IN LOVING MEMORY

The PCHS animals on this page represent a few of the animals who have touched our hearts during their short stay with us. We hope everyone can learn from their stories.

"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives." - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Philosopher, Physician, Musician, & Nobel Laureate

Smokey

SMOKEY was one of the first cats taken in by PCHS at the new shelter. He had a sweet personality and would always roll over on his side for a good scratch. When all of our cats were tested for feline diseases, Smokey tested positive for FIV - a nasty virus that weakens a cat's immune system and makes them susceptible to many other infections. He had probably picked up the virus while fighting since he came to the shelter as an intact tom cat with some old battle wounds (spayed/neutered animals are less likely to want to fight). Since FIV is usually only spread through direct contact, Smokey stayed in his cage in the condo until he developed a respiratory infection. Dr. Hanson and Dr. Call at Community Animal Hospital did all they could to treat him, but he was humanely euthanized in July of 2005. He was very loved by many of the volunteers. We will all miss him.

Ginger

GINGER was a sweet, sweet cat to volunteers and other condo cats. However, she was declawed by her original owner, and her only remaining defense was her teeth. She bit her new owner unprovoked, and once we researched her history, we found out she had bitten the prior owner as well (leaving a scar in both cases). Since she was deemed aggressive, we were not able to adopt her into another home. Ginger was humanely euthanized in August of 2005.

Amaiya

AMAIYA was chosen to move into the cat condo because of her beautiful coat and sweet disposition. She was quiet and gentle - not to mention very photogenic. Unfortunately, she soon fell ill after the move and testing pointed to a weak heart and respiratory failure. Amaiya was relieved of her suffering through humane euthanization in January of 2006.

Kenya Keegan Kei-Chi

KENYA, KEEGAN, and KEI-CHI were three sweet babies who just weren't gaining weight. Suddenly, they stopped eating completely and became very ill. Kenya passed away on the way to the vet and Keegan and Kei-Chi were humanely euthanized to end their suffering. All three kittens were suspected to have feline distemper, also known as Panleukopenia. Vaccines prevent this virus in older animals who receive it, unfortunately, these three little ones were too young to be vaccinated. Many, many thanks go to April, the foster mom who tried so hard to save these little angels.

Ben

BEN came to the shelter in very rough shape. This big boy's fur was rubbed off as if he had been caught in the fan belt of a car. However, his sweet nature and charm drew PCHS volunteers to care for him and later nurse him through an upper respiratory infection. Although Ben survived the ordeal, when he was tested for FIV & FeLV, this sweet tom tested positive for BOTH. Intact male cats tend to fight for territory and mates, and both of these viruses are usually linked with the kind of close contact associated with bites. Ben was of the biggest (and sweetest) cats our shelter has ever seen. He was humanely euthanized in June 2006.

Coco

COCO was a beautiful dog. Her lovely eyes and delicate features made her look more like a Weimeraner than a Lab. During their stay at the shelter, Coco and her puppy contracted the Parvo virus and passed away in the night after a tough battle. Unfortunately, parvo occurs a lot in puppies, but it doesn't usually affect adult dogs because responsible owners vaccinate against the illness. Coco was a sweet and gentle dog. She and her pupply would have made wonderful pets for someone.

Butterball

BUTTERBALL was also one of the first cats to move into the Cat Condo. When testing time came, this big buff-colored tom came up a strong positive for FeLV. As far as we could tell, he'd had a pretty hard life outside before he came to the shelter. Because of his fantastic health and friendly personality, Butterball was moved into the PCHS office for quarantine. Time passed, and this big boy showed no signs of illness and finally went home with the daughter of one of our volunteers. He was cuddled by his new owner and his friends and loved his new home. Unfortunately, in the Summer of 2006, Butterball passed away due to lung cancer. Butterball will be missed by his owner and all the PCHS Volunteers who knew and loved him.

Firecracker

FIRECRACKER was a beautiful little kitten brought to the shelter on the 4th of July with his siblings. After living in the Cat Condo for a few months, he took on a pregnant appearance and rapidly lost weight. It turned out his little body was filling with fluid from Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), a poorly understood fatal cat virus. The folks on the Assisi Van did the best they could for the little guy, but Firecracker was relieved of his suffering by humane euthanasia in October of 2006.

Caine

CAINE was a white pit bull who found his way to the shelter in September of 2005 when his owner was put in jail. He had lived outside and we received him with 50 pounds of chain wrapped around his neck. Eventhough he looked like a vicious junkyard dog, Caine was actually a sweet, intelligent guy who loved to lounge in the offices and education room at shelter. He was with us for months, and became a fixture at the shelter.

Time passed, and Caine was eventually returned to his owner and chained out again. A few months later he was caught running at large in Pulaski County and brought back to his home at the shelter. We could finally search for the right home for Caine! Things went well for awhile. He had a nice home where he could sleep on the couch, but then something snapped in him. Probably due to years of abuse at the end of a chain, Caine became aggressive and his new owners had to return him. Everyone was fearful that he might hurt someone, so on March 26, 2007, he was humanely euthanized in the place he had called home for a year and a half, surrounded by the people who loved him most.

Preston

PRESTON was a handsome older tuxedo guy who was very sweet and loving. Unfortunately, he suffered from very bad urinary tract infections the entire time we knew him. After a long battle, we decided this dignified gentleman deserved a break from the pain. Preston was humanely euthanized in July 2007.

*Please Note: Missing the litterbox, straining, or blood in the urine can be signs of urinary crystals or bladder stones, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), and even kidney failure. Left untreated, any of these ailments could lead to a painful death. If you see any straining, blood, urinating outside the box, or any other odd litterbox behavior in your cat, you should take him or her to the vet just to be sure.

Pearl

PEARL was one of our Cat Condo's long-term residents - she had become somewhat of a fixture. Unfortunately, in August 2008, she became very ill very quickly. Dr. Call went to great lengths to try to save her, and although she improved for several days, she then took a turn for the worst. Even a blood transfusion from another Condo Cat could not save her. Rather than allow her to suffer, she was euthanized with Judith, our Condo Cleaner at the time, holding her. Cancer was suspected. She was the first animal buried in the Shannon Charlton Memorial Garden at our shelter. She will be missed by everyone who worked with her and loved her.

Angelica

ANGELICA was a very sweet cat who had lived in our Cat Condo and in PetSmart's adoption condo for quite awhile. At some point, she became very sick and just continued downhill from there - extreme weight loss, fluid in the chest cavity. Eventhough it hasn't been 100% confirmed, the vets are pretty sure she had FIP. To save her from further pain and suffering, Angelica was humanely euthanized in August 2009. We won't forget this sweet lady.


Pulaski County Humane Society
P.O. Box 1046 Dublin, VA 24084
(540) 674-0089
info@pchsva.org
 
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