We in rescue encounter many animal personalities in a day or week or month. Some pass in and out of our lives leaving little mark, some are there for a short while for whatever reasons and go on their way. And some open our hearts and impact us in ways we never forget.
This is how it was for Deborah and Baby Mac. Baby Mac has been on Deborah's feeding route for 2 years and 5 months, exactly how old he was when he died this week. First he lost his mom as a young kitten and then his sister. He went on to face the world in the best way he could as a feral living on the street.
He always talked to Deborah and showed up when she called. But as we all know, the life of a street cat is much shorter and harder than the life of a cat in a home. Baby Mac's life was prolonged because he had the care and concern of Deborah as she made her daily rounds, making sure he was there to eat and be ok.
Until today when Deborah learned that he had been found in a parking lot in the extreme throes of death not even able to wait for euthanasia. He died from unknown causes. We can only guess at the myriad of things that can threaten a street cat's life and it doesn't really matter what it was. It matters that he lived and died and had a caretaker to bear witness to his life. And to his death, as Deborah went and found what trash bin his body had been disposed of in and got it to be taken for cremation as one would care for any loved one.
It may be hard for some to understand the sorrow over the loss of one little cat but there is a personal relationship that impacts both parties in ways too mysterious to explain. Why do we love who we love? We watch their struggles and their victories and they become ours. We admire their bravery in the face of adversity. We wish for things to be better for them and try to make it so. We grieve their loss and send them on their way knowing they enriched us as we tried to help them.
Good bye Baby Mac. You are not leaving the world alone. Our hearts go with you as you take your leave of this world and cross the rainbow bridge.
What a beautiful soul.
This is why we rescue.