Ellie’s Story

Ellie tells her heartwarming "tail."

A Note from Ellie’s Family

Our companion animals often give us some of the most authentic, heartfelt experiences of our lives. They are an integral part of our families. No one should be put in a position where they must decide to surrender a member of their family! Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund has been established as a legacy tribute to Ellie, in recognition of the special bond we share.

– Juli B.

Ellie's Family

Juli B. & Ellie

My life would’ve been so different without Ellie. We share a bond of surviving life-threatening illness, and dealing daily with physical challenges that come with that. Every day my relationship with Ellie reminds me to make the most of the present moment! She is so ready to experience life and connect with me, no matter how she’s feeling physically that day. She teaches me that I have something to offer, even on days when I don’t feel whole. She shows me that life is good and she invites me to live it more fully. I can’t help but laugh when I arrive home and am greeted by my excited pup, shaking a toy in her mouth and growling her fiercest greeting.

Juli B. & Bug

Several years ago I suffered a brain infection, that resulted in weeks of hospitalization. When I came home, paralyzed on one side & immobile, I was despondent & unsure of what the future held. My cat, Bug, sensed the depth of my distress & for weeks, spent all day lying on my chest purring. He brought the first joy back into my life/ the first glimmer of hope. I owe him my life.