Sometimes it’s the Right Thing

…but that doesn’t make it any easier.


It was another very sad and hard day at the Sanctuary. One of our older kitties, Poppy, whom we rescued from a severe hoarding situation a few months ago, was gently released from this life. We knew she had been psychologically crippled from her ordeal living in squalid conditions for so long. We tried hard to bring joy back into her life, giving her special attention to keep her from isolating herself from the rest of the kitties. A week ago we knew she was in real trouble as it was all we could do to force feed her.

One of our volunteers took her home to foster, to give her constant one-on-one love and attention, force feeding her high quality nutrients and appetite stimulants hoping to get her over this hump. She was brought back to the Sanctuary today for evaluation and it was evident to us all that she was continuing to decline. The only humane thing we could do for her was to let her go from this life that was so unkind to her and let her finally be at peace, it was time to say good-bye.

Even though we are a “no-kill” shelter we will always consider, first and foremost, what is the right thing to do in order to give our animals the quality of life that all living creatures deserve to live.

Poppy, rest in peace and be well. We will all meet again at Rainbow Bridge.



About colvillevalleyanimalsanctuary

The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected, and otherwise homeless companion animals. We provide both crisis and long-term sheltering, medical care, fostering, and adoption services - all with the goal of placing our animals permanently in safe and loving homes. We spay and neuter all of the animals in our care and actively promote, through financial donations and community support, the effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Stevens County. By example and through education, we promote and advance the values of responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
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4 Responses to Sometimes it’s the Right Thing

  1. Becca Howden says:

    Thank you for all you do for all of the animals that you rescue and save. So sorry about Poppy, sometimes that is the only humane thing to do.

  2. christine says:

    Absolutely heart-breaking, but you did so much to help her. Thank you for rescuing her not once but twice. You are angels.

  3. Tamera Davis says:

    What is right is not always popular, what is popular is not always right.

  4. Thank you ladies for your kind words and compassion. It is hard not to question ones actions at a time like this and wonder for instance, what might have happened had we done this or that…in the end we just have to know that we did the best we could.

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