P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534
A find in Hudson
By: Michael Kaufman 04/07/2006
IT IS HARD FOR MY WIFE, Sandi, and me to believe that it is time for our oldest son, Daniel, to look at colleges. It was with that intent that he and his younger brother Ben, 14, went to Atlanta last weekend, where my wife's sister and cousin graciously showed them the local colleges.
While they were in Atlanta, my wife and I got away to Livingston, and were happy to find the house in good repair. On Saturday we went into Hudson to window shop and to visit a place called Animalkind, which was brought to my attention by a reader in reaction to my column about my recently deceased cat.
Animalkind, located at 721 Warren Street, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the nonproliferation of unwanted cats. They believe, as stated on their website, that "it is the responsibility of all humans to protect the ones who have no voice to speak for themselves-the animals!" They strive to instill "respect, kindness, and love towards all living things."
Being a cynical "downstater" with a nose for news, I put on my investigative reporter's hat and went to check on this so-called "animal shelter." It was obvious to me that any place that was located on Warren Street (the Madison Avenue of the Hudson Valley) and claimed to be non-profit had to be a front for something subversive.
I entered the store a few steps ahead of my wife to make sure it was safe-and what did I find? An animal shelter staffed with volunteers who have a passion for helping and saving animals. On the ground floor there is a store with pet paraphernalia, the profits of which all go to the shelter. On the second floor there are approximately 75 cats of every shape, size, and color that have either been abused, abandoned, or both.
There is also an enormous chalkboard that serves as a medicine checklist for the cats that are sick. It lists them by name and description and details which medicines they must take and when.
I am not fanatical about my love for animals. But when you see the kind of pain and torture people inflict on these helpless animals, it is hard not to become obsessed with protecting them. These animals have suffered unmentionable atrocities. It is beyond my comprehension to understand why someone would brutalize an animal to any extent.
I am sure that you know how this story ends. I was thrilled that my cynicism was proven wrong. I put away my investigative reporter's hat, took out my checkbook and adopted two kittens. We are now back in Manhattan and anxiously awaiting the children's return from Atlanta to see the new additions to our family. Once they hear the story I am sure they will not be surprised.
ŠThe Independent 2006
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