Pet Memorials & Altar
Dia de los Muertos Pet Altar in Mesilla
Thanks to the many people who have visited our pet altar and booth we sometimes do at the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Mesilla. Hundreds of people have added their momento cards for their pets on our altar, and some bring pictures of those they remember and honor.
Local artists sometimes contribute their work to us as well. Below is Charlotte Driver's Saint Francis painting.
We always pay special tribute at this time of year to the 7000+ homeless animals who lose their lives in our animal welfare system each year. Though the kill rate has improved for dogs at our municipal shelter, the kill rate for cats has remained very high due to a lack of TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs and services/support.
Below are some pictures and highlights from past years, including some of the momento cards, poems, etc. This year, 2014, we will build the altar with our friends at SNAP and leave supplies out for people to decorate it and add notes to it about your beloved pets no longer with you, and we hope you will enjoy it.
In Memoriam Pet Poems
A Pet's Prayer
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my leader and I am your devoted follower.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest – and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
They will not go quietly,
the dogs who’ve shared our lives.
In subtle ways, they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear them at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
and sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new
friends and a new food dish to fill,
that one place in our hearts
belongs to them … and always will.
May they rest in peace
Send your memorials to APA at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at APA, P.O. Box 125, Las Cruces, NM, 88004. We will post them on this page in honor of your lost loved ones.
A foster family of APA's, the Kopsa's, donated to us in memory of Lynn Carroll, who lost her battle with cancer in August 2014. Although her loved ones are saddened by her death, they celebrate her life.
Her life was complete. She married at the age of 20, and that marriage was true until her passing. She raised two children, and as a stay at home mom, spent more hours with her kids than most mothers blessed with longer life do. Lynn was always busy working on her business, juggling kid’s schedules, homework, attending all of their events (sports, dance, science, you name it), and as a reward, she got to spend her summers in cramped vehicles traveling all across the US. She traveled to all 50 states and saw more of God’s earth in 25 years of marriage than most people ever see.
Koda was born March 13, 2000 and went across the Rainbow Bridge on April 16, 2014. Kodabear was loved by everyone he came across. He loved to eat Peanut Butter and also would beg for a french fry with ketchup. He will be missed by his family and his daddys (Jesus Padilla and partner).
Kali Ma was a white German Shepherd Dog. When she was younger, she was very good at frisbee and loved playing catch all her life. She loved cats and other dogs, and she did her best to herd them and small children
to safety. She died from kidney failure at the age of eleven and will be greatly missed by her family (Greg Garvey and Margaret Strickland).
Blanco's guardian, Gerard Nevarez, sent a generous donation to APA in loving memory of his long-time companion, Blanco, in late July 2012. Blanco lived with the same family from puppyhood to old age and declining health. This picture was when Blanco was a bit younger.
"I thought a donatin in his memory would be a good way to remember Blanco. This small donation will help other animals," said Gerard.
Saj, a male Akita
Sadly, this dog was hit by a car and killed after being lost for more than a month in February 2012. Our condolences go out to his family.
Monet, the cute yorkie pictured above, was the companion of Bob and Sandy Gaupel. They made a generous donation to us in her honor as well as in honor of Mittie, a friend's dog who also recently passed away. They wrote, "Monet and Mittie were like members of our family. They were very much loved and will always remain in our hearts. We miss them terribly. ACTion Programs for Animals is a wonderful and caring organization. We appreciate all the good work you do for the animals."
Lady and Chico
Our pet food bank canine neighbor, Lady, passed away on Dec. 14, 2011. She had suffered a stroke, so we took her to a local vet to save her from suffering more than she needed to (with her guardian's permission). For many years, we visited and helped care for Lady and her canine companion, Chico, because their owner is very sickly and elderly as well. The dogs were about 18 years old, and their guardian is over 90 years old!
In October 2012, Chico was also laid to rest next to Lady. We miss them both very much!
This little guy was one of our special-needs pet food bank clients. He passed away in late November 2011, and his guardian is Tiffany Swift. He was a special little guy--a rare chocolate pomeranian. The pictures above were some of the last taken of him this year.
The Leftwich family made a generous donation to APA in loving memory of Nicky, their cat who lost his life to cancer in 2009. With the donation, the family asked us to keep helping those in our program with caring for their very important 4-legged family members.
APA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal-welfare charity organization.
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