Gone from My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore.  A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.  She is an object of beauty and strength.  I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says”There she is gone”

” Gone where”

Gone from my sight.  That is all.  She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her.  And just at the moment when someone at my side says “There she is gone!”  There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout “Here she comes”!

And That is dying.

By Henry Van Dyke

Orange Pekoe T our permanent memorial for a great cat!

On December 2nd, 2014 we said “goodbye” to our dear hospital kitty, Pekoe.

We miss him greatly!                                    Pekoe

Mr. Whiskers,  09/2005 – 05/2017

“You were my favourite Hello and my hardest Goodbye”

Mr. Whiskers was a handsome cat with long, soft black fur, who his owner Kendra came to know through work, as he lived at the care home where she was working. When Mr. Whiskers overstayed his welcome at his former home, he was taken in by Kendra and her family where he lived happily with them for another 8 years. Sadly, Kendra said goodbye to Mr. Whiskers in May of this year.


Leo Jones,  07/2001 – 05/2017

Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.”

Leo was found and taken in as a tiny, striped, 3 week old kitten in San Diego, by his owner Lindsay.  Lindsay cared for him, his Mom and his litter mates, raising them and finding them loving homes. Leo was lucky to stay and lived out his life with her, through relocation and other life changes, always at her side.  We said goodbye to Leo in May, 2017 -  he will be dearly missed by Lindsay, Leslie and Dave alike.


Chester Mueller, 09/2004 – 06/2017

Chester Mueller

“And while he lies in peaceful sleep his memory we shall always keep.”

Chester was adopted from the SPCA by Shelly and Chris in 2003 as a young cat.  His owners persevered through a number of health issues, going to some lengths ensure he received the treatment he needed to carry on living a full and happy life.  Sadly we had to say goodbye to Chester in June of this year,  he will be missed dearly by his family.

Cougrrr July 2000 – April 2017                                                 Cougrrr

Cougrrr was adopted by her owner Shirley, along with her littermate Kodi in 2000. Magestic Maine Coone cats, they both fit the breed’s nickname of “gentle giants”.  Cougrrr would walk in with Shirley, often with her littermate Kodi tagging along, and take her own seat in the waiting room to patiently wait for her appointment.  Sadly we had to say goodbye to Cougrrr in April of this year, her sweet, but stoic nature will be dearly missed by Shirley, her brother Kodi and all of us at Cats at Home alike.





Angus Teixeira – July 2005 – March 2017

“Like a bird singing in the rain,Angus let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Angus quite literally walked into the home of  Heather and Michael in 2007, inviting himself into their home and hearts. With his sweet personality he quickly found his place in their family. Ever curious and affectionate, Angus left a pawprint on the hearts of all who were lucky enough to meet him. He will be dearly missed by his family and those of us at Cats at Home.




Zeena-Bean Aug 2003 -  February 2017

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

Found as a stray in by Lorna in Cache Creek, Zeena-Bean found her way into the heart of her family. Zeena-Bean initially lived with Lorna, but soon become a great companion to her mother Madeline, providing  14 years of comfort and joy.  Sadly Lorna and Madeline had to say goodbye to Zeena-Bean on February 20/17. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Marty Maclean  August  2008 – February 2017

Marty (2)

Sadly missed along life’s way, quietly remembered every day…
No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you’re always there.

Marty was found in Baker Lake, Nunavut by Anke and stayed with her while she was there for work. He won her over and soon was brought home to B.C. to meet her husband Michael and cat Zeus, where he quickly became a part of their family. Marty enjoyed the outdoors as much he did being inside with his people, and proved to be a great adventurer and hunter. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Marty on Feb 22/17, he will be dearly missed by Anke, Michael and all of us at Cats at Home.

Djuma      Oct 1998 – Jan 21, 2017

 “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.”

 Djuma was a beautiful cat with lovely stripes and soulful eyes.  She shared 18 loving years with her dedicated owners, Heather and Michael who had to sadly say goodbye to her on January 21.  Although Djuma has left their home, she will never leave their hearts.  We knew Djuma from her kittenhood on.  With Michael and Heather’s care and attention we got to know Djuma and her quirky personality very well.  She would stay with us when they went on vacation so all our staff came to know Djuma and we will all miss her deeply.








Sometimes Jorgensen January 1, 1993-January 13, 2017

“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”   – John Galsworth

Sometimes lived to a grand old age for a cat, saying goodbye just 2 weeks after her 24th birthday. She and her owner Kim grew up together, with Sometimes at Kim’s side through all of life’s trials and tribulations to provide the comfort, support and silent encouragement that only a cat can.  Sometimes  will be greatly missed by Kim, Lorne and all of us at Cats at Home – she left a deep pawprint on each of our hearts and will never be forgotten.


   Sometimes in the sun









Jeremey Lavigne  

 July 16, 2002  -  December 28, 2016

 There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.  – Gandhi


Jeremey brought joy to the lives of those he met with his sweet disposition and eagerness to visit and explore.  Sadly, over the past few years, Jeremey has been plagued with a series of health issues that were taken in stride and approached with optimism and good spirits, his owners going above and beyond and always keeping their chins up.  Jeremey too kept his chin up, staying steadfast in his zest for life and the love he shared with his owners, John and Johanne and any who were lucky enough to meet him.


Missy Thompson 1998 – 09/2016

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


Missy came to us in 2001 after suffering a traumatic accident  that resulted in her surrender to Cats at Home with extensive head injuries, requiring removal of her right eye. This didn’t discourage Missy however, and in their loving care she won the hearts of the Thompson family, and became the cat of their daughter Sarah.  Missy was a true sun worshiper, and was often found lounging and soaking up sunshine in her favourite spots. With heavy hearts we said goodbye to Missy on September 7, 2016 – she will be missed but never forgotten.





 Zeus March 1996-July 2016

Zeus was rescued from the SPCA in 2000 and spent 16 happy years with his loving owners Anke and Michael, living a full life of 20 years.  Sadly Zeus passed over to the rainbow bridge on July 25, 2016. Although he is no longer by their side, he will be forever in their hearts and will be missed by his owners along with his little cat-brother Marty alike.








Cocoa Beans Thompson

April 6, 1998 – Nov 18, 2016


 If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. – A.A. Milne

Cocoa Beans brought joy and love to those who were lucky enough to be a part of his life.  As a real Siamese chatter-box, Cocoa was eager to have his voice heard and opinions known, when he came into their lives he quickly claimed the bedroom of Jim and Dr. Thompson – warming their bed and hearts for many years.   Cocoa Beans had an abundance of love and head-butts that he readily shared; he will remain forever in our hearts, and always remembered with a smile.