I used this "poem" last year, but thought it fit here. It's about the heart of rescue:
"I promise I will take your unwanted animals. I will heal their wounds, their diseases, their broken
bones. I will give them the medical attention they need and deserve. I will nurture their starvation, and give them a warm place to sleep. I will spay and neuter them, vaccinate them against the diseases that can harm them. I will treat them and honor them. I will buy them toys, blankets, balls, and teach them to play. I will speak softly to them. I will try to teach them not to fear, not to cry, and not to hate. I will whisper sweet, kind, gentle words into their ears, while gently trying to stroke away their fear, their pain, and their scars. I will face their emotional scars and give them time to overcome them. I will socialize them, potty train them, teach them to be obedient, show them dignity, and hold their paws, and stroke their ears. And if they have endured too much, I will walk them over the Rainbow Bridge. Most of all I will teach them Love. To be loved, to be cared for, to have a home. Rescue is caring for the unwanted, giving them a chance. Thank you all who help us in this mission. You are the best!!