Veterinary Memorial Fund
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Pet Memorials

The following memorials were submitted by bereaved pet owners to honor their loved ones.

How to submit a memorial to the Veterinary Memorial Fund web site

Cricket Cricket
“I just wanted to express my deep gratefulness for the work you do. I hope that the donation made by my vet, Dr. Stephanie Shane, will assist in this endeavor.

“Cricket would have been 16 in April and was a rescue from MAESSR. I was her ‘forever’ home. I hope you donít mind me sharing a recent photo taken of her. Thank you again – this gesture truly warmed my heart and helps in the loss.”
"Reggie was found in the barn of a friend of my daughter. We adopted him as my wonderful birthday present. Even as a kitten one could see that he was going to be a big guy (18 pounds). He lived a full life with his four brothers and sisters. When his time came at only nine years old, it was extremely heartbreaking. Reggie was my special pal and I will remember and love him forever."
Grover Grover
“Grover was only with us for 3 1/2 years, but his loss left a huge dent in our lives. We will forever remember our silly little boy. Thank you to the doctors and students who made him comfortable in his last days. The care he received was outstanding. The respect and information given to us greatly helped us make the very hard decision that we had to make. We also want to thank Dr. Richard Wright at Riner Animal Hospital for making the arrangements to bring Grover to the hospital. Thank you for letting him leave us in such a meaningful and dignified way.”
Cassie O'Reilly
"Cassie was a wonderful best friend. She loved to go for walks, ride in the car, and spend time with her family. She brought a smile to the faces of everyone she met. Cassie had the best disposition and was very loving. We all miss her very much."
Homer Homer
"We first spied Homer as a thin stray slinking across our yard on a cold day in November 1995. It took nearly a year for him to move from his residence outdoors—at first under our porch and later in our garage—to his life indoors. He slowly became acquainted with our resident Maine Coon cats, Tigger and MacGyver, and eventually they were all best friends sleeping on the bed together. Homer loved his indoor life and enjoyed watching birds at the feeder outside the kitchen window. In his last year, he was totally blind, but adapted to our house by memory and touch. Amazing to see such a positive spirit even if his whiskers were a little worn! He died after 18 long happy years of life."
Sadie Hopkins Kent - "Little Dog - Big Attitude"
8/22/1995 - 2/18/2013
"Miss Sadie came into my life at a very young age. She was definitely a KEEPER! She took part in everything I did from celebrating holidays, visiting family and friends and taking plane trips. She loved her toys and being in the area of the front door to get her daily dose of sun. She was the best companion. She never complained and was always happy to be part of the action. Miss Sadie was a strong and sturdy little dog until the cancer took her life. She will always be in my heart. I love and miss her so very much. She was a beautiful little dog with a very BIG attitude."
Tabby Tabitha Dixie Allen
6/23/2000 - 3/10/2012
"Tabitha was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. We took Tabby home on a beautiful day in August. She was the most loveable dobbie we've ever known. She was a good protector and fearless when she came up against all kinds of wildlife. Unfortunately, cancer took her. As we put on her tombstone, their paws touch our hearts. We will always love her as the family member she had become."
Richard "The Lion-Heart"
6/4/2001 - 3/22/2011
Remembered through a gift to the Veterinary Memorial Fund.
Paddy Paddy
"I realized how important contributing to the Veterinary Memorial Fund was when it was my own horse, Paddy, who was admitted to the Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. Paddy was there in 2000 and again in 2001, and received excellent care both times from his surgeons, nurses, medical and administrative staff. We only lost Paddy last year at 24 years and I am certain he lived a full and healthy life due to the expertise of the teams at the EMC. It is a great comfort to me to remember him through the Veterinary Memorial Fund."
7/1/1998 - 5/16/2011
"It meant so much to receive your letter about the donations made to the Veterinary Memorial Fund by my colleagues in memory of Willie, the best friend and companion a person could ever ask for. I was so lucky to have been his owner for almost 13 years. I hope other animals will benefit from the clinical treatments developed through the research made possible by this fund."
Duke The Duke of Rasmont
10/28/2004 - 10/20/2011
"Duke never missed a night under the stars. He let me know when he was ready to come in: A good yoga stretch, a knock, a soft bark. I always told him, 'Let me know when you're ready' - He did. Thank you for the wonderful service you provide for so many of God's creatures."

How to submit a memorial

If you would like to submit a memorial to be posted on this site, please email the following information to

Gift in honor of:

Species: Dog / Cat / Horse / Human / Other

Birth Date or Year (if known):

Date of Death:

Gift given by: (Please specify if you wish to remain anonymous)

Written Tribute (optional): 250 word maximum


If you prefer, you may mail your information to:
Mindy Quigley, Veterinary Memorial Fund
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061