Thursday, November 15, 2012


Athena was turned into Animal Welfare League because, as her former owner said, she was "too much trouble." Our AWL Liasion Leslie S. fell in love with her while volunteering, and just a couple weeks ago decided to take her home, where in fact Athena was no trouble at all. She was happy to be in a home, happy to be in a lap, happy to be in Leslie's arms. Athena died last night at 3:08 am, in Leslie's embrace, perhaps from a septic infection (she had been receiving veterinary care but could not fight it off in the end).

Leslie wrote of Athena that "she was very loving and loved being held. Before she got really sick, she purred so much and so loud. As small as she was, she was not intimidated by my other cats; in fact, she usurped Chet's favorite spot, the top of the middle cushion on my sofa. Athena was one of the sweetest kitties I've been blessed to have and I will always treasure our time together."

Hyde Park Cats sends our love to you today, Leslie.

Leslie's work coordinating our volunteer days at AWL is documented in this recent story from the University of Chicago magazine. Please consider joining us at a future volunteer day in honor of Athena. Our next volunteer day is December 2nd.


Leslie S. said...

Thank you so much for the lovely tribute to Athena. She was a little lady who stole a big piece of my heart. It is my desire that other kitties may have their "furever home".

Throop St Ferals said...

I have tears in my eyes reading this. Leslie, bless you and your unwavering kindness. Fly little angel.

ecogrrl said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Leslie. Thank you for giving her such a wonderful home.