Disciples of The Leader Otis,
Brother Henry here. The Guardians have done something that makes me, Sir Thomas, and Brother Oliver very happy. On either side of our favorite window they have hung portraits of The Leader and Mama Cat. Now whenever we want to feel their presence, we need only look up.
Although we have been doing our best to carry on the work Leader Otis started, I have to admit it has been very difficult since His and Mama Cat’s passing. But now, whenever I feel like I am giving in to despair, I know The Leader is up there. He has my back.
And on my other side is Mama Cat. Her fiery presence gives me strength in the face of hopelessness. Even when she was deathly ill, she never gave up. She never lost heart. And so, neither will I.
And they watch over you too, Disciples. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of kitties out there who are in need, when you feel like you can’t possibly make a difference, The Leader looks down and reminds you that if you save even one kitty from a desperate life in the world without walls, you have made a huge difference. He was living proof of the impact one saved life can make.
And when you feel like giving up, Mama Cat will be there to remind you that giving up is not an option. Even when she was terminally ill, and very near the end of her life, Mama Cat embraced every day with joy and enthusiasm. OK, so she was a little sassy to us boy cats as well, but I think she found joy in that too! My point is, she never gave up, and she is now looking down at you, encouraging you to do as she did.
So their images will help us remember that they are always watching, and we will do our best to make them both proud. I hope you will all continue to do the same as we all work together to create a world in which all kitties are happy, healthy and safely confined.
In Otis’s Name,