Bubble's story continued...
On the third day, I took her to a cremation
place, and while there I told Bubble, "Mommy is going
to find you again." I felt this very strongly and drew
much comfort from the thought.
At home I took out Bubble's picture and
as I gazed at her a plan began to develop in my mind. I
visited the girl who first bought Bubble (the young girl
whose parents would not let her keep the kitten). I got
the purchase receipt from her, then went down to the pet
shop, where I showed them the picture of Bubble and the
receipt, and asked them if they knew where Bubble came from.
Miraculously, they were able to locate
the couple who sold them the kitten. This couple, who also
owned Bubble's mother, had apparently run into financial
difficulties, so they sold the kittens to the pet shop.
I got the address and phone number of the couple and made
arrangements to visit them.
At their home, I saw a very friendly tabby
cat and two eight-week-old kittens. One looked so much like
Bubble, for a moment I thought it was Bubble but I knew
that couldn't be. I so loved the resemblance that I named
her Angel and decided there and then to take her home.
The couple told me that Bubble's mother
always hung around with a certain, very handsome black male
cat. He was very mean and would allow no other male cat
near her, but no one seemed to know who owned him or where
he was from.
I decided to knock on all the neighbors'
doors to try and find the owner of the black cat. When I
got to the last door of that block, I was just about to
give up, but the lady who answered said yes, they did own
a black cat matching the description I gave! I was so excited,
and asked them if I could borrow the male for a few days
because I wanted to mate him with Bubble's mother again.
The lady was very nice and agreed to do it after I told
her my story.
When I returned to the couple's home,
they said they would be unable to keep Bubble's mother any
longer because they were getting a divorce, and if I couldn't
take her, they were going to take her to the pound. At that
point I was very happy, because I could take her home along
with the black male cat. I named her Crissy. The black cat
stayed with Crissy for about a week, after which I returned
him to his owner.
After 60 days, Crissy had a litter of
seven kittens: Four black, two dark gray, and one silver
gray that looked so much like Bubble, I knew that she had
come back to me. When the kittens were about 8 weeks old,
I began trying to find homes for all of them except Bubble.
Because of my inexperience, I was only asking neighbors
and friends, who at first would want to adopt but then later
would change their minds, and I didn't feel comfortable
with this. So I decided to keep them all.
When going through Bubble's experience,
I never knew about pet over-population. It was just common
sense that led me to make arrangements to get all the cats
spayed and neutered, but somehow a part of me slowly started
I seemed to feel closer to cats than before
-- I paid more attention to what was happening. That started
my fifteen years of rescue work where I found all kinds
of animal suffering due to human indifference. It made me
realize God had sent "Bubble" to open my eyes
and my heart to all living creatures. Bubble's death and
the rescue of her mother, her sisters and brothers was the
beginning of my lifetime goal. I am very grateful to be
able to participate in this life to help others understand
that animals share our planet. We don't own the earth, we
are the gardeners of the earth, and we are here to care
for everything on earth the best way we can. Unfortunately,
somewhere along the line we lost that deep sense of love
and compassion for all living creatures. Because of the
idea of "yours" and "mine", racial issues,
possessions and greed, we became lost in the day-to-day
survival routine and shut out our inner sense of compassion
and love for each other.
It took the animal rescue work to help
me realize that everything on this earth is part of us.
We are all here to learn. There is always a reason and meaning
behind whatever happens to us, whether it is good or bad.
So it is very important to develop an inner sense of commitment
to our planet and to participate and give as much as we
can to make the earth a better place for everyone. Any help
makes a difference. I hope someday you will open your heart
and become part of the growing number of people who are
trying very hard to help save our planet.
Asians For Humans, Animals & Nature (AHAN) was found in San Francisco in 1994. It was the first Asian organization to deal with Asian animal abuse issues in United States. Since then, it took the lead with an effective strategy and other international organization's cooperation, AHAN managed to push Taiwan to pass the first Animal Protection Law in 1998). AHAN also help rescuers with their adoption program locally and internationally. AHAN continues to speak up for the voiceless in the United States and Asian countries.
"There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways."
- Mother Theresa