Hello, I'm Sanctuary Animal Henry – RIP

Status: Available for sponsorship
Animal Type(s): Cats & Kittens
Gender: Male
Breed: Mixed
Intake date: November 19, 2016
Spayed / Neutered: Yes

May 2018 – A year and a half ago, I received a call from my sister asking if I could foster a cat. The first thing I told her was that if I took him in, I wouldn’t give him back. I think that was secretly her plan. A couple hours later I found myself standing at a house waiting to take home my new fur-baby. When he first arrived, he was a mess. He just had surgery to remove one of his eyes; he had a cone and his shaved face was full of bruises. After only a week or two he was no longer shy and timid, instead, he adopted ‘cat-i-tude’.

Henry was a unique little character. His favourite activities included watching the Price Is Right every afternoon with his Grandpa, playing the fishy and bug game on his Grandma’s iPad, running full speed into his cube until it would tip over and he would go for a tumble, sitting on any and all paper, and hanging out with his pet dog. It’s hard to believe that he was found on the street as he had so much love to give. There were multiple times where I would I’d wake up in the middle of the night with him crawling onto my stomach because he just wanted to cuddle.

We had our morning routine of me getting ready for work with him watching from the bathroom sink. He especially loved to play with the straightener cord. I think he liked the challenge of how much he could mess with his half-asleep mom. I could always count on him to welcome me home with a kiss and a headbutt. I was lucky enough to move a couple times within our short-time together; however, knowing that he was always there beside me was enough to make any place ‘home’.

Henry lived through so much more pain than any animal ever should. When he was first found by SCARS he needed his eye removed. It was then discovered that he also had FIV and a heart murmur. At this point, Henry became part of the sanctuary animal program. He was constantly in and out of the vet with infection after infection. He had to have teeth removed twice due to infections. This is very common in FIV+ cats. After his last surgery, he started to get worse. It turned out he developed a cancerous tumor. Even though he could barely eat and was in an incredible amount of pain, all he wanted was love and attention. I was lucky enough to have a mom and Henry day, every day of his last week. He got to cross many things off his kitty bucket list, including napping in the sun outside in the backyard, eating chicken nuggets in front of his pet dog, and finally figuring out how to use his cat tunnel. He was spoiled rotten on those last few days; he even got his favourite snack, animal crackers dunked in milk. My sweet boy has been laid to rest and is now finally pain-free.

Thank you SCARS for taking in animals like Henry, who need a chance to be loved. Most people would have given up on him, but with your help we were able to show him that he was loved, respected and appreciated. Sanctuary animals are always looking for sponsors. Without the support, Henry would not have been able to have the surgeries and medical attention he required. — Sammi Blair


On October 31st, 2016 SCARS got the call for another animal in need of refuge. A cat was found abandoned and injured. Although it was advised to euthanize this scruffy old cat, a dedicated SCARS volunteer took him to their emergency vet where he underwent surgery for his ‘cloudy’ eye. The results determined that on top of all his visible exterior injuries, he has a heart murmur and is FIV positive.
We got our little Henry on November 19th, 2016. When we first picked him up, he was still pretty beat up. With a stitched-up eye, he explored his new house with caution. At first he was very skittish, with all loud noises causing him to seek cover. After a few days he was comfortable enough to hang out in the same room as us. His favourite part of hanging out with us was laying underneath the Christmas tree. Now that the tree is down, he has found a new hang out….not the new bed we bought him but the box we took home from Costco. His stiches are out, his facial hair has grown back, and he’s become the king of the house. Apparently, he was raised with no rules; it doesn’t matter what item of furniture it is, Henry will walk on it and claim it as his own. He has got as much ‘cat-i-tude’ as a new kitten. He loves to play with any of his toys, as well as any of ours. He is the best roommate we could have ever asked for.

I’m a Sanctuary Animal

What’s a sanctuary animal? Sanctuary animals are permanent wards of SCARS due to medical conditions or behavioural issues and we are not likely to ever find an adoptive family.
SCARS is committed to giving these animals a home and the love, care and attention they deserve! We house them at our two main intake facilities.
We look to businesses to sponsor Sactuary Animals to help us offset the cost of housing them.

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Please note: If other cats/dogs in your home are not spayed/neutered, we may deny your application. SCARS exists due to lack of spaying/neutering and it is our goal to end this cycle. If there is a documented medical reason for your animal to not be spayed/neutered, we will work with you.