I am heartbroken. On Saturday, October 11, 2008 we had to say goodbye to our beautiful, brave Scarlett. Her endless health battles had become too overwhelming for her. As most of you know, she was diagnosed with Lymphoma in June 2007. She did remarkably well with her medications. But there were other illnesses that made each day more of a struggle. Her heart murmur, thyroid, dental issues, and kidneys all contributed. It was the renal failure, however, that eventually took its toll. Scarlett’s decline was rapid. We knew there was no going back.
Scarlett had been hospitalized last week. When we took her home on Friday, she couldn’t stand. It wasn’t fair to let her suffer after all she’d been through. So we brought her back to the hospital where she went peacefully in my arms while my mother sang to her. Her Doctors were wonderfully caring and compassionate.
Although she had not been eating very much in her last week, either in the hospital or at home, she ate like the old, 19-pound Scarlett Friday morning! That’s a memory we’ll cherish.
Thank you all for all your good thoughts and wishes throughout this ordeal. Scarlett was a very special cat, and she will be missed by all the lives she touched.
North Shore Animal League America is extremely saddened by Scarlett’s passing. Scarlett was not only a dedicated mother, fearless heroine, and beloved pet, but she was also an inspiration to all.
Scarlett’s five kittens were not the only lives she saved in her lifetime. Scarlett’s celebrity saved countless animals at the Animal League and all over the world – shedding light on the intelligent, intuitive and loving natures of cats. Her face regally graces the pages of the Animal League’s life-saving Sponsor Program, as she represents all the special-needs felines who need our care.
North Shore Animal League America would like to extend our deepest condolences to Scarlett’s family and supporters. There will never be another Scarlett, and though she is physically gone from our lives, she will never be forgotten.
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