January 5, 2010

In Memory of Pharaoh the Cat

Sometimes volunteering at an animal shelter can be absolutely heartbreaking. This is one of those times.

Today is a sad, sad day for the cat volunteers and staff members of PAWS. We received word this afternoon that Pharaoh -- a sweet and gentle kitty we wrote about in September -- passed away early this morning. This charming fellow had become very ill, and was recently diagnosed with kidney failure. He was taken to a local animal hospital several days ago, and was scheduled to undergo further diagnostics and supportive procedures today in hopes he would get stronger, feel better, and be able to come back to us. Sadly, our Pharaoh was too ill and didn’t survive.

Our wish is for all PAWS animals to be adopted to live out their days with homes and people of their very own. While that didn't happen for Pharaoh, it's comforting to know that PAWS' strict no-kill policy meant our sweet friend was in a safe, warm and loving environment for the final months of his life.

We love you and miss you, Pharaoh. Rest now ... we'll see you later at the Rainbow Bridge.


The Whiskeratti said...

We are so sorry. He was such a handsome mancat.

Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry. I sometimes wonder if cats get so sick and pass away in shelters because they don't have homes. Herman was in a deep depression and didn't do anything but eat, drink and sleep just before I adopted him. His foster mom was worried that he would make himself sick.

Anya said...

So sorry
he was a beauty !!!

pibble said...

Pharaoh was truly a beautiful and regal boy. I was so sad to learn that he had passed away. Even though he didn't find a home, I know the volunteers and staff of PAWS gave him as much love and attention they could. Kitties like Pharaoh are so fortunate to have volunteers like you to care for them!

Anonymous said...

We are sure he enjoyed his loving home in his final months. With deep sympathy in his passing.

The Island Cats said...

Oh we are so sorry to hear about Pharaoh...he was a handsome House Panther!

Anonymous said...

Pharaoh looked like a wise and knowing man cat. We're sorry to hear of his passing, but are glad that he had loving care during his final illness.

Cat with a Garden said...

Mom says she admires every human who volunteers to help those animal in need. It must be heartquenching when something like with handsome Pharaoh happens. It's true that it's comforting that he spent his last months in comfort and happiness.
Thank you for visiting us!
Purrs, Siena & Chilli

GLOGIRLY said...

We are so sorry to hear about Pharoh. We can't imagine how hard it is to see these sweet animals suffer, and to wait with them for their forever homes. You have huge wonderful hearts to do what you do. One thing is for sure...Pharoh was loved. And that's the most important thing.

(Glogirly's cat)

Forever Foster said...

We are sorry to hear that Pharoah was called to the Bridge. Thankyou for giving him the love and kindness that he deserved while he was at PAWS. He was a truly handome mancat.

Everycat said...

Poor Pharoah, what a lovely lad he was. We are sad he is gone but we are glad that he did have the best of care and much love at PAWS. We are sure that our Angel will be showing him around at The Bridge.

Rumbly purrs from

Whicky Wuudler
& Gerry