Burton – In Memory


Burton ended up at our sanctuary after being a stray, obviously on his own for quite some time. Such a tough time of year for a cat, struggling to survive winter conditions.

Burton’s a domestic Bengal who’s about 8 or 9 years old. And no wonder this poor guy was grumpy, he wasn’t feeling well at all.

He’s a bit worse for wear, obviously having been through a lot. He had a very poor body condition when he was found, not surviving well on his own.

We found he had extreme ear mites, which explains why he’d been scratching his ears enough to cause abrasions behind them.

He also has some healed corneal scars and often squints. We’re going to look closer into that.

Worst of all, both of Burton’s right canine teeth had been fractured. The lower one broken off at the gum line.

Life at the Sanctuary

We will address Burton’s dental issues right away. He’ll need some extractions to ensure he’s more comfortable and pain-free, so that’s a priority.

On top of all this, Burton arrived intact. That’s what causes him to have those big cheeks, but also why he obviously got into fights when he was out on his own. We’ve neutered him during his intake exam.

How You Can Help

Burton will obviously need further medical attention and treatment. Donating toward that, or even considering becoming the sponsor parent he needs, will go along way towards helping him.

Caring for a wild cat for life can be quite expensive. Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider becoming Burton’s sponsor parent?

Or even a one-time donation toward his care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.

Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!


In Memory – June 2020

Burton’s beautiful boyish cheeks sure left an impression in our mind and hearts. His unexpected loss leaves our hearts heavy, but also full of love.

Diagnosed with aortic thrombosis, we knew it was sudden. But we also knew there wasn’t anything else we could do but help him be pain-free in his new wild life.

This wasn’t Burton’s first time with a medical emergency.  Found as an emaciated and dehydrated outdoor cat, animal control picked him up and rushed him to emergency for medical attention.  Once stable, they reached out to rescues knowing he needed more medical care.

Arriving at our vet, we sure learned a lot about Burton and how tomboyish he truly was.  Un-neutered, his signature cheeks took up most of his beautiful face. Ulcers on his eyes from cat fights left scarring and permanent squinting.  Fractured and abscessed teeth made it hard for him to eat or drink.  Parasites and ear mites made everything uncomfortable.

But despite it all – he was a true charmer.  He won over every single one of us, all of you, and eventually his bungalow mates Dream and Keesa.

He was tough and gentle at the same time and a natural Casanova.

To see him nurtured back to health and living his best life was the greatest gift of all.  We’re just so saddened his sanctuary life was as short as it was.  But we are so thankful he passed amongst those he loved, and who loved him.

There will never be another Burton, but then again – our Burton was enough to fill our hearts for a lifetime.