Shelter cat, Cheddar, dies

Gayle Wilkinson, veterinary technician at the shelter, pets Cheddar.

GLASGOW – Cheddar, the orange and white short-hair cat that was on the job for many years at the Glasgow-Barren County Animal Shelter, died Sunday at the shelter.

“Cheddar worked at (Barren River Animal Welfare Association) longer than any other employee and was gifted at discerning a dog’s attitude toward cats,” said Margie Patton, BRAWA board member. “He helped evaluate hundreds of dogs during his tenure, making sure they were safe to send to a home with cats. His presence will be missed.”

Shelter cat, Cheddar, dies

Connie Greer, general manager of the shelter, feeds Cheddar in this August 2019 Glasgow Daily Times ‘ photo.

Connie Greer, shelter general manager, said Cheddar was her little buddy.

“We shared many lunches and those I didn’t share, he was happy to steal,” she said. “I will miss him dearly. He was a fixture here at BRAWA. People would come in just to visit with Cheddar.”

Elaine Tilton-Albaugh, treasurer of BRAWA’s board of directors, was known to spoil him.

“Cheddar was an ambassador for the shelter. He loved to be around the reception desk. If he was sleeping on the counter, people weren’t sure if he was real or not,” Albaugh said.

Cheddar came to the shelter as a stray 17 years ago. When the current house cat “Morris” died, Linda Kuhn, long-time member in many facets at BRAWA, recommended Cheddar to be his replacement as the test cat for dogs’ attitudes toward cats.

Shelter cat, Cheddar, dies

Cheddar takes a nap in a basket on the shelter's front counter.

“Cheddar was gentle, never striking a dog but putting them in their place if they got out of line. He made many visits to schools and was part of the education program for BRAWA camps, school tours and such,” Greer said.

Gayle Wilkinson, veterinary technician at BRAWA, described Cheddar as being “one of a kind.”

“We would always need a photo for something and Cheddar was always willing to be the model. Once, even making him a French beret for his photo shoot,” she said. “He was the best sport and loved showing off. I started working for BRAWA in 2005 and have always known him to be there. He will truly be missed.”

Many did not know it, but Cheddar had cancer.

“We noticed a great amount of weight loss and honestly, thought he wouldn’t be with us past his 19th birthday last August,” Greer said. “We all have been prepared for this day, although it still is so very tough when it actually happens.”

A memorial brick and plaque will be placed at BRAWA for Cheddar.

Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation in Cheddar’s memory, may send a check made out to BRAWA to 175 Trojan Trail Glasgow, KY 42141.

“Supply donations are also being taken at the shelter in his honor during normal business hours,” Greer said.

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