September 10, 2020, was a difficult day. I had called our vet's office midday to schedule Benny's euthanasia appointment and was feeling low. A few hours later, a friend's ex-wife messaged me to say that he had died. I couldn't believe it.
I had known Tom for 20-something years (he was a former coworker). Sadly, he has little family was estranged from his father. I talked to his father about six weeks later, and he told me he that he wasn't going to have a service or obituary for Tom. He was cremated and that was all.
Tom loved cats, and he was always very generous at various fundraisers at work. I asked a few coworkers if they would contribute to buying a memorial brick at a local shelter (where we adopted Ringo).
Before I knew it, I had more than $1000 in donations! I reached out to the shelter and asked if there were any cat-related projects they needed funding for. The coordinator said that they would like to buy some Feliway, projectors, and enrichment toys for the cats that were in the "back rooms." The ones that aren't up for adoption yet.
I loved the idea. I got an email yesterday with photos and a video that I'll share here of all the items installed. They were able to buy THREE projectors, one for each of their back rooms, plus toys, herb blends, Feliway, some heated beds, and more.
I won't lie. Seeing that email and photos made me start to cry. Tom would have loved it so much. So many kitties will be soothed by these gifts.
Rest in peace, Tom.
|Feliway to calm the kitties.|
|An enrichment toy that sticks to the glass side of the cubby the kitty is in.|
|Another enrichment toy|
The projector in action. She said this is the cats' favorite video. <3