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Judy Bobzien

Judy Bobzien

I just learned today of the sad passing of a wonderful friend of the cats of the Great Kitty Rescue.

Judy Bobzien lived in Pahrump and was a walk in volunteer who quickly became one of the many “regulars” volunteering 25 or more hours every week to help the cats. Judy was there right at the beginning and stayed until all of the cats were adopted or moved to Best Friends and the grounds of the former FLOCK compound shut down.

Unfortunately, I do not have a clear photo of Judy as she always stayed in the background in her desire to showcase the cats. This is a photo of Judy when KVBC-TV went to cover the “end” of the Great Kitty Rescue – yes there she is behind the cage petting Cassie.

judy bonzien at the great kitty rescue

Judy passed away quietly on Monday 1/23/12 in her home as was her request after losing her battle to cancer. Those close to her and with her at the end tell us that she was strong through it all and continued to be a kind and caring person to the end.

Her wishes were that no services or memorials be held for her. Instead she asked that anyone wishing to honor her make a donation in her memory to her two favorite no-kill animal charities:

Best Friends Animal Society, Tax ID # 23-7147797, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741.

Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc., (“Nevada SPCA”) Tax ID # 88-0187383, 4800 W Dewey Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada 89118.

I think Judy must have gotten a huge reception up on the Rainbow Bridge. I like to think of her petting and playing and loving all of those cats from the Great Kitty Rescue who have left us all too soon. Thank you Judy for all you did for the animals…

GKR Orange Brigade

GKR Orange Brigade

I have known Great Kitty Rescue survivors Nachos, Kudos, Yam and Tommy for about 4 years now.

GKR Orange Brigade
GKR Orange Brigade

At first I had trouble telling these four orange tabby boys apart. Now that I know them so well, it seems odd that their identities were not readily apparent to me. As I got to know them better, I saw their physical differences and since their personalities have blossomed over the years, I can see that they are decidedly unique individuals.

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Great Kitty Rescue Cat Dice

Great Kitty Rescue Cat Dice

“Our” Miss Dice has been adopted and I couldn’t be happier for her and her new mom!

From what we’ve been told, Dice’s new mom volunteered in Pahrump during the Great Kitty Rescue and fell in love with Dice. She has thought about her all this time and finally decided now was the ideal time to give Dice her forever home.


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Kermit’s Anniversary

Kermit’s Anniversary

Three years ago today, we adopted Kermit, loaded him into the car amid tearful goodbyes and brought him to his forever home with us.

Great Kitty Rescue cat Kermit on white

Kermit, Bob and I have all come so far from that day – all of us growing in understanding, trust and love. I marvel at his transformation from a frozen, terrified kitty to the purring ball of fur that snuggles close to us in bed making bread on whatever body part is closest.

I am in the middle of putting together a video tribute to our boy, but in the meantime I thought I would share some photos that illustrate Kermit’s growth.

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