In Memory of BeBe

In March of 2011 an overweight and shy 7 year old cat named BeBe became a QAS resident. As a volunteer I saw the months go by with no one interested in adopting her. She was then fostered by volunteers for a while and when someone was needed to foster her Christmas week we offered. We were then asked to keep her a little longer and, despite having 4 cats, soon knew she was meant to be ours. It breaks my heart that this wonderful girl spent so many months unwanted. She was sweet, beautiful, funny and the most gentle cat I’ve ever known (and I told her this every day).

On July 16th we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to BeBe due to bone cancer. We miss her every day. When looking to adopt an animal please don’t overlook the ones who are a little older, or heavier or not as out going as the other ones. You could end up with the best animal in the shelter as we did.

-Karen and John Guiney

In Memory of Sonja

Sonja-cat, a QAS alum from 2012, passed away peacefully in the arms of her family on May 30, 2019. She was 18.

Although Sonja’s early life was a mystery, her family knew her as a sweet, loving cat who used patience and gentleness to train her family to accommodate her preferences and conform to her routines. Over the 7 years she lived with them, they learned her food and drink preferences, her consistent disdain of conventional cat toys, and her occasional willingness to indulge in a hit of catnip. She commanded the middle 50% of an expensive Swedish memory-foam bed, allowing her human-mom the 25% on each side. She enjoyed snuggling with her human-brother to watch the Patriots, right up through the Super Bowls. She insisted that her people allow her to sniff out the food they ate, just to convince herself that nothing was more delicious than her own food, which she evaluated for acceptability on a regular basis.

In exchange for these considerations, Sonja delayed her demand for breakfast by 1 hour, from 4am to 5am. She grudgingly allowed her people to use the bathroom with the door closed, but then waited for them to make sure they were OK. She helpfully told her people the minute her litter box became unacceptable, no matter the hour, day or night. She quietly lay in her leopard-print stroller and allowed herself to be wheeled around the neighborhood once she was convinced there was no veterinarian at the end of the trip.

In addition to her human-mom and human-brother, Sonja is survived by a Shih-Tzu cousin Sophie Alix-Garth, of whom she was not especially fond, and a British Shorthair cousin Bentley Garth-Hatch. Another British Shorthair cousin, Nigel Garth-Hatch, predeceased her.

Sonja’s people respectfully request that everyone contemplating bringing an animal companion into their lives consider adopting a senior pet.

In Memory of Eddie

I found Eddie at QAS in 2000. He had been hit by a car and dropped off in a box. It was love at 1st sight and after he healed he joined our family!

He was an extremely loyal cat and was dedicated to us…and his sidekick, Bob. Eddie’s mannerisms were more like that of a dog. He came when called, followed quite well, would sit, beg, and of course he was a fantastic sleeper!

Eddie and Bob were never far apart and often slept touching. They did everything together and particularly loved spending every August on Block Island, although Eddie was not fond of the ferry ride! We would always find them in one of two positions…seagulls: pointing and looking the same way, or bookends: back to back!

Eddie so missed Bob, after Bob passed in 2012, and we so miss Eddie, now. He passed in January, 2014 at age 16.

RIP dear friend.
Greg and Mil Mooter

In Memory of Bob Mahn

Bob Mahn, formerly Buster, came into our lives in 2002. He found me one day when I was dropping of towels at QAS! He had a glorious life with his best pal, Eddie. He loved the family vacations on Block Island where he would sit in the windows and meow at the deer at night. We imagined that he thought they were giant dogs.

Bob had FIV but was very healthy otherwise. Last year we discovered a tumor on his chest. On 8-20-12 he lost his battle with cancer. We all miss him so much but none more than Eddie.  RIP, Bob, we miss you so much!

Greg & Mil Mooter…and Eddie Pepper

In Memory of Rylee

Rylee was my dad and sister’s dog who was adopted at age 1 from QAS in 2005.  He passed away unexpectedly at age 8 with no warning and no chance to say goodbye.  He lived every day to the fullest and especially loved swimming, being with his family, and taking walks around Merrymount.  Thank you for taking such good care of him before he was adopted.  Just so you know, he was the best dog a family could have.  He is missed terribly and hopefully will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge someday.

Brian & Sandy Mastrullo

In Memory of Bentley the Corgi

We got him from QAS about 8 years ago. He certainly was a wonderful dog and we miss him very much.

Best Regards, Bill and Sonja Whitney

In Memory of Max

We adopted Max in the summer of 2002 from QAS when he was 6 months old and he was with us until right before his 12th birthday. When we brought him home from QAS Max quickly became integrated within our family and our hearts. He was a curious and playful puppy who was always looking for someone to run around with. He loved going on walks, playing with his stuffed babies, and getting a good belly rub. He was always there to greet us at the door with one of his stuffed babies or bones when we would come home, even if we had just left for 5 minutes. He had a serious obsession with cantaloupe, peanut butter, cheese, and popcorn, and would do whatever trick he could to just get a bite. Even as he grew older his playful and goofy attitude always shone through while playing with his friends or hanging out at home. He was the best dog for our family and we are so happy that we were able to provide him a good home to live out his life.

Rest in peace our sweetest Maxxie, we will love you and miss you always.

The Flores/Panzner Family

In Memory of Moxie

My sister Clare adopted Moxie from Quincy Animal Shelter in (or around) 2002 I believe.  She went in for a cat and…well…Moxie had her at “Hello.”  🙂 They shared a wonderful life together until my sister Clare died from Cancer at age 52 on January 20, 2012.  

I moved into my sister’s home (as I did not want to upset Moxie’s life any further) and WE have been taking care of EACH OTHER every day since my sister’s death.  Moxie was the greatest blessing of my life. Although in the end she was walking with stiff geriatric joints (assisted by lots of medication), she still at age 14 managed to play quietly at night on her bed with her “baby bear,” do “hall flips” when we go to go outside, and the old girl could flirt with every man in the condominium complex!  I love her with ALL OF MY HEART, and my only solace with her passing is knowing she is only leaving me to go and be with Clare again…and that I will be with them both again some day.  

Thank you, Suzy Neuner

In Memory of Gracie

Eleven hours ago we lost our Gracie, a beloved sweet girl who left behind a large hole in our hearts.  She was a gentle, loving, shy girl who’d nest beside my wife and I and purr her warm purr whenever she was noticed.

She was first adopted out of QAS as a kitten, but those people tired of her after a few years and brought her to another shelter to be put down.  That shelter, noting QAS’ no-kill and surrender policies, returned Gracie to QAS.  We went to QAS after my wife’s cat had died to find another pet, and I loved Gracie at first sight.

It was quickly plain that her previous owners had abused her.  It took a long time for her to recover from the trauma; she hid in a closet for the better part of six months, and it was years before she trusted men.  But she came out of her shell, with a lot of love, and repaid us that love with compound interest: the gentlest cat I’ve ever known.  Even in her last hours, she still purred for us and showed us she loved us. We live a hundred miles away now, but will always be grateful to QAS for the ten years we had our Gracie girl.

Bob and Amanda Traynor

In Memory of Jake

In 2001 I was was looking for a new puppy to bring home and be part of our family. At the time, I had been searching for our new family member and came across a photo of “Jake”, who was born in 2000 and in need of a new home – I fell in love before I ever met him. I quickly inquired about his availability and with happiness he was there raced to Quincy from Wilmington, MA. At the time, he was new to the shelter, surrendered by his family that was going through a divorce. Neglected and dirty, I had to have him. Fun loving, friendly and as your staff coined him, an escape artist! There was an immediate bond that evolved to be unbreakable. We became best friends, an old soul that I was truly blessed to have in my life. We were meant to find each other, we delivered each other a type of unconditional love rarely found – but we found it and he made my worst days good and my best days even better.
 
Unfortunately today I had to say my last goodbye to Jake as I embraced him in my arms down to his last breath. Safe, secure, comforted and loved – all I ever wanted him to feel his entire life. I wanted to share this with you because he was the best gift of life any human could ever dream to have.  He truly is irreplaceable and the sadness I feel today will be sure to carry on for a long time in my life.
 
I want to thank the Quincy Animal Shelter for providing me with such a gift almost 14 years ago, it will never be forgotten.

Best, Eric Anderson