Category Archives: Pets Through The Years

Sasha – Forever in our hearts

Sponsor dog, Sasha, passed away peacefully on August 26th. We take a look back now, 2 months later, and honor the amazing dog she was. Her dad, Ronald, had her for almost 5 years and even though he mourns the loss of his girl, he reminisces with his wife on the wonderful times they shared together. Sasha earns the label of a strong survivor, she was born without a left kidney and had multiple urinary abnormalities. But because of her determination, she came out of surgery ready to live a joyful life – and she sure did! Ronald would take her on hikes in the mountains and let her run free on acres of beautiful land. We thank our sponsors for helping with providing her the best life possible. She was a fantastic, affectionate dog that we will forever keep in our hearts.

Sasha on the lake
Sasha on the lake
Sasha
Sasha
Sasha posing
Sasha posing

We will miss you Sixpence – In loving memory

About a month ago we lost a very sweet Sponsor dog.  He was the oldest dog that has been in the Sponsor Program the longest.  Sixpence passed away peacefully in his home.  His mom, Barbara, was saddened when she found her beloved “6P” at rest.  Even though she mourns the loss of her delicate little buddy, she is so grateful to have had him for fourteen wonderful years.  Here are some beautiful photos that Barbara shared with us.

Sixpence celebrating his bday!
Sixpence celebrating his bday!

Rhett, In Loving Memory

We sadly report the passing of sweet Sponsor cat, Rhett, who passed away peacefully at a medical center near his home.

Rhett joined the Sponsor Program in 2008. He was a beautiful 8-year-old black cat that, unfortunately, was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus. With insulin injections and a special diet, we were able to give Rhett the best quality of life possible.

We were so happy when Jahna took him home in May 2010. Although Jahna is heartbroken at her loss, she cherished this very special and loving cat for close to 4 years. And she is so thankful to all of you who sponsored Rhett.

All of us at Animal League America extend our condolences to Jahna and to Rhett’s sponsors, whose generosity enable us to give animals with special needs the lifelong care they need. Thank you for all you do and will continue to do.

Charley, In Loving Memory

We are so saddened to report the passing of Sponsor dog, Charley. This precious dog passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Charley was comfortable and laid to rest without any suffering.

We warmly welcomed one-and-a-half year old Charley into the Sponsor Program in 2005. He suffered from paralysis in his hind legs from a severe spinal cord virus that could have taken his life. With the proper vaccinations and medical treatment, Charley was given the life he deserved. Despite his lack of mobility, Charley would always have his tail wagging and was such a sweetheart. His family and especially his human sister, Christina, would shower him with hugs and kisses. He brought so much happiness to the family that misses him deeply.

Although they are heartbroken at their loss, Charley’s family told us they are very grateful to have had so many memorable years with this special dog. They are so thankful to all of you who sponsored him. For those who sponsored Charley, we will select a new sponsor pet for you to love like your own. Remember, Charley had a wonderful life because of you – thank you.

Bonnie, In Loving Memory

North Shore Animal League America is saddened to report the passing of one of our Sponsor Program cats, Bonnie. The sweet cat passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, in her foster Mom Pauline’s arms on December 10, 2013. Our Medical Center employee, Pauline, opened her heart and home to beloved Bonnie in November 2012. Bonnie joined our Sponsor Program in 2007 when her owners could no longer care for her. She suffered from seizures that were successfully managed by Phenobarbital, a mild feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or a heart murmur and liver disease. Despite all of these challenging health issues, Bonnie was a gentle, delightful gal who loved life. Although Pauline is heartbroken at her loss, she cherishes the year she had with this very special cat, and is so thankful to all of you who sponsored her. All of us at Animal League America extend our condolences to Pauline and to Bonnie’s sponsors, whose generosity enables us to give animals with special needs the lifelong care they need. Thank you for all you do and will continue to do.

Ellie

Happy Ellie, what a beautiful smile!
Happy Ellie, what a beautiful smile!
Sweet Ellie
Sweet Ellie
North Shore Animal League America sadly reports the passing of Sponsor dog Ellie on October 9, 2013.

Ellie joined the sponsor program in 2003. Dear Ellie came into our care as a puppy suffering from a devastating neurological disease and was not expected to live very long. When little Ellie walked she often stumbled and lost her footing. Her petite body shook with uncontrollable tremors.

Joan Mancuso, a medical center employee, couldn’t wait to take the youngster home to give her the best life possible, for as long as possible. Joan is so grateful to have had ten wonderful years with Ellie, who was such a sweet, energetic and obedient gal. Ellie loved life – and every person and dog she ever met! Joan will always remember Ellie curled up on her bed, her favorite spot in the house. “I may have given Ellie a home, but she gave me so much more. I was so lucky to have her in my life.” Joan said.

All of us here at Animal League America extend our heartfelt condolences to Joan, her family and all of you, her sponsors, whose generosity enables us to give animals with special needs the lifelong care they deserve and need. Thank you for all you do and will continue to do.

Ellie and Brother Shrink-A-Dee cuddling up!
Ellie and Brother Shrink-A-Dee cuddling up!

Ellie with Brother Shrink-A-Dee and Sister Sophie ready to bound down the stairs!
Ellie with Brother Shrink-A-Dee and Sister Sophie ready to bound down the stairs!

Sweet Dreams Ellie & Brother Shrink-A-Dee
Sweet Dreams Ellie & Brother Shrink-A-Dee

Ellie enjoying some fresh air in the backyard
Ellie enjoying some fresh air in the backyard

Happy Ellie, what a beautiful smile!
Happy Ellie, what a beautiful smile!

Applejack

Applejack
Applejack

Dear Friend,
North Shore Animal League America is saddened to share the news that Sponsor Cat Applejack passed away due to severe cardiac disease. Although his passing was not unexpected, it is nevertheless a very difficult time for Applejack’s adoptive mother, Fran, and all of us here at Animal League America who loved this very sweet cat.
When we lose one of our beloved Sponsor Pets, it helps to remember that, because of your generous sponsorships, these wonderful animals were able to have the longest, healthiest and happiest lives possible.
When we rescued Applejack in 2003, a veterinary cardiologist determined that the young kitten had a very loud heart murmur and multiple cardiac problems. He was also found to have Pulmonic Stenosis—a narrowing in the vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. In addition, Applejack had a septal defect, which means that the wall between the left and right sides of his heart did not form completely.
Despite his many serious heart conditions, we never gave up on Applejack—and neither did you! He had 10 wonderful years with Fran, who was devoted to the care of this beautiful boy.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of Applejack and our Sponsor Program. As we say good-bye to this sweet cat, we are comforted knowing he had a decade full of love and happiness.
Sincerely,
The entire Sponsor Team

Chaz

Chaz
Chaz
Dear Friend,

North Shore Animal League America is sad to share the news
that Chaz, one of our beloved Sponsor Cats, passed away
on February 19, 2013. The brave cat, who had a serious
heart murmur since he was a kitten, had been struggling
with chronic heart failure since the 2012 holiday season.

Chaz left us peacefully, surrounded by the many veterinary
technicians who loved him very much.

Chaz became part of Animal League America’s Sponsor
Program in 2003 as a young kitten, when our medical team
determined that he had a severe heart murmur. Everyone
who cared for Chaz fell for the sweet orange-and-white
domestic short-hair cat, who had the most gorgeous green
eyes and an affectionate nature.

It takes a very special person to take on the responsibility of
caring for an animal with a chronic medical condition, and
we never gave up on finding Chaz his perfect match.

After years of patiently waiting within the walls of our
shelter, Chaz finally found a family to call his own and was
adopted in 2007 into a wonderful home, where he was wellloved
and cherished for his remaining six years. He gave as
much love as he received, rewarding his family with loud,
contented purrs and lots of kisses.

All of us at Animal League America are comforted to know
that Chaz had many happy years, both with us and then
with his loving adoptive family. We are so grateful to them
for giving this treasured cat a beautiful life, and we thank all
of you whose generous monthly donations enabled us to
provide Chaz with the special care that he needed. Rest in
peace, dear friend.

Sincerely,
The Entire Sponsor Team

Kyle

Dear Friend,

North Shore Animal League America is saddened to report that Kyle, one of our beloved Sponsor Program cats, passed away on September 29, 2012.

Kyle arrived at Animal League America in 2004 after being severely mistreated. Tests indicated that he had several medical issues, including a serious upper respiratory infection, a collapsed lung and thickening of the heart muscles. He was extremely frightened.
After providing Kyle with the treatment he needed to stabilize his condition, we entered him into our life-saving Sponsor Program. Through this monthly giving program, dedicated animal lovers like you provide the funds needed to care for pets like Kyle and give them the happy lives they’ve been denied for so long.

And happy Kyle was! He had a loving foster care mother to take care of him and a wonderful home life with her. He was a warm and affectionate pet from the minute we met him, often showing his happiness by loud purrs of sheer joy.

Losing Kyle has been very sad for all of us at Animal League America and we know it is for you, too. We are extremely grateful to all of his loyal supporters for giving him so many wonderful years living an amazing quality of life.

All of us at Animal League America thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to support our Sponsor Program. Because of you, Kyle, and animals like him, receive the lifelong medical care that allows them to live out their years in the best health possible with loving families.

Kyle is dearly missed and will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,
The Entire Sponsor Team