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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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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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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Thistle

My lil Thistle was run over this morning. He must have been knocked down in the night – and whoever killed him didn’t stop. No-one checked his collar to find his home. Thanks to a neighbour who saw his body by the road and let me know, I can bury him. He was hardly even three […]

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Joe Bones Brown 2004 – 20/3/12

Joe Bones Brown was euthanased at home on Tuesday 20th March 2012. He’d broken his spine back in November 2010 and seemed to recover well from it, despite nerve damage. But the nerve damage worsened and he started going downhill towards the end of 2011. The vets said the kindest thing was to euthanase him […]

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Skrootchie

Skrootchie’s another local Bantry stray that came seeking food at mine. Needless to say, he wasn’t stray for long after that!

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Val

I took a cat, Val, to the vets last week. He was so far downhill he died the next day. Reported/rescued even one day earlier he’d have survived. He hung out at Supervalu carpark in Dunmanway. He was known by the staff and the customers. Someone put him on a car bonnet in the sun […]

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Shapoloh

Rescued by me, handed over to a local animal welfare organisation for rehoming … and rehomed with me three weeks later, Shapoloh was an unintended addition to my family. And one of my first lessons in the abuse and neglect animals in Ireland are subject to. No digital camera in those days, so no cyewt […]

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Thomas

I would love to be able to say, ‘Meet Thomas. Isn’t he gorgeous?’ – but his person killed him today. Because she couldn’t find a home for him. She contacted us nine days ago asking for help or she would kill him. We found a home for him this evening. But it was too late. […]

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