

I have had cats arrive whose ears and tails were frozen.  The most amazing thing is that people do care, people see animals in need and they took care of that need. Many of you may remember the story of Bonnie, she was found on a farm east of York. A woman found her huddled in her yard. She was pencil thin, and her ears and tail had been frozen. Bonnie was nervous around the family’s other farm cats and she was afraid her cats would scare her away, she would once again be on her own trying to stay warm and finding food in the snow covered fields. Bonnie was very frail and weak. Her ears were like crumpled paper and were very hard to the touch.  The end of her tail was missing and had the look of a frozen stick. Another miracle — she survived, she was spayed and her shots were brought up to date.  An amazing woman from Lincoln adopted her. She has spent the last 15 years traveling the country sitting on the dash of an 18-wheel truck.

The stories are endless, some are tragic and some are heartwarming. I sound like a broken record but we all need to be the voice of those without a voice. If you see something, do something. Do the right thing.

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