Disabled animal rescuer’s homeless life on the streets deprived her of the right to cleanliness

Robin, her kitty Tiger, and dog Chance were finally able to get clean after months of homelessness.

by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris / Rescue Diva ~

One of the most gratifying steps in rescuing Robin was laundering her clothing for her. Everyone has the right to be clean.

Most of us in the United States have easy access to hot running water whenever we want to get cleaned up, and that’s how it should be. Everyone has the right to cleanliness.

While helping homeless Robin, her kitty, plus the pooch she had bravely rescued from an abuser, there were a couple of nights in a row when I wasn’t able to take advantage of the luxury of soap and hot water. I was too exhausted even to finish dinner, much less to have my customary bedtime shower.

This was not a pretty picture. Major grunge. But first thing the next morning, I had a delicious soapy scrub.

Imagine not having that option. Imagine being filthy for months on end. Imagine the stench, and how others would glare at you or even avoid you.

One of the gentlest souls we’ve ever met, as well as one of the most fastidious, Robin had to endure months on the streets with no access to bathing or laundering.

Robin’s developmental disabilities do not keep her from being super tidy and fastidious, yet she had to endure five months with almost no bathing after she was essentially kidnapped from her hometown by an abusive and exploitative guy, then left lost and stranded on the streets of San Diego county with her kitty Tiger and rescued dog Chance.

All the showers she wants

Thank goodness luck or destiny or divinity, depending on your point of view, brought us all together in a local park, where I found her looking for a safe, dry place to sleep. It was not possible to walk away from such a desperate situation, so we put the little trio up in a local motel while we figured out how to get them back to their home and support network in a small northern California town.

Robin’s beloved little friend Tiger likes to drink water from the tap.

At the motel, Robin got all the showers she wanted. Even her kitty Tiger got in on the act, exploring the bathtub. In the hand sink, he liked to turn on the water and drink straight from the tap!

Now that she and Tiger are back in her apartment in her hometown Robin never has to go without cleanliness again. This delights me no end.

Enjoy, dear friend Robin, enjoy! You so deserve it.

Meanwhile Chance, somewhat less enthusiastically, has had a bath or two as well.

Robin saved Chance from an abusive man who punched and kicked him.

Readers, please take a peek at Chance’s story and SHARE. He is busily searching for a fabulous foster or forever home!

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Katerina Lorenzatos Makris, a career news reporter and fiction author, is RescueDiva.com’s founder and editor. Her fiction includes 17 novels for Simon and Schuster, E.P. Dutton, Avon, and other major publishers (under the name Kathryn Makris), as well as a teleplay for CBS-TV, and a short story for The Bark magazine. She has written hundreds of articles for regional wire services and for outlets such as National Geographic Traveler, The San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales, NBC’s Petside.com, RescueDiva.com, AnimalIssuesReporter.com, and Examiner.com (Animal Policy Examiner).

Together with coauthor Shelley Frost, Katerina wrote a step-by-step guide for hands-on, in-the-trenches dog rescue, Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know About Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press).

 

 

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