FurEver Young: A New Lease On Life For Senior Animals
Dec 15 , 2014
“How compassionate!" and "How brave!” were among the thoughts whirling around in my head when I found out that a local woman,Kelsey Aboud, has taken on the challenging yet rewarding task of forming FurEver Young Senior Animal Rescue. I hope that many loving families will have room in their hearts and homes for senior rescues.
But if most animal lovers are like me, I believe it’s going to be a lot easier to open up their homes than their hearts. People who continuously adopt or foster such animals must accept the fact that death will be knocking on their doors sooner than later thus exposing their hearts to vulnerability. Of course, you could prevent heartbreak by building a brick wall around your heart so that when the time comes you won’t be emotionally invested in your new pet... But denying an animal unbridled love to protect your heart, hardly seems like a fair solution.
The late poet C.S. Lewis would agree:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
I would surmise that if C.S. Lewis were alive today, he would call me selfish. Although, there is another way to look at it. Perhaps I know my emotional threshold…and if I were to cross it, my family members would have to cross over too to pick up the pieces…is that fair?
Are you brave enough to allow a senior animal into your heart & home? If so, how do you emotionally deal with its looming mortality?
senior animals /
rescue dogs /
Claudette Barnes /