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A year ago, Cat Guardians created the Joann Dean Memorial Fund to honor the
memory of a very dedicated and beloved volunteer. The fund’s first recipient was Bruiser, a tough but sweet gray kitty found wandering our parking lot with a bad leg. We were lucky. We were able to save Bruiser’s leg and find a loving home for him.

Like Bruiser, Marlee was found wandering our parking lot in very bad shape. She was skinny, her fur was filthy, and she wouldn’t let us touch her left side. She was immediately taken to the vet where she was hospitalized to try and treat her for multiple conditions, including severe dehydration, anemia, multiple infections and possible kidney disease and cancer. Marlee was an independent, opinionated, feisty, and vocal cat who loved life and touched everyone who met her.

We don’t always get the miracle we ask for. We lost this very special girl on July 29, 2011, when she died of a blood clot. Even though we only knew our girl Marlee for just 20 days, she has a permanent place in our hearts. We were very lucky to have known her and we will miss her.

A very special thank you to everyone who donated to our fund to help cover the vet bills for Marlee’s care. Together we raised over $3000. With your support, Cat Guardians can continue to care for the lost and abandoned ‘street cats’ in our community, and we will to do everything possible to help cats like Bruiser and Marlee.