IF I SHOULD GROW FRAIL

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain does keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done
For this - the last battle - can't be won.

You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must now be you
Who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close - we two- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

(author unknown)

 

 

Fergie - was the perfect mommy cat, she came to us pregnant after being dumped at a shopping center.  She gave birth to three beautiful kittens and even fostered two kittens who were close to death.  Fergie sadly passed away just as her kittens were weaned. We believe that she "held on" until her babies were strong enough to be without her.


Joss


Claud


Lola


Nina


Milly - We will never regret what we went through to save you and your sister,you had an excellent life while your were with us and you enjoyed every moment frolicking free.You will always be in our hearts our love, be free with the Angels and your sister.Rest In Peace our dearest angel.
Milly was handed over to us by a hoarder who later accused us of stealing her and Nina (above).  The case was thrown out of court.  Milly was SEVERELY malnourished and on the brink of death from neglect.  She has bounced back and enjoys life to the fullest spending all day frolicking in the garden.  We believe that her death was caused by the severe malnourishment as a kitten.


Taylor 

Mariah


Timone


Jade


Tobias


I’m Still Here


Friend, please don't mourn for me,

I'm still here, though you don't see.

I'm right by your side each night and day,

And within your heart I long to stay.


My body is gone but I'm always near,

I'm everything you feel, see or hear.

My spirit is free, but I'll never depart,

As long as you keep me alive in your heart.


I'll never wander out of your sight.

I'm the brightest star on a summer night.

I'll never be beyond your reach.

I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.


I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around,

And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.

I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,

The clear cool water in a quiet pond.


I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,

The first warm raindrop that April will bring.

I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,

And you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.


When you start thinking there's no one to love you,

You can talk to me through the Lord above you.

I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,

And you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.


I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep,

And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.

I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.

Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!


Author Unknown



Josephine .

 


I just wanted to let you know that I made it home. The journey wasn't an easy one, but it didn't take too long.

Everything is so pretty here, so white, so fresh and new I wish that you could close your eyes and that you could see it too. Please try not to be sad for me. Try to understand God is taking care of me...I'm in the shelter of His hands.

Here there is no sadness, no sorrow, and no pain. Here there is no crying and I'll never hurt again. Here it is so peaceful when all the angels sing. I really have to go for now... I've just got to try my wings.

Unknown


Kito - This little one would change our lives forever.  In the short time that we cared for him, he planted a seed that would grow.  Kito sadly passed away from Panleukopenia before he could be inoculated against this deadly disease.


Chutney - after trying to save his life with a special operation to bypass his bladder he passed away after six months from Feline AIDS (FIV).


Da Lite 


Lincoln


Monty


Tiffany

 


Last Night


I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.

I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,

"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."


I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,

You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.


I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.

I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.


I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.

I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.


I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.

I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me."


You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.

I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.


It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.

To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."


You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...

In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.


The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning

and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."


And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,

I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.


I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.

Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.

Author Unknown


Jasper


Cyrus

Timone


Reya


Simon 


Benson


Phoenix - Sadly lost his battle to cancer of the face.


Suzie - Lost her battle to Poly-cystic Kidney Disease


Brock


Dash


Noelle

 

Willard


Baelish

Lady Grey

Theodore

Kisa

Onyx

Chilli

Archie

Alaskan

Jimmy


Monty


Lexi

Amber


Whispurr


Stitch -
Sadly lost due to age related issues, his bowel sadly stopped working to to his ageing nerves in his back.


Jaya

Sashimi

Shae

Bruce Lee

Mo

Gingy

Ella

Mr Meowgi

Miley

Josh

Sage - Virtual Angel Karen Dady

Raine

Ruby

Sadie

Alice

Nick

Chan

Cassie

Betty

Benjamin

BellaDonna

Blaire
Misha - Virtual Angel - Winslow Momberg


Sakura - Virtual Angels Dorianne and Justus van den Berg. In loving Memory of Titus who sadly passed away from FelV, 497 days after adoption. A true guardian angel who never left his owners' side. 


Yoda


Shandy


Gatsby - Virtual Angel Lorna Grobler


Ginger Nut


Sushi


Mei-Ling


Lizzie


Morgan


Georgie


Theodore


Robin


Isabella


Kimi

And to all the unnamed cats and kittens who came through our doors who lost the battle of survival.


At Second Chance we have many cats with terminal illnesses – we ensure that they are treated medically and made comfortable until the end.  Although we are a no-kill shelter, we usually have the cats humanely euthanised when they start suffering severely from their illness and we know that they have reached "the point of no return", when their lives are worse off living than being asleep.
The decision is never made lightly and is made only with advice from our vets.

 

Esme


Donna


Koki - Our oldest resident (12 years) that we had flown from Four Paws in Johannesburg, she ruled with an iron fist in her 4 months with us and is sorely missed.  We thank Merinda from Four Paws for giving us an oppurtunity to have the old gal with us.  Koki sadly passed away due to kidney failure.


Dara

Mallow


Ned


Zahara 


Ellie

Murphy


I am not there

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.


Bailey

Aspen


Miskha - our little premie baby who passed away from Septicaemia. 


Destiny


Wednesday 


Jess

 

Jamima and Willemina


Lacey

I Only Wanted You


They say memories are golden

well maybe that is true.

I never wanted memories,

I only wanted you.


A million times I needed you,

a million times I cried.

If love alone could have saved you

you never would have died.


In life I loved you dearly,

In death I love you still.

In my heart you hold a place

no one could ever fill.


If tears could
build a stairway

and heartache make a lane,

I'd walk the path to heaven

and bring you back again.


Our family chain is broken,

and nothing seems the same.

But as God calls us one by one,

the chain will link again.


Author - Vicky Holder


Maddox


Daniel


Led Zeppelin / Leddie  - Led Zeppelin survived a dog attack, but was in the wrong place at the wrong time and ran into the driveway when a visitor accidentally knocked him over - a tragedy!


Riley 


Yuki


Daisy

They will not go quietly,
the cats who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.

Old habits still make us think

we hear a meow at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.

Our feet still go around the place

the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.

And although time may bring new friends

and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them. . . and always will.

Author Unknown

Jack Sparrow (above) and his brother Maurice (below) sadly lost their battle with FIP - they were ill coming into the Sanctuary and we tried hard to save them, but to no avail.

 

Elvis


Twiggy


Ace


Bobby


Chaplin


Celine


Elton


Jeremy


Penny


Jemma

Meovin

Ricky


Katie


Lori


Lady Jane


Quizzie


Emily Rose

Our dearest little Sammy passed away due to multiple organ failure caused by old age.

Maggie


Sarah .


Earl Grey


Catherine


Troyepod

Lola

Timmy

Katt

Eleanor


Ebony

Sumo

Frankie

Isis

Yoko

Ruby

Queenie

Parker

Munchie


Diego & Zan

Tabatha

Annie


Annabelle

Tatum

Lilo

Quizzie

Rory

Griffin

Pippin

Hogan

May

Sansa


Layla


Gaia

Elliot

Renly
Waldo
Meeka
Renly

Stanley -
Virtual Angel - Farrah Maharaj

Oliver


Noodle


Pumpkin


Isabelle
Violet
 
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