This page is a dedication to all of those cats and kittens who came to SHUA but sadly didn't survive or have since crossed over.
The Rainbow Bridge
"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together …"
We all look forward to meeting these, our very special furry friends, on the Rainbow Bridge some day:
Mummy Cat and Tomas were our trustees' first feral cats, long before SHUA was even founded. They both lived out their retirement years happily and peacefully at SHUA … read more
Grandpa Spencer was an elderly, deaf cat who was found in a binbag, shaved and covered in superglue. He lived at SHUA for 18 months but sadly developed a tumour and was euthanased on the 6th of May 2003 aged approx. 17 years old … read more
Jaffa was one of our golden oldies who came to SHUA for his retirement. He died peacefully in his sleep with his friends at his bedside … read more
Elvis the Pelvis (because he walked with a swagger in his step, due to an old road traffic accident injury) lived happily at SHUA for several years. He went missing late in November 2004. Elvis had left the building … read more.
Kitkat lived at SHUA for several years before developing a painful mouth condition called stomatitis. We tried everything we could to help her but eventually we had to accept that she wasn't going to get better. She was euthanased on the 25th of November 2004 … read more.
Mr Deli came to SHUA in 2004. He was with us for just over a year before passing away in December 2005. He is missed by all of us … read more.
Leo was Kay's faithful companion long before SHUA was founded, adopted from the dog pound when he was a wee nipper. Leo was put to sleep on the 25th of March 2006. He lost a difficult battle against diabetes and died in Kay's arms. … read more.
Fergus was at least 10 when he first came to SHUA in Aug 02. He was with us for just over a year before he was adopted but came back 4 years later when his new owner had to move abroad with work. Fergus settled back into life here. Though by now he was an old man and both deaf and arthritic, he still had loads of spirit and a real passion for food. Fergus was euthanased on the 3rd of April 2007. He had lost the use of his hind legs and his quality of life was slipping away. He is missed terribly by all of us … read more.
Dobby came to SHUA in July 2006. He was a really big personality with a fighting spirit and an unrivalled passion for food! Tragically, Dobby had late-stage liver failure and was euthanased on the 26th of July. He was only with us for a few weeks but we shared some really special times and have memories we will treasure forever … read more.
Mr Filo came to SHUA in July 2006. He was terminally ill and was only with us for a few months. Despite this, he made many friends here and is sorely missed. A really special character … read more.
Mayhem came to SHUA in April 2006. Tragically, she had the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and was euthanased on the 11th of August 2006, before her quality of life slipped. Her death could have been avoided if only she had been vaccinated or spayed … read more.
Saffy was one of a seemingly endless flow of elderly cats who are abandoned by their owners when they are at their most vulnerable. She was only with us for a few weeks in Sept 06 but at least she finally knew love and kindness … read more.
Kang-Kang came to SHUA in Sept 06. She was born without a chance in life. Her front legs were deformed, making walking not only difficult but painful too. There was only one kind option for Kang-Kang … read more.
Flixy was found straying in Cardiff but then suddenly went blind. She was diagnosed with very high blood pressure but despite our best efforts, we could not bring her blood pressure down in time. It had caused too much damage. We had Flixy put to sleep in October. She died purring in Jacqui's arms … read more.
Bruce survived on the streets for many years before coming to SHUA. He had been hit by a car and had to have his left hind leg amputated. Bruce was the security officer at SHUA and lived happily with us for many years. Sadly, he developed stomatitis in 2006 and was euthanased a few months later … read more.
Christian came to SHUA in February 2006. He was rehomed later in the year but sadly went missing only a few months later. He was never found … read more
Griffindor was rescued from a life of routine abuse. Her hind leg had been broken and left without treatment. Sadly, Griffindor didn't have much time left; she had a tumour under her spine, pressing on her nerves. Eventually she lost use of her entire back end. She died on the 18th of September 2006, never knowing what it was like to feel totally safe and secure. We hadn't had enough time to gain her trust completely … read more.
Pepsi was 20+ years old when she came to SHUA after her owner sadly passed away. Pepsi was a naughty tortie to the end, and we wouldn't have had it any other way … read more
Bjork was ancient when she came to SHUA - at least 18 years old. She had fallen through a false ceiling in Iceland and landed in a freezer and was was found chomping her way through frozen chicken carcasses! Bjork lived at SHUA for several years and was our second oldest cat. She died 2 days after Pepsi - SHUA's oldest cat - on the 21st of December 2006 … read more
Joseph came to SHUA the day before Christmas Eve in 2006. He had been found trussed up under a tree, probably ready for collection to be cooked for someone's Christmas dinner. Joseph was only with us for a few months but he was such a funny little fellow and we've not laughed so much before or since. Tragically, after a brief illness, Joseph died in February 2007 … read more
Celia came to SHUA in 2005 and spent 2 happy years with us before being euthanased on the 16th of March 2007. She was a very petite, quiet cat with an extraordinary talent for getting want she wanted. She is missed by all of us … read more
Custard came to SHUA in August 2006. He was a really sweet old boy who had been abandoned not once but twice. He was with us for nearly a year before being euthanased on the 25th of May 2007 … read more
Peril was a fiesty old fellow who was desperately ill with flu when he came to SHUA. SHUA. He quickly found his feet here, putting the rottweilers in their place easily and making lots of friends. He died on the 4th of October 2007, just over a year after making this place his home … read more
Mama Pichu came to SHUA in October 2007. Tragically she had abdominal and liver tumours and was euthanased when her quality of life started to slip away … read more
Cliff came to SHUA in May 2006. He had been found straying in Penarth. He was diagnosed with throat cancer but had 10 months at SHUA before the tumour became aggressive. Cliff was a real character. He was a loving, caring old boy with lots of spirit. He made many dear friends in his short time here and is sorely missed … read more
Digby was a troubled soul and although we tried our best, we couldn't save him. He died in 2007, little more than a year after arriving at SHUA. We hope that he is finally at peace … read more
Dinah was an elderly cat who was found in Dinas Powys. She was only with us for a few weeks before passing away peacefully in her sleep … read more
Mr Maybe and Mr Couldbe were rescued when they were young kittens. They both had learning difficulties and became residents at SHUA, living with some of our other young, "damaged" kitties. Sadly, it was never meant to be … read more
Cozy and Can-Can were rescued in Jan 2005. They had been traumatised so badly that they were never candidates for rehoming. They made many friends in their time at SHUA, both human and furry. Tragically, both Cozy and Can-Can were killed on the road outside SHUA; Cozy in 2007 and Can-Can in 2008 … read more
Hannah was Harvey's soulmate and helped him when noone else could. Tragically she devleoped Feline Infectious Peritonitis and died on the 11th of January 2008, only 10 months after arriving at SHUA … read more
Patti was in a terrible state when she arrived at SHUA. Great swathes of her fur had literally been ripped out when it got snagged on wire fencing and her claws had grown around in circles. It took several months for Patti to recover fully. She lived happily at SHUA for nearly 6 years before dying in Jan 2008 … read more
George Foreman was 5 months old when he came to SHUA in Nov 2007 with his 3 siblings. Foreman had learning difficulties and both he and his brother Melley were released into the colony at SHUA in summer 2008. They went missing at the same time (together?) but Melley returned nearly a year later. Did Foreman come home too? He would never allow himself to be seen by humans, so we will never know for sure … read more
Keira came to SHUA in March 2008. She had clearly had some terrible experiences with humans and was so terrified that we knew we could never rehome her. She became a resident at SHUA but only had a few months with us before dying on the 29th of July … read more
Pringle was born at SHUA to Mum Precious. Tragically, she developed Feline Infectious Peritonitis and was euthanased on the 16th of October 2008, aged only 10 weeks old … read more
Lucky Manky Bristles was an old stray who had somehow managed to survive living on the streets at Bessemer Market. He was FIV positive when he came to SHUA in autumn 2007 and had just over a year with us before he succumbed to the illness and died in December 2008 … read more
Knita came to SHUA in early 2005. She was rehomed in January 2006 and had just over a year with her new Mummy before returning to SHUA. She lived here happily for several years before passing away after a brief illness early in 2009 … read more
Tabby-Man lived at SHUA for many years. As he got older, he mellowed out and would quite enjoy a fuss, so long as it was on his own terms! Tabby-Man passed away peacefully in his sleep early in 2009 … read more
Petal was a little stray we rescued from a back garden in Ely. She lived happily at SHUA for many years before sadly passing away in 2009 … read more
Dizzy and Demi were 2 cats from a litter of hand-reared kittens known collectively as "the ducks". Both were taken long before their time - Dizzy was euthanased on the 2nd of Sept 2008, a year after being diagnosed with renal failure; Demi was killed on the road outside SHUA barely 6 months later on the 16th of March 2009 … read more
Daddy Dyfan, his wife Mummy and their 4 kittens Ddu, Dipstick, Bloo and MD came to SHUA in November 2007. Ddu and Dipstick were euthanased in April 2008 and Daddy Dyfan died in April 2009 … read more
Margo came to SHUA in April 2009 with her 3 one-year-old fur-kids. Tragically, she had a blood clot in her heart and died very suddenly on the morning of the 11th of May 2009 … read more
Enid was one of many ancient cats who come to SHUA after being abandoned by their owners at their most vulnerable. She died on the 12th of July 2009, only 25 days after we found her … read more
Harold was ancient and emaciated when he came to SHUA in May 2009. He had hyperthyroidism. If this disease had been caught in time, it would have been completely manageable. Tragically, Harold came to us too late. He died on the 16th of July, barely 2 months after arriving at SHUA … read more
Jacqui and Kay adopted Ivor before they founded SHUA. He lived with them happily for nearly a decade before being euthanased in August 2009. He had had stomatitis for many years and developed a fast-growing tumour on the right side of his face … read more
Maisie was rescued by SHUA at 24 hours old. Her poor start left her physically and mentally handicapped but Maisie was blissfully unaware of this. Sadly, she developed renal failure and was euthanased in Dec 09 when her kidneys stopped working altogether. She was 9 years old … read more
Jeeves was an old boy when he came to SHUA in December 2008. He had just over a year with us before he died on the 27th of February 2010. He is missed by us all … read more