In Memory Of
This page is dedicated to honoring the lives and memories of all of the loved ones who left us too soon. We will always remember and appreciate the joy they brought to our world each and every day.
Max was the best! His charming personality touched every person he met. He was an expert hunter and loved chasing anything from lizards to hair ties. He was affectionate and loving and always knew just what to do to make his parents smile. He could cheer anyone up, even on the worst of days. He loved to cuddles and play with his brother and sister, Sam and Aspen, and would put them in check even though they were the dogs of the family. Thanks to Max, One Love Animal Rescue and Sanctuary was born.
Viserys was a special iguana. She was a beautiful blue and green hybrid iguana. While she only graced us with her presence for a short time, she slowly let us get closer and closer to petting her and being around us. She taught us a lot and is dearly missed.
Bonnie was the cutest little tortoise. She had such a friendly and big personality packed into a tiny package. Despite her small size, she was strong and brave and such a fighter. She struggled with a tumor that eventually got the best of her, despite our best efforts to help her through. She touched our lives and is missed every day.
Misty came into our lives as a puppy in 2006 when David (one of the One Love Animal Rescue & Sanctuary founders) was still in high school. David graduated and went to a JC in Sacramento then ventured out to Long Beach to continue his education. Misty was unable to join him, so she stayed at home with us. During that time, Misty grew very close to both Bob and I (David's parents). It was then decided that Misty was home and would see David during his home visits. Misty was happy and during the day, played with her sister Kerri (a puggle) who was also part of our family. She was such a loving and happy dog. When we returned from work, Misty and Kerri would howl and bark so loud that even the neighbors could hear them. There was no sneaking in! Misty was diagnosed with diabetes and Cushing’s in 2013. We had to give her 2 shots of insulin and medication as prescribed by her doctor everyday with no issues. Once we got all meds regulated, Misty was back to her old playful self, jumping, running, and playing with Kerri. When Misty laid on the ground, we would use her as a pillow, and she loved to cuddle with everyone . She had to go to the doctor’s office every 2 months to make sure all was good. She made many friends at the doctor’s office with all the nurses and they all commented on what a good patient she was. Misty lasted 4 years with her illnesses and her doctor shared that was a lot longer than he predicted. We lost Misty on September 1st, 2017. Misty was a good and very smart dog and my best friend. She is thought of every day and is dearly missed by her family.
Tiana was a very unique and sweet chameleon. While most chameleons only ever learn to tolerate people, Tiana actually enjoyed people and wanted to come out when her people came in. She was happy to be out and about as a chameleon ambassador in the world. She would go on adventures to the beach and was super calm and happy to let people hold her. She was a fantastic hunter and was so fun to watch when she would see a cricket out of the corner of her eye. She was a great girl and is very missed.
Naveen was a special chameleon with the most awesome coloring. You could always tell how he was feeling by the colors of his skin. He had such a personality and was a super energetic and fast little guy. He loved to climb and sitting on shoulders or the tops of heads was one of his favorite activities. He didn’t have the traditional chameleon grumpy-attitude that most do despite the fact that he struggled with a severe infection from the time he came to One Love. He tolerated volunteers cleaning his eyes and nose daily and giving a chameleon medication every few hours, but unfortunately after many months of fighting, ultimately lost his battle to that infection. We are comforted by the fact that we gave him lots of love and he had a happy end to his life while in One Love’s care. We miss him very much.
Klaus was an older adult yellow-foot tortoise who had been imported from Brazil by a local reptile store. While One Love does not support importing or mass sales of any species, the reptile store contacted One Love for help because they were worried Klaus was sick and going to infect others in their store. We agreed to take him because when we saw him, he was in very poor shape and we weren’t sure that he was going to make it through the day. We got him urgent treatment and it turned out he had very severe internal parasites. Klaus seemed to be improving over the few months he was with One Love and receiving treatment as he was eating and starting to become more active, but, unfortunately, to our extreme disappointment, he passed away peacefully in his sleep one night. While we were all deeply saddened by this outcome, we are happy to have been lucky enough to be able to provide him with a comfortable home and lots of love during the last weeks of his life.
Cornelius was an amazing bunny who left us much too soon. When he came to One Love, he was highly skeptical of humans but with some TLC, he began to grow more and more trusting and affectionate. He had such a big personality; he was so fun to have around. He loved to chase his tail and hop around exploring. He would come running for treats and was a very enthusiastic eater. We miss him dearly but are thankful we got to show him love and compassion while he was with us.