Just before Christmas 2013, we suddenly lost a wonderful animal lover, dedicated volunteer and dear friend, Athlyn Horswill.
Athlyn was active with TRACS as a board member, Volunteer, and cat foster. She was also a member of CDART (Canadian Disaster Response Team) and worked with the Humane Society.
Although she was involved with the TRACS Rabbit Project, her true love was cats. She was actively working towards spay/neuter & release for feral cats as well as fostered her own family of special needs cats, all at various levels of being feral. She spent incredible amounts of time working with them and many are now able to accept human touch.
Athlyn’s Angels were retrieved from her home in a rescue effort after her sudden death. Because some of the cats were quite feral and there were many hiding spots in the home, CDART was called in to aid with a rescue that would span over many days.
Once the cats had been caught they were searched for tattoos and with the help of veterinary records we were able to find names for all the cats but the 4 black brothers who were later named.
One particular cat evaded rescuers for 25 days until it was finally trapped completing the family. He was the last of the 4 black brothers to be caught and was named Marvel because of his strength and willpower to survive.
Then, with open hearts, Critteraid, located in Summerland, gave the family of 10 cats the opportunity to continue living together as a unit at their cat sanctuary. The cats had been through a lot, most coming from bad situations prior to finding Athlyn, so the importance of keeping their family together was recognized. With some of the cats being elderly or having health issues, Critteraid volunteers also have expertise to keep them safe and healthy.
The cats are doing well and have adjusted to their surroundings well. We feel confident Athlyn can rest knowing her Angels have made new friends, both feline and human.
If you would like to make a donation for the continued care of Athlyn’s Angels, you can donate to Critteraid through PayPal with the button below.