The Legend of the Rainbow Bridge

Somewhere between Earth and Paradise, stands the Rainbow Bridge…
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth, made of rainbows. You know you’re getting close when you reach a land of hills and valleys and meadows with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. Those who were old and frail are young again. Those who were sick or maimed are made whole. They play all day with each other in the perpetual Spring sunshine. Delicious food and clean, clear water are always available.

But there is one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. Each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly looks up, alert, expectant. You have arrived at last, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting friend.
You cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be parted.

Author unknown

ONE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE between humans and their non-human companions is that humans live longer. Sharing your life with a furry friend is a significant way through which we learn about death and bereavement. Loss is indeed a part of life, and an opportunity for growth. One contribution to personal growth is honouring our dead – hence this page.

Please feel free to submit anything you would like us to publish here – pictures, poems, tributes, stories, relevant quotations, links, memories. In the first instance, just send us an e-mail at with your details, and an outline of what you would like to share. This is a free service, though of course another good way of honouring your departed companion is by a donation to AWARE.

At AWARE we have to deal with death often, and there simply isn’t enough space here for everyone we would like to remember. So we’ll limit ourselves to a few special friends from the Shelter, and anything inspirational we come across in the domain of that strange and vital dichotomy: Life and Death.

Recent Memorial Messages


“Burtie was hit by a car and unable to use his back legs when Animal Aware took him in. I was there volunteering and he put his head on my lap and I fell in love with him and adopted him. He survived cancer, paralysis, and a bad infection because […]


Juno by Molly Timmerman I was a fourth year medical student doing an international medicine clerkship in Santa Cruz, Guatemala at a clinic providing healthcare to underserved populations in rural Guatemala. I was prepared to encounter human suffering and illness. I had not prepared myself, however, for the suffering and […]


Beloved dog of Stewart Kantor and Patty Gallagher Snug was one of the lucky ones. Bought as a puppy by a family in Guatemala who knew nothing about dogs (except that Snug was very cute), she was first ignored (no walks, no shots), then abandoned to the street when she […]


September 2015 – February 2017 Fostix was a handsome cat and a great and noble soul who lost his long fight with Tritrichonomas Foetus. We miss him.     how many tears can a person shed? cry me a river how many friends are going to end up dead? cry […]

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