Personal care boarding home, what to do about the cats? URGENT

My son has suffered a heroine addiction. He went to rehab, then to jail, then back to rehab, then to a residence where he can stay for a year. He has transferred to another residence because he didn’t like the restrictions at the first one. Now he is talking about going to an apartment. Your prayers for him to accept authority and to continue healing from his heroine addiction would be awesome.

In the mean time I may be going to a personal care boarding home, and here at my parents’ home, where he lived out his heroine addiction, I am taking care of his cats. Briefly, I don’t know what to do if they take me back at the boarding home because his cats were abandoned here for a year, they only saw my mother for a few minutes a day, and they would go back to that, or, worse still, my son would return here and would also almost certainly return to his addiction.

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I will pray for you and your son.

Although we’re not supposed to give advice on the prayer forums, as a cat rescuer myself I have to say that I don’t think somebody fighting addiction is in the best place to be also caring for cats. I would suggest that you call some no-kill shelters in your area and see if they would be able to take the cats and place them in good homes. Please make sure the shelters are no-kill; most of the county pounds and shelters aren’t, and regularly put a lot of healthy animals to death. You might try calling the SPCA to see if they can suggest a place that would take them.

DO NOT put them on Craigslist or in any other “free to good home” ad, as people take animals pretending they are taking them for pets and then use them as pit bull bait animals to be killed by the dogs.

Also if there are any people you know very well and know would give the cats a good home (but only if you know them very well) you might ask if they could take the cats.


Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil, may God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O’ Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.


Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


For Help in Trials

Most holy apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered your beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases–of things despaired of. Pray for me who feels so hopeless. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, in particular (cloudsurfer’s Son), and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise you, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.

Prayer for a Miracle

God of all creation, you who spoke a simple command and brought forth light from
the darkness, I ask you now to send forth your miracle-working power to heal (cloudsurfer’s Son). You cleansed the lepers, opened the eyes of the blind and by
speaking a simple command, you empowered the crippled to rise up and walk.
You sent forth your life-giving power to all those in need, including those you raised from
the dead. I ask you to send forth your healing power into cloudsurfer’s Son’s body and give him the strength to fight his illness. I ask this through my Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
Implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy mercy hear and answer me, Amen

Lord please bless this mother with the peace of her son’s recovery from the addiction, and for a good life for him.
Bless her in all her needs.
And please ensure that she seeks and finds the right outcomes for the cats.

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