In a speech in Cape Town in June 1966, Robert Kennedy said: “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times.” It definitely is a curse, not a blessing. Looking at it from the perspective of how our community deals with these “interesting times” when it comes to our pets and other animals in our community, the Woolsey and Hill wildfires certainly made all of us wish for less of that and more boring, ordinary and peaceful days and nights.

Once Robin and I realized that we had to “get out of Dodge,” during the firestorms, the first thing we did was grab Cameo, our little waif of a Birman cat to whom, along with all of her critter friends, this Pet Issue is dedicated, and secure her in a carrier and load her in the car. Only then did we get dressed, pack a few goodies and our laptops and bailed. Nothing is worse than trying to corral a frightened cat. My guess is that what we did was repeated hundreds, if not thousands, of times in homes throughout our communities.

Next think about what needed to be done to care for pets, particularly large or injured animals from families made temporarily homeless and staying in shelters or hotels. What about lost pets and wild animals fleeing the fires? In this issue, we profile several nonprofits that dedicate their efforts to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need. They are to be applauded for their heroic work during the fires; nonprofits like the Little Angels Project and Operation Blankets of Love, as well as many others like them need and deserve your support…supplies, donations, whatever is necessary.

To finish up…there are rescues everywhere, often in varied and unusual situations. The cover girl for this letter is our Cameo. We found her half-starved and very sick at a horrible breeder. We had no intention of taking any of the cats until I spotted poor Cameo. After two years of treatment and medication she is a healthy almost 5-year-old kitty and we all love each other. When we discussed this in our Lifestyle Letter last year, I received a long hysterical  email from an extremist (I will not mention the well-known organization) about what is and what is not a “rescue.” All I can say is “don’t bother.” A rescue is anywhere you find it and you are blessed for it. Meow!!!