In back of the apartment complex,
there was a little stray kitten.
He had no name.
Nobody loved him.
He ate out of the dumpster.
Some days the pickings were slim or rancid, and his belly ached.
He was frightened.
He howled at night, and the humans yelled, "shut up!"
Sometimes they threw things at him.
Then one day, someone called the pound to come and get him.
He had become
Life went from bad to worse, as he lay in his cage, day and night,
to the howls and barking of other orphaned, captured animals.
Smelling the fear.
He began not to feel well.
He watched as some animals were taken to a back room,
never to return.
He watched as others were taken home by smiling humans.
Then one day,
he felt a gentle hand stroke his fur.
He was frightened, and backed away.
The hand pulled back. The cage door shut.
He saw the human walk away.
"Meow", he called out. The human stopped and looked back at him.
"Meow", the human said back.
He tried to be brave enough to look at the human,
and the smiling eyes made him feel safe.
"Meow", he said again, and pushed his
paw through the cage door.
The human hand touched his paw ever so gently and asked,
"Would you like a new home, little guy?", and then, the magic words...
"I'll take this one"
Although frightened, the brave little kitten allowed himself
to be held closely to the humans chest. It felt warm.
He felt himself relax.
A kiss on his head felt soothing.
A motor arose from deep within him.
"He's purring!" the human stated happily.
His purr grew louder as the days went on, and
he discovered the joys that come from being loved, fed and protected.
If you can provide a good and loving home to an abandoned cat or dog,
Adopt a Pet today. They are waiting anxiously.
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