REMEMBERING cover girl
all started when Sheila Smith saw the photo of an
emaciated cat on the Best Friends website, part of a
massive rescue in the desert near Pahrump, Nevada.
Wanting to help, she offered a contribution – sure that
the poor kitty in the picture would not have been one of
the survivors. When it turned out that she survived,
and had not only a host of medical issues but was also
feline leukemia positive, some force in the universe
created a magical, serendipitous moment.
Shadow Cats ultimately took in several groups of
feline leukemia cats from Pahrump, and in return
Best Friends took groups of adoptable healthy
cats from us into their adoption program.
Sheila and her husband, Dr. Roy, and
Shadow Cats were uniquely qualified, and most of all
willing, to care for these cats. It was miraculous that
they were alive at all, and became even more so that
they would go from the Nevada desert into Cookie’s Place
at the sanctuary, where they would live out their lives
with the best of care and become internationally famous
on the KittyCam. And the sanctuary suddenly had a new
focus on saving feline leukemia cats, who are usually at
the bottom of the priority list when most shelters and
rescue groups have to decide who they can help.
Cover Girl left us and crossed the Rainbow Bridge in
August of 2008, but her legacy lives on. If you ever
wonder whether Shadow Cats really makes a difference in
the world, just look at these two pictures. Cover Girl
is a spectacular example, but one of many. Most of the
sanctuary residents would only have had a “before”
picture if not for Sheila, Dr. Roy, and all the
dedicated staff, volunteers and donors who make it
possible for them to live the lives they deserve. Isn’t
it truly a privilege to be a part of that?
For more information on
The Great Kitty Rescue - Two Years Later,
CLICK HERE to visit the Best Friends Animal
Sanctuary web site.