Before humans die, they write their last will and Testament, give their home and all the have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask:

To the poor and lonely stray I'd give: My happy home, my bowl and cozy bed, and all my toys. The lap, which I loved so much, the hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice that spoke my name. I'd will to the sad, ...scared shelter dog, the place I had in my human's loving heart.

So, when I die, don't say "I'll never have another pet, because the loss and pain is more than I can stand." Instead, go find an unloved animal, one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to him. This is the only thing I can give: the love I left behind.

Taken from Eugene O'Neill's Last Will and Testament of a dog.



Although this was written for a cat called Thomas who walked into a garden & never left,
we think it's appropriate for a lot of our rescues.

(Written by Sue Iles, our treasurer & shop manager)



When I walked into your garden 

So lost and so forlorn

Your voice was soft and gentle

As you fed me on the lawn. 



It seemed to stir up memories 

Of when I had a home 

You can never know the reasons

Why I’m lost and so alone 



You gave me love and helped me 

To overcome my fears 

I’ve learned to trust, I still can play 

What I’ve missed these long sad years 



My devotion is quite open 

For everyone to see 

I’m by your side, on your bed 

When you sit I’m on your knee 



You fed and had me mended 

You’ve opened up your door

Long lonely times are over 

I’ve a Mom and Dad once more. 


From a grateful rescued pet

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