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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies they go to Rainbow Bridge.  There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.  There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

 All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.  Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.  The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

 They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.  His bright eyes are intent.  His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

 You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.  The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

 Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...

 

memorial stoneSome families have expressed interest in memorials for their lost kitties. One idea is to purchase a memorial stone. Artistic Etching is an example of a company that offers custom stones for reasonable prices. 


If you are interested in having your memorial on this page, please contact us.

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Houdini
Houdini was a sweet baby cat who was rescued from a hoarding situation ... one of 3 kittens in a litter born in squalid conditions. Two of the kittens suffered respiratory infections and one of them passed. Little Houdini was recovering from the URI but was having difficulties due to a hugely swollen tummy. The vet diagnosed "megacolon" which is unusual in very young kittens and the long-term outlook was not good. A decision was made to euthanize rather than subject him to a lifetime of suffering.

Houdini got his name because he managed to escape from the kitten crate several times (motherless kittens are kept in crates to protect them due to their extremely small size and delicate nature). His foster mom takes comfort in thinking that Houdini's last trick was to disappear to a much better place ... across the rainbow bridge where he will be free from pain, in perfect health, running free with the other baby kittens we have lost.

Fostering is a very hard job, especially the little ones. We become attached so quickly and yet they are the hardest to keep alive. We encourage everyone to spay and neuter their cats, escpecially homeless cats they may feed, in order to eliminate (or at least reduce) the number of tiny kittens that come into rescue. While we love kittens, we hate to see them suffer.


"Toes"
"Toes" was a cute little guy who never really had a chance. He was only 1/2 pound when brought to us by a local cat lover. At 6 weeks of age (estimated based on fact his eyes had completely changed color), he should have weighed at least 1 1/2 pounds. This kitten was sweet and loving, but his body just could not handle to level of mal-nourishment and dehydration that it suffered. Rescues like this really tear at our hearts :-(


Wasabi
Wasabi was a sweet young brown tabby kitten who was found wandering on his own in a local neighborhood. He was scared and hungry. Fortunately he knew how to meow - which he did quite loudly until someone found him.

Initially we had high hopes for Wasabi. He seemed to have a good appetite and was playful and active. But, as the days passed, he started turning away from food. Despite intensive care from his foster mom, he lost weight and became dehydrated. Our vet was not able to detect any treatable cause - no infections or disease. It is likely that he had some undetectable congenital birth defect - not uncommon in kittens born to homeless mother cats who have poor nutrition.

Wasabi passed in his sleep the night of June 1, 2016. We will miss this affectionate and cuddly kitten. RIP.


Marley
Marley was rescued from OCAS because this local county shelter did not have the resources to provide the advanced surgery he needed to be healthy and ready for adoption. You see, Marley had been diagnosed with a severe diaphramatic hernia which was determined to be particularly tricky to repair. This young cat fit right into the foster home and was showered with love by his foster parents. Then the day came for surgery. There was no way to avoid it. And, unfortunately, Marley did not survive. We miss him terribly and wish there had been some other way ... but we are also glad we were able to give him a chance and that his last days were spent surrounded with love. RIP Marley. Gone but not forgotten : -(


Shadow II A
Shadow II A was rescued from OCAS where he was on the "unadoptable" list due to being too young and having a severe URI. We placed him in a loving foster home where he was treated for the URI and given plenty of TLC. Despite the best efforts of his foster parents, this little guy was unable to fight off the URI and developed complications. We made the terribly difficult decision to euthanize to end his suffering. While Shadow was only with us for 4 days, he will remain forever in our hearts.

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