Compassion needed at Rocky Point |

Compassion needed at Rocky Point

Dear Editor:

Say “cat” to an American and the iconic image, “Hello Kitty,” fully rounded face, bow on one ear, comes to mind. Those cats we keep in our homes are similarly cute, well kept and well cared for. But another cat lives in my thoughts, these waxing days of the new year; and perhaps it is because the new year brings new opportunities that I write this now.

I met her on the streets of Rocky Point, Mexico. Hearing a cry and looking down, she was at my ankle. Skin-clad triangular skull, dull amber eyes, every bone in her body obtruding, she was helpless and hurting. So disturbing was her condition that I could not even bring myself to reach down to her, to pet her, to comfort her. I quickly walked away but only to see a group of others just like her huddled between buildings the next block over. I know I will never see her again, my “Goodbye Kitty.”

If you know of Rocky Point and the plight of the animals there, if you want to help a culture and community that cannot support the animals born to it, if your heart answers to the same call as mine, you might find the Rocky Point Animal Adoption Center ( a channel to that good intention.

From the caring heart of Albert Schweitzer:

“Hear our prayer O Lord … for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death … and for those who deal with them, we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.”

Danni Johnson


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