Sweet Jerry: 12/01/07 to 2/16/13 by Jane Neill-Hancock

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Sweet Jerry: 12/01/07 to 2/16/13 by 

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This is a collage of photos of our foster cat Jerry. He passed away this AM – I was with him and it was very hard but at least he was not alone.

I am thankful I had the opportunity to be part of his rescue and I was able to give him a happy home for at least 4 years.

Jerry came from a neighborhood house that had 32 cats in it. The woman had cancer and her son who had just come home from prison hated the cats. She had never given any of them any vaccinations. Because of her health and her son’s disregard, the house was full of cat feces and urine and the cats were not getting proper nutrition. Also because they had not had their vaccinations, 24 of the cats, which included some kittens, died of feline distemper. The remaining 12 cats were finally removed by the ASPCA and the township, at which time Animal Control asked some of us to semi adopt them after they were cleared by the vet.

I took in Jerry and his sister Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell was adopted and now lives with my sister-in-law and is very happy and healthy. Jerry was sick when he came to us. He was about 1 year old and the vet said that his sinuses had been burned by the ammonia in the house from the cat urine. Jerry sneezed almost constantly – dark mucus and blood sometimes, and always had runny eyes and nose. I gave him steroid shots and then L-Lysine. He was a loving cat which seems hard to believe when you know of his early years in that house. He always wanted to sit on your shoulder. He always thought he was hungry too – LOL – he always wanted what I had to eat. He really loved CHEESE and would go crazy to have a small piece. I kept hoping someone would be willing to adopt him, but because of the sinus problem, no one was willing to take his disability on, even though he was a beautiful and friendly cat.

Jerry was always around and always the first cat in the kitchen when he knew I was giving out cat food. I noticed yesterday that I did not see him most of the day which was unusual. I found him cuddled in the blankets and pillows on my bed and I could tell he was not feeling well. I had decided I would call the vet today if he was still not himself. This morning it was clear it was more serious than I had realized and he passed very quickly. I know he was sick but I felt so helpless – my sister is reminding me he was sick when we took him in and that was why we could never find anyone who would adopt him because they did not want the burden of his handicap.

I hope Jerry is happy and healthy now in kitty heaven, chasing butterflies in the fields and knows we loved him. I feel very badly – not much else to say.

My name is Jane. I am an artist, writer, photographer, and an admirer of the arts. Here on RB I share my photography, writing, collages and art, and host many groups. I hope you enjoy my work.

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  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenabout 2 years ago

    A beautiful tribute to your friend, you gave him a good life and should be proud of that ,Being there at the end is all we can ask of anyone, it was your last kind act to him and I bet he is healthy and well now and purring for you. Sorry for your loss it is never easy, glad to see you have many wonderful images to remember the good times big hugs to a friend with a big heart :)Pat

  • thank you dear Pat. I think I am like any owner and rescuer of cats – I don’t feel like I did enough. the image of his last moments is fresh in my mind and I hope I can replace it with happier memories. thanks for caring, commenting and choosing it as a favorite. His fur patterns were so beautiful – YES? and he was SO soft…. he remained a very small cat and I doubt he ever weighed more than 5 or 6 lbs.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...about 2 years ago

    Wonderful precious pictures of sweet Jerry he will be forever in your heart and hold a special place there for all time precious he is wonderful tribute and hear felt wors Nicely done precious blessings to you Precious this is wonderful what you have done for JERRY giving him a home and love he so need and being there with him special you are and i know he felt and knew this from the very start hugs..Beautifuly done heart felt hugs to you a fav.

  • thank you so much Bonita. it means a lot to me your words and true expressions of caring. thank you again.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 2 years ago

    So very sweet, these are beautiful photographs of sweet Jerry.

    If you have not already done so, please ensure that you enter the date of your pet’s anniversary in our Group Calendar in the Forum, so that your photograph will be featured in the correct month
    Please also feel free to write something in our Announcements and Condolences Forum

  • thank you Morag. I just did that – and thank you for featuring him even though I had not put everything in the group yet. since it has only been 4 days it is still fresh in my heart and mind and I am feeling unhappy I did not do more for him. time will heal I know. thanks for honoring him for me by the feature.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 2 years ago

    So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing.
    Just know that he is at peace now at the Rainbow Bridge with his family that went before him.
    Thinking of you because I have been there many times

  • thank you Vickie. I know he is healthy in heaven which brings us some relief. I am happy to know that their souls go on as well and someday I will see him again.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeabout 2 years ago

    What a delightful way to frame a kitty! Yes, Jerry was a good-looking cat. Sorry for your loss, very sad story! ♥♥

  • thank you Jade. it was a hard weekend indeed.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • K Lockhart
    K Lockhartabout 2 years ago

  • thank you SO much. what a tribute to Jerry – I appreciate it so much.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 1 year ago

    Please feel free to write something in our Anniversaries Forum

  • thank you Morag for remembering Jerry. it has been one year – doesn’t seem possible.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 1 month ago

    Please feel free to write something in our Anniversaries Forum

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