Vet says goodbye to cat rescuer.

It was just a few weeks ago, as Junior laid waiting on one of those very few extra cold mornings we’ve had this winter, that his breakfast was not served. The curtain in the window didn’t get carefully brushed aside for a peak, nor did the door carefully open with that kindly human to emerge. He had no idea that his saint at the top of the stairs had taken ill and was in hospital. Nor did he know that she would not be returning to fill his dish. Jean never left the hospital. Sadly, she has gone before us, crossing that rainbow bridge to be with her family and furry friends who had gone before her.

Junior, and the other feral cats of his neighbourhood, although they never allowed Jean to get too close, will surely miss her. As will her own feline family. Jean’s daughter will continue to care for all of them, as she promised her mother she would, but like all of us who knew Jean, they’ll miss that special something that Jean possessed. It was a warmth perhaps, something created by her deep sense of empathy, a warmth stray cats felt on cold mornings as they’d wait in hiding, watching for movement at the window and door. After many years of caring for Jean’s cats, I’ll miss her too, much more so as my friend than as a client.

Goodbye, Jean. You never did get that animal sanctuary you wanted to build with your dreamed of lottery winnings, but I bet you have a special place in Heaven.


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