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In Memoriam: Kathy Andrews
Every idea and dream has a source of inspiration; Kathy Andrews is the heart and soul of The KAAWS Clinic. I first met Ms. Andrews as a client with Long Drive Dog and Cat Hospital in South Houston in 2000. Since 1993 she and her family were devoted to the rescue of many animals, including dogs, cats, cockatiels, and guinea pigs. She would care for each one as if they were her own and find homes for them with diligence and dedication. Ms. Andrews was a firm believer in the kindness of a humane end to prevent intolerable suffering, but she especially cherished the “old” and “ugly” throwaways that no one else wanted. She upheld the idea that every animal deserved an equal chance of life and spent her life ensuring that they were given that chance.
Ms. Andrews introduced me to the nonprofit side of veterinary medicine and opened my eyes to the possibilities of veterinary care for all people and their pets. I was fortunate to have worked with her briefly in 2007. In August of 2007 she was diagnosed with stage four metastasized lung cancer and died peacefully with her family around her on January 12, 2008. Her daughter, Amy Jones, found homes for all of her dogs and still receives updates from some of the new families. Her legacy lives on in her daughter who continues to work with nonprofit organizations and the rescue of animals.
I would like to thank Amy Jones for sharing her memories and photographs of Ms. Kathy Andrews. She gave me a priceless gift that I hope I can continue to share. -Renee Bazan, DVM