The Rainbow Bridge (as beautifully encapsulated in a poem of the same name - see below) is a mythological place to which cats (and other pets) go upon their death, eventually to be reunited with their carers. This 'rainbow bridge' webpage is a gallery of remembrance where much loved pets that are sadly no longer with us can be celebrated. We guarantee that we will not delete any entries from this section of the branch website.
The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and
vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each
miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly
stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager
body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the
green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally
meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the
beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Poppy (2003 - 22 April 2014)
Poppy cat was recently PTS due to an aggressive tumour on her face, we
had 7 weeks from diagnosis to her leaving for Rainbow Bridge. Our Poppy was a
rescue cat and we got her in 2003 aged 9 months. We had 11 happy, happy
years with her and we kept the name Poppy. I remember the lady we adopted
her from saying that the cats were named after people who had helped home them.
Poppy was buried in our garden. This photograph was taken when she
was happy and healthy about a year ago. When the time is right I would
like to rescue another wee red and fawn colour tabby as I absolutely loved her
and so did daddy...the colour of Poppy's paw just at her legs...not to replace
her as no one could fill Poppy's paws. RIP Poppy xxx
Tracey & Family
Riggins (24 September 2012 - 06 January 2014)
Our beautiful cat Riggins was killed outside our home by a hit and run driver on Monday 06 January. Our family would like to thank our neighbours for all their support during the incident. Riggins leaves behind his brother Clay who, like ourselves, misses him dearly. Riggins was very partial to a treat stick, grated cheese, any treat really! Such a character of a cat who did not want to leave your side and always wanted to check where you were. He was also such a great big brother to Clay and would generally wash them both!! He now rests at peace at our family home and will never ever be forgotten. xxx
Paul & Family
Jasper (? - January 2014)
Jasper (known as Boris while he was in the care of the branch) was recently PTS having developed an aggressive cancerous tumour in this stomach. He absolutely loved sleeping on the edge of the couch, so he could see everything that was going on. If any guests came in Jasper was straight up for a pat and would often lay next to them for a cuddle. Such a friendly loving chap! His favourite toy (out of the many we bought) was actually a shoe lace! He would love it being dragged around the floor for him to catch. As a former Cats Protection Glasgow Branch cat in care, he truly did enjoy his last few months in a loving home.