Category Archives: Past Sponsor Cats

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.

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.

Cleo

Dear Friend,

North ShoreAnimal LeagueAmerica regrets to inform you of the passing of our
wide-eyed and lovely tabby cat, Cleo.

Cleo joined the Animal LeagueÊs Sponsor Program as a very young cat suffering
from chronic frontal sinusitis and other ailments. Unfortunately, this permanent
condition made it necessary for her to undergo several surgeries, take regular
medications and caused her daily discomfort.

Yet with all of her challenges and uncomfortable remedies,Cleo remained a sweet
and loving cat and was truly happy. She enjoyed the finer feline things in life like
knocking things off shelves, snoozing in warm places and gazing out of windows.
Smart and independent,Cleo chose her human suitors discriminately.When Cleo
showed you her love, you knew you were special.

Cleo had recently taken ill, and unfortunately, could not recover. She had lost a
lot of weight and her breathing grew increasingly strained. She came to theAnimal
League for a veterinary exam when she had gone into respiratory arrest.

On April 22, 2011, at 7:58 pm, our Cleo was gone.

The Animal League is heartbroken at the loss of our feline friend, and would like
to thank her foster family for taking such incredible care of her all these years. It
was their patience and dedication that gave Cleo the happiest years of her life.
Cleo is dearly missed and will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,
The Sponsor Team

Jesse

August 2010: Jesse has a new home and a new adopted family. She was adopted the beginning of the month and her adopted mother, Phyllis, reports that Jesse is adapting very well. The first thing Phyllis did was take Jesse to her own veterinarian for a full physical exam and blood work. She just wanted to be sure everything was covered. The veterinarian did say she needs to lose some weight for her health and she should have her eye checked by an ophthalmologist. Phyllis is being a doting mother. The house has three stories and lots of rooms for Jesse to explore. She did leave her room for a short time, but didn’t venture too far and didn’t go down the stairs. Jesse is very vocal and really “talks” to Phyllis a lot. We think Jesse is saying, “Thank you, I love it here”.

September 2010: Jesse has fully adapted to her new surroundings and seems very happy in her new home. Her personality has changed dramatically. She is even more vocal, loves to play and gets along well with the other cats in the household as well as visitors. She has a good appetite and it looks like she may have lost a bit of weight, which is a goal. At the suggestion of her veterinarian, Jesse was taken to an ophthalmologist to confirm the graft in her right eye has healed well. The veterinarian was concerned Jesse might have a flare-up of herpes virus from the stress of the move. She was placed on Erythromycin ointment and an oral nutritional supplement and is scheduled for a check up soon.

October 2010: We are happy to report Jesse’s health is great. Her adopted mother, Phyllis took her back to the veterinarian and ophthalmologist to test her tear output. The veterinary technician said she was so sweet. She didn’t even flinch as they poked around her eyes to make sure everything was normal. All tests were passed with flying colors! Jesse is now fully adapted to her new surroundings and is happy with her new family. She adores when visitors come and she can smell them and receive lots more petting and pampering. We are very thankful for Phyllis taking our sweet Jesse home and adding her to her family.

November 2010: Jesse is doing well! Her adopted mother reports, “Jesse is doing beautifully and seems really happy in her new home”. She couldn’t ask for a sweeter, dearer, more cooperative cat. Our dear Jesse has adjusted well to her new environment. We are so very thankful she has a special mother. She will be bringing in Jesse for her regular physical and electrocardiogram. Stay tuned, we will be sure to keep you posted.

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Bonnie

August 2010: Good news, Bonnie has not had a seizure in a while! She continues to take her medication to prevent these episodes. All the volunteers and staff take great efforts to keep Bonnie in a calm environment to prevent any recurrence of her seizures. She remains a content cat that enjoys cuddling with the volunteers and veterinary technicians that care for her in the shelter; she likes plenty of attention and has no problem demanding it! She also enjoys the comfort of her fancy duplex home with plenty of space to lie around and play. However, every so often she does venture out and prances around the cat room in the shelter. She is very social in the company of people, no so much with other cats. The proof was at the photo and video shoot we had recently at the Animal League. All the attention from the camera crew was very calming for her. Bonnie continues to take her medication like a good girl and is closely monitored.

September 2010: Bonnie adores her duplex home in the Animal League’s shelter with plenty of space to move around. She seems quite content and comfortable. Bonnie isn’t a very social cat when it comes to other cats but she really enjoys the company of people. The proof of that was at the photo and video shoot we had recently at the Animal League. All the attention from the camera crew was very calming for her. Bonnie continues to take her medication like a good girl and is closely monitored.

October 2010: Our Bonnie is doing very well and is a favorite in the shelter Cat Room with the volunteers and staff. She is the first cat that is let out of her cage for playtime every morning – something she feels she is entitled to this because of her seniority! She spends a good part of her day patrolling the Cat Room. She even has a job –“Correction Cat”. She lets the kittens and younger cats know who is boss – and gets the respect she deserves from them. If a kitten or rambunctious cat is getting a little out of hand, Bonnie takes over and shows them how an Animal League cat is expected to behave! All the volunteers and staff watch her closely so she won’t get too excited. She has been seizure free for several months now.

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Bonnie

February 2010 Update: Bonnie’s health has been great and she hasn’t had any seizures for a while. While she isn’t the most social cat when it comes to other felines she likes it when people make a fuss over her. One of the Animal League volunteers often engages Bonnie with a laser pointer; Bonnie loves chasing it all over the cat room floor and up the walls! Bonnie continues to take her medication like a good girl and is being closely monitored. We have made great effort to keep her in a calm and stable environment to prevent any seizures.

March 2010 Update: Unfortunately, Bonnie has recently suffered two seizures. Animal League veterinarians are not sure what is setting off these seizures, but they will continue to closely monitor Bonnie. They have also advised to continue her on the same medication. Although she did suffer a small set back with the seizures, that didn’t stop her from licking the volunteers who fuss all over her. She is most happy when the volunteers play with a laser pointer; Bonnie loves chasing it all over the cat room floor and up the walls. Because of your generosity, we can continue to care for and provide love to our dear Bonnie.

April 2010 Update: All the pets here at North Shore Animal League America experience their ups and downs and our special-needs pets are no exception. While Bonnie has been feeling good since being back here at the Animal League, there have been a few times when she has experienced a seizure. Our loving staff in the shelter makes sure to administer Bonnie’s daily medication to help prevent these occurrences and this has helped greatly. The few times that a seizure has occurred, the staff comforted her with extra care. Thank you for your dedication and your support of Bonnie which helps to provide her with the daily medication she needs.

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Avida

February 2010 Update: We are happy to report that Avida is doing well! Her foster mother told us that she very much enjoyed the holiday season. She likes the cold weather. She takes pleasure in curling up in front of the wood burning fireplace to warm herself. She has begun to show some signs of getting older and has become more tolerant of the other cats in the home. Overall her health is good, but she still relies on her inhalers to keep her breathing comfortable. She is certainly happy to be one of the lucky cats to be in a foster home!

March 2010 Update: Avida’s foster mother reports that she is doing well. She is on a combination of oral and inhaled prescriptions. Her skin coat has improved as well as her energy level. She still fights for the best place by the pillow. Sometimes she tolerates sharing it with her fellow housecats. They are all looking forward to spring and birds in the window! Because of your generosity, we can continue to care for and provide love to our dear Avida.

April 2010 Update: We are happy to report that Avida is doing well. She is still on a combination of oral and inhaled prescriptions. Her foster mother always comments to us that Avida is a very loving cat. She enjoys her life even though she is challenged by her medical condition. Often, she can be found purring and lounging in peace for hours. Thank you for enabling Avida and all of the pets in the Animal League’s Sponsor Program to live the best quality of life possible through your support.

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Stripe

Dear Valued Friend,

North Shore Animal League America regrets to inform you of the passing of our treasured feline friend, Stripe.

Stripe came to the Animal League when he was just a kitten. Tragically, he had been abandoned. Early on, we discovered that Stripe had a very serious heart murmur. It wasn’t long before we realized that he was going to need constant care for the rest of his life. In 2002, Stripe joined the Animal League’s Sponsor Program.

Though Stripe’s health was guarded, he still lived life to its fullest. He lived with his wonderful foster care family and even had a feline sibling, Missy, who is also in our Sponsor Program. Lounging on his favorite window sill and absorbing the warmth of love as well as the sun, was a usual day in Stripe’s life. He spent his days surrounded by love and happiness. Stripe was a cherished member of a loving family.

We are truly grateful for the wonderful quality of Stripe’s life. Every day was a precious gift…and he shared this gift with everyone he met.

Stripe’s time with us wasn’t long, but it was full and happy. We feel sadness for the loss of our life-long friend, but we take comfort in knowing that together, we gave him all the love we had in our hearts The Animal League is so grateful to all our Sponsors and to Stripe’s foster family for giving him such an incredible life.

Stripe will be dearly missed.

Sincerely,

The Sponsor Team

Missy

February 2010 Update: No news is often good news where the Animal League’s special-needs Sponsor Program pets are concerned. Missy’s medical condition remains the same. Sun worshiper Missy is not a fan of the winter season. That means her hours spent in the sunlight are at their shortest. Her foster mother, Sabine, will often find her sitting in front of the computer modem that has little lights. It’s always amazing to us how the animals know where to find the absolute best places to nap!

March 2010 Update: Can you believe that Missy has been in our care since 2005? Thankfully, Missy is one of the luckier pets in the Sponsor Program. Her medical condition, although life-long, has not changed for the worse. Her foster mother vigilantly monitors her health and makes sure that all her needs, physical and emotional, are met. Her foster mother has been doing the same for another deserving cat in our program named Stripe, also in our care for five years. It is only with the help of generous monthly support from kindhearted Sponsor Program donors like you that this is made possible. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of all our special-needs pets.

April 2010 Update: Littermates Missy and Stripe appear to be getting along better with each other. Stripe does not dominate Missy as often as he used to. Missy’s condition prohibits her from defending herself and Stripe sometimes takes advantage of that. He does not really hurt her, but Missy protests loudly by letting out a cry. She’ll eventually settle down and go back to normal. Missy does not seem to hold a grudge. There is something new and adorable to report about them – they have been sleeping in the same cat bed together! Stripe is doing well on his medications. He has to be watched closely as he will sometimes spit them out. If you enjoy sponsoring Missy, please think about sponsoring Stripe this year. They are a wonderful pair and need your support.

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Lady Harmony

Dear Valued Friend,

North Shore Animal League America would like to take a moment to inform you of the passing of our adored feline friend, Lady Harmony.  

Beautiful Lady Harmony joined the Animal League’s Sponsor Program in 2008 at the age of 10 – 11 years old.  She was diagnosed with diabetes and required daily insulin shots twice a day as well as monthly check-ups. 

Animal League veterinarians suspected a previous history of urinary tract infections and possible pancreatitis.  In addition to the diabetes, they found bladder stones. Lady Harmony had a cystotomy operation to remove the stones and made a full recovery.

It wasn’t long before an associate of the Animal League’s Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center fell in love with the onyx-colored cat and brought her home to foster.

Though Lady Harmony often felt shy around her feline foster siblings, there was one special kitten who stole her heart. Lady Harmony cared for this little kitten as a mother would and we believe that this special relationship helped Lady Harmony to find peace and solitude.

The Animal League is so grateful to all our Sponsors and to Lady Harmony’s foster mother for giving her the best quality of life possible. Without this unconditional love and devotion, we would not be able to give our special-needs pets the extraordinary care we so lovingly provide.

Though we will always miss Lady Harmony, we take solace in knowing that she had a wonderful loving home and that she was cherished. Our memories of her will melt our sadness and our affection for her will make us smile once again.

Sincerely,

The Sponsor Team