Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye is hard. Today, I found out that 2 of the feral cats we’ve been looking after have been trapped and euthanized. I’ve written version after version of this post trying to write “sanely” as opposed to the churning mass of emotions that I’m feeling.  So instead of me going on ad nauesum how necessary Trap, Neuter and Return programs are for communities I thought I would simply ask that you join me in saying Goodbye to 2 cats who’s only crime was being feral.

Bye and RIP “Little Girl” and Mr. FuzzyTail.

Little Girl                                                    Little Girl

Mr. FuzzyTail                                                 Mr. FuzzyTail


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21 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this, and I echo your refrain – please be responsible pet owners. Neuter your animals. Don’t dump unwanted pets.

    Big big hugs to you xx

  2. Oh Stephanie, I am so sorry. Thank you for caring for them as best you could as long as you were able. Bless their little hearts.

  3. That is terrible news Stephanie. It is a shame that your community don’t have a catch, fix and release programs. 😦 I know you’ll miss your little visitors.

    • Thanks, Emily. Yes, unfortunately, we don’t have a TNR. TNR’s are controversial. They do need to be managed. And in this day and time, money and caring is in short supply. I will miss them…

  4. Sorry to hear about the loss of what you loved enough to care for and still allow them freedom.

  5. Aw jeez this is such sad news. Poor little kitties. 😦

  6. Are you going to throw a pity-party every time one of your throw-away cats dies? Your cats were lucky. At least they died humane deaths. Unlike all other TNR’ed cats that die gruesome and inhumane deaths; under the wheels of cars, from cat and animal attacks, from environmental poisons, diseases to which there are no vaccines, parasites, infections, freezing to death, baking to death, from starvation, dying of dehydration, etc., etc.

    You know, that thing that you all like to blind yourselves with called “attrition” just so you can feel good about yourselves. The hell with how your cat is inevitably going to die. Using the word “attrition” to candy-coat your behaviors is nothing more than thinly-veiled animal abuse and neglect. Just like those that tossed those cats aside in the first place. Only now you are doing it too. Feels good, does it?

    If you can’t stomach watching your cats get ran over by cars or hauled away by a coyote, or have their eyes scratched out by another feral cat, the cats’ eyes eventually replaced by pockets of bloody puss, then perhaps you shouldn’t be in the TNR business.


    • Wow, woodsman001, thank you for pointing out the need for people to be responsible pet/animal owners. If humans would do the right thing by animals then we wouldn’t have to be concerned with feral animals. They wouldn’t be subject to all of the things that you mention in your comment. It’s all true. Ferals, in some cases, do have a brutal life. Some, if fortunate, live out a long and healthy life. I would also add that not all euthanasia is humane. Some communities still use mass gassing instead of that simple needle prick that you allude too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on TNR.

  7. Rest in peace, Little Girl and Mr. FuzzyTail. My heart is deeply saddened. My sister-in-law feeds a number of feral cats, and she managed to catch them and take them to a vet in order to have them spayed and neutered. It seems like a simple act of kindness that can alleviate much of the suffering feral cats must cope with. My thoughts are with you…

  8. Thank you Barbara, to have thoughts for Little Girl and Mr. FuzzyTail especially when you are going through your own recovery from Sandy. Thank you!!! 🙂

  9. ‘…the hour for departure has arrived, and we go our ways. You to live, and me to die. Which is better, God alone knows.’

    – Socrates’ last words

  10. Oh, that is so sad 😦
    I’m sorry to hear that, Stephanie. ((hug))

  11. How sad. But a nice goodbye.

  12. this hurts. they were beautiful. z

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