Halifax – In Memory


Halifax is our oldest serval. He was surrendered by an owner who loved him very much and was committed to giving him a lifetime home.

After surviving breast cancer, his owner had to move near her daughter in another city that outlawed exotic pets. There are so many reasons exotic cats shouldn’t be considered pets. Whether it’s their wild tendencies, life circumstances changing, new zoning laws, inability to get insurance…..we’ve heard so many reasons why these “pets” have to be surrendered.

Halifax’s owner wanted to ensure that she did not put his life in danger. So she called our sanctuary to see if we could take him in.

Halifax has really warmed up to the staff, but has plenty of wild cat friends. He enjoys his life here, sharing a large outdoor habitat and heated building with other servals. We’re happy he can spend the rest of his days with others of his own kind.


In Memory ~ April 2013

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our dear friend Halifax this week.  At 20 years old, he was an inspiration for my spirit.

Despite his age, Halifax was so virile and full of life.  He loved any kind of enrichment, but especially had a blast chasing little rocks or pine cones when thrown in his habitat.

In the summertime, he’d even jump in the pool after them, his playful spirit was definitely contagious.  He always had this sort of regal look to him, especially when he sat basking in the sun. It conjured images of him in his own native habitat watching for any prey in the savannas of Africa.

I’m very sorry that he never experienced true freedom like that in his life, but know that he was a happy cat and that many people loved him dearly.  He had some bumps along the way with his health, but he never let that get in the way of his fun for too long.

Twenty years is a long time to live for a cat and I believe he lived them to the fullest.  I will miss seeing his handsome face every day, but will always remember the fun times we had just being silly.  That was one of the things I liked best about him, his ability to look so serious one second then be a total goofball the next.

I am so glad that I knew Halifax. He was, and still is, such a special boy.  Goodbye sweet boy, thank you for your wonderful spirit and may you be forever free.