The newly constructed Feline Suite at the Animal Rescue League has been named in memory of longtime volunteer and late North End resident, Christine Barton.
Shy and fractious cats surrendered to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) shelter sometimes struggle in the traditional kennel environment. The newly renovated Feline Suite at ARL’s Boston shelter gives these cats a more home-like setting to rehabilitate and ultimately find a permanent home.
In the summer of 2015, the ARL lost a treasured member of their volunteer team, Christine Barton, after a battle with cancer. Christine was a feline friend, a photographer, and a mentor. She spent countless hours patiently caring for the animals at the ARL. Her devotion spanned from sitting for long periods of time with a shy cat to waiting for the perfect photo of a rambunctious puppy. While her love for animals was obvious, her concern for children was just as strong. Christine frequently said, “I just want to do good”.
Christine’s final wish was to have one more chance to visit the ARL’s Boston shelter. The Feline Suite that is being dedicated in her name, gives challenging cats a second chance. In this space, current volunteers can carry on Christine’s work to care for the cats in residence there.
“Nothing made Christine happier than to see once challenging cats flourish and find a new home,” says Debra Vogel, volunteer and educational programs manager at the ARL.
Funding for the Christine Barton Feline Suite was generously donated by the Gelnaw family. Michelle Gelnaw asked that the Feline Suite be named after Christine Barton to help her legacy live on.