Some years back when I volounteered at a local cat shelter, I had the distinct pleasure of taking the Christmas shift which no one volounteered to do. Some people might just have done the basics and rushed back for their own Christmas celebration, but frankly, apart from my own family I couldn't have been in better or more darling company. Apart from the several unwanted and abandorned cats there was also an entire caravan full of kittens in isolation due to them all having the flu. And what do you do when you have a caravan full of tiny little kittens that have just gotten seperated from their moms and siblings, frigthened and in unknown surroundings? Well, you want to take them all home! If you've forgotten just how utterly irresistible they are, take a look at these pictures of just one Greek kitten. I'm telling ya... you're defenseless and want to put them all in your pocket. They were all flocking around me and one in particular litteraly crawled under my woolen sweater looking for closeness and comfort, so I just sat with it for ages calming it from shivering. There were albsolutely no thoughts of going back home for Christmas celebrations and I completely lost track of time. If it hadn't been for my own family wanting my company for Christmas I could happily have stayed on.
So here's to sparing a thought for all those darling animals sat out there in shelters waiting for a new and loving home. May they all quickly find a safe home and the best of human company.
All images from Roeselien Raimond's fabulous photostream.