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Rescued dogs and cats brought into homes have histories different from the purebred animals families buy from breeders. They are either picked up as strays, or come into loving homes after enduring abuse, neglect, and injury. Adopting a rescued animal is about more than just opening your doors to let them into your house. Anatole France rightly remarked, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened.” Bringing home a rescued animal best embodies the spirit of that quote because of the enlightening lessons it teaches us.
Learn to trust
usually have dark, unpleasant histories and may take time to get comfortable in
new homes. Abuse, abandonment, and fear of injury can make them cautious at
first, but over time, most rescued animals transform into healthy, loving ones.
Their negative past experiences don't prevent them from opening up their hearts
to new family members and trusting humans again.
deserves a chance or two
typically would end up in shelters or on the kill list had they not been
brought into a loving home. Interacting with them reminds us that they are no
different from their furry counterparts who are more fortunate. Watching them
live full lives and have experiences that they otherwise could not reminds us
that we all deserve another chance.
Our stories are unique
animal has a different history, and each one's history plays an important role
in shaping their personality. Every rescued animal has different needs and
adjusts differently, requiring us to understand them differently. Acknowledging
the influence of the past on current behavior improves our empathy, and this
can be extended to fellow humans as well.
The power of
patience and unconditional love
Caring for a
rescued animal requires patience and unconditional love from both ends – the
human and animal. The visible transformation in the relationship brought about
by unconditional love and patience in care is unparalleled. It teaches us that
love can heal and be experienced in any form, with anyone if we only open our
hearts to it.
Live in the
moment and be thankful for what you have
light up after being in loving homes and teach us the importance of seizing
each day for all that it brings. Whether it’s a walk, a game of chase, playing
with a ball, or the simple pleasure of food, they know how to enjoy the moment
with their loved ones. That’s a lesson we could all benefit from!
The funny twist is,
while we may call them our rescued animals, they, in fact, end up teaching us
lessons that rescue us.