12 Called to love and care for God’s creatures - Dr. (Mrs.) Avril Walters-Veigas

posted May 30, 2018, 10:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 30, 2018, 10:48 AM ]
Today, when the world indeed is in overdrive with dialogues and diatribes on global warming, banning plastic, reducing pollution, planting saplings, going organic, let us pause a while, spare a thought and consider all of God's creatures that includes animals, birds, fishes - all part of God's wonderful Creation. Psalms 50:10-11 - "All the animals in the forest are Mine and the cattle on thousands of hills, I know every bird of the mountains and everything that moves in the field is Mine."

At the very onset, Genesis 2:15 - "The Lord put the man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Lest we forget, we humans are but stewards of what God has given us, not just to control and have dominion over, but the keyword here is to "care" for. Proverbs 12:10 - "A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals."

As a veterinarian, I can testify to an instance of a 14-year-old Pomeranian brought in for treatment. From all medical analysis, this small dog was long gone - what we would refer to as a medically futile or lost cause. As we did the routine, administering saline through the veins in an attempt to flush out the infection that was fast spreading, waiting for the inevitable, I watched with awe the pet owner and family members hovering together; one apprehensive, the other inconsolable, another hopeful, yet all rallying around their pet, checking on him, whispering to him, volunteering and cooperating exactly to the extent required, and amazingly, the ageing Pomeranian showed a lot of tenacity. His revival and survival was largely due to the tender loving care showered on him by those who cared for and loved him.

Animals too deserve respect. They have a right to food, water, shelter and treatment in case of injury or disease, freedom of space, freedom to express, freedom from fear or distress. Proverbs 27:23 – "Know well the condition of your flocks and pay attention to your herds."

Yet, in today's materialistic society of ambitious pursuits and ambiguous goals, we are witness to much indifference and intolerance, cruelty and contempt towards both man and animals.

However, unlike humans, animals are accepting and non-judgmental. Those who have pets can vouch for the rewarding experience of the gratifying affection and unquestionable loyalty of these dumb animals that transcends all; they speak no language, yet the body language and intensity of those eyes speak more than a thousand words, and tell of selfless, loving hearts. Little wonder then, these creatures – both big and small – are also recommended in therapeutic assistance to humans in homes, hospitals, prisons.