Torti came to 4Paws on Valentineís Day 2013 and a week later left
behind a trails of broken hearts. She had arrived to a shelter on New
Yearís Day as a stray with her fur matted and extremely underweight.
She had a rodent ulcer on her tongue but it didnít stop her from
lapping up the food the shelter staff gave her. The shelter ran
bloodwork for her and everything checked out fine. After a month and a
half at the shelter, she came to 4Paws, after much interest from
people interested in fostering her. 4Paws volunteers were optimistic
in seeing this 3.7lb sweetie pie put some weight on and see better
days, and ultimately find a forever home. Unfortunately, within a week
Torti died overnight at the vets office due to multiple organ failure.
The time she was left abandoned and neglected on her outside and on
her own, had left her in dire condition she could not bounce back
from. Rest in peace little angelÖmany tears were cried for you.
died in August 2012 at the age of 3-1/2. His family was rescued when
he was about 3 months old, and he, his mom, and three of his
littermates came to live with me. His mom Maura and sister Mackie were
eventually adopted, but Murphy and his brothers Copper and Pepper
stayed on. Murphy showed no signs of illness. I woke up one morning
with him sleeping on top of me, as usual; we played for a few minutes,
as usual; and then when I got out of the shower he was gone. He was a
remarkably cheerful guy, always ready to play or snuggle, with a huge
purr. Murphy-Smurf, Iím grateful that you spent most of your life with
me. I always told you not to be so shy at adoption fairs, because no
one else would see how great you were, but then I was always happy to
take you home with me again. Iím honored that you made me your person,
and Iím trying to remember the lesson you tried to teach me: life is
short and precious. Your brothers and I love you and miss you.
My littlest kitten, left on the doorstep late one night.
Whose cries woke me before morningsí light.
So small, so sick, with a broken heart.
I tried to heal you, to love you, but your life was cut short.
No one gave you a chance, but I believed that you were worth saving.
You grew and you learned how to purr.
You played and you knew a full belly.
You were beautiful to me, with ragged brown hair. Not even 2 pounds
but with spirit to spare.
Just two months we had, but forever you will touch me.
My littlest kitten, gone to cat heaven.
We miss you, the kids miss you, and your brother Houdini misses you
too. The house isn't the same without you, and I'm still startled when
I turn a corner and you're not in any of your usual places. You were a
gentle giant who let the kids crawl all over you, not complaining once
(in fact I think you loved it!) Thanks for being such a good boy. I'm
honored that we got to be your "forever home"....I only wish forever
had been longer. Dana
Mo was a great cat. He was a patient, affectionate, and tolerant guy.
He loved his people. We will miss you Mo.
Sandy died this morning. She was a beautiful, silly girl who
loved boxes even when they didn't quite fit and enjoyed chasing her
tail. She greeted everyone who came into the house and was so
sweet and affectionate. I will miss her helping me make the bed,
waking up with all 11 pounds laying on my chest, hearing her meow like
a little lamb. I will miss those huge eyes and those huge puffy
paws and snuggling my face into all that soft fur. She was only
10. I can't believe my little Beanie is gone so soon.
It is with a heavy heart I want to tell you that I had to put Suzette
to sleep on Saturday, December 10, due to some health issues that
could not be treated. I adopted Suzette in February 2007.
She was a great companion to me and had a great personality and loved
me unconditionally. I will miss the way she would come in and
wake me up in the morning...jumping on and off the bed until I would
get up. I will also miss the way I used to hold her and she
would purr against my neck. She wasn't like any other cat I have
owned...always wanting to be around people and always wanting to be
petted. It's quiet here in my apartment now, and I know someday,
that I will come back to Four Paws and adopt another cat. I just
need some time to grieve. Thank you for being there and taking
care of all the cats that need rescuing. I would never have
Miss Ginny (aka to 4PAWS Cat Rescue as Twi-Lite Motel Kitty) It is
with a great deal of sadness, and not a few tears, that I report the
passing of Miss Ginny (February 2000 - November 27, 2011). Ginny had
been fighting late stage renal failure since early July of this year
but Saturday she took a downturn and by late Sunday afternoon it
became all too obvious that her time had come. We adopted, or maybe
more correctly she picked us, in early November 2000 when we saw her
in a PetCo in Herndon, Virginia as part of a cat rescue. Asked for a
name we immediately named her Virginia but quickly came to call her
Ginny or GinGin. Miss Gin had been rescued by a construction worker
who took her in his motel room every night when he came home from
work. His only transportation was a Harley motorcycle so when his job
was over and it was time to move on he turned her into the 4PAWS
Rescue. He never told them what he called her but left his temporary
address so the rescue called her Twi-Lite Motel Kitty. Ginny was
always there for us from somehow instinctively knowing we'd escaped
the 9/11 Pentagon attack to nursing my wife and I through surgeries.
While she never had a litter of her own she gladly took on two other
rescue kittens, Maxine in 2005 and Tabatha in 2010, and "raised" them.
We all will miss her terribly but know she'll be waiting for us like
she always has when we came home. - Randy
Donovan had to be one of the sweetest cats ever. He was named for
Donovan Leitch, who sang, "Mellow Yellow," because he was so mellow.
He adored anyone who would pet him, and he got along with every other
cat he met. I even called him the uncle of one litter of four kittens
I fostered because he looked out for them as they grew up. I was
honored to have him live with me for over two years. I loved him, and
I miss him. - Leslie
My foster baby Edna passed away this week, and it was definitely such
a heart wrenching time for me as I was in Florida on vacation when she
left this earth! My other "babies" were with her, and my oldest
Sniper was right by her side according to my girlfriend and cat sitter
Stephanie! I didn't have Edna for very long, and she did not
want anything to do with leaving the house for an attempt at an
adoption fair, so she settled in, and slowly melded in with my other
four babies! She loved to pounce on my feet when I went in to
feed her, and loved to splash about in her water bowl as well. I
will definitely miss her very sweet little gray face and those
gorgeous big green eyes, but feel very blessed for the time I had with
her for almost two years! Love You Edna Girlie... Your
Foster Mommy, Dawne
Noel was rescued by a stroke of fate from Spotsylvania shelter when
the original cat the group was going to take was not located. He
foster mom and rescuer both instantly feel in love with her and were
glad to give her the opportunity to have freedom and love. She
was dainty girl that enjoyed human companionship and just the chance
to have a break from the shelter. She liked to lounge in a cat
bed and look out the window and just watch the world go by. It
seemed just as soon as Noel came to us she was gone. Only a
month after coming to 4Paws, Noel passed away under anesthesia on
05/24/2010 when going to the vet for dental surgery for several broken
teeth that she had before being rescued. It was evident that
Noel had a hard life before coming to 4Paws. Even though she
wasnít in our care for very long, we were glad to give her a nice life
for a brief period of time before she passed. Florence
My beloved foster cat Gracie came to me 2 years ago when she was
found in WV as a stray, neglected and alone, with no much hope to hang
on too. 4Paws immediately arranged for veterinary care and got
her up to the best health possible, with her age and hyperthyroid
condition taken into consideration. During the next 2 years
Gracie was overlooked by many potential applicants, that were afraid
the commit to this sweet girl, for fear of her not having many more
years of life left to share. There loss was my gain.
Gracie and I have many wonderful memories, lounging on the sofa
together, and watching TV. Gracie loved to sleep next to me
every night in bed and boy did she make my cat jealous. The
funny thing is my cats were terrified of this tiny 4 lb cat!
I will never forget the impact Gracie had on me. She gave me a
newfound respect for senior companion animals. Although Gracie
was not my own cat, I loved her as if she were and will always value
time we had together. Gracie passed away due to hyperthyroidism on
Mbuna, Betta, & Guppy
To the brave Mbuna, Betta & Guppy - You have
left us with wonderful memories, and an emptiness remains in our home
without you...Laura & Gloria
body grew weary, but your spirit never languished. It is this very spirit that
we will preserve in our minds and hearts. You filled our home with boundless
love and happiness. Whenever you had something to smile about, you would arch
your tail to the tip of your head. Your "Happy Tail" indeed brought smiles to
our faces and warmth to our hearts. Your constant chirps for attention will
forever be remembered. Your demeanor was sweet, gentle, loving, playful, and
cheerful. A radiant spirit with an irresistible manner, your external beauty was
equally stunning. With your unique markings and spotted nose, you were beyond
shared only a few months, your impact on our lives will last forever. It was
difficult to say good-bye and release you from the pain, but our belief is that
you now reside peacefully in Heaven. We are thankful for your presence in our
lives, and await the day in which we are reunited. You may be absent from our
home, but forever in our hearts you remain. BB, we love you and miss you
greatly. "Happy Tails" to you...Gloria & Laura
||We were so sad to say goodbye to Thea on Dec 30, 2008. I adopted
her from 4Paws (as Teke) in April 1999 and she shared our home for almost 10
years. Thea had been abandoned when her family moved away. She came so far with
us, starting as a fearful kitty we couldn't hold or touch when I fostered her
and then adopted her. Over the years, she gradually became a cuddly loving cat
who purred constantly and couldn't get enough attention. Thea liked to be
brushed and to sleep in the sunshine. She remained sweet-natured and patient
even with all of the medications we had to give her over the last two years. We
loved her and will remember her always. We miss you. Sleep well, sweet girl.
Joanne & Lance
Maxie cat, my big kitty, you were my constant companion when I was home -
waiting outside the bathroom door in the mornings, on my lap in the evenings,
sleeping next to me on the pillow, even handing out candy at Halloween. At the
slightest touch, you would ďchirpĒ to me. And you werenít afraid of anything.
You had longest hiss Iíve ever heard! I will never forget you. You will remain
in my heart forever. Love, Melissa
Midnight was only in my life for about 18 months before suddenly passing, but he
gave and received a lot of love during that time. His favorite ritual was to
loudly purr and knead his paws around my neck before settling down in the very
same spot right next to my pillow. It won't be the same without this special
kitty curling up every night to sleep right beside me. Love, Deb
Knuckles lived a short life, 8 years, but received double the love and returned
double the love and was truly the Princess of the House! She is terribly missed.
house is so quiet without my lovely, talky girl. You were such a little Queen,
but for all you royal ways, we all loved you so.
Your boys, Zorro and Batman, will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.
Love, Dede & the Kids
space on my lap where you no longer lie, is small in comparison to the space in
my heart which is full of sadness. Time may stop the tears, but your memory will
be timeless. You were my special boy whose snuggles and kisses melted my heart.
'Til we meet at the Rainbow Bridge, God Bless. Doff
Katie Bear, we love
you and miss you so much. Shadow is there waiting for you and he will show you
the way. He took care of you when the two of you were alive and now he is there
to help you again. The house is quiet without you. Love, Julie and Rick
On Wednesday I lost
my sweet little Amy to heart failure. Amy came to my house on Dec. 27th 2005 as
an elderly foster cat named Lovealark. She quickly became a part of the family
and on July 20th, 2006, I officially adopted her. I knew we probably wouldn't
have a long time together but it was much shorter than I ever expected. She had
an incredibly strong spirit and was loving, affectionate, and spunky to the end.
She was my little muffin and I miss her. Pam
To my pretty girl -
your vivacious spirit and one-of-a-kind personality touched so many lives -
especially mine. You filled my home and heart with joy, and taught me everything
I know about unconditional love. I will love and miss you always. Kelly
Sweet Shadow, four
years were not long enough. You brought so much laughter and joy to our lives.
You never met a cat, dog or person you didnít like. We miss you so very much,
our Little Thump-Thump. Julie and Rick
He left an indelible
mark on our lives and am empty place in our hearts.
Donna & Mike
Princess Margot Zuver
She was my lap cat
who followed me all over the house. She would fall asleep with one paw on Chip's
arm. Her favorite game was playing fetch with a crumpled piece of paper. She
would greet anyone who came to the house, even the repair man! Her unconditional
love and affection were boundless. We love you and miss you, beautiful Margot!
Bridget & Chip
You were my little
lamb, my heart...I miss you greeting me at the door, your angel face the first
thing in the morning, and your warm body next to mine at night. You were taken
too soon and we all miss you terribly. Sleep tight nestled in God's arms,
my little love, until we meet again. Marianne & Brian
Festiva - the only
thing harder in my life than letting you go was seeing
you suffer from Cancer. I'm so sorry I couldn't do more to help you. You
purred for me even through your discomfort. Thank you for being my best friend
and for making me so happy. I miss you every day. You'll always be in my heart
and I hope someday we'll meet again. Chris
Our little black
panther - she was small in stature, but she filled our hearts to bursting, and
she was indeed a bewhiskered treasure, a black pearl of infinite price.
Belinda & Dave
"If we measure lives, not in time but in grace, in the joy with which they are lived, and in the love they leave behind, then we have much to learn from you." Elizabeth
You were my Fine Looking Kitty. Deena
We tried little one, but it wasn't enough. Go find Zorro, he'll look after you.
||To my best friend - nobody was loved more than you. Words
can't describe how much you are loved and missed. Love, Mary
||We have so many fond memories of you and your sweet little ways. We miss
you everyday, but we know that you are in a happier place now. You are
forever in our hearts. With love always, Mike and Mary
memory of Dallas Scott - I love you Dallas Alice!" From Patti
||We miss you our big little boy! We will always remember you. Find Zorro - and be together with your brother forever. Alek
||I will forever seek her--sleeping in her favorite corner in her favorite bed--and relish/appreciate the three wonderful years we shared. Pam
||Our most favorite boy. Not enough time, we miss you so. Love,
your hummom, catmom, and sister.
||November is Buster's birthday month (he would have been 10)
so this year's Lindy's Ark donations drive will be in memory of
||My funny fluffy feral, I'll never stop looking for you even
though I know I'll never see you again. Silver tabby and I will
miss you lots.
|Big White Bunny
||Find Barney, Merlin, and Marble at Rainbow Bridge. Take care
of each other.
||I am spreading your ashes over the river so you can have one
final swim on your way to rainbow bridge. Patti
||You died a needless death, shame on the one responsible - God
help us, I can't bring you back or take away the suffering you
felt. I am terribly, terribly sorry. Loo
||Even though your time was near, you never complained and your
strong purr did not subside until your final moment. Thank you
for sharing your last few weeks with us. You will not be
forgotten. Love Tom and Dianna
||1981 - 1999, He was my very best friend for so many years - a
handsome and social ruddy Abyssinian with a cheerful personality
that endeared him to those he met along the way. My fine fellow,
your mom Jennie.
||Because of you, we strive to work harder. Patti
||Our Baby Angel who left us too
soon. You are forever in my heart, Barbara
||Your struggles are now over, you may rest.
||To Georgie ... I always called you my littlest angel but I
never dreamt I'd lose you. Now there's a great big hole in my
heart where you belong. Sleep well until we meet again. I love
||Your time with your new mom was short but you gave her many,
many happy memories. See Harry's
||The empty place that you left in my heart will never be
filled. Thank you for the time that you gave me. I will always
love you. Your mommy See Handsome
||Although no longer with them, will forever be found in her
||No friend was ever truer or more loved. I still miss you
every single day.
||Rob and DeAnna will miss you and all your silly ways.
||Save us a place at Rainbow Bridge! We know you are much
||A magnificent, sweet-natured Russian blue cat was born in
March 1979 and died October 5, 1997. His owner, Marianne
Confalone, misses him terribly.
||Who we were unable to save. A special thanks to the doctors
and staff at Hayfield Animal Hospital from all of us at 4 Paws
for their dedication and compassion.
||You were a handful and a half, and your spirit fills the
house to this day. Sweet dreams, little boy.
||We wish that we could have done more to save
you. Liz & Bill
||You were cranky and crotchety, but you loved
us. Val Sheridan
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