Mason came to Animal Rescue League (ARL) just before Thanksgiving in 2004 by a family who just missed hitting him that rainy night. This kind family could see Mason was in trouble and scooped him up from the street. He was so thin, fragile and wet to the bone that this family thought he was a kitten. They also could tell that Mason was having trouble seeing things. It was late and the family wanted to help this kitty but didn’t know how to so they started calling shelters and rescue groups but all the places were closed until they called Animal Rescue League. The volunteer who answered the phone was so touched by not only the story of how they found Mason and his poor condition but how much effort they took in trying to help this kitty that was a stray.
It turned out that Mason was an older cat. It was discovered that he was declawed, all skin and bones, blind and with most of his teeth gone. It was apparent by the veterinarian that Mason lived outside to fend for himself for many years. A bond been the volunteers and Mason quickly developed. He was a sweet, loving and very affectionate cat. Mason spent much time under the care of the veterinarian. He was very determined to cling to life and we wanted to give him a chance to recover. Unfortunately, Mason’s little emaciated body could not rejuvenate itself; the years of fending for himself took a toll on his body. An ARL volunteer adopted Mason and he lived his remaining life in a loving home until his passing a month later.
Mason exemplifies what Animal Rescue League is all about. Our animal sanctuary is named Mason’s Place which was inspired by Mason because:
- It’s about giving a better life to the strays, abandoned and abused, the throw‐a‐ways, the domestic friendly and the so called “ferals” felines.
- It‘s about protecting those animals that can’t speak for themselves.
- It’s about giving a place for them to stay until they find their forever home
- It’s about providing a safe haven so they can live out their natural life.
- It’s about educating the public about the responsibilities of animal care to further develop public awareness regarding care, conservation and the human‐animal bond within the community.
Even though Mason was in our care for only a brief moment in time, he will live in our hearts forever and will always be remembered for the strength and determination he had toward adversity.
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