Watch This Video Ode to Rescuers for a Good Cry

Petcurean set a beautiful poem about rescue to customer-submitted videos of rescue pets. It’s lovely.

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Poetry can capture emotion like little else can. Take the poem “For The Rescuers” by Arlene Pace, which pet food company Petcurean turned into a YouTube video featuring customer-submitted clips.

“Once I was a lonely pet, just looking for a home.
I had no place to go, no one to call my own.

I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow.
I ate whatever I could find, I was always on the go.

And then one day I heard a voice so gentle, kind and sweet,
and arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.”

One small part of a 15-stanza poem, these words can strike sympathy in the hearts of animal lovers, especially those who’ve adopted. The accompanying three-minute video features rescue pets of all breeds, shapes, and sizes enjoying the safety and comfort of their new homes and families. From chasing balls in the park to playing with cardboard boxes on the floor, the dogs and cats are clearly relishing their new lives.

The overall rescue message of the video is nicely complemented by Petcurean’s quick-and-simple tips for ensuring pet health through the years. First, keep your dog or cat active, whether that means walking, swimming, or anything else that gets them up and on their paws. Second, feed them well so they maintain proper nutrition. Third, don’t forget dental hygiene. Fourth, keep your home accessible with ramps and provide an orthopedic bed if necessary. And last, but nowhere near least, love your pet with plenty of physical contact.

Now go give your furry friend a belly rub!

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Whitney C. Harris

Whitney is a New York-based writer for websites including Dogster, StrollerTrafficBrides.com, and WhattoExpect.com. A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with her dog, Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by). She and her husband (and Finley, too) welcomed a baby girl named Rowan in August.

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