Friday, June 7, 2013

The Kindness of Strangers

I am continually amazed at the kind acts performed by strangers.  From the individuals who find and bring in strays, to the individuals who nurse along abandoned kittens.  I have many memories of kindnesses over the years.
  • The gentleman who saw the emaciated schnauzer while we had him at the veterinarian and adopted him.
  • The family who adopted the ten year old Labrador with health problems.
  • The woman who adopted two kittens with deformed front paws.
  • The volunteers who take animals to off site locations to help them get adopted.
  • and many more.
Even though this is not related to animals, I was the recipient of an act of kindness.  I had to deal with a family health emergency four hours out of town.  My mother was discharged from the hospital around 4:30 PM.  I had a lot of running around to get prescriptions and food; and get my mother situated.  Unfortunately I needed a key piece of equipment for my mother's breathing treatments.  After going to two pharmacies I ended up back at the hospital trying to get the required prescription.  By 8:45 PM I was in tears due to my frustration.  The nurses were so kind and one came to me with a cup of water and graham crackers.  She said, you probably didn't even have dinner.  She was right and I was very grateful.  In the end I got everything straighted out.

Even though we sometimes deal with idiots, it is so rewarding to remember those who are so kind.  Whether in the shelter or our personal lives, it is the kindness of strangers who make our jobs, and our lives happy.  Keep up the good work strangers!

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