Archive 2017


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

Rainbow BridgeJust 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....



In Loving Memory of Bobbi (10 October 2001 – 17 November 2017)

It’s with heavy hearts that we have to let you know that Bobbi passed away suddenly on Saturday 18 November 2017

He was only with us in foster care for a very short while and we are absolutely heartbroken as he was a little cat with character & lots of personality.

Our thoughts are with his fosterers who loved him very much and were with him when he passed.

R.I.P. Bobbi run free over the Rainbow Bridge


In Loving Memory of Pumpkin (31 October 2001 – 29 September 2017)


Beautiful Pumpkin & her mother Ziggy who is a spritely 18 years young were adopted on 29 August 2017 by Rachel and her sisters who loved them both very much. After being in her “forever” home for just 4 weeks Pumkin passed away suddenly on Friday 29 September 2017.

Although she was only with Rachel & her sisters for such a short time they have lots of happy memories of the time they had with beautiful Pumpkin


In Loving memory of Berry (January 20016 – July 2017)

Little Berry came into care of the branch in November 2016 and it was soon obvious that she was not a well wee cat. Various tests were done to figure out what was wrong & eventually she was diagnosed with a viral infection.

Although Berry attended the vet weekly for check ups & monitoring and was receiving antibiotics the virus was just too much for her frail body to cope with and she lost her fight for life in July 2017 with her fosterer by her side.

R.I.P Berry run pain free over the Rainbow Bridge


In Loving Memory of Harvey (October 2012 – April 20, 2017)


It’s with heavy hearts we have to let you know that after a short illness, Harvey passed away peacefully last week...we are heartbroken as this brave boy stole all of our hearts and many more around the world.

Harvey was our special little boy that came to us just before Xmas 2012 through "Gumtree" - advertised as a "10 week old kitten with two broken legs but is fine and runs around like the rest..."

So he came into out care & after taking him to the vet school we discovered he had “radial agenisis” – a deformity of the front legs where the ulna & radius bones which connect the upper half of the front legs to his paws are missing (

Glasgow vet school had only ever seen 5 similar cases since 1975 – each completely different.

We were told by the vet school that Harvey would require an operation when he was a little older to allow him to have an acceptable quality of life. Specialist had planned to operate on both legs at the same time & place internal & external pins on his legs in order to straighten them, however, prior to surgery the vets & nurses started to give Harvey physiotherapy & massage to help strengthen his muscles which seemed to have an amazing effect.

Harvey’s mobility started to gradually improve, he was moving easier and he had adapted to his disability. The vets were extremely pleased with his progress – they didn’t want to go ahead with any surgery as they thought it could actually affect his mobility in a negative way.

He still attended the vet school for regular check-ups & assessments and was pain free. Due to his condition Harvey was susceptible to arthritis and other underlying health problems which developed as he got older and we knew that everyday Harvey was with us was a blessing.

All our thoughts are with Harvey’s family at this very sad time and big thanks to Eddie Houston at Boyce and Houston vets for his care with Harvey.

R.I.P. Harvey run free over the Rainbow Bridge. We love you ❤️❤️❤️