Rainbow Bridge


It is with such sadness and regret that we inform you that our beautiful resident Precious sadly passed away on 3rd June 2014, aged 13. Precious as many of you may know, was adorable, affectionate and such a loving girl: one who we all doted upon and cherished dearly at Oldham Cats, and beyond. A much loved resident, our beloved Precious was a fundamental part of Oldham Cats and had spent her cherished life with us from being a kitten. Unfortunately, Precious’s health had rapidly declined despite medication. Words cannot express the traumatic time for all that were blessed enough to know her….Precious was a gift from God and a true Angel. She was adored, loved and cherished by so many. A little celebrity in her own right, Precious made the local news on more than one occasion and furthermore touched the hearts of many children with her visits to a local Primary School. This poem is for you Precious and for all your human and furbaby friends who love you dearly….

And God asked the feline spirit Are you ready to come home? Oh, yes, quite so, replied our beautiful Precious

And, as a cat, you know I am most able To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.

Soon, replied the whiskered angel

But I must come slowly For my human friends are troubled

For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don’t they understand? asked God That you’ll never leave them? That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity? That nothing is created or destroyed? It just is….forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand, Replied the glorious Precious

For I will whisper into their hearts That I am always with them I just am….forever and ever and ever.

Precious, run free over Rainbow Bridge little one, let the Angels surround you as you look down on us. You will never ever be forgotten and will be cherished and remembered for the treasured and special moments we all shared with you. xxx 




Sadly, on Friday 23rd August 2013, one of our nighttime volunteers discovered that Bella had died. It looks like she had taken her final steps down the lane and was found by our volunteer as she was driving out at the end of our “bedding down” service. We are unsure of exactly what had happened but Bella will be laid to rest and a memorial disk will be placed for her in our Garden of Remembrance located within the rescue grounds. R.I.P. our gentle feline. Your wounds will heal at Rainbow Bridge. From all your friends. xxxxxx

Bella was one of our older ladies who arrived week commencing 1st July 2013. She had been fed as a stray ….another one. Unfortunately she had no I.D. chip so her owners could not be located. She was such a gentle girl who enjoyed being stroked and fussed over. She wasn’t with us long but we will never forget her.



Unfortunately on the 10th October 2013 we had to let our lovely resident Twirl pass over Rainbow Bridge.

Twirl came into the rescue in July 2011 and became a resident soon afterwards as no-one showed an interest in adopting her. We knew our little lady wasn’t feeling too good so she was taken to the vets for a blood test which came back inconclusive.

We knew Twirl needed dental work and the vet recommended that we go ahead with the procedure. Twirl was taken to the vet for the dental procedure on the 10th October and once she was anaesthetised, it was discovered that she had 2 large ulcerated masses inside her throat right at the back.

The vet phoned The Rescue to inform us that Twirl’s condition was untreatable so it was decided by the trustees that it would be kinder not to wake Twirl up and to let her go peacefully to sleep.

R.I.P. little Whirly Woo……. xxx Debs. 



(November 2012) We have had to have one of our dear old residents put to sleep, our 15-year-old Aurora. She had, over recent months, taken more of a back seat and tended to rest more than exercise. We noticed that her mobility had depleted and decided we should get her checked out by our vets. First of all we tried anti-inflammatry medication – in her food as Aurora was not the easiest to handle be any means. That was just the way she was and we loved her no matter what. They didn’t work so we took her back for sedation, blood tests and x-rays which confirmed she had some arthritis but her bloods were inconclusive and none of her organs were too bad for her age. Sadly that meant we couldn’t rule out anything going on in her brain. She also had virtually no sight any more. We only had her back for one night and volunteers found her in the morning lying in her own mess on the office floor – she hadn’t been able to find her bed. She was in such a sorry state. When she got to the vets they said it was more likely to have been a brain tumour and that it had progressed at some speed. We took the heartbreaking decision to have her put to sleep. We are saddened by yet another loss and hope she has found peace (and a comfy bed) at Rainbow Bridge. Rest in Peace our dearest Aurora. xxx





On 30th October 2012 we had to bid a sad goodbye to a longstanding resident of the rescue, our dear old boy Honda.

He had become less of a visitor to the rescue and spent most of his time with Pat, who lives next to the site. Years of living outside before he came to us had made Honda’s mind up that he wanted to experience his creature comforts indoors like any elder cat would do. Why he didn’t want this initially in the early days at the rescue we don’t know but in these last few years he had been given service by Pat that only royalty would appreciate! She has pampered him so much and he repaid her with love, love, love. Furry cuddles and purrs have been his way of repaying Pat and some of the volunteers when he allowed us to be his servants!.

In recent years he had to undergo surgery for ear cancer and some other lumps found on his body during his many visits to the vets. Then, towards the end his ear cancer returned and his weight had dropped a little. Blood tests taken at the vets showed he was severely anaemic and too weak to go under a general anaesthetic to treat his ear cancer.

There was a chance we could have brought him home to spend what time he may have had left with us but we were all concerned it would be less rather than more. It was by no means an easy decision for anyone to make but Honda was put to sleep, we couldn’t let him carry on suffering.

No matter how hard we want to save the world, sometimes you just have to let go and appreciate the quality that something so small has given you. Honda gave so much pleasure and joy and many tears were shed at the end of his life.

May he rest in peace and be looking over us with his furry knots….

R.I.P. old boy, you were an inspiration to us all. xxxx

Here is his profile that used to be on our website:

My name is Honda and I am approximately 10 – 12 years old. I have lived at the rescue for many years now and I love it! It’s so much better than my previous life of being a stray. I get to come and go as I please and tasty food is always at the ready waiting for me to devour!! Just look at how handsome I am! I’m not one for mixing with the other cats so if you visit the rescue, look up and you will normally find me sat on top of the gazebo lovingly gazing down at you. I might look a bit of a fluff ball sometimes but with me being an ‘outdoor kind of cat’ I’m not into all this grooming – and complain mightily if anyone tries to beautify me!! Recently I had to have another operation, I had cancer on my ears and to stop it spreading to my head I had to have my ears trimmed. I’m ok now though as I’m all healed up but the volunteers have to keep an eye on me. I love my life here at the rescue and I am so thankful and grateful to everyone who makes it possible for me to live this lovely life with excellent care from the volunteers and life saving veterinary treatment!!




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