Dear Rescue Pet…Thank You

Years ago I walked into the shelter expecting to find a furry companion. That room full of animals was overwhelming and heartbreaking. I found myself wanting to grab every furry soul in the room.

Soon, I made eye contact with you. You were odd and alone, not following me around like the others. You sheepishly groomed yourself as I approached. I hesitantly reached out to test the waters, but you met my gesture with friendly enthusiasm.

Once I picked you up and held you in my arms I knew I had found a forever friend.

The paperwork felt endless but with you in my arms I didn’t care. We had already connected and I would have stayed all weekend signing my name if it meant I could keep you.

The ride home was a bonding experience I’ll never forget. I spoke to you and you continuously spoke back. I chose a name that fit your style and started saying it repeatedly. I kept my hand on you and you rubbed along my skin as we drove to my apartment.

That day of adoption was over two years ago. Isn’t that crazy? I feel like I’ve known you all my life.

When I’m sad, you comfort me. When I’m happy, you show me love. When I’m lonely, you cuddle up next to me. When I’m lost, you walk the mysterious path alongside me.

That day at the shelter I didn’t gain a friend – I found a tiny piece of my soul. I didn’t adopt a companion – I discovered treasure beyond belief. I didn’t rescue an animal – an animal rescued me.

Yes, Rescue Pet, you heard me correctly. I didn’t rescue you, you rescued me. You saved me. You are one of the most precious gifts life has given.

Thank you for entering my life, little one. I promise to always love and cherish you. You will always have a home and we will always be together.

Sincerely,

A Rescued Human


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