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.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
CHESTER - R.I.P. November 26, 2012
SAD, SAD UPDATE November 26, 2012: We write to commemorate the life of Chester, a handsome 10 year old buff and white Cocker Spaniel who came to us from the Manhattan Shelter in terrible condition two weeks ago, listless and weak. Poor Chester spent two weeks at our vet's office, undergoing both tests and observation. Ultimately our vet diagnosed him both with cancer and with IMHA, a lethal blood disorder. Chester passed away quietly in his sleep while at our vet's office, as if wishing to put no one to the trouble of euthanizing him. He was weary and ready to go. We will remember Chester as a sweet and gentle boy with a kind heart and a wise soul. We are heartbroken to have been unable to provide Chester with the lifetime of love he so deserved but hope he was able to find some comfort in his final days. Rest in peace, sweet Chester ... you will live forever in our hearts.
SAD, SAD UPDATE: On Movember 24, 2012 , Abandoned Angels has lost one of the jewels of its crown ... a big good-bye to our Jerzee Girl (also known as Diamond), who joined our rescue roughly 6 short months ago. Like many senior dogs who find themselves in rescue, Jerzee had not been vetted in many years. Never having been spayed, she came to us riddled with mammary tumors, which sadly proved to be malignant. Despite our vet's best efforts, the cancer could not be contained, spreading quickly to her lungs and then throughout her body. Although she was a very sick dog throughout her days in rescue, Jerzee was fortunate to find a foster home with a lovely woman named Donna, who showered her with love and took her along wherever she went. Jerzee was able to enjoy vacation time in the Poconos and weekends at a cabin on a lake, where she basked in the sun and enjoyed gazing at wildlife. Jerzee was very accepting of her lot in life, taking the bad in stride and the good with a grace and gratitude that was deeply moving. She appreciated every ounce of love that came her way and gave it back in spades, holding no grudges against anyone. We are deeply saddened that we could not secure a little more time for Jerzee but loved her deeply and feel blessed to have known her. Rest in peace, Jerzee Girl ... you will forever have a place in our hearts XXXOOO.
JERZEE aka Diamond -
R.I.P. November 24, 2012
Today, October 28, 2012, we said a sad good-bye to Windsor (Booboo), a frail, sweet senior boy who came into rescue as an emaciated stray just about a year ago. Windsor was a handsome English Cocker Spaniel who remained elegant even when elderly, a beautiful soul both inside and out. Despite years of apparent neglect, he retained a loving heart and a forgiving spirit. While human beings had let him down badly, he was accepting of his lot in life and did not hold a grudge for past hurts inflicted. Windsor proved too fragile ever to be placed and so remained with us in rescue during his final year of life, where he was greatly loved. He went into sudden distress today, signaling that he was at last ready to let go. We are of course heartbroken and will miss him deeply but feel privileged to have had this gentle being pass through our lives. He taught us a great deal and we are better for having known him. R.I.P. Royal Windsor ... you will always have a home in our hearts for all of eternity. We love you more then words can say, always and forever our precious Booboo...
WINDSOR aka Windy aka Boo Boo -
R.I.P. October 28, 2012
SAD, SAD NEWS. On August 18th 2012, we lost the sweetest, most loving little soul to come our way, Pucchini aka Gumby. His smiling face, distinct bark, and gentle, loving spirit touched our hearts from the moment we rescued him to the moment he left us. He was a small senior boy with a huge heart. We loved him so much that we are completely broken by his sudden death. Pucchini will always be remembered as one of the gentlest Poodle's in our rescue's history. He loved to plant his trademark kisses on all the people or dogs he met. He was our Angel on Earth and now he is our Angel in Heaven. Pucchini, our love for you has no boundaries; you will live on in our hearts forever, our little Gumby... We love you!
PUCCHINI- R.I.P. August 18, 2012
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to our beloved senior boy, Lenny, yesterday. Sweet Lenny is now running free at the Rainbow Bridge with all of the other precious Angels we have lost over the years. Lenny was a permanent member of Abandoned Angels who remained with us for exactly two years and three days after being rescued from the Manhattan Shelter on the morning he was slated for euthanasia. Lenny had many health issues; he was deaf and eventually went blind from glaucoma. Lenny will always be remembered for his gentle, loving spirit and his uncanny good looks. In his better days, he loved to explore the yard and bask in the sunlight. Lenny took great care of Max, another Cocker Spaniel that arrived with behavioral issues and the two quickly became good friends. In fact, Max took care of Lenny when he became ill. They shared a remarkable bond and were true BFFs! RIP Lenny. You will always be in our hearts and in Max's. We love you!
LENNY- R.I.P. June 25, 2012
GRANDMA aka LIL MAMA-
R.I.P. April 21, 2012
HUNNY - R.I.P. April 16, 2012
Cobain- R.I.P. April 9, 2012
Fortune Cookie -
R.I.P. February 1, 2012
Dakota - R.I.P. February 29, 2012
Lucy - R.I.P. January 31, 2012
INCREDIBLY SAD UPDATE (January 26th, 2012): SOHO WAS rushed to an emergency hospital early this morning exhibiting symptoms that appeared to be a grand mal seizure or possibly a brain tumor. When her symptoms worsened at the hospital, we had to humanely put her to rest.
Soho was one of the five Cocker Spaniels we rescued from a puppy mill in December 2011. She was only three years old, had juvenil...e cataracts and spent her young life in deplorable conditions as a mom raising her puppies. Once she arrived in New York, we gave her a complete makeover including vetting with a new leash on life and LOVE. We are all absolutely devastated and heartbroken that our sweet, precious loving Angel Soho, who we all came to love, has passed on so suddenly. In the short time Soho was with us, she touched many lives. We are especially grateful to her foster family, Wendy and Jeff, for giving Soho a loving home. The only solace we have is knowing that Soho left this earth well cared for and loved.
We will forever love and keep close to our hearts our beloved Soho...
SOHO - R.I.P. January 26, 2012
HALLE BERRY - R.I.P.
TEARS FOR HALLE BERRY ... MAY SHE REST IN PEACE. UNBEKNOWNST TO US, SHE WAS A DIABETIC, HER OWNERS HAVING MADE NO MENTION OF THIS AT THE TIME OF HER SURRENDER, COSTING HALLE HER LIFE. WE LOST HER TO COMPLICATIONS FROM DIABETIC SHOCK, THE EFFECTS OF WHICH WERE WORSENED BY THE KENNEL COUGH SHE CONTRACTED WHILE AT THE NYC I SHELTER. WE INCLUDE THE FINAL PHOTO TAKEN OF HALLE AT THE VET'S OFFICE, WHERE SHE STRUGGLED VALIANTLY FOR HER LIFE, BUT ULTIMATELY PROVED TO WEAK TO SURVIVE. SHE WAS AMONG THE BEST NATURED DOGS TO PASS THROUGH OUR RESCUE, A TRULY BEAUTIFUL SOUL BOTH INSIDE AND OUT. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS AN ABANDONED ANGEL FOR ONLY A SHORT TIME, WE ARE DEVASTATED BY HER LOSS AND GRIEVING DEEPLY FOR HER. PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR SWEET HALLE BERRY. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.
SAD, SAD UPDATE ... OUR SWEET ANGEL HAS PASSED AWAY. SHE WAS SIMPLY TOO WEAK AFTER YEARS OF NEGLECT TO RECOVER FROM HER ORDEAL AND DIED QUIETLY IN HER SLEEP WHILE AT OUR VET'S OFFICE. TRAGICALLY, WE WERE NOT IN TIME TO SAVE HER. ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS, ALWAYS OUR ANGEL, MAY YOU ENJOY THE LIFE YOU WERE ALWAYS MEANT TO HAVE AS YOU PASS INTO ETERNITY. RIP FOREVER.
ANGEL - R.I.P.
Sad, Sad News! On July 12, 2011 our beloved sweet and gentle Angel Sarah Beth passed away in her sleep. She was rescued in late May from the Brooklyn Shelter in emaciated condition weighing a mere 13 pounds. She suffered with what our Vet believed at that time to be inflammatory bowel disease or some rare immune disorder. Though Sarah ate ravishingly, she never could gain weight and had chronic intestinal problems. After numerous testing and consults with a gastroenterologist, an exploratory surgery was performed and a biopsy was taken of the lymph nodes by her intestines which revealed Sarah had malignant lymphoma cancer. Sadly, this type of lymphoma did not cause the lymph nodes on her body to be enlarged which is why her symptoms were not correctly identified earlier. Many people expressed interest in adopting Sarah, and we truly wish we could have given her a home. We hope that she is now healthy and at peace at the Rainbow Bridge, running free with all our other beautiful Angels in the sky. Sarah, we wish we could have done more for you! You will always remain our little princess, and we will forever love you...
SARA BETH - R.I.P.
We are deeply saddened to report that on June 29th, our gentle, loving senior boy Neptune crossed over the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by those who loved him dearly. He was rushed to the hospital after exhibiting symptoms of a stroke. When his condition worsened, we couldn't bear to let Neptune suffer any longer, and... with great sadness, we made the heart wrenching decision to put our Angel to rest.
Named after the "God of Water," Neptune was found tied to a tree in the pouring rain but was clearly an "Earthbound Angel," with a profound spirit and unconditional, loving heart. Even though Neptune was nearly blind and just about deaf, one would never know it. He always gazed at you with his soft eyes and always knew where to plant his kisses while wagging his stubby tail.
He touched many hearts that crossed his path. Though his visit with us was short lived, he enriched our lives immensely. He loved to lay on grass with the sun beaming down on him, eat to his heart's content, and bring love, happiness and a sense of warmth and peace to those around him. Neptune, you will always live on in our hearts, we will love you forever...
NEPTUNE - R.I.P.
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PRINCESS - R.I.P. MARCH 1, 2013
IN MEMORIAM: Prayers for Princess, a senior female cocker spaniel who passed away quietly today while in our care. Although she was in renal failure at the time of intake, in recent days Princess had begun to rally. Her creatine levels came down radically and she began to eat and show some spirit. Sadly, her come back did not last and this afternoon she slipped away peacefully, all on her own. Although left to die by her family in an urban pound, we are comforted by the fact that she did not meet her end there. In her final days, she knew comfort, security and love. Rest in peace, sweet Princess ... a Queen in our Hearts forever. XXOO
WILLOW - R.I.P. MARCH 13, 2013
POM-POM - R.I.P. MARCH 15, 2013
It is with immense sadness we had to say goodbye to one of the best dogs to pass through our doors, our beloved senior boy Willow. We thank God for allowing us to have Willow grace our lives with his presence. We have faith that he was welcomed at the Rainbow Bridge by all of the other Abandoned Angels that have crossed over before him. Willow came to us in May 2011 from the Brooklyn Shelter where he was brought in as a stray in the most horrific condition imaginable with a variety of medical ailments including glaucoma, heart and respiratory disease. With medical intervention, Willow lived almost two months shy of two years with us in permanent foster care due to his chronic health. This was an astounding accomplishment considering that the vet told us he did not have long to live. Willow stole our hearts from the very beginning. He captivated us with his gentle soul and loving ways. He made himself right at home. He loved to play with toys, especially his squeaky tennis balls. Willow enjoyed eating cookies and would always let us know when he wanted his dinner. He had us trained; he barked and we served. But most of all, he loved his Mommy with all of his heart and she loved him more then words could say. He begged to be in the same room as her and was perfectly content laying under her walker. A service dog by nature! Willow, you will live on forever in our hearts. Your spirit will always be a part of us and AACSR. You are the true meaning of rescue and we are forever grateful that your spirit touched our lives. Willow, we will love you for all of eternity...
DIVA - R.I.P. MARCH 12, 2013
It is with great sadness we had to let our little Diva cross the Rainbow Bridge. Diva came to us from the Manhattan Shelter in September 2010, where she was brought in as a stray. We believe our 8 pound little Angel had a very abusive life before coming to us. Sadly she did not trust anyone and her past continued to haunt her. Diva was able learn to love again when Gus, a trainer, agreed to foster her and make her a part of his family. She lived two years with Gus in a loving environment. During that time she was diagnosed with pancreatitis and heart disease. When her health condition worsened, she was returned to live in our founder's home where she could be monitored 24/7. The only solace we have in her passing is knowing that Diva spent the last two years of her life knowing true love. Rest in peace sweet Angel, you are finally free of all pain and suffering. You will always be our one and only Diva, we love you forever...
BLIZER - R.I.P.
PRECIOUS - R.I.P. JUNE 2, 2013
FRETTE - R.I.P. JUNE 26, 2013
A sad, sad week at Abandoned Angels, with three beloved senior dogs having passed and gone to the Rainbow Bridge. It is with a heavy heart we said goodbye to our senior toy poodle Pom Pom, who has now joined Diva and Willow, who preceded him by just a few days. Pom Pom came to us from the Brooklyn Shelter in January of 2011, where he was brought in as a stray. He weighed only 5 pounds and was in severely neglected condition. With lots of love, medical care and good nutrition Pom Pom flourished. Sadly, Pom Pom's health began to decline and he remained in permanent foster care with us. Although he suffered from a collapsed trachea, heart disease and luxating patellas, his little spirit remained intact to the end. Pom Pom was a cherished family member of AACSR. He was adored, loved and greatly treasured. Our tiny Angel had a huge loving heart, gentle soul, and whimiscal spirit. When we think of our beloved Pom Pom, we are filled with so much gratitude for having known him. Pom Pom may have been a tiny dog but he left an enormous impression on all those who knew him. Pom Pom, our love for you is immeasurable, we love you so very deeply ... You blessed our lives with your special presence and your beautiful smiling face will remain etched on our hearts forever...
A sad but loving good-bye to Blizer, a senior boy who came into rescue about a year ago, in the words of his foster mom, Mary Ellen:
"Blizer has let us know it's time ... I cannot believe how important this dog has been to us and we to him. It was like perfection (happens seldom in my life). He gained trust early and just got closer, the longer we had him. His nervousness and biting were vestiges of his past and we learned early to respect that. He loved his walks, his chow time (we spoiled him rotten), and was a regular in the living room while I used the computer, always available for pets and he got tons. He loved go out in his area and "play in the snow"- his enery level and his physical limitations were not balanced. He always had more energy than strength. The cats and he bonded. Jack the cat slept with Blizer and in November watched over him. Licked his nose when he was sick. Now again, Jack is by his side. It is with lots of tears and sadness over the last 24 hours but it is clear, from Blizer, it's time to crossover... Lots of love and thank you's from both Bob and I for allowing us to care for your Pup."
Beloved Blizer ... your life may have been a blizzard but the tempests are at last behind you ... may you rest in peace. On behalf of Blizer, we thank Bob and Mary Ellen for having offered him the gift of unconditional love, which made all the difference to his life.
In Blizer's honor, please consider fostering a senior pet. Your home may be the only place of safety the animal has ever known.
BABY LADY - R.I.P. August 13, 2013
With enormous sadness we relay that Baby Lady, a 3 year old Cocker Spaniel who first came to us as a puppy, suddenly passed away on August 13th, taking many hearts with her. Baby Lady was adopted out as a 6 month old puppy, only to be returned 2 years later when her medical issues became too much for her adopters to withstand financially. She was one of the worst examples of puppy mill breeding ever to pass through our doors, with seizures, a failing heart, serious orthopedic issues, and chronic painful ear infections that rendered her a candidate for TECA surgery. Baby Lady's ongoing medical battles were a testament to her ongoing courage but, as time went on, her little body failed her. She succumbed to heart issues and an apparent systemic infection, a victim of a weakened immune system and her own poor genetics. Baby Lady's adoring foster mom (with whom she began her journey through rescue and to whom she returned when times got tough) has the following inspirational words to share with us:
"I'd like to remember Lady as the little golden foster puppy who came into my life and turned our entire home upside down, and not the sick and suffering dog who was returned to me 2 years later.
Baby Lady was small but fearless, with a fierce spirit to play hard, and stand her ground. Our pitbull was thrilled to have a puppy in the house and acted as a nanny to Lady. Lady was curious, and a mischief maker, and I smile now, as I remember all the mischief she managed in our home, all the laughter that she brought to us, along with such unconditional puppy love she shared with everyone.
She became a mini celebrity in our town as many people followed her blog, and would recognize us when we were out and about.
She was surrounded with love and support, not only from my family and me, but also from a generous community that rallied around Lady when she became ill. In the end, Lady still showed her fierce spirit, but it was not strong enough to save her weak body. Lady will live in so many hearts that her spirit can live forever.
She will be missed dearly."
Rest in peace, Baby Lady. Your life was short but your spirit shines bright. We will remember you always, both with tears and smiles. Yours was a battle well fought, in the company of those who loved you.
TAMMY - R.I.P. August 17, 2013
So beautifully written by Gina, Tammy's foster mom who officially adopted her June 1st. Her paw-print will be etched in our hearts forever...We love you Tammy Girl!
Tammy wasn't with me long, I knew it wouldn't be a decade relationship as she was 12 when she put her paw print on my heart, but I couldn't let her go to someone else to take care of her insulin and food needs. Then her eyes went and we got through that, she was mine in every sense of the word "foster". What's in a name anyway, she was home and we both knew it! She loved to go on our "field trips" to 7-11 or to adoption events (where she didn't need her "Adopt Me" bandanna anymore), because she had her home. I'd walk in and say "Tammaroo!" and there she'd be wagging and sniffing to try and find me then I'd pet her and she'd ALWAYS roll onto her side offering her belly to scratch! She was MY girl and she was a senior that I loved for less then 6 months, but I'm pretty sure it was a love of a lifetime for her, so look into your heart the next time you see a senior posted that will be put down at the shelter and think of Tammy and the love and effect she had on this doggie warrior. The life you save may just pour sunshine into your soul....even if only for a heartbeat in time. And YES it was all worth it for both of us!!!!!