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 Paulineâ€™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 Bonnieâ€™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.
Welcome to the Scarlett Room
Welcome to the Scarlett Room, named after the courageous mother cat who in 1996 fearlessly risked her life as she rescued her entire litter of kittens from a burning garage, and in doing so, carved herself a heroic place in history and in all of our hearts.
Scarlett is not only the Animal League's beloved symbol of courage and heart; she also symbolizes all the cats in our Sponsor Program who face various hurdles and challenges. Sadly, many of the dogs and cats that come to us have been abused or neglected and others are injured or have chronic illnesses. To highlight these amazing pets who persevere in the face of adversity, we have created The Scarlett Room.
The Scarlett Room is a fun and informative place where you can stay abreast on all the animals in the Sponsor Program - both cats and dogs - learn about their lives, their medical conditions, and perhaps share in their experiences.
We invite you to take a peek into the lives of the Sponsor Pets of North Shore Animal League America.
Below are highlights from some of our sponsor pets...
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, couldnâ€™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. â€œI may have given Ellie a home, but she gave me so much more. I was so lucky to have her in my life.â€ 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.
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 Applejackâ€™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 Stenosisâ€”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 Applejackâ€”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.
The entire Sponsor Team
Every time he sees a camera Alfredo ’strikes a pose’!
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 Americaâ€™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.
The Entire Sponsor Team
Marty at the park with Dad,
enjoying the fresh air!