Today Hubby & I said good-bye as we gave over our foster kittens to their new mom. If cats have 9 lives, we’ve seen 2 of those.
The kittens had been abandoned on a county road to meet their fates with coyotes when we noticed them. As we walked across the dirt road to check out the kittens, they came running, one directly to each of us, with expectant looks which said, “Will you take care of us? Are you our new family?” When we couldn’t place the strays in a no-kill shelter back in Houston, we committed to foster while we found a loving family to adopt them. A very nice lady had come to meet the pair and promised to take them, but she needed time to get organized with some supplies… and then Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. Suddenly, everyone had bigger concerns than prior appointments, and we didn’t know if the new mom would ever come for the “hurrikittens.” But we were grateful they were safe with us because who-knows? what could have happened to them during the hurricane if they’d been in a shelter.
This morning I told the kittens three Bible stories every kitty needs to know. Telling these Bible stories gave me a final sweet responsibility with the little bundles as I prepared for a heart-breaking good-bye:
Adam and the animals: God created all the animals, and he gave them to Adam and let Adam name them. God loved Adam and wanted him to have the animals, and He loved the animals and wanted Adam to know them and take care of them. I reminded the kittens we took care of them when we found them by the dirt road and we named them Tuohy and Maxine.
Noah and the animals: God instructed Noah to take a pair of each animal into the ark with his family. God remembered Noah and all the animals with him in the ark. When it was safe to leave the ark, God instructed Noah to release all the animals so they could scurry about and be fruitful. God loved the animals and saved them from the great flood, and He used Noah to protect them. I told the pair of kittens we are happy we protected them during the hurricane and floods in Houston.
*Genesis 7:2-3; 8:1, 15-16.
Jesus and the animals: Every creature in Heaven and on earth sings to the Lamb of God. The animals rejoice for Jesus in Heaven, so we will see our beloved pets again in Heaven. I promised the kittens I love them and I will miss them, and God promises us I will snuggle them again one day in Heaven. Amen!
I hesitated for a moment to show the kittens love, to get attached and risk my heart. But in almost the same instant I realized they should be loved. After all, some cold-blooded person had dumped them and left them to be killed. Jesus would show the kittens love. So I gave away my heart to the little love bugs. I knew God gave them to us to love and protect, and I knew one day, probably soon, He would call us to give them back. I’ve always lost beloved pets to disease and death, never by choice. It was hard emotionally to foster the hurrikittens and give them away, but we had the privilege of saving their lives and loving them, and Hubby & I agree it was the right thing to do.