RIP – Minnie



Minnie passed away Thursday April 10th. She was much loved by her brother Louis, her Mom Terri, Dad Brian, plus her hummies and me of course.

A little background on Minnie and Louis’ rescue:
One of my favourite true rescue transports was November 2, 2012. I transported Minnie and Louis to their retirement miracle, an AMAZING furever home with Terri and Brian. Minnie and Louis came into HAS as owner surrenders, when their owner went into the hospital. The family said if he came home he would have less work to do. I’m sure if he ever found out what his family did his heart would be broken. With family like that who needs enemies. The family listed their ages as 28 yrs for Minnie and 20 yrs for Louis. I guess we can be thankful the family did not leave them out in the elements to fend for themselves.

I was at HAS a few hours after they came in, picking up cats to transport to rescue, and by chance Kim pointed them out to me, saying how scared they were. I just couldn’t imagine how scared they were, their whole world had been turned upside down and the chances of them being rescued were not good.

By chance I mentioned Minnie and Louis in an email to Caroline that day. A few hours later Caroline emailed back to say her friend would adopt them. Arrangements were set in motion for me to pick up Minnie and Louis from HAS early the next morning. I met Terri, their new furever Mom in a parking lot off the 407 to deliver her new family members. This was one rescue where I truly felt good. Most of the time when I leave HAS I’m haunted by the kitties faces that I left behind, knowing that there is a very good chance they might not be lucky enough to have their rescue day.

Here is Minnie and Louis’ rescue story, with Terri’s permission in her words, as I would not be able to write Minnie’s story as well as her Mom:

Today I picked up the ashes of our little lady Minnie from Thistledown.

Minnie wasn’t with us for long but she was loved and cherished.

Back in 2012, I told my close friend Caroline that we were ready for another hummy cat and preferably a senior. In what seemed to be just days, Caroline was on the phone on Nov 1 telling me about 2 seniors that were turned in to Hamilton Animal Services….a high kill municipal “shelter”. Most cats only come out alive with the generous help of staff and rescue groups….adoption is rarely an option. This twosome were turned into HAS on Oct 31, 2012….little Minnie and her black buddy Louis. Poor Minnie was so distressed that she had bloodied her face on the cage.

Well, after telling Brian of their plight and likely fate in the coming 24 hours (Minnie was surrendered as being 28 years old and Louis as 18 years), it took him all of – um – 2 seconds to say “oh go get them!” BTW, it appears that their ages were each overstated by about 10 years.

So, on Nov 2 at 6:00 am, I met Kim (transport angel) in a dark parking lot of an industrial building along Hwy 407. Kim had already been to HAS earlier in the night/morning and secured their release. Two strangers in the middle of nowhere transferring 2 frightened kitties. All based on trust and referrals. It was the first time I even had an idea of what they looked like.

As with all new hummies, these 2 had a period of quarantine in the upstairs guest room. Following their lengthy quarantine (Minnie had a URI) and a slow introduction to the resident hummy cats through a gate, we finally let them out. While Louis was quite happy to exit the confines of the bedroom, Minnie was at home there. She had a little cubby there and seemed very content with that as her world. When she wanted attention and food, she would simply stand at the door (which overlooks our family room) and meow with a voice much bigger than her and we ran to her service.

We would bring Minnie downstairs. She would go back up. Downstairs. Upstairs. Eventually she found a place on the sofa next to Brian. Still, she would go back to her room after a while. Finally, on Nov 2 – her anniversary – Minnie spent the night on the sofa. That was it…she never spent another night upstairs.

Once on the sofa, that became Minnie’s home. Like a little old lady, Minnie loved to sit and be petted and watch TV. Brian was her buddy. If she was hungry, she let us know by sitting on the sofa arm – right next to the kitchen – and shout at us to feed her or give her some attention.

Early this year, her recurring bladder infections demanded closer scrutiny. X-ray followed by ultra-sound revealed what we had not suspected ….. a large mass in her bladder. The news was not good….surgery was not recommended and there were no treatment options.

We did our best to keep her comfortable with homeopathy and pain killers and we hoped she would have more time. Last weekend she was in the garden sniffing and exploring. When she could, she would sleep in a sunbeam. Unfortunately the blood in her urine grew darker, she lost weight and we knew there wasn’t much more we could do for her.

After starting to refuse food and then not eating for over 2 days, Minnie had a crisis on Thursday. It was time. Once again, Dr. Annabel was available to help. And we had phone support from Drs Carolyn and Cynthia. Minnie left us gently at home, on her spot on the sofa.

There’s now an empty space on the sofa. I see her there.

Big hugs to all those who helped Minnie….Caroline, Kim, Dr. Cynthia, Dr. Carolyn and Dr. Annabel. Without Caroline and Kim, Minnie would have been a sad number in HAS’s statistics. We think she had a good life with us and there were certainly plenty of hums from that old girl. We may not have been the home she had known and loved but, she was doted on and pampered as best we could.

I hope not be writing another one of these emails for a long time. I am feeling quite lost without Minnie and Brock. Thank goodness for the other hummy cats. Please hug all your furry family.

Minnie and Louis’ rescue picture

As you can see from the before and after, Minnie and Louis are well loved.

Thank you Terri and Brian for being Minnie and Louis’ retirement miracle, please know that Minnie loved you both very much.

I truly believe there was someone from above watching over Minnie and Louis the day they were surrendered to HAS. For everything to fall into place as it did, so they could have the retirement home and love that all kitties deserve.

Please take a moment to remember your treasured memories of your furry loved ones past and present.

May all your dreams come true in kitty heaven.

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2 Responses to RIP – Minnie

  1. Connie says:

    Thank goodness you were at HAS when you were. That stroke of luck and timing made all the difference for those two dear kitties. Hugs to all involved

  2. Rebekah Bennett says:

    What a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing. And thanks for all you do, Kim!

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