TINY THE CAT PASSES AWAY
TINY THE FORMER FAT CAT HAS PASSED AWAY
FREDERICTON – The Fredericton SPCA (FSPCA) is saddened to announce the passing of Tiny, the former 30-plus-pound cat that was one of two felines left in a box at the adoption centre in December 2011. His obesity made news around the world and he educated the public on proper pet nutrition during his year-long weight-loss journey.
In 2014, during the 100th anniversary of the FSPCA, Tiny was presented on the floor of the Provincial Legislature, the first animal in the history of the Province to have that honour.
His online weight-loss challenge was the foundation for Tiny’s Medical Fund which initially supported his specialized vet care and dietary needs and expanded to pay for other special cases that require for extensive and expensive procedures.
Tiny’s Medical Fund has assisted countless animals that have required, for example, amputation, critical dental surgeries, hip surgery, special dietary needs, long-term care from chronic infections.
A small group of Fredericton SPCA volunteers organized into Team Tiny creating and selling handcrafts to fundraise for the medical fund. In recent years about $50,000 has been raised by Team Tiny to help these animals in need.
Karen McGeean, marketing and development director for the FSPCA, said, “Tiny’s passing is a shock to all who knew and loved him. While he has done very well since losing and successfully keeping off the weight with the help of his amazing foster/adoptive mom, we recognize that he was elderly and we were all able to give him a healthy, happy life to the end. Again this emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for all pets and we encourage everyone to work with their veterinarian regarding proper nutrition or a weight-loss plan.”
Annette James, director of operations for the FSPCA added, “Tiny’s legacy is huge beginning with his public awareness campaigns and then equally important with his fund that has helped to avoid euthanasia and provide other animals with a healthy, happy life in their forever homes. We are dedicated to keeping that legacy growing in his honour. We want to thank everyone who has joined Tiny’s Facebook page and donated to his cause.”
Those wishing to remember Tiny with a memorial donation to Tiny’s Medical Fund may do so at the Fredericton SPCA, PO Box 192, Fredericton, NB, E3B 4Y9 or on location at 165 Hilton Rd. or by calling (506) 459-1555.
Arrangements are being handled by The Pet Funeral Home on Riverside Drive where memorial donations will also be accepted.
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