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 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:
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…
I have known Great Kitty Rescue survivors Nachos, Kudos, Yam and Tommy for about 4 years now.
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. …
You may not remember Great Kitty Rescue survivor Nova. Many may have never met her.
We do not know how Nova ended up at FLOCK, but we do know her story after she was rescued.
Nova was one of 18 cats “adopted” by a small cat rescue group in Buffalo, NY. When faced with the enormity of caring for and finding homes for over 700 cats, the Cat Adoption Team at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary did all they could to place the cats in homes or with other rescue groups. …
Three years ago today, we adopted Kermit, loaded him into the car amid tearful goodbyes and brought him to his forever home with us.
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. …