Shirley Kearns was an ordinary person with a tremendous love for all animals and especially cats. Shirley's favourite cats were Brats, Little Bits and Scamper. She adopted Scamper when he was just a little kitten. After Scamper died at the old age of 18, Shirley did not want to have another cat because she found that the death of a beloved animal was too painful.
Shirley was very sensitive to the rights of animals and she was firmly against hunting. Shirley was aware that animals suffer from the same ailments as people: grave illness, homelessness, hunger, physical abuse, etc. Since the number of charitable organizations caring for people greatly outweighs those for animals, Shirley preferred giving to the latter.
Over the years, Shirley gave yearly donations to charities that looked after the welfare of animals. In the last few years of her life, Shirley gave thousands of dollars to the Country Cat Sanctuary in Oxford Mills knowing that Gwen Thompson used all of the money for the loving care of hundreds of cats. Cats, and animals in general, lost a great loving person on March 11, 2018.
Today, I (her husband) am following Shirley's foot step in giving thousands of dollars each year to the Country Cat Sanctuary to help out Gwen in her life's mission of providing cats with a good life! Thank you Gwen and her volunteers for all of the hard and good work!
Devoted and loving husband
Paula Kerr was not only a devoted animal lover but a truly great friend of mine and I miss her dearly. Paula fostered for the Ottawa Humane (OHS) Society and was a wonderful supporter of both the OHS and Country Cat Sanctuary!
Paula often helped me with emergency runs and often fostered kittens for the sanctuary. Paula frequently found wonderful homes for them and always backed them up. Paula always made sure that Christmas Day she included me in her Family celebrations to make sure I was never left out.
We had may outings together and she often accompanied me on rescues and I am grateful to her for her generous support.
Rest in Peace Paula, you will always be in my heart.
Deirdre's love story with Country Cat Sanctuary
Many years ago Deirdre contacted me about two semi-feral cats she could not find placement for, one was called Tabbs, a pretty long haired tabby and the other one was called Sunny, a short-haired beige boy. I agreed to take them into our sanctuary and Deirdre drove them down from Montreal and spent the afternoon visiting with us and introducing her two cats.
Deirdre was a very friendly women with a huge heart for cats so we got along famously. Over the ensuing years Deirdre never forgot her CCS cats or us and continuously supported our sanctuary. Countless feral and abandoned cats experienced her loving care and placement help and got to enjoy her blessing and love which they had never got to experience before.
On her untimely passing, Deirdre was very generous to our cause and we are eternally grateful.
Rest In Peace Deirdre - you are dearly missed