Remember Me Thursday – 24th Sept

Remember the fabulous initiative Remember Me Thursday? Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in America, it’s an adoption drive with a difference – and with international relevance. Your participation is key to promoting companion animal adoption from shelters and rescues – and saving lives! What does it involve? – lighting a candle on Remember Me Thursday, September 24, […]

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Granny Weatherwax – In Memoriam

Granny Weatherwax was euthanased peacefully at home on Wednesday 21st January 2015. She was the gentlest auld girl, with the most affectionate headbonk ever. She is much loved and much missed. Sleep soft, dear friend.

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Remember Me Thursday – 25th September

Have you heard about the fabulous initiative Remember Me Thursday? Started by the Helen Woodward Animal Centre in America, it’s an adoption drive with a difference – and with international relevance. Your participation is key to promoting companion animal adoption from shelters and rescues – and saving lives! What does it involve? – lighting a candle on Remember […]

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Scrabble’s Memory Lives On

When I posted Scrabble’s memorial again recently, a year after her death, Shannon Johnson got in touch to say she’d a wee feral, if not exactly the spit of Scrabble, at least very like her – could she name this wee one Scrabble? Of course I said yes – with a tear in my eye, […]

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Inky 1998 – 25/6/2014

I said goodbye to Inky today. She’d had various health problems recently, mostly related to her age, and so her last visit to the vet was not entirely unexpected. And yet I had not thought it would be today. She was a most affectionate and happy cat and will be sorely missed. You may remember […]

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Summer 2013

A combination of illness among my permanent residents, followed by illness in my technologies, has meant that I’ve posted very little over the past three months. Which is not to say I’ve had nothing to post! Now that everything has calmed down a bit I’m hoping to catch up with myself and just thought I’d […]

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Scrabble In Memoriam June 2011 – 20/7/13

My lil Scrabble was diagnosed with FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitus) in mid June this year. She had the wet form, which is terminal. She was given meds to maintain her quality of life, but went downhill on Friday. She was euthanised this Saturday morning. Just over two years old, her life was way too short […]

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Tips & Bandit, Rianior & Rowan

I’ve recently been reminded of lil Bandit, the first kitten to die in my care. She contracted the wet form of FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), a terminal condition (not infectious, despite it’s name) that some cats are genetically predisposed to. I couldn’t believe, but had to accept, there was nothing we could do for her. To […]

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Black Lab Lost & Wounded Coomhola

 *** RIP *** Owners located and decided to put Sam down as his broken spine injury would be expensive to treat. Found by the Red Cross as they drove by, young male black lab cross, most likely runover just by Coomhola school. He’s neutered, has a collar but no tag or microchip. It looks like […]

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Chance In Memoriam

When I was about to drive to Carla’s with the Hole in the Wall Gang, Xak called me. She’d a wee one day old kitten, who’d been brought to friends of hers by their dog. No sign of a mum. The best thing for neonatal kittens is another mum – handfeeding is great, but it’s […]

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Indifference Strikes Again

WARNING! Disturbing Image. Yesterday afternoon several people told me of a wee, dead, runover dog up by the Maritime, just at Bantry House’s back gates. When I went over to check I found the wee thing, looking like he’d been perfectly healthy before his encounter with a car, lying on the pavement. A green collar […]

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I Could Never Work Here

When you say to an animal shelter or humane society employee “I could never do your job, it would break my heart. I love animals too much” or words to that effect, it sounds like you are saying: 1) That we don’t also love the animals, even though we’ve taken minimum wage (or no wage) […]

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How Could You?

Copyright Jim Willis 2001 When I was a puppy I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was “bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask “How could […]

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Dear Mr and Mrs Average Pet Owner

Author Unknown, but could be any kill shelter worker or rescuer Thank you for contacting us animal rescuers, shelter volunteers, and foster-homes about your inability to keep your pet. We receive an extremely high volume of inquiries and requests to accept surrendered animals (and none of us is getting paid, OK?). To help us expedite […]

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Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened

I found this on the internet – I don’t know where it originated from unfortunately. ‘Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened’~ Anatole France Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy […]

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