So the most amazing thing happened last night. After I got home from seeing Roswell, there was a knock at the door. It was an LJ user who I've never met before who said she'd been reading about Roswell and wanted to do something. She handed me a check for $300. I was completely blown away. I can understand people who met Roswell knowing that she's such a special kitty, but the fact that someone who's only seen her cute little nose on the Internet just ... well, I got all choked up. Anyway. Thanks to everyone who's helped with Roswell's bills and just as much to everyone who's offered kind words.. Please feel free, if you want to help strays, to donate to City Kitties, or to your local shelter. Which brings up something I wanted to mention -- cats and dogs were bred to be dependent on people, to need us, and to love us (with the possible exception of my cat Milla who, at best, tolerates my ineptness). To create something that's dependant on you for survival and then abandon it seems to me so very cruel and against the angel of our better nature. I think the best way to stop this widespread suffering is spaying and neutering -- not just your pets, but feral colonies that just perpetuate the chain of sad homeless animal. If you're reading about Roswell and wanting to help but you can't, remember that there's an animal, cat or dog, somewhere near you that needs your help. Your local shelter needs your time, your friends need to be reminded that their outdoor cat needs to be spayed or neutered, and we could all use to be more compassionate in our daily lives.
I still don't know if Roswell is going to live, but I think that everything that could have been done was done and it's now in the hands of mother nature who, I've realized lately, is neither cruel nor kind. She simply is.
Here's a video I took last night giving Roswell the scritches from everybody in LJ land who said "scritch her head for me." I get a little choked up. Pretend that I'm really matcho and the audio is just garbled. She's got an IV in her leg with water, sugar, and a bit of pain killer, and you can see her odd wobble. But she's still a feisty little girl.
Thanks so much for everybody's kind words, actions, and thoughts from all over the world. It's really been amazing. I definately appreciate it, and if Roswell were here, she'd stick her wet nose up each and every one of your nostrils to say "thanks".