I promise
I Will
take your unwanted animals.
I Will 
nurse their wounds, 
look past their imperfections,
and heal their broken bones.
I Will 
give them the medical attention 
they so desperately need
and have long deserved.
I Will
satisfy their hunger and thirst
and give them a a warm place to sleep.
I Will
spay and neuter them, 
and vaccinate them against diseases.
I Will
treat them with love
and hold them close no matter their condition.
I Will
offer them toys,
provide them with soft blankets,
and balls,
and teach them the joy 
of playing in the grass.
I Will
speak softly to them.
I Will
try to teach them not to fear,
not to cry,
and to trust the touch of my hand.
I Will
whisper kind, gentle words
into their ears
while gently trying to
stroke away their fears,
their pain
and mend their broken spirits.
I Will
recognize their emotional scars
and give them time
to overcome them.
I Will
socialize them,
condition them,
believe in them,
and show them trust.
I Will
take their paw in my hand and
stroke their ears
I Will
acknowledge when they have endured too much

with grace & dignity

I Will
hold them close as they journey ahead
over the Rainbow Bridge
This I Promise
because I am
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