Stella checks the food supplies.
There won't be enough for the dogs,
but the cats might make another month.
And birds well, there's only a lame parrot
some kid found at beside the road. Plenty of seed.
The vets didn't show up this morning. They haven't been around for days.
The waiting room has been empty for she doesn't remember how long and
she's afraid to leave, afraid of what she'll find outside the doors.
Back against the wall, she slides down. Sits on the floor.
Stares at the cages. The dogs whine, pacing back and forth.
The felines are curled far back in their cells, noses tucked under tails.
When darkness falls, she crawls into an empty cage.