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 could never get a really good photo of Andy Bartholomew. He was always so active and whenever I pointed the camera at him, he would walk over to me. Being very inquisitive and intelligent, he wanted to know what I had in my hand. This resulted in many blurred shots of Andy’s face, belly and tail.
Andy was always on our top ten list. You know the one, the list of cats that we would take home if we could adopt that many cats.
So, it was with mixed feelings that we said goodbye to Andy the day he was adopted along with his “sister” Crystal.
We were so happy for him to finally have his forever home and sad to know we wouldn’t be seeing him every time we came to Kanab.
And now we must in our hearts and mind say a final goodbye.
Goodbye my feline friend. You were an extra special cat who will be remembered by many with love.
Hugo has made an impression on everyone he has ever met, and most have fallen a little bit (or a lot) in love with him.
And there were a few who met him and saw great potential even though he was a scared, hissing and striking punk – think a feline James Dean. Still, he was enrolled in the Feline Finishing School where he called the shots for the longest time. Class would start and Hugo would hiss, quickly followed by what we called his “fwap, fwap, fwap” move wherein he rapidly struck out at your hand with alternate paws. A really quite impressive and at times intimidating move. …
Anyone close to the Great Kitty Rescue knows that Sylvester is one of the few documented feral cats saved during the rescue. Meaning that there is documentation that shows that he was truly born in a feral colony whereas the majority of the cats rescued seemingly had been abandoned, lost, captured or given up, but they had not been born in the wild as is the true definition of a feral cat.
As you will see after you read his story, for Sylvester, the third time rescued was indeed a charm.