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Together we remember the animals who spent precious time in our care and enriched our lives. Those that passed away in our presence, and those who were with their adoptive families – all are remembered fondly.

Bequests and donations in memory of a loved one (human or person) provide Rest.Q with an opportunity to further enhance animal care on the island, including re-homing of pets following the owner’s death. If you have questions about a long-term care-plan for your pet(s), please contact Rest.Q at ; 250 539 3105 or mail to Rest.Q Animal Sanctuary, 1820 Ellis Rd, Galiano Island, V0N 1P0, for information and support.

Our Feral Family

Our large feral cat family located on Sanctuary grounds receive daily support from one of our volunteers. As the feral cats age and/or become unwell, the reality can lead to palliative care. Each year we lose a few of these sanctuary residents to illness, age and/or disease. All receive veterinary care as needed, in addition to daily monitoring through the feral feeding program. We take this opportunity to remember those who have passed away, each leaving a small place in our heart that aches. But those small places do open room for our new residents too. To those who have died this year, we remember you and value your life that was shared with us.

Nellie – November 2016

Miss Nellie lived at the sanctuary for many years. She was a shy gal (therefore no picture to show) but would express herself readily with chatter when she had something to say, or by hiding when feeling insecure. Dear Nellie had her special places in the house, and now those feel somewhat empty without her. Be sure to make time to play Nellie wherever you are – you deserve to continue to feel safe and happy.

Dexter – November 2016

Dexter 2016







Our Sanctuary gentleman, Mr. Dexter, died in November 2016 in the comforting presence of a volunteer who had cared for him every day since his arrival on Galiano 3 years ago. Dexter was always available for rubbing against your leg or jumping up into your lap for a snuggle. He had the knack for making every person feel special. You were special too Dexter. We are missing you.

Tara – September 2015


Sweet Tara lived with one of our Rest.Q Directors for her full and happy life of 16.5 years. She enjoyed hiking, playing with her 2 cat siblings, and being the centre of attention. The Cooper family donated monies to Rest.Q in Tara’s memory, with the hope that the funds can help rescued animals with special needs. Please do consider donating to Rest.Q in memory of your beloved pet. If requested Rest.Q will post a photograph and short description of your family member on this website.

Less – updated November 2016


In 2014 Rest.Q received a significant donation of $5,000 from Bonnie Robson. Bonnie’s donation was made in the memory of her father Jim Macdonald, a long-time Galiano resident, who passed away late 2013.

Jim had a semi-feral cat that he cared for on his property. ‘Less’ was a source of companionship for Jim, and Less was often welcomed inside the home for attention and food. When Jim died, Rest.Q relocated Less to our sanctuary. Initially very shy, Less is now enjoying friendship with other felines, and he loves to roll over for belly rubs and affection from our volunteers.

Bonnie’s donation to Rest.Q will help us to offer Less a good home with all of his needs met (housing, food, vet care) for the remainder of his life. Residual funds from the donation are allocated towards care of other sanctuary animals &  building/renovation needs.

UPDATE: November 2016

Dear ‘Less’ passed away in the arms of one of our volunteers. During his stay at the Sanctuary, Less found a place where people loved him and readily responded to his greetings every day. The food bowl was never far away, and he enjoyed company of fellow feline residents. We’ll miss you Less.






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