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HEART MEMORIALS

They Were Loved, They are Missed, and They Will Never Be Forgotten

FRIENDS OF ANIMALS MEMORIALS (Please click on a name to read the full memorial)

Paul J. Randall
Kathleen Beaver
William Voegele
Bruce E. Carlson
Susanne Wiltberger

HEART PET MEMORIALS (Please scroll through the memorials to find pets)

Anyone Who Has Felt the Tenderness of a Gentle Paw on Their Knee or the Tickle of Whiskers on Their Cheek Knows Why Pets are Special Creatures! Pet Memorials can be sent with or without photos by email or regular mail. Donations are not necessary but always welcome.




IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HOBO

Hobo was a permanent resident of our Williamsville Adoption Center until January 2017 when he was called to cross the Rainbow Bridge.







IN LOVING MEMORY OF
BRUCE E. CARLSON

Earl, Sandy and Bryan Weller, and Lindsay Harmon Weller, have made a generous donation to HEART in memory of Bruce who passed away in April 2016.
Bruce E. "Possum" Carlson's love of animals, especially dogs, was second only to family and friends. He was a Marine Corps veteran and will be missed by so many. Thank you very much for your donation - it is greatly appreciated and will be used exclusively for the dogs in our care.






IN LOVING MEMORY OF PAUL J. RANDALL

Ann Lerminiaux has made a generous memorial donation to HEART in memory of Paul who had a most tender and compassionate heart for all living creatures.






IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM VOEGELE
 
Bill Voegele is with his best pal "Sylvester" in the below photo on the left. The below photo on the right is a painting Bill did of a pet rescue greyhound named "Larry". Bill's talent won him First Prize at the Erie County Fair. His daughter. Lynne, is a volunteer with HEART and tells us the following:

My dad was always a lover of pets: dogs and cats alike, we were never without one while growing up. When my dad was a little boy he had on average 10 cats at a time that he would care for and even throw birthday parties for them with each wearing a party hat! Dad was a kind and gentle soul and everyone loved him.
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He lived his 87 years adored by people and animals alike. "Sylvester" is now 12 years old, was his best friend and was always by his side. My husband and I are now the proud owners of "Sylvester", along with our 3 other cats, and our rescue greyhound "Eddie".

Barclay Damon, LLP has made a generous donation in memory of Bill so that HEART may continue its rescue work of cats and dogs.





IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SUSANNE WILTBERGER

THINGS YOU SMILE AT
by Susanne Wiltberger

You smile when you see a pretty wreath
Or make a jolly snowman
And turtle shells
and holly bells
And the gift that you bring
To the Lord when you sing
And that special light
That shines all day
And then all through the night

We first met Sue when she stopped into the HEART Adoption Center wanting to volunteer. Her love of animals was soon apparent and she gladly did whatever was asked of her no matter how dirty the job. Not only did she work her own weekly shifts, but filled in for others and stopped in daily to visit with her feline family. Sue wasn't afraid of any cat and became an excellent "scruffer" for those cats needing shots, meds or manicure. Unfortunately, she earned a few "battle scars" along the way but it never deterred her. She loved all the cats equally.

Sue loved greeting visitors to the HEART Adoption Center and telling them about the residents. She especially loved children and spent extra time with them answering their questions and teaching them about the rescued animals. Sue made every animal at the Adoption Center a needlework heart with their name on it for their cage door - every time a new animal arrived Sue would show up the next day with a personalized heart - plus also donating some of her artwork for various HEART fundraisers. Many scared cats benefited from Sue's kind words, gentle touch and warm lap.

Sue faced many challenges but never complained or felt sorry for herself - she was more concerned in what she could do for others. She will be greatly missed by all.





IN LOVING MEMORY OF KATHLEEN BEAVER
Never has HEART had a volunteer who loved the organization more than Kathy. Although not one of the first founders, she was one of the very first members and remained so until her death in 2011. She was the organization's Treasurer and was also actively involved in fundraising and teaching newer volunteers about rescue. In addition to being a member of the Board for many years, she enjoyed fostering kittens. Kathy had a big and happy personality. She lit up a room when she walked into it and people were drawn to her good nature. When challenged with severe health issues she fought the good fight. To this day "Boss" Beaver, as we affectionately called her, is sadly missed by her family and volunteers.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF "NICHOLAS"

Nicholas was a HEART dog. He took went to the vet today (12/27/10) where it was discovered he had untreatable kidney cancer. The hearbreaking decision was made to put Nicholas to rest. His loving foster mom was with him. As rescuers we have to come to terms with the fact that we can't save them all. We do the best we can. However, there are those that we thought we had saved, but then events took a tragic turn and we were unable to give them the life we wanted for them.
We fell in love Nicholas. He was very brave. He suffered before he came to HEART but his last few weeks were filled with warmth and love. He passed on knowing he had lots of new friends who loved him very much. Even if that’s all we could do, we still made a difference in the life of this precious dog. Your generous donations to help Nicholas will be used to pay his veterinary bills and to establish the "Nicholas Fund" in his memory. The Nicholas Fund will be used to help future HEART dogs that come to us suffering from abuse and neglect.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF FRANK
Elaine handpicked Frank for me and introduced us at the Fair in 2010. It was a perfect match. Frank died of FIP on Feb 18, 2015, at the age of 5. Too young, too soon. -Jeffrey Fuchs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BERT
Our beloved Bert crossed over the Rainbow Bridge Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.
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.
Bert’s passing leaves a huge hole in each one of our hearts and a great emptiness at the South Adoption Center.

Bert’s Story: A stranger found Bert during a freezing weather event and brought him into the Orchard Park Animal Hospital on Jan. 4th, 2012. Bert was a homeless stray with no food or shelter. He had frostbite on both ears and his body temperature was 85. He was dehydrated, starving, had fleas, a wound on his front paw pad and broken teeth. Bert was immediately started on antibiotics, given flea medication, as well as warmed IV fluids and was placed in a warming incubator. After a week of care and tests to make sure everything was OK, HEART was asked to take him, to continue care for him and place him in his forever home.
Because Bert was elderly and had medical conditions for which he took daily medication, HEART decided to adopt him and keep him at the center. We all fell in love with him. Bert was our Ambassador Extraordinaire, our Official Greeter, our Resident Monarch and a Real Character. In his better days, he pretty much ruled the center, demanding his place on his king’s chair that would be vacated by volunteers and cats alike with one look from him and by insisting on entry to his man cave where no other cat was allowed to venture. The babies liked to cuddle in his soft warm fur and sleep with him in his special bed and he just kind of put up with it in a grandpa-type way. In fact, he kind of put up with all of us, medicating him, washing and grooming him while enjoying the attention he never had in his long life before HEART.

Good-bye sweet Bert. We will love and remember you always. Please adopt an animal in Bert’s memory.




IN LOVING MEMORY OF PEACHES

Crossed Over the Rainbow Bridge November 27th, 2013

Peaches was the loving 11-year-old cat of Michael Wichrowski and Jeffrey Fuchs. She gave them 7 years of being a faithful friend and good companion. She is very much missed.
Peaches was a special cat and Michael and Jeff are special cat owners. They gave Peaches a wonderful home without hesitation even though she was FIV+. They have also provided the same loving home to other FIV+ cats.
HEART thanks Jeffrey and Michael for their generous donation in Peaches memory.
To learn more about shattering the myths about FIV in cats: http://www.heartforanimals.org/fiv_facts.php3 Please consider adopting an FIV+ cat in Peaches memory.



IN LOVING MEMORY OF FRANKIE

Crossed Over the Rainbow Bridge April 27, 2014

Frankie was found by HEART in June, 2000. He was either lost or abandoned. He was named Frankie due to his gorgeous blue eyes. He was adopted by Christine Wirthwein in October, 2000, and became the love of her life.

Christine says: “He loved to talk, especially in the middle of the night! Although he was an indoor cat, on nice days he spent some time outdoors with supervision and always migrated to his favorite place…the catmint patch. He lived with my other cat, Lucille and I nicknamed them, “The Bickersons”. Lucille passed in January of 2014, and Frankie passed on April 27, 2014. He had chronic kidney disease and cancer. I will be forever grateful to HEART for bringing Frankie into my life.”




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