In Memoriam

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Join us in remembrance of friends and loved ones in our Pet Memoriam pages. If you’d like to have your pet or loved one included, please send your details via our contact page.

RIP Sweet Nolene

Little Snowdrop

The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn’t bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.

But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.

Our little Nolene passed away recently in her sleep at a grand old age. She’s been with us for many years and was much loved by all. While she was hopeless with cats and didn’t care much for strangers, once she got to know you, she was loving and kind. You might remember she lost the use of her legs due to a tumor on her spine but after life saving surgery and months of recovery, she regained use of her legs. She’s shared her life with Jack Spratt, a 3 legged Jack russell who was found abandoned and who has also lived at the Sanctuary for many years.  Jack is doing well and has adopted Kate and family but will be a regular visitor to the Sanctuary.

Farewell To Frankie

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We were sad to hear Frankie adopted from the Sanctuary in 2007, passed away recently. She had a wonderful happy life with a family who adored her.

Heres what her owners sent us:

As promised photos of the brindle Lurcher ( you called her Zelda but we changed her name to Frankie and she was fine with that!)  that we had from you on the 15th August 2007.  She was a stray and estimated to be 6 ish at the time.  I am afraid that we had to have her put to sleep last week – so she would have been 15 or 16 (ish).  She was a typical Lurcher who slept quite a lot but at the first mention of ‘walk’ she was there and quite happy to walk all day long. She was a clean well mannered dog who never damaged anything – apart from a few local squirrels in Westwood of course. If we could find another dog half as good we would be delighted.

Thankyou so much for the lovely email about a very special dog. “There are no goodbyes for us.  Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

Goodbye Dearest Mr.Beau

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Mr. Beau


Mr. Beau was adopted from the sanctuary in 2011.   He had a wonderfully happy life with a family who adored him.

This is what they told us: We adopted a rottie x labrador of approximately two years of age from you in 2011. We changed his name from Rocky to Beau, or Mr Beau as he became affectionately known. We are heartbroken to have to tell you that he died yesterday at the vets. He had all his family with him and he slipped away peacefully and with love. He had a tumour which was only discovered when he suddenly fell ill on Monday afternoon. We loved him dearly and miss him dreadfully as does the cat who keeps looking for him. He was a very special dog and we could never have imagined how much he would mean to us.
We are grateful to have shared our lives with such a wonderful dog, we only wish it could have been for more time.

Many treasured memories of a very special dog– you will meet again one day.

Do not grieve for me for now I’m free.

I’m following the path God set for me.

I ran to Him when I heard his call.

I wagged my tail and left it all.

I could not stay another day,

To bark, to love, to romp or play.

My life’s been full, you’ve given so much.

Your time, your love and gentle touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now,

He set me free..

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In loving memory of Shirley Spooner


In loving memory of Shirley Spooner who passed away on 22nd April, 1915.   Shirley was a great animal lover who passed this on to her daughter Tracey.   Shirley was a dearly loved mum and is sadly missed by her daughter Tracey, also a dog owner who’s three much loved pets.

Shirley’s husband, Jim Spooner, passed away in 1998.

Our grateful thanks for the donation in memory of Shirley.

***Living in her family’s hearts forever ***




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Summer was a beautiful tabby cat who passed away recently, she had lived to the great age of 27 years.   Summer had a wonderful life cared for by Denise and her husband – this, without a doubt, contributed to her longevity.  She was a much loved cat of spirit and character and here’s what Denise told us about her:

Summer was born feral and was a great hunter.   We knew before we saw her that she was bringing us a present because of her loud, look what I’ve got purr.
She wasn’t fussy about what she caught, we had a few squirrels and even a bat, caught after she’d gone deaf.
She even went on holiday with us, wearing a harness and lead in the car. There were a few double takes when we stopped to fill up and she was perched looking out of the windscreen.
Her last day was spent as usual, having a wander around outside and having cuddles.
She came in at teatime, had a fit and peacefully slipped away in my husbands arms.

cats - in mem - summer 2R.I.P. Summer – a very special girl – living in our hearts forever


In Loving Memory of Benson

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A loving tribute to a wonderful dog from his owner Gill – ‘Remembering my beautiful boy Benson, who I miss every day.’   A handsome dog who has been well cared for and had a happy life.  You’ll meet him again one day Gill …..

memoriam - bensonR.I.P. Benson, living in our hearts forever


cats - mischa 2IN MEMORIAM


2000 – 2015

Mischa came in to the sanctuary in 2000.  She’d been found in a saltbox at the side of the road with four kittens, who she was looking after with great determination, she was an excellent protective mother.  We found homes for three of the kits but kept one back so that she wouldn’t be too upset.   She loved her remaining tabby kitten who we called Myrtle.   The two of them have been devoted to each other all these years and this is the first time that Myrtle has slept without her mother being close by.  They always kissed when they met and although Myrtle has other friends here, especially Tortie, it’s sad to see her looking for mum.

Mischa was a gentle cat, very loving and ready to purr when she was picked up.  She was friendly with everyone and went to meet and greet our visitors, we used to joke that she was on the payroll!  We didn’t keep any more of her kittens (now I wish we had done) but found them good homes and eventually had her spayed.   Mischa never showed any signs of temper or aggression, she was always even tempered, didn’t fall out with the other cats and everyone loved her.

She was a good eater but not greedy, her favourite food was fish and a few prawns went down well.  If another cat came up to steal her food she’d just let him and never made a fuss.   Apart from anything else Mischa was a very beautiful cat.  She was long haired but didn’t need the endless grooming of some of these cats, her coat was always tidy and without knots.  Her pretty calico colouring was unusual and smudgy, she looked as though she’d been dusted by a flour bag.

Mischa was not a hunter, she was a complete pacifist and never caught a mouse.   She did like to play – with leaves and feathers but it was gentle play only.  No rough and tumble for this lovely lady.

A couple of months ago we gave her a multi-flea-worm spot on treatment.  It didn’t suit her and she never looked well afterwards.   It’s back to the traditional methods of worming for us now.  We’ve had kittens and older cats die after being wormed in the past.  Mischa lost her appetite and we were tempting her to eat.  One night she went to sleep on her heated pad, which she loved, and never woke up.

Her daughter, Myrtle, is missing her although she has friends, especially Tortie, who goes to bed with her.  The other cats congregated on the shed roof and had a vigil which they have often done in the past when one of our beloved cat family passes on.

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Rest in peace darling girl

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IN MEMORIAM – Fergus Shelbourne

Memoriam - fergusFERGUS SHELBOURNE – 28.8.15

It was dreamtime yesterday for Fergus a beloved beagle who passed away after struggling with his health for some time.   Fergus was a regular guest at Broomhill Dog Hotel and this polite and good natured dog was loved by everyone.  He’ll be sadly missed.

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In Loving Memory



In loving memory of animal lover Louisa McShee

who passed away 15th April, 2015 aged 92 years.

The Earth is to the sun what mankind is to the angels.

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In Loving Memory of Diane Attack



who passed away July 2015

Diane Attack was a dog lover who had much loved pets of her own.   Diane worked for A Line Taxis of Chesterfield and she is sadly missed by all her colleagues.  A collection at Diane’s funeral raised £100 which was kindly donated to Pet Samaritans Animal Sanctuary in her memory.   Many thanks,  R.I.P.