Iconic Special Needs Cat Lil BUB Has Passed Away

December 2, 2019
Celebrity internet cat Lil Bub attends the "Lil Bub And Friendz" Tribeca Drive-In Screening

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We all know Lil BUB. She's the cutest little cat whose tongue is always hanging out in all those pictures and became an internet sensation because of it. Sadly, Lil BUB passed away yesterday morning at just over eight years old.

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Lil BUB had been battling a pretty serious bone infection, along with the other medical conditions that made her a special needs cat. Her humans posted a beautiful message about her life and her work on social media. Lil BUB helped raise over $700,000 for animal welfare, she started the first national fund for pets with special needs, she's the reason her human met his wife (which then led to the births of their two children), and she "spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world." 

This is my first photo with BUB next our last photo together. On the morning of Sunday, December 1st 2019 we lost the purest, kindest and most magical living force on our planet. BUB was cheerful and full of love laying in our bed with us Saturday night, but unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her sleep.. I have always been fully transparent about BUB's health, and it was no secret that she was battling a persistent and aggressive bone infection. Even knowing this, we weren't expecting her to pass so soon or so abruptly without warning. I truly believe that she willingly made the decision to leave her failing body so that our family would not have to make that difficult decision ourselves. It is impossible to put into words the profound effect that BUB has had on my life, on the lives of thousands of homeless pets, and on the lives of those of you that have cared for her as if she were your own family. She taught me everything that I know about unconditional love, she brought my wife Stacy and I together, she's the reason we have our beautiful children Rosco and Lula, and she has been a constant source of warmth and love in our lives for the past 8 years. To say that our family is devastated would be an understatement. But most importantly, BUB has made a huge difference in the world of animal welfare, and in the lives of millions of people worldwide. She has literally saved thousands of lives (both pets and humans), she started the first national fund for special needs pets, she was the subject of groundbreaking genetic and biological research, she's helped raise over $700,000 for animals in need, and has spread a message of determination, positivity, and perseverance to people all over the world. And even though my heart is absolutely crushed by her graceful departure from planet Earth, I know that her sprit, magic, and overwhelming energy are still with us, reminding us every day to be better. Dearest BUB, I will never forget your generosity, your limitless supply of love, or your uncanny ability to bring so much magic and joy to the world. I am forever honored and humbled that you chose me as your caretaker. Please visit all of us in our dreams o

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Earlier this year we lost our beloved girl, Grumpy Cat, and now she is waiting for Lil BUB on the other side of the rainbow bridge. My heart goes out to Lil BUB's family. A pet is not just a pet- they are family.