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