A couple of weeks ago, we received a call one evening to ask if we could help. A cat had been knocked down by a vehicle outside a MRT station in Choa Chu Kang and she wasn’t going to make it.
Of course we would help, it’s why we exist. So we kept our doors open till the little one arrived. A pretty, round face, lovely soft fur and well-toned and fed.
A life cut short in its prime. Yet another accident victim. Yet another hit and run. Sure, sometimes things happen too fast, the animals dash out of no where, but in a well lit, heavy traffic zone outside a MRT station? Surely a better lookout could have been kept?
Every life matters. We named her Hart, she may have been a stray but she was loved. She was a community cat and cared for and she gave joy to those who cared for her. And being a community cat, she was a living lesson to our children, on human decency, on how we need to take care of those in need, to be kind to animals. A moment of inattention, a life snuffed out.
As you know, we cremate roadkill without charge. The young lady who retrieved Hart is still a student. So this really helped on the sad day of Hart’s passing.
However, a few days ago, she reached out again, and having managed to find a spare $50, she wanted to contribute to our PayItForward fund. A friend who had helped her bring Hart to us decided to chip in another $100.
And so the magic continues, of one kindness giving birth to another. It fills our heart and gives us purpose.
And Little Hart, run free little one.