A Tribute to Spirit

Animal Law Ambassador

Professor Joan Schaffner and Spirit Professor Joan Schaffner and Spirit

In April of 2015, Spirit, the feline ambassador of the Animal Law Program, passed away. Read a tribute of this much loved cat below.

Her name, Spirit, says it all! Spirit came from humble beginnings born on the streets of DC to a community cat who was TNR’d by Alley Cat Allies in 2004. Spirit and her siblings came to the Schaffner household as fosters. While her two siblings were adopted, Spirit became a permanent Schaffner and the feline ambassador to the GW Animal Law Program.

Spirit was truly special, touching the hearts of thousands of people who met her at GW at a variety of animal law events representing the many animals we are working to protect. For five years, Spirit was the feline who introduced the No Kill Conference, welcoming hundreds of attendees each year to the conference and stealing the show every year! She loved the spotlight, was incredibly photogenic, and the perfect host.

We have lost a very special feline friend and will miss her dearly. Yet, Spirit’s spirit will live on in our hearts forever. Rest in peace dear Spirit.