“I ask for the privilege of not being born … not to be born until you can assure me of a home and a master to protect me, and a right to live as long as I am physically able to enjoy life … not to be born until my body is precious and men have ceased to exploit it because it is cheap and plentiful.” – Author Unknown
It’s estimated that 180,000 kittens die in Ireland each year. That’s just individual babies, and doesn’t include adult cats. It might just be a number to you. Not to us. We knew and cared for some of them.
Over the years we’ve had a number of cats and kittens die in our care. Some fight valiantly for life, others simply fade away. These pages, and their accompanying image galleries, are dedicated to them, and to all the animals whose lives have been abused and destroyed by people. People whose ancestors domesticated them so long ago.
We hope that, through our TNR programme and through rescuing and caring for lost and mistreated felines, we can save the lives of as many as we can. But sometimes we’re too late and there’s nothing we can do.
With Jenni joining me in 2005 and the subsequent rise in our intake of foster kittens, from a maximum of around four or five to a full house of twenty three (at several points), the number of deaths have increased as well. In addition, more kittens are coming to us in more extreme states of malnourishment and ill health. We can only do our best. I wish we could do more.
All we can do is remember them, tell their stories and hope to whatever gods are out there, if any, that humanity can learn to be humane; can learn to care for and respect all the living things we share this amazing miracle of a planet with.
Please be aware some people may find some of the images of ill and/or neglected animals disturbing.
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 […] Continue reading
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 […] Continue reading
A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to […] Continue reading
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, “It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here”. Continue reading
And God asked the feline spirit “Are you ready to come home?” “Oh, yes, quite so”, replied the precious soul. “And as a cat, You know I am most able to decide anything for myself.” “Are you coming then?” asked God “Soon”, replied the whiskered angel. “But I must come slowly My human friends are […] Continue reading
by Gavin Ewart I want him to have another living summer, to lie in the sun and enjoy the douceur de vivre – because the sun, like golden rum in a rummer, is what makes an idle cat un tout petit peu ivre – I want him to lie stretched out, contented, revelling in the heat, his fur all […] Continue reading
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people […] Continue reading
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal that has been especially close to someone here on earth passes away, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends where they can romp and play together. There is plenty […] Continue reading
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 […] Continue reading
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 […] Continue reading
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 […] Continue reading
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 […] Continue reading
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. […] Continue reading
A tiny tabby and white male kitten died on the vet’s table today because no one cared enough. I didn’t have time to get to know him before he died, nor to give him a name to suit his unique self, so I named him Noce posthumously (an acronym for No One Cared Enough, pronounced […] Continue reading