Arrival Story: MY SISTERS CAT HAD KITTENS, AND AS MY BELOVED CHLOE (MY BEST FRIEND FOR 18 YEARS) HAD RECENTLY PASSED AWAY, MY SISTER OFFERED ME ONE OF HER KITTENS, I WASN'T SURE AT FIRST, I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE TOO SOON AFTER LOSING CHLOE. ONYX (ALFIES MUM) WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN SHE HAD THE KITTENS AND WHEN ALFIE WAS ONLY 5 DAYS OLD SHE PANICKED AND ATTACKED HIM, I RESCUED HIM, AND THAT WAS THAT. I LOVED HIM INSTANTLY, I JUST HAD TO HAVE HIM TO KEEP FOREVER.
HE IS NOW A VERY BIG PART OF OUR FAMILY.
ALFIE STILL KEEPS IN TOUCH WITH HIS BROTHERS AND SISTER WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND OF COURSE HIS MOTHER. HE WAS THE FIRST BORN OF 4 KITTENS, HIS BROTHERS AND SISTER ARE ALL BLACK AND BLACK & WHITE, LIKE THEIR MUM BUT ALFIE IS TABBY AND WHITE LIKE HIS DAD.
Bio: ALFIE CAME TO LIVE WITH US ON SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2007, HE DID NOT LIKE BEING IN THE CAT CARRIER AND MEOWED ALL THE WAY HOME. HE WAS VERY SHY AND TIMID AT FIRST, AND HE STILL IS QUITE A TIMID CAT UNTIL HE GETS TO KNOW YOU. GENERALLY, HE IS NOT A LAP CAT ALTHOUGH I AM WORKING ON THIS, BUT AS WITH MOST CATS IT'S ALWAYS ON HIS TERMS, SAME GOES FOR BEING PICKED UP, AND EVEN STROKED IF HE'S NOT IN EXACTLY THE RIGHT MOOD. HE LIKES TO SLEEP IN HIS RADIATOR BED, AND VERY OCCASSIONALLY HE WILL JUMP ONTO MY BED, ALTHOUGH THIS IS USUALLY IF HE FANCIES A SNACK DURING THE NIGHT. ALFIE IS SUCH A PLAYFUL LITTLE KITTEN CAT, ANYTHING THAT MOVES WILL GET POUNCED ON, AND HE ADORE'S FEET ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE MINUS THE SOCKS!
WE ALL REALLY LOVE ALFIE SO MUCH, HE HAS BROUGHT SO MUCH FUN BACK INTO OUR HOUSE AFTER CHLOE PASSED AWAY IT'S A JOY TO HAVE HIM AS PART OF OUR FAMILY.
July 20th 2010 – probably one of the worst days of my life. My beloved ALFIE found passed away in my back garden aged just 3 years. I’ll never have acceptance of the short life he had and I’ll never forget the shock and the horror of losing him so young in a relatively cat safe environment. At the time I vowed never to have any more cats due to the extreme grief of losing him. However, losing a beloved and adored cat should not be a reason to deny another cat desperate for a home the chance of happiness and so I soon adopted my little (abandoned kitten) princess Lily and then (abandoned old man) Boy.
Within a few days of losing ALFIE I vowed I would strive endlessly to help stray and abandoned cats and kittens find loving new homes. I would rescue and rehabilitate mis-treated cats and do everything in my power to make a difference and to raise money to pay for veterinary treatment, neutering, vaccinations and micro-chipping for all those cats less fortunate than my beloved ALFIE had been.
During 2011 I raised over £5000 (approx USD7500) and re-homed 67 cats and kittens to loving new families, In 2012, again I raised over £5500.and re-homed 81 cats and kittens to new families, I also helped to get 254 cats neutered to help prevent the abandoned cats of the future. I went out to rescue cats from No-Go areas of town, where a single lone woman would never normally be seen after dark. I’ve stood out of all weather – rain, wind and snow rescuing cats and also raising money to care for them, I’ve taken abuse from cat haters and cannot remember the number of times I’ve maliciously been called a “crazy cat lady”. I’ve recruited over 20 reliable new volunteers to help out with fostering cats and fundraising and our team grows stronger each month as does the number of cats we can help. So far to date in 2013 myself and the volunteers I've recruited have raised over £4000 (July 2013)
I really hope ALFIE would be proud of my achievements to help the less fortunate cats in this area, he was undoubtedly my inspiration and my motivation.
All of this I’ve done in memory of my ALFIE xxx
It's 3 years today since I lost him and I still think of him every day.
Today would have been my beloved ALFIE’s 4th Birthday.
Sometimes I think I see still him, I feel his presence close to me many times.
I am a crazy? Or does grief play strange tricks on your mind?
ALFIE was with me for such a short time but will remain in my heart forever.
I miss him. I love him.
I will lend to you for a while a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
But will you, ‘till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief
You’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowds life’s land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labour vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?
I fancied that I heard them say ‘Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done’
For all the joys this kitten brings the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.
But should you call him back much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love we’ve managed your wishes to achieve,
Then in memory of him whom we loved, please help us while we grieve.
When our cherished kitten departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul for us to love all his life.