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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The Water Bowl

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 […]

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Loss of a Heart

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”.

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And God asked the feline spirit

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 […]

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A 14-Year Old Convalescent Cat in the Winter

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 […]

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Rainbow Bridge Rescue

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 […]

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The Rainbow Bridge

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 […]

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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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Noce (No One Cared Enough)

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 […]

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