Jack passed away suddenly while going under anesthetic on August 8, 2013. Two veterinarians and the techs all worked very hard to revive him but he sadly did not respond. Jack was loved and cared for by a wonderful foster home in Calgary who took him and his 5 siblings in. He will be missed but always cherished during his short time with us.
Dodger is a very special boy that came to us earlier this year, he was caught by a volunteer after someone reported seeing a stray cat with a broken jaw running around for several days. Our vet assessed him right away and felt he would be a candidate for jaw surgery to try and wire the bones together to heal. He did very well - his jaw is offset slightly because the fractures were quite severe and the vet did their best to get it stable. He can eat well but may require dental work in the future on the side that doesn't chew kibbles. His little tongue sticks out all the time. He is a happy, very loving sweet boy who is great with other cats. He may try to run outside so we are looking for a loving home that will monitor him closely so he doesn't escape as he wouldn't fare too well on his own again. He also may develop early arthritis in that jaw so a new owner needs to be diligent in watching how he eats/his comfort level and taking him for regular veterinary check ups.
He did get an awesome home to spend his last months and was loved very much and is missed every day.
Puddin was not with us long before he was diagnosed with a severe congenital heart defect and our vet said there was nothing we could do. He was a gentle and loving soul, so quiet and content with the other cats. Puddin will be very missed.
Little Popsicle's life was cut way too short. He came to us after being found freezing outside in the cold. He was very sick and was never able to recover. He was sweet and extremely adorable; he will be missed a lot by our volunteers.
From Medicine Hat rescues. Koala Bear came to us in November 2009 from a case of hoarding. She was one of the cats in the worst condition... a total rack of skin and bones, matted with feces to the skin and suffering from severe infections in her mouth, eyes and nose. Upon examination it was discovered she was also anemic so her condition had to be monitored very closely. With lot's of time, excellent Veterinary support and a tonne of love from our volunteers, she had made a full recovery; put on weight, her fuy began to grow in nice and soft and her infections were under control. Sadly almost 2 years to the day of her rescue, Koala Bear passed away. Her long difficult life had taken it's toll despite her excellent care, she had severe glaucoma in her eyes and kidney failure - her quality of life was no longer as it should be. We made the very difficult decision to say goodbye to Koala Bear yet we will never forget her. So gentle, so affectionate and incredibly strong...you will be missed Koala Bear - Rest in Peace Sweet Girl.
Fitch passed away in his forever foster home this past year. He had a long life despite suffering from a heart condition. He will always be remembered for his old man face and loving nature. Rest in Peace Fitch, we will miss you so much!
Nov. 18, 2009 - Beautiful Ava left us far too young. Ava developed a fatal auto-immune illness very suddenly and it was with much tears we had to say goodbye this morning. Ava will always be remembered and loved by her foster mom and the Happy Cat volunteers. Ava was a very sweet and loving girl. She was quite shy but really came out of her shell at her foster home where she was given the one on one care she so very much needed, she became very cuddly and had quite the motor on her when she purred. Rest in Peace Ava, you're in a better place now and we will never forget you.
Miriam had a long and courageous battle with kidney disease, she stayed strong throughout the last few months and never stopped purring. She sadly passed away on March 23, 2009. She will be missed and always remembered.
Scruffy came to us in 2008 as a senior cat who's owners were going to euthanize her because they got a new kitten that she apparently didn't get along with. At her first examination we found out that she had "early stage" kidney disease from bloodwork we had done. In our care, she was a wonderful cat and tolerant of other animals - she was very loving and always ready for some treats and attention from the volunteers. Scruffy sadly passed away on Dec 14, 2009 due to end stage kidney failure. She lived over one year with special food and treatment for her kidney condition and did very very well. We will miss her greatly and feel an emptiness when we don't see her on her favorite scratching post waiting for us to come and visit her. Rest in peace Scruffy.
Sweet Jean-Luc was adopted January 13, 2009 and sadly passed away January 27, 2009. In his short life he touched so many people and we're heart broken over his passing. Jean-Luc died of an auto immune disease which was very unexpected and no testing is available for this. It affects very few cats, mostly young cats under a year old. There is no cure or treatment. Jean Luc will be missed. Thank you Cam for giving him a loving home for such a short period of time, I know he was happy with you. Thank you.
Wild Wanda was from a feral colony in Strathmore. Our intention was to spay and release her as she had a shelter and had food and was being cared for by someone outside. Once at the vet, they discovered she had been shot in the side with a pellet gun which had then formed a very bad abscess in her side. She had surgery to remove the damaged tissue and needed to be on antibiotics for 2 weeks. At that point, we couldn't let her go. She stayed in a cage for 2 weeks because that was the only way we knew she would eat the pills, hidden in her food. And we could make sure she was eating well and using the litter. That was in late 2005. She is now living full time at the sanctuary and has a favorite volunteer who has almost totally tamed the Wild Wilma. She loves to be held by only the one volunteer, scratched and snuggled and when the tinned foodcomes out, she is waiting patiently on her perch. Wilma does not trust anyone but her main caregiver that has been with her since we got her. So we feel it is not appropriate to adopt her out as she is comfortable and very bonded with the other cats and volunteer at the sanctuary. Wilma has a forever home with us and gets 24/7 access to a fully enclosed outdoor cat run with lot's of places to go and things to do. Life is not dull for this sweet girl at all.
Wild Wilma passed away peacefully after a long and strong battle with kidney disease. We miss her sweet face every day. She was far from Wild several years later and cuddled happily with her caregiver every day. Rest in Peace sweet girl.
Moudsy sadly passed away July 2009 due to a large tumour found on his pancreas. He had been losing weight and tests determined his prognosis shortly after he was examined. He will be greatly missed by his brother "Sheldon" who still lives at the sanctuary and all of the volunteers who loved him very much. We'll miss him dearly.