Front Desk Kitty

Staff Bio

Ilean’s Obituary

Ilean started out as one of our resident Barn cats.  Despite her limitations using her front left leg, she was still an amazing hunter!  After Ole passed, she was brought over to live in the main building where she seemed to really enjoy the comforts of being inside more.  She was best known for her indecisiveness between prowling the outdoors and resting in the comfort of her nook behind the reception desk.

Her last few years were spent assisting Kim by being a lap warmer, leaving the staff random notes on the computers after walking on key boards, accidentally putting the clinic hold music on speaker phone for all to hear, and being our designated clinic greeter.  She always seemed to know when someone was gloomy and made it a point to sit on their lap and comfort them knowingly.

Sadly, she was one of many cats diagnosed with kidney disease.  She was a fighter to the end.  Ilean passed away at an approximate age of 17 years, surrounded by those who loved and cared for her most, never alone for a second.  Ilean is preceded in death by our other clinic cats; Ole, Bones, and Howard.  She is survived by all of our staff members and Mama Kitty.

We will forever miss her strength, loyalty, and love.  She will always be in our hearts.


“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”     – Winnie the Pooh



Her Story

On a cold, frosty morning in early 2003, as the morning veterinary technicians were arriving at the office, they came upon what appeared to be a small body wrapped in a towel by the front door.  It was assumed that a Good Samaritan had dropped off an animal that had passed the rainbow bridge.  Anxious and saddened, they explored the towel.  To their surprise, they found a quivering black-and- white petite female feline with an abnormality of her front left leg.

She was promptly given a thorough exam.  The exam presumably concluded that she was chilled and that there was a metal pellet lodged in her cervical spine.  It was suspected that the pellet was the cause for her anomaly in that front left limb.  She was transiently given the name “Ilean,” because of how she leaned to the left when she walked.

The news spread around the greater Gallatin Valley area that Ilean was in our care.  Numerous efforts were made to find her owner.  Months went by with no success.  Ilean’s personality and disposition won over the hearts of all the staff members.  It was unanimous!  In March of 2003, she became a permanent member of the staff.

Despite Ilean’s limitation, she is still an amazing hunter! She is best known for her indecisiveness between prowling the outdoors and resting in the comfort of her nook behind the reception desk.

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