CANADA – Trooper, the cat who managed to survive after being frozen to a driveway in Stephenville Crossing for more than 18 hours in 2012 and was rescued by members of the Society for the Care and Protection of Animals, has passed away.
Trooper gained some fame in July of that year when the Band Trooper invited him to their concert in Pasadena.
Last Friday, it became obvious Trooper wasn’t feeling well and was taken to the West Coast Veterinary Services and subsequently admitted.
An ultrasound which was done on Wednesday of this week revealed aggressive kidney cancer and on the advice of his veterinarian, the decision to spare him from furthering suffering was made.
Delores Samms, who is the one who adopted Trooper after the rescue and her sister Gwen Samms, president of SCAPA, were with him at the end on Thursday morning and Gwen called it a devastating loss.
He was laid to rest wrapped in flags which were given to him by two of his biggest fans when they came to meet him – June Wishart of Scotland and Monika Mattsson of Sweden.
Linda Sheppard of Deer Lake, who is another big supporter of Trooper, said his passing was upsetting but recognized his story had helped in people having compassion for animals.
There was in upwards of 3,000 supporters worldwide on his website “Troopers for Trooper.”
Sheppard concluded that Trooper had a good nearly five years after his rescue.