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Morgan the Cat: Waiting at Rainbow Bridge


by Tom Chillemi

Morgan was a stray cat until he found human friends at the Hartfield trash transfer station.

Lizz Lester of Deltaville met Morgan in 1998 when she trapped this not-so-wild cat in order to vaccinate and neuter him before returning him to the dump. It was there he became well known.

The orange cat could melt most hearts, and before long customers would ask about him. He kept the workers company. They could tell Morgan every secret and be sure it would go no further.

Morgan is a memory now. After 17 good years, he passed away on February 25. Some believe Morgan is at Rainbow Bridge, a place where pets go to wait for their human friends.

Until then, there will be some tears, both of loss and joy. And maybe we’ll figure out why the connection is so strong between people and their pets.

Until you have loved an animal, a part of your soul is sleeping.

Their behavior can be remarkably similar to humans. Consider this: Morgan was lucky to live “inside the fence” at the dump. Although he was the alpha male, he remembered from where he came.

More than once he showed the compassion on which humans pride themselves. He caught a mouse and laid it in front of a nursing mother cat. Another time, Morgan took a chicken bone to a timid cat that was looking in from outside the fence.

Morgan owes a lot to Lester and all those who cared for him. He repaid them by always being there fulfilling needs that are hard to explain—sitting on laps and purring. Perhaps he was saying “Everything is all right.” And at least for a few precious minutes, it was.

Until you have loved an animal, a part of your soul is sleeping.

posted 03.12.2013

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