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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Lives we shared—and lost


You all know that we, meaning me, Mom L and Dad P, are very involved in our 501c3 non-profit we call Delta View Cats, right? We only serve on city of Pittsburg, CA and we are a very small all volunteer group that is passionate about promoting and delivering humane management of our city’s over population of abandoned community cats. Part of our work includes humane management of several small colonies around our city’s marina and waterfront area. Probably about 45 or so cats and sometimes, kittens.

This includes 13+cats we feed every day who live in a long standing colony at our waterfront city park River View Park. This park has long been a favorite dumping area for humans who want to get rid of their cats and kittens. You may remember, that our two foster kittens, Frodo and Arwen and their Mom Eowyn were all dumped at this very park August 26 of this year.

I want to share with you, my furriends and your humans, the side of our TNR work and colony management work that is both so fulfilling and also sometimes filled with sadness and loss.

We have come to know and love and share in the life of Elizabeth. A beautiful part lynx point Siamese girl who has lived at this park since she was abandoned there as a kitten, along with her sister. Her sister was willing to become socialized and lives a happy safe indoor life with a former colony feeder. But Elizabeth chose to live her life with the colony. We have shared her life for probably ten to fourteen years. Only recently she was beginning to allow our feeders to actually pet her beautiful furs.

Early the week of our Thanksgiving, a couple who feed noticed that Elizabeth was suddenly looking extremely poorly. We put out a call to all of our eighteen volunteers to see who was available the weekend following Thanksgiving to watch a drop trap so we could get her medical help. Thankfully, the day after the call went out, the couple who noticed her at first on the Friday, were able to pick her up late on Saturday and get her to an emergency vet hospital.

You can see how unkempt she is and she was very thin. Sadly, the vet found her mouth and throat were full of cancerous sarcomas. We agreed to keep darling Elizabeth from suffering any more and we asked the vet to give her help to start her journey to The Rainbow Bridge. I know many of my readers do not believe in this fantasy, but it helps me and Mom L and Dad P when we have to let go of one of the many abandoned community cats for whom we provide care and love. Elizabeth shared her life with us and we helped escape her earthly body that was in such pain and now wherever her spirit is, she is chasing butterflies and basking in delicious sun puddles, cushioned by soft, fresh green grass.

Please wave at Elizabeth next time you see a floofy cloud pass over that resembles a cat!


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17 thoughts on “Lives we shared—and lost

  1. meowmeowmans on said:

    We are so sorry about Elizabeth, but grateful that she was loved and cared for by you while she was her on Earth. Purrs to you.

  2. So sad, but at the same time, so much kindness shown to a beautiful girl who needed it.

  3. 15andmeowing on said:

    How sad.I am sorry about Elizabeth. XO

  4. Mary McNeil on said:

    Whether you believe literally in The Rainbow Bridge or not, it seems incomprehensible that anyone who has dealt with and cared for – and loved – any of these precious sparks of life could believe that animals do not have souls. Certainly Elizabeth knew she was loved and in her own way appreciated that.

  5. hi savvy frum tuna ~~~ pleez ta tell mom L and dad P and everee one that helped care for Elizabeth

    that Elizabeth said:

    I love you all , and thank you everyone, for everything ~~~~ ♥♥♥

  6. Oh she was lucky to have you all for her lifetime!!! I’m grateful for all you do with the kitties. See you Wednesday. But can we get together just us? Tomorrow? Feed the cats and go to the club?


  7. chrisscatmeow on said:

    Bless her beautiful soul.x😿

  8. I am so sorry about Elizabeth. Thank cod she had you angels looking out for her especially at the end. Sending many comforting purrs.

  9. That poor sweetie, thanks for caring for her on her time here on Earth.

  10. Carole Schulman on said:

    Tears. No other words to say. Just tears for that baby that she was so very sick and in pain. Thank you. .

  11. Memories of Eric and Flynn on said:

    I am sorry for the loss of Elizabeth. It is a hard decision but the kindest.

  12. We are so sorry for your loss. Elizabeth was a gorgeous girl and we are so glad that she had your group to love her and care for her. ((hugs for all her friends))

  13. Thank Goodness your group was there to look after Elizabeth. Her cancer must have been so painful. It is always so hard to say “goodbye.”

  14. That was another act of love on her behalf…but it still feels sad…but what a precious new angel she is.

  15. I’m grateful that someone was there to care for Elizabeth all those years – and to help her at the end. Purrs to you.

  16. hugs to yu and to elizabeth… it is a kind of love too and a help, when we make that decision….

    • Bruce & Peg &binky boy.Happy Holidays to you and all the wonderful volunteers. on said:

      Thank you for all you both do,so much work and love sometimes goes unoticed.God is watching Elizabeth and yes she has joined our Mokey and many more in kitty heaven.

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