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Huey Shines On #RememberMeThursday

Today is Remember Me Thursday, a global event and awareness campaign designed to bring attention to homeless pets in shelters around the world as well as honor the millions who lose their lives before finding homes of their own.

Remember Me Thursday

Remembering Huey on Remember Me Thursday

Huey Bruno was admitted to Red Door Animal Shelter in 2001. At six months old, he had already suffered more than most suffer in a lifetime. A few months earlier, he was abandoned at a 24 hour emergency clinic after suffering horrific abuse. His pelvis was shattered and the bones in his hind legs and lower spine were broken into pieces. He underwent emergency surgery and extensive rehabilitation, but because his injuries left him incontinent, he eventually ended up at Red Door.

Located on the far north side of Chicago, Red Door is a small, cageless shelter for cats, rabbits, and a few dogs. Huey’s indomitable spirit, big personality, and general zest for life quickly made him a staff and volunteer favorite and a natural leader of the others cats (it didn’t hurt that he was also HUGE). He never seemed to notice or care that his back legs didn’t work like the other cats: he jumped higher, ran faster, and caused more trouble than all the other cats combined. Huey took great pride in outsmarting shelter staff, escaping the cat room into the cat-free office area, and stealing human food when no one was looking. He was a friend (and boss) to the other cats, welcoming newcomers and watching nobly as one by one they were adopted and he was not.  Over the years, Huey’s reputation and popularity grew and it was not uncommon for him to receive care packages from cat lovers around the city and postcards from neighborhood kids on summer vacation.

Remember Me Thursday Huey's Story

Huey embodied the spirit and hope of animal rescue. He never gave up, meeting each new day with enthusiasm and curiosity; he was always happy and confident in spite of ongoing medical issues from his painful past. If any cat deserved a home, it was Huey. But sadly, it was not meant to be. After twelve years at the shelter, Huey passed away in July 2013. He was surrounded by dedicated shelter staff and volunteers who loved him dearly.

Huey’s courage and unbreakable heart live on in all who knew him. Even today, when life gets overwhelming and the load seems too heavy, I think of Huey. His determination, love of life, and unconquerable spirit continue to give me strength and even a few laughs.

Remembering Huey the cat, on Remember Me Thursday

Celebrate #RememberMeThursday by Choosing Adoption

Of course, Huey was one of the lucky ones. Although Red Door was not a real home, he was given the chance to live out his life with food, comfort, and safety – luxuries that millions of others never experience.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide each year. Of those, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized (HSUS estimates it higher at 3.4 million). An animal is euthanized every 13 seconds in the United States (HSUS). These numbers only include cats and dogs and would be much higher if other companion animals, like rabbits (the third most popular pet in America), were also counted. In spite of such grim statistics, only 29% of Americans looking for a pet choose to adopt from a shelter or rescue.

The amazing survival story of Huey the cat

Please take a moment to reflect on the millions of animals who lose their lives in shelters every year. In the five minutes it took to read this post, approximately 23 more animals were euthanized. This MUST change. Look within, dig deep, find your own inner Huey and make a difference today.

If you would like to make a donation to Red Door, the shelter that saved Huey and so many others, you can do so here. 


  1. Julie
    September 22, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Great post, its always good to remind us of our furfriends in sheltersLoves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxxx

  2. Yamini MacLean
    September 22, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Hari OMIn the UK this is constantly reminded to us as our RSPCA is very good at getting the message out; there is even a regular television show about their work and always ends with 'dog of the week' up for adoption and the message there are many many many more… and still the problem looms. As you say, it is a global issue that people still want only to get puppies and kittens… Love this post!!! YAM xx

  3. Mark Muller
    September 22, 2016 / 10:57 am

    I hope for a home for all who have to live in a shelter or in worst case on the the street… a better world for peeps and pets… that would be great…

  4. Emma
    September 22, 2016 / 11:29 am

    My mom has always had shelter cats and always will. They are awesome and so may need homes.

  5. The Menagerie Mom
    September 22, 2016 / 11:51 am

    This post is beyond beautiful, and is simply perfect for Remember Me Thursday. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, and for sharing amazing Huey's story. What an inspiration he surely was, and still is.

  6. Bouncing Bertie
    September 22, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Such a touching post. Huey will not be forgotten, for sure.

  7. McGuffy Ann Morris
    September 22, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Beautiful tribute to Huey. My heart breaks for those who never know this love. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Random Felines
    September 22, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    a good reminder….those like Huey deserve homes just as much as any other….and it is such a shame people can't see past their prejudices of "shelters" to adopt pets

  9. Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows)
    September 22, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Huey was a true angel on earth and I'm teary eyed just reading this.

  10. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    September 22, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Such a beautiful heart out of horrific circumstances! That so many animals never have homes makes me so sad. Bear was homeless when we met. Over the last 10 years, he's saved my life every single day … I can't imagine my life without him. And yet, when I found him, most people would've considered him a nuisance and unwanted. Every life matters … EVERY SINGLE ONE. For each animal that is killed because there isn't a home, we lose out on that potential … the potential to make the world and humanity better.

  11. Denise Gruzensky
    September 22, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    My heart breaks for Huey. He is a reminder of how to live a good life no matter what. There has to be a special place at the rainbow bridge for all of the staggering number of others like him!

  12. LP
    September 22, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    What a bright light Huey was! And it seemed his place and purpose in life was to be exactly where he was, to inspire both people and cats alike :)We lose millions of animals in shelters every year here in Canada too. Sadly, when we tried to adopt a large, rescue dog we did not meet the criteria because we do not have a large, fenced in back yard.We have always taken our dogs in the forest near our home for daily runs or on the jetty and on the beach during the winter months.We were also unsuccessful in trying to adopt a breed specific, large dog when rescues were located in other provinces in our country since they refused to ship the dog to us. While I understand the need to be extra careful when adopting out and rehoming an animal, it makes me sad to think what a wonderful life we could have given a large, rescue dog if we had been considered despite certain criteria for adoption.My dream is that all animals adopted into a family are loved and properly taken care of for the entirety of their life, no matter where they come from ; if that were the case, no animal would ever end up in shelters or in rescues. Sophie + the critters in the cottage xo

  13. Brian
    September 22, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I was almost a forgotten one and we shall always remember the forgotten.

  14. da tabbies o trout towne
    September 22, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    huey…dood……ewe will all wayz bee one total lee awesum kitteh…thanx ruby for sharin his storee two day …..huey…thiz iz for ewe ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  15. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    September 22, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Our Auntie in Virginia is a crazy cat woman. She has been fostering kitties and finds homes for them. We wish every animal had a loving home.

  16. Caren Gittleman
    September 22, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    thank you for sharing Huey's story, what a handsome mancat he was. catchatwithcarenandcody

  17. Lola The Rescued Cat
    September 22, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Thank you for telling us about Huey. He knew a lot of love for many years, even if he didn't have a usual family. We're participating today, too, to remember all the pets who never found a home. We know we are SO lucky!

  18. Dash Kitten
    September 23, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Moved me to tears. RIP to one of THE most special cats EVER.Thank you for a terrifi #RememberMeThursday post.

  19. Dash Kitten
    September 23, 2016 / 12:02 am

    "He never gave up, meeting each new day with enthusiasm and curiosity" I need to remember then when I feel I am not doing as well as I think I might.

  20. The Island Cats
    September 23, 2016 / 12:48 am

    Thank you for sharing Huey's story with all of us. What a special cat he was. We purr for all those animals in shelters waiting for their forever homes and all those that sadly never made it out.

  21. pilch92 15andmeowing
    September 23, 2016 / 2:27 am

    Excellent post! I wish every kitty could have a forever home.

  22. Three Chatty Cats
    September 23, 2016 / 3:29 am

    What a beautiful yet sad post. I'm sorry that Huey never experienced a real forever home, but it is clear that he had so many who did love him.

  23. Robin Mudge
    September 23, 2016 / 4:24 am

    My heart is saddened for poor Huey. At least he was loved by people in the shelter and got to have a family in that sense. I hope that that Remember Me Thursday campaign helps to increase pet adoptions all over the world. -Purrs from your friends at

  24. Molly and Mackie
    September 23, 2016 / 9:10 am

    What a beautiful post♥

  25. PL Keenor
    September 23, 2016 / 11:24 am

    Lovely post. My friend has just adopted the most gorgeous cat from The Blue Cross (a UK animal shelter). She spent a fortnight hiding under the furniture (the cat, not my friend!) but is now settling in really well. It was lovely to see her gradually realise that this is safe and loving home.That's Purrfect

  26. Bobbi and Gracie
    September 23, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Thanks to many blogging friends, including you, I would never purchase a pet again. I will choose to save one if I should get another pet after Gracie's gone. Beautiful post.

  27. Nichole Burke
    September 23, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing Huey's story, and the cause. Sadly, far too many pets die in shelters, never knowing true love or how wonderful they are.

  28. Jean Dion
    September 23, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    What a beautiful boy, and I loved hearing about his open heart. I hope he felt at home in the shelter. It sounds like a had a wonderful community there. Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  29. Ruth Epstein
    September 23, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    What a heart breaking story, thank you for sharing and yes we must not forget all the orphans in the shelters waiting for their homes

  30. Rosa Doodle
    September 24, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Huey's story is so sad… It's hard to read posts like this-I hate hearing about abuse, but I know it's important to share. The shelter sounds amazing.

  31. Pawesome Cats
    September 24, 2016 / 5:47 am

    Thanks for sharing Huey's story! Those statistics are staggering…

  32. Princely Paws
    September 24, 2016 / 6:14 am

    What an inspirational story on Huey his memory still lives on

  33. Madi and Mom
    September 24, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Oh my what a beautiful story about Huey…the best days of the rest of his life began on the worst day of his life. God Bless Red door and all they do, Huey learned about unconditional love and soft touches.HugsCecilia and Madi

  34. Cathy Armato
    September 25, 2016 / 4:06 am

    Huey's story is wonderful, I'm glad that despite living his life out in a shelter, he was surrounded by love. These are scary stats!Love & biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  35. Cathy Armato
    September 25, 2016 / 4:06 am

    Huey's story is wonderful, I'm glad that despite living his life out in a shelter, he was surrounded by love. These are scary stats!Love & biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  36. meowmeowmans
    September 25, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Beautiful post about a most wonderful cat. In Huey's case, it is clear that he was loved, and that he knew that.

  37. Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm
    September 26, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Huey is stunning! I hate that these wonderful animals have such a hard time of it. <3

  38. Sweet Purrfections
    September 26, 2016 / 1:50 am

    These stories always make me so sad. I wish there was no need for shelters, but humans aren't a very smart species at times.

  39. sprinkles
    September 26, 2016 / 2:35 am

    Sad but beautiful story.

  40. Sadie and Co.
    September 26, 2016 / 2:35 am

    What a beautiful boy. Thank you for sharing Huey's story. How can people be so cruel???

  41. Daily Dog Tag
    September 26, 2016 / 5:36 am

    It is devastating to think about healthy cats and dogs being euthanized in such great numbers. I just donated to Best Friends to honor one of the many dogs that made my life better. Giving back or paying it forward is a small way to pay tribute to the companions we loved so dearly.

  42. Lindsay Pevny
    September 27, 2016 / 6:16 am

    What a tale, glad Huey had so many wonderful friends and continues to be an inspiration.

  43. Jenna,Mark Drady
    September 28, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Very very heavy story. Wow…

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