BCWR Kittens is committed to providing the best care possible for all the cats and kittens, however we are often dealing with seriously sick, injured and neglected animals and sadly they do not all survive. This page is to celebrate the lives of those kitties we have sadly lost through illness or age.

Most of us share an intense love and bond with our animal companions, so it’s natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness when a cherished pet dies. The pain of loss can often feel overwhelming and trigger all sorts of painful and difficult emotions. While some people may not understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend.
For many of us, a pet is not “just a cat,” but rather a beloved member of our family, bringing companionship, fun, and joy to our lives. A pet can add structure to your day, keep you active and social, help you to overcome setbacks and challenges in life, and even provide a sense of meaning or purpose. So, when a beloved pet dies, it’s normal to feel a painful sense of grief and loss.
Here at BCWR we love each and every cat and kitten as if they are our own regardless of their age or the amount of time we have spent with them.
Be it a moment, hours, days, weeks, months or years each cat or kitten that has touched our lives has entered our hearts.

  • PomPom

    Pompom pap
    Little old Pompom came into the rescue at the end of August 2016 having been living rough in the Heaton area of Bradford. Pompom settled into rescue life and loved everyone she met. She had a special place in many peoples hearts, non more so than the volunteers at BCWR who loved her beautiful face and adorable personality. Pompom passed away very ...
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  • Elle

    Whilst everyone likes to think that all kitty birthing stories are full of happiness, congratulations and celebration I can assure you 1st hand that this is not the case in many cases. This is little Elle. Elle came into the rescue at around 7 months old heavily pregnant. She had been living stray in the Manningham area of Bradford. Elle, in a short space ...
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  • Ben

    This is 10 year old Ben. A kind person saw Ben on Facebook who was threatened with euthanasia by his owner if no one could “take him off their hands”. They took Ben… to save his life however unknown to them at the time they later found out Ben is Blind. They family who rescued Ben simply did not feel equipped to look ...
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  • Bonnie

    Bonnie pap
    Bonnie is around 15 years old and her situation is so sad on all accounts. Bonnie was previously owned by an elderly lady with worsening dementia…. over the last few years Bonnie was inadvertently being over fed as her loving and doting elderly owner forgot that she had already been fed. What makes this situation worse is that Bonnie also, as a ...
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  • Mr Grey

    Mr Grey
    Sometimes in rescue we face difficult and sad times. It does not matter how long we have looked after the kitties in our care… be it minutes, days, hours or years.. the love we give them is immeasurable. Less than 24 hours ago we rescued Mr Grey. He was a long term stray in the Bradford area. He was in terrible condition and ...
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  • Tadoma

    This is Tadoma…. Tandy for short (the name derives from a communication technique used to communicate by tapping and stroking of facial features). Tandy is around 11 years old and we believe she has been abandoned by her previous owners over 2 years ago. A few days ago a member of the public discovered her distressed in the middle of a road ...
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  • Dubb

    On the 24th January heaven received another fur angel taken too soon. Despite all our efforts and care Dubb was too weak to survive. RIP Dubb… we loved you in the short time of caring for you.
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  • Herbie

    This is Herbie Herbie is an old boy believed to be around 19 years old and possibly with multiple age related health issues.. Herbie was taken into Yorkshire vets by a member of the public following being found stray. His joints are stiff and his fur was matted. Sadly Herbie passed away at the beginning of February due to age related health issues. Rest ...
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  • Topple

    On the 17th of April 2010 a beautiful boy was born, Topple’s a special kitty in more ways than you can imagine. When he was born it was a very traumatic birth process and his umbilical cord became entangled around his neck causing hypoxia, (starvation of oxygen to his brain) The volunteers had to act very quickly to not only save his life but ...
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  • Mr Pickles

    Mr Pickles was around 14 years old and up until recently had been an owned pet. His owner felt unable to keep him due to a house move and his complex medical needs. Mr Pickles had his ears surgically amputated 6 years ago due to cancerous cells… he also had a form of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma affecting his nose. Sadly Mr ...
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  • Oopsy Daisy

    Following a short period of obvious illness little Oopsy Daisy has passed away. It is believed that she has suffered a horrendous vaccine reaction complicated by an underlying condition which when the body was put under immense strain following the vaccine it was simply too much for her to cope with. Rest In Peace Oopsy Daisy XXX
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  • Hooter

    Hooter and Tooter
    I am sad to inform you all that poor Hooter passed away peacefully at the rescue on 9th June 2016 at 7.20am following a short illness. Hooter was nursed intensively however her sudden illness over came her. Hooter was only a young cat and throughout her life prior to coming into the rescue she had had multiple litters of kittens and had ...
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  • Gertrude

    There is nothing more heartbreaking than comforting a kitty in her final moments… RIP GERTRUDE Gorgeous Gertrude arrived at the rescue in mid October 2015 Gertrude was an elderly patient with potential age related health complications. She was handed in by a member of the public to an emergency vet provision in Bradford as she looked dreadfully ill laid in the road. …. Over ...
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  • Braille

    Brail 3003
    Many of you have met Braille and have followed her journey since she arrived at BCWR on the evening of November 5th 2014 when she was found in the middle of Bolton Road. . A very busy road in Bradford. Braille is deaf and blind and has spent her time at BCWR living in the home of the rescue mostly snoozing ...
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  • Pumpkin

    Pretty Pumpkin has been in the rescue sometime now. She has endured so much in her little life. For months we nursed her and dressed her hind legs that were dreadfully sore due to her having a leaky bladder probably caused by a road accident years ago. She has received much support from her face book friends who contributed to her care ...
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  • Syrup, Waffle and Maple

    Here at BCWR we sometimes have to face the sadness and reality that we simply cannot save them all. We are utterly devastated to let you all know that despite my 5 days of continuous feeds every 30 minutes around the clock Maple, Syrup and Waffle could not survive. Their initial prognosis was very much guarded due to their birth defects and ...
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  • Cromwell

    Here at BCWR we are committed to caring for the most seriously ill, injured, and elderly cats in need. Sometimes when faced with a seriously ill or elderly cat we have to a accept that we cannot make them better however what we do is provide the most compassionate, loving and supportive palliative care and nurse them till the end. Sadly today ...
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  • Thomas

    On the morning of 22nd February 2016 we have been emotionally touched by the two sure things associated with life…. New birth and death. Three weeks ago we were approached by a nurse of a terminally ill lady who needed to go in to a hospice to receive end of life care…. the one thing she was concerned about was her beloved ...
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  • Cecil

    Cecil was rescued in August 2015 from a car park in Bradford He was at the time in dreadful condition and had suffered some previous and significant head trauma causing a paralysis around the left hand side of his head. Cecil had made great progress and his general condition had much improved. He had become quite a character who definitely knew his ...
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  • Arctic Monkeys

    Arctic Monkeys
    Sometimes in life it seems so unfair as new life is beginning it’s stolen too soon, we barely get to know the funny little characters when they are ripped from our hearts but never from our memories. in December 2015 these adorable little kittens were found by office staff when they were only days old in sub zero temperatures. They had been ...
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  • Vera

    It’s with a heavy heart I want to let you know that old Vera went to the vets on 29th December 2015 due to her aging deteriorating health. It was deemed in her absolute best interest that she was euthanaised. Vera had been with us since 8th of November and arrived in dreadful condition barely conscious and very dehydrated. She had a happy ...
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  • Keller

    Keller was only with us a for around 3 weeks. He suffered many complications including blindness, overwhelming infection and FIV. Ultimately Kellers suffering was beyond the palliative care we could offer and the quality of his life was greatly compromised. We had to make heartbreaking decision and Keller was euthanased on the 12th January 2016.
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  • Albert

    Adorable Albert was one of our older residents who moved himself into the rescue during the winter of 2014. though elderly he was very affectionate with great character and loved cuddles. We believe Albert died from age related illness on the 21st December 2015. Rest in Peace Albert. XXX
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  • Walter

    Wonderful Walter arrived at the rescue in April 2015 following being found after an RTA. He became such a character whilst here at the rescue and he often sang for his supper!! Walter became suddenly ill in December 2015 and was diagnosed with cancer. Only 3 days later Walter passed away in his sleep at the rescue and we were ...
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  • Blunkett

    Beautiful Brave Blunkett was found in April 2015 in a garden in a plant pot. This elderly lady was blind, had squanamous cell carcinoma and more recently kidney failure too. Blunkett passed away on 29th October 2015. Good night God bless Blunkett. Xxx
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 BCWR KITTENS beautiful 'Tree of Light' is situated in the 'Memory Garden' at the rescue.

Visitors are encouraged to hang anything on our tree all year round to celebrate the life of a loved pet.
We embrace our memories and cherish our 'Paws at Peace' every evening.

Please contact the rescue if you would like to visit our 'Tree of Light'.
Arrangements can be made to visit during the day or evening time too.