‘Mark’ rescued kitten from garbage pile
On September 6, an employee from Toolsie Persaud‘s bond on Lombard Street came to my gate and told me about a dog lying next to a gutter for several days. I went and found the poor thing lying in the same area in the midday sun, looking quite swollen and having problems breathing. With the help of a cartowner we lifted her into my car (she put up no resistance) and took her to the GSPCA where she was put to sleep (I paid $1000 for her to be euthanized by injection).
As I was about to leave I watched an unkempt, homeless man approach the clinic gate pushing a wheelchair. He parked his wheelchair outside the gate and came into the waiting area. To our surprise this man opened his hands and produced a baby kitten, I took it and asked him where he had found it, and he said, “a garbage heap.” I thanked him and handed it over to a member of staff. You could see the compassion in this man’s eyes as he asked the GSPCA staff, “Please take good care of it.” We exited the clinic together and as we reached the gate, I touched his arm and asked his name, he said, “Mark.” I thanked him again and told him he was very kind to do such a good deed and that he was a good person. He looked shocked and said,“No one has ever said that to me.” I left the gate as Mark started ranting and raving to his imaginary friends.
The purpose of this letter is to let your readers know that there are many sane people who would have seen this kitten suffering in the garbage pile and just looked the other way. But here came Mark and, against all odds, knew what was the right thing to do and rescued the kitten.