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Honoring Oscar–the SPA Remembrance Tree

By Suzy Tatum

Two years ago, I lost my big old fuzzy gray cat named Oscar. He had been sick for many months and I hoped he could be saved. Finally, the vet said that it was time and he had to be put to sleep. It was a very tearful ending to a wonderful loving friendship that lasted for years.

Oscar was a real charmer who followed me around like a puppy, “talked” to me incessantly, and was always at the front gate to greet me when I drove in. How I treasured that – a greeting committee of one! When he was gone, I missed him so much and thought of him often. I wished there was something I could do to commemorate him and to let others know that he was such a wonderful pet. It occurred to me that maybe others felt the same way about the loss of their own beloved pet. From this experience, I came up with the idea of the Remembrance Tree.

This idea has now come to fruition. The Remembrance Tree now exists in a prominent position at the inside entrance to the SPA. It is a permanent, beautiful and impressive eight-foot copper-colored structure with branches containing leaves for honoring a departed pet. I purchased the first leaf and had it inscribed with Oscar’s and my name. It gives me so much pleasure to know that I am preserving the memory of Oscar by honoring him in this way.

A leaf can be purchased in loving memory of a beloved pet that has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Volunteer Jane Dill of Jane Dill Design will inscribe on a copper-colored leaf the pet’s name, the owner’s name, and a personal message, if desired. The one-time cost of each leaf is US$200 (or peso equivalent). The proceeds will be applied to our future project to improve our clinic facilities. For more information or to order your personalized leaf, please email You can also visit our website at, choose “donate” in the middle of the page for a “one-time donation,” and provide the specifics as you complete the payment process.

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