NORFOLK, VA – Two years ago, Pamela Scott Hyatt died leaving a legacy of music and love, including for her own beloved cats and for the cats at Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center (NACC), where she volunteered.
Now, the new cat colony room, made possible in part by a bequest Hyatt left to the Friends of the Norfolk Animal Care Center, has been named in her honor. The colony room allows cats to live together in an open space, providing a more home-like environment and allowing social cats to interact.
Hyatt deeply loved her own cats, Oliver and Fritz, according to her obituary, and loved to share stories and pictures of them. For years, Hyatt volunteered every Friday to help cats at NACC find homes.
“She always loved her kitties (that’s how she referred to them),” said Brian Bean, her friend and financial advisor of 35 years. “In some ways they were her closest companions. She was always concerned about all the animals in the world and the treatment they received from people and it gave her great pleasure to be able to provide some funding for the care of the ‘critters’ at NACC.”
Hyatt adopted one of her cats from NACC and helped countless others to adopt their feline friends from the shelter. NACC staff member Jessica Guckert said Hyatt’s love of people and animals showed every time she volunteered.
“She showed true love of both people and the animals. It wasn’t just for the animals, it was also for the adopters coming,” Guckert said. “It’s so fitting that the room is named for her.”
Hyatt touched thousands of people during her life. Her love of music led her to a long career teaching music and chorus in Norfolk Public Schools, as well as to decades of involvement in the local music community. She sang with the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony Chorus and the St. Andrews Episcopal Church choir. She also taught as a voice coach at Tidewater Community College.
In addition to her time with NACC, Hyatt volunteered with the Virginia Beach SPCA Cat Adoption Program.
Hyatt died on March 1, 2019, at the age of 69. Gifts like hers help the Friends of NACC to support adoptions, medical care and spay/neuter programs at the shelter.