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The Noah's Ark Rainbow Angels
The following cats and kittens lost their lives on March 7, 1997.

Thomas... black and white tuxedo male, short hair, very aristocratic. He disliked the multi cat shelter environment and dreamed of a special home where he could be alone with his own people. He had been at the shelter for eight years.

Timmy... beautiful American short haired male, shelter favorite, wonderful purrsonality.

Whitey... long time loyal, sweet, all white short haired male. Found him deserted in a barn living alone. He had been at Noah's Ark for more than 10 years.

Mr. Mom  with his beloved Little MoeLittle Moe... Little Moe was a wild kitten who found his way to the shelter. We put Little Moe and Mr. Mom together and they immediately bonded with each other. Little Moe apparently thought that Mr. Mom was his mom. They were like soulmates.

Puff... found when 1 week old, orphaned with brother, bottle fed, sweet, wonderful. Long time Noah's Ark resident, more than 10 years.

Tweedy... cute female calico, ornery, bratty, loved her from a kitten.

Jackson... older, one eye, sweet affectionate cat, over ten years at the shelter. A mascot.

Puddy... all black short haired male, sort of aggressive, but had his redeeming qualities.

Red... orange tabby male, distinctive, independent.

Kitten... calico kitten, she had only been at the shelter for a short time, didn't yet have a name. Very sweet, frail, getting healthier under our care. Never had a chance to find her perfect home.

Sprouty... female cream calico, raised from kitten, very sweet, special, independent. A great loss to us. Long time Noah's Ark resident, over ten years.

Waldo... Waldo was a cream colored male. He came to us half dead, so sick and injured. He was nursed for 3 months under intensive care. He pulled through slowly. We witnessed his transformation from a terribly sick and suffering animal, into the most grateful, sweet affectionate cat ever. His loss is very painful, he shouldn't have gone like that, none of them should have, he was just starting to find his life.

Other cats:
Gimpy * Pumpkin * Sammy * Charlotte * Wild Black Cat

A Tribute in Poetry
Submitted by Marina, on March 17, 1997
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.

Submitted by Sondra
Weep not for me though I am gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life.

Submitted by Linda
Gentle trust; a soft purr, whiskers reaching to touch the hand of trust and love, they ask little; love, kindness, warmth, dignity and a soft lap to sleep in. Furry angels feel no more pain, no more hate. They sleep on clouds of gossamer, and run through endless fields of sunshine, always watched over and loved by God and St. Francis.

Submitted by Lynn Goodmansen
Their tiny faces, looking to us for love,
Now sleep in peace on pillows of clouds above.
They don't remember what happened there that night.
Their pain was washed away in a flood of light.
Together now, they're free to run and play
Until, at the bridge, one day, someone will say
'Please come with me and be my pet, you'll never be alone.
You were so brave, it's been so long
Let me give you a home.

Submitted by a Cat Lover - from Peri & Purrsey, who will help guide them safely to the Rainbow Bridge
A Poem For Those Who Have Lost A Dear Friend
Remember me always, but do not grieve for me too long.
I have tried always to comfort you in times of sorrow, and have made every effort to add joy to your life.
I never wanted to cause you pain.
Peace for me is certain now, and I suspect I will have eternal sleep in the earth I have loved so well.
Please, after your period of grieving for me, make room in your heart for another.
You are the kind of human being that should always have a friend like me to love.
Your kind and gentle heart should not be wasted on my memory for too long.
Give your love to another.
I know your new friend will never take my place, because we had something very special.
You loved me very much and I loved you.
My spirit will always be with you, and no matter how deep my sleep, my grateful heart will always be purring for you.

Submitted by Siamese
Precious beauties only wanted love, nothing that they themselves would not give.
They reached out with sweetness, gentle as the fields they now play in.
To our dear kitties gone on, I wish happiness now where no one can ever betray them again.
May the hands that caress you be as kind as the noses you nuzzle them with, and may the chases be spectacular in that great place of playing.
For the rest of my days, I'll remember the wave of energy, and then the wave of cats, that would flow over me as I came into the house.
It was you, who taught me what it sounded like to have a room full of cats purring in a sunbeam.
It was you, who showed me what it feels like to share a couch with over thirteen cats, all calm and loving.
It was you, who reminded me of what true love is, given with hope of love in return, but with only innocent expectations.
You will be remembered fondly, on this earth, for many years to come.
Until you see us all across the rainbow bridge.
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