it didn’t have to end like this by JKönig on Flickr.
a few weeks ago, my friend cheryl, who works at mid hudson animal aid, posted on facebook about a cat who’d been found crying and starving on someone’s lawn. she and her coworker christina rescued him, fed him, named him moe, and brought him to the hospital. he was severely malnourished, so much so that he couldn’t hold up his own head.
as soon as i saw the post, i texted cheryl to find out where they were, then met them at the hospital. while we waited for blood test results, i took a few photographs to document yet another case of the ravaging effects of human selfishness.
the test results were horrendous, and the doctor assured us there was nothing anyone could do.
so about ten minutes after i took this photo, we let him go.
it’s hard for me to look at this image of his face. he knew someone had done him wrong, and he knew it didn’t have to be like this. and this face, this look — it’s his way of saying to the world, don’t let this happen. this doesn’t have to happen.
cheryl held him in her arms and actually got him to purr, even though he had to’ve been in agony. that’s when we knew he was ready.
we lay him on his bright blue towel, placed our hands upon his bony body, and talked him through to the next world.
rest in peace, little moe.