Call it a Tale of Two Stories.
You might have wondered how the staff and volunteers are able to hold up during high season at the shelter, when we seem to adopt out one cat only to find three more have taken their place. Dogs, guinea pigs, bunnies...all manner of animals to greet, treat and help you meet.
And did I mention, cats?
Can it feel a little overwhelming some days? Oh my, yes. We can all feel a little like Sisyphus in the Greek myth, endlessly rolling that boulder up the mountain, only to have it roll back down.
And, sure, that feeling of futility can sometimes make a person start laughing because, you know, when things get ridiculous, laughter is a good option.
But there is another story, a parable, that I find I've been thinking about more and more lately...The Starfish Story. You can read it in the poster below if you don't know it but the last line makes for a pretty darn good high season mantra.
At some point you just have to stop counting how many cats there are ahead of you, and how many new litters keep arriving and just do the work, cat by kitten, by dog, by guinea pig by rabbit by parakeet by lizard by turtle...and with every adoption, every dog walked, every cat cage cleaned, every rescue that comes through, ever foster home found...
Now repeat after me:
We made a difference to that one.