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Jul 27, 2009

I would like to tell you about my friend's animal rescue and sanctuary. My friend works 40 hours a week at a job job and almost all of his money goes towards feeding the animals at his shelter. He works in addition to his job another 70-100 hours a week caring for the animals at his sanctuary.

From the website:

"We are a true "no-kill" shelter and have never euthanized any animal due to lack of placement. The term "no-kill is often used with the catch phrase "no-kill of adoptable animals" meaning someone at some time decides if an animal is placeable or not. This is not our policy. We believe every animal is either adoptable or will be a resident of the sanctuary area of our Rescue. As a sanctuary animal he/she will live out their life with human contact, food, medical care, and shelter.  Many are finally adopted, sometimes after years of being with us. We try to help any creature that crosses our path and is in need of assistance. We provide whatever medical, psychological, physical and nutritional care the animal needs. Of course, this is expensive and we depend entirely on tax-deductible contributions from family, friends, and supporters. We especially try to help elderly and handicapped animals and people. We do accept animals from individuals and other groups when space permits. "

If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, friend or pet, we will list them on our "In Memorium" page."

If you can and would like to, please help with a gift of a donation to help feed the animals and keep his sanctuary going, and send a check or money order of any amount you can to:
RRI (Real Rescue Inc,)
PO Box 358
Arcadia, OK, 73007

You can also donate on their website at 

I have online checking so it was easy for me to do. no envelope, no stamp, no writing, and the name and address is now entered in my checking account so i can try to give a little every month. i was able to give $10.00 yesterday.

How much? That's up to you, and what you can afford to give.  $10 x 100 people would be $1,000, and would be such a God-send for my friend and the animals he feeds and cares for, for the animals at this no kill shelter.. a little multiplied adds up! 

Times are tight for many people and there are so many other good worthwhile causes out there. And whether you are able to donate money or not, please send your good wishes, thoughts, blessings and prayers his way!

Thank you so very very much!!! 

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Posted: Jul 27, 2009 2:36pm
Jul 20, 2009

" Big Red was at the farm when we arrived there in the summer of '02." I like to do that... like writing a western novel of those country western days when they wrote..'.it was the summer of '02 and the railroad tracks were almost laid down across our valley constant reminders of un imagined things to come...'

Well, but he was a typical yellow tabby short haired male...the leader of a group of 10 short hair yellow tabby cats..and I never really understood from Lou, their human, who was who in regard to moms, dads, and offspring, except for the three siblings that always walked behind her across the yard with their tails completely intertwined like a barbershop pole. It stopped me in my tracks each time I watched them move along as a unit. It was their form of visual purring. And Big Red, he watched too from a distance, leader of the pack.

I caught them to have them vaccinated and fixed when we moved there, but once was enough for Big Red and when Lou moved two years later, Big Red could not be caught. I hated that because he would lose his group but worse than that my dogs did not accept him as part of the farm and every time he showed himself they chased him into the woods.

Yesterday marked the seventh summer when I have looked into the woods or well house for Big Red, wondering each time if he had survived his wild life style. I do keep food for him in the well house but he has to get there in all kinds of weather and compete with all kinds of critters for it, and just plain survive the constant vigilance of being small in a wild world.

Yesterday, well, yesterday, he was on top of the well house, a goodly distance for the wild side and I was unloading the goat and pig food and day old bread we get. He meowed and so I went and checked his food bowl. All was well and I told him so. He meowed again and I looked right at him.

Now mind you, I had no spare minutes by my watch, only his, but it intrigued me. He seemed closer on the well house than before and I reached up at him. He let me touch him and start to pet him and leaned hard into my hand. I could not believe it. He did not want me to stop and I know that he had not been petted for at least seven years.

I had to get ready to go to work and finish the chores so I finally begged off but he jumped down and followed me. I watched the dogs carefully. Three of the other cats were there and he kind of blended in and if one dog showed an interest I distracted him or he was not chased in that setting. I fed the pigs and goats and he was right there. I walked up to him and he did not run but let me pet him while he watched the dogs. I went to feed the cats and he came over there and I put some feed on the ground for him.

It was the strangest behavior in an animal that I have ever seen. He was almost completely tamed in an instant and wanted people. I thought he might be very ill, but he was not. What happened to him after so long? I had barely caught a glimpse of him through the years and I could never get close. Why did he trust me so now and want to be close and be petted? It was not like he was looking for an opening all those years because I know I tried before I gave up.

I could have stayed there all day getting to know him and encourage him and I even thought of taking him into the cat trailer but he had his freedom and had made it and I hated to take that away just to protect him.

What happens to us sometimes? It is strange and sometimes just unexplainable. We have a life course or a certain belief and then one day, all has changed in that regard. Big Red had turned a corner and wanted people in his life again. He had made that choice, and for the remainder of his years, I hope to give him that lost feeling again. "


This story is one i got from my dear friend Chris last week who has the shelter RRI (Real Rescue Inc) in Oklahoma. Chris has a heart as big as all outdoors and works 8 hours a day at a job to help support his life - which is the animal sanctuary Real Rescue, where he works an additional 8-12 hours a day, every day.  
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