IN MEMORIAM

PRINCE

 Prince was our beautiful 34 year old paint horse who has been with Cedarhill for over 5 years. Prince had overcome a lot in his life. He was passed around to multiple owners, experienced abuse that's left him very shy and skittish, and has a cancer that continues to reemerge.  All these issues haven't stop him from enjoying his life at Cedarhill! He has bonded closely with our miniature horses, Sunny and Sassy, developed trust in his caretakers, and he receives the proper care, love, and patience that every animal deserves. We love our sweet Prince and are proud to be his forever home. In April of 2020 we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to Prince. His cancer had returned, stronger than he could fight this time.  We will miss him so very much. 

KUMAR

 Kumar came to us with his brothers Shazadi and Mr. Big. They were all privately owned in TX. They were held in a smaller enclosure with little room to exercise. Kumar and Mr. Big came to us blind with damaged retinas and we can only assume they were damaged in their previous life.  The vet said they are blind because their corneas were damaged by assumable a chemical that may have been used to make the cats obey. These boys are very sweet to each other and are always at each other's sides! 

Sadly, Kumar succumbed to cancer in February of 2020. We will miss him so very much. 

MINDY

Mindy came to us when her owner could no longer care for her due to their age and health reasons. She arrived in the middle of the summer from from Montana, just 8 miles from the Canadian Border! What a shock to her system the Mississippi heat must have been! Mindy safely made it to us after a very long and exhausting journey. Mindy loves spending time “talking” to our staff through the fence and playing in big cardboard boxes like cats do! She was truly a special girl. Mindy passed away in August of 2020. We will miss her dearly. 

ZACK

Zack was the first rescue that started Cedarhill. Our founder,  Kay, saw a classified ad in the paper selling a cougar cub.  She was surprised by this,  and inquired about him.  She realized she had to help him,  to save his life. She didn't  have the $1000 he was asking for, but she offered to  trade the cougar for a tractor.  The man agreed.   Once they were back at her house, she realized she needed to find him a proper home. She searched and tried to find a zoo that would take the cougar,  with no luck.   She realized if she wanted him to stay alive so she would have to do it herself,  so she built an enclosure for him in her yard.  Zack truly began the legacy that is Cedarhill.  He lived a long happy life with us here. He passed away in 2006. Read the full story here.

VALENTINO

Valentino was purchased by two brothers in Minnesota with the intent of them keeping him indoors as a pet. He was declawed and raised indoors in hopes that he would act like a house cat. After growing up in the house as a cub, he was banished to a small cage in an abandoned dairy barn when he started to destroy the inside of the barn.  For years, he was fed road kill and farm chickens.  For the years he lived in the barn, his cage was never cleaned and he was deprived of the simple pleasures like sunshine and grass under his feet. When our friends at the Wildcat Sanctuary of Minnesota found out about him, they knew they had to take action. They contacted CedarHill, and we immediately brought Valentino to our sanctuary. Sadly,  he passed away in May 2017 and he will be forever in our hearts. 

SHEENA

A private zoo in central Texas wanted to downsize their tiger population and we had room and love to spare. On December 29th it all came together when 4 elderly female tigers arrived that frigid December morning.  The team that made this possible was  In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center,  who traveled from Wylie to Seguin, TX to bring Sheena (20),  Dolly (18),  Kenia (14),  and Kamali (13),  to Cedarhill.  It was a  challenge because the tigers were old and  frail and sedation could have proved dangerous to their health.  Luckily they all reached their destination safely, and without issues.   

Upon arriving at Cedarhill, it was observed that Sheena, the elder tiger, suffered from seizures and had extensive prior injuries from her previous home.  Sadly their files were mostly in spanish, and didn't leave much information about her conditions.  She had several CT scans, and tests run at Mississippi State University,  and was found to suffer from seizures triggered from noises, and stress.  Sadly, she 

passed in June of 2019. She outlived the life expectancy of a tiger living in captivity which is 16 to 20 years old.  Sheena was 22 years old and lived a very happy life at Cedarhill. She will forever be missed. 

SHEBA

Sheba came to us from a sanctuary that had closed down in Ohio.  She was abused like the other big cats rescued along with her,  with cattle prods and fire extinguishers.  Gaining Sheba’s trust was a constant struggle for us.  We were happy to be able to meet all her needs and respect her need for space since humans have wronged her so much in her past. Sheba was a very active girl and spent most mornings playing with her toys as well as running alongside the enclosure of Zeus her pen neighbor. We were proud to give this beautiful girl a safe and peaceful home.  She passed in July of 2019 at the age of 21.  She will forever be in our hearts.

SHAZADI

​Shazadi came to us with his two younger brothers Kumar & Mr. Big from a private owner in Texas. They were kept in smaller cages,  where they weren't able to move around much. They were given unhealthy meat and Shazadi's brothers would often get to it before him, leaving him skinnier than the two who became obese due to the lack of exercise.  Shazadi came to us a very angry cat but he son learned trust, and he is one of the sweetest cats his caretakers loved so much! In his later years he suffered from severe arthritis and hip dysplasia, but you wouldn't have known it! He always met his caretakers with the loudest yawns, and he would "talk" when he was happy to see us walk up to his enclosure.  Sadly,  Shazadi passed in July 2018 at the age of 22. He will be forever missed.

KD

KD was brought to Cedarhill when she was 6 months old.  Her owner  thought he could raise a cougar in his mother's house!   When that didn't work out, Cedarhill was contacted. She has been with us since that time and grew into a beautiful cougar. She lived 21 years in an enclosure behind Kay's house, and was the first thing you would see upon entering the rear gate enclosures. She could be heard purring loudly as she would walk the gate along side each caretaker daily.  Sadly,  she passed away in 2016 and we miss hearing her big cat purr each morning. 

TAZ

After being passed around as a cub, Taz finally found a home at a zoo in Massachusetts. His enclosure was nothing but dirt,  and his shelter didn't even have a roof.  He was used for breeding purposes.  They soon closed down, so he was sent to the Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas.  Sadly, it too closed and Cedarhill was contacted to be his forever home.  Taz was a  very vocal and loving cougar, and was very happy and content with his visits daily from the caretakers and staff near his enclosure. He constantly purred, as he was very happy at Cedarhill. Sadly Taz passed away at the age of 21, purring and talking in his love language, surrounded by his caretakers in 2016. 

GUNTHER

Gunther was a male Rhodesian Black Mane Lion.  Born January 1, 1989 he came to Cedarhill July 15, 1992.  Gunther was sold in Texas at six weeks of age for $600.00  His first owner sold him at four months of age, when he literally tore off all of the bathroom fixtures from the wall (where his owner had kept him) His next owner was from Noth Mississippi and he used him to draw attention to his roadside business.  People who stopped to look were "rewarded" with a roar from Gunther when he was poked with a shovel handle.  All four of his paws had been declawed.  He was brough to Cedarhill and given his forever home, but he wasn't a very happy guy, given his horrible start in life.  Never fully trusting humans ever again, he made his moods known to all around him each day, but he was given the best life at Cedarhill until his passing in 2010 at the age of 22.   He is always missed! 

ALEXIS

Alexis was born in 1993, at a zoo in south Alabama.  When she was a cub, her mother broke her front and back legs in an attack to obviously kill her, and the staff intervened and saved her life.  When she was healed and old enough, Cedarhill was contacted and she came to her forever home with us.  She was a very sweet tiger, but she never fully recovered from her injuries and suffered from a very distinct limp. Sadly, Alexis passed away in 2014 at the age of 21. We miss her very much! 

KENIA

A private zoo in central Texas wanted to downsize their tiger population and we had room and love to spare. On December 29th it all came together when 4 elderly female tigers arrived that frigid December morning.  The team that made this possible was  In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center,  who traveled from Wylie to Seguin, TX to bring Sheena (20),  Dolly (18),  Kenia (14),  and Kamali (13),  to Cedarhill.  It was a  challenge because the tigers were old and  frail and sedation could have proved dangerous to their health.  Luckily they all reached their destination safely, and without issues.   

 

Kenia passed away within 4 months of living at Cedarhill. MSU Vet came out and through initial analysis, determined that she had kidney failure. It was also said she most likely had been experiencing kidney issues prior to coming to Cedarhill and we tried to make her life as comfortable as possible until the end. We didn't have her long but we were all so happy to have known her and loved her and that her final home was Cedarhill.

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