Freddaflower Memorial & Appreciation Fund

The pain of losing them is the price we pay for the privilege of knowing them and sharing their lives . . .

We thank those people who have contributed to our work with recent donations In Loving Memory and in Honor and Appreciation of the following beloved family members and friends, both those who have passed away and those who are with us.

  • In loving memory of our cherished rescued roosters Henny and Elvis, who died in August and September this year, after living for 7 happy years with us and our tortoise companions. They are both buried at the rescue in the areas they used to live in, so they will always be “home.” – Susan Tellem

    Elvis, the Rooster
    Elvis

    Ode to My Beautiful Friend Henny

    You came to us as a youngster.
    Thrown on PCH like trash.
    Joined by your buddy Elvis.
    You both looked like hell.

    For seven years you crowed,
    at every morning sunrise.
    Giving glory to God,
    But not the neighbors.

    Roosters are not nuggets,
    nor wings or breasts.
    You are sentient beings
    With desire to live like the rest of us.

    You’d wait by the gate,
    Every day like a sentinel.
    Hoping for a treat
    Like peanuts, worms or Chex-Mix.

    You shared your home
    With many turtles,
    Eating their worms,
    And they sharing your bread.

    When I spoke to you,
    You did your Rooster dance.
    Hopping around, wings flashing,
    Straining up to me with love.

    We learned about dirt baths,
    Rooster fights,
    Animal control’s silly fines,
    And bumblefoot.

    You loved us,
    But you didn’t trust us.
    We couldn’t pick you up.
    But that didn’t matter.

    You and Elvis,
    Fighting to the death.
    A mess of blood and feathers.
    Separate yards was the answer.

    Then the Woolsey fire,
    At 3000 degrees,
    and 17 miles wide.
    St. Francis helped you survive.

    Then you hurt your leg.
    Swollen and bleeding.
    I tried to treat it,
    but finally to the vet.

    Two weeks of treatment
    for bumblefoot.
    Back to the rescue
    Not quite the same.

    You stopped crowing,
    But you still wanted treats.
    Unsteady on your bandaged feet,
    Quietly declining.

    I found you in your house.
    A pile of beautiful feathers.
    Eyes closed forever.
    I love you, damn chicken.

    Susan Tellem 8/10/2019

  • In memory of Florence and Savannah, my sweet little hens, who passed away. They will be missed and remembered always in my heart. – Victoria Figurelli

  • In loving memory of Petunia. – Geselle Huglin

  • In loving memory of FELIX, Summer 1997-July 11, 2011, my handsome, loyal red tabby; NOEL, Oct. 12, 1997 - Oct. 21, 2014, my sweet, handsome Siamese; and JASMINE, July 16, 1998 - April 19, 2018, my beautiful, sweet white Oriental shorthair. They were my magical trio of cats who blessed my life with love, joy, laughter, and loyalty. I think of them daily and miss them dearly. Felix waiting by the door for me when I returned home; Noel my lap cat who kept me company; and Jasmine who slept with me and awakened me with her beautiful blue eyes staring at me. Heaven was happy to welcome such a special trio of cats! – Love always, Mom, Ana A. Garcia

  • In honor of Nero, Fredericka, Julie, Nathaniel, Leonard, and Bertha, remembered forever and sadly missed. – Paul Deane

  • My gift is in honor of All God’s Creatures. – Brien Comerford