Saying good-bye is never easy – Shay’s memorial.

Saying good-bye is never easy – Shay’s memorial.

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2012 – In Memory of Shay the Canada Lynx

Sometimes it is hard to say goodbye.  But, when you know in your heart that it is the right time, it can make letting go a little easier.  It was time to let our lynx Shay go.

Shay_canada_Lynx_Syd_Eurasian_lynx_wildcat_sanctuaryShay was a very reclusive cat but, given her experience with people, it was not surprising.  She was severely traumatized and abused by her first  owner.  Thankfully, she had Sydney, a Eurasian lynx she came with, to lean on.  However, Sydney passed a few years ago and Shay never really found another she could be close with.

Shay was blind and mostly deaf.  While we gave her every creature comfort we could, a warm building to sleep in, nutritious food to eat, and all the enrichment she could have, we could never give her the companionship she had with Sydney.

As the years went by, Shay became even more introverted than before, not enjoying enrichment as much and, given her eyesight was gone, not venturing too much into her habitat.  Life in captivity can be very hard for an animal, but with lots of space and fun enrichment, it can still be enjoyable.  For Shay, life just wasn’t enjoyable anymore and her health was slowly deteriorating.

We made the difficult decision to let her go so she could once again be with Sydney and Shay_canada_Lynx_Syd_Eurasian_lynx_wildcat_sanctuarybe free of the terrible memories she held inside.  We believe that we can make a difference here, giving animals who have experienced abuse, neglect and heartache a chance to be wild at heart and I believe we did that for Shay.  Goodbye dear Shay, I hope your new free life brings you nothing but joy and happiness.

You can become Shay’s forever sponsor by purchasing her memorial plaque for $250 here.

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