- 7 years ago
So here’s what happened; the Humane Society called me back, they were reluctant to open an official investigation (likely due to resource limitations – still crappy) but advised me that we could bring the cat into the humane society so that if she does choose to pick him up, she will have to pay a fine and listen to a lecture from them. Unfortunately they said without evidence of abuse such as starvation or frostbite they wouldn’t be able to seize the cat permanently. They did create an incident report with the history of the situation that I provided.
Given that we had spoken to her about the importance of keeping him inside before, and given the many chances, we elected to take him to the Humane Society (Even though it broke my heart). Unfortunately as we were getting ready to take him she called me and left a message, saying that she was upset that he had gotten out again, and that she knows we have spoken to her about this but given that we were the people who have always found him she thought it was worth a try to ask us.
Yikes. Knowing that she was now home and given this message I didn’t feel that I could load the cat up in the car right in front of her house and take him to the Humane Society, so here is what we did. We printed out extensive information from the Humane Society website, including the bulletin I posted before. We took the cat back over to her and gave her the literature. We advised her that we had spoken to the Humane Society, that they were aware of the situation, that they had advised us to bring the cat to them, but that we were trying to give her a final chance, and that the next time we see him outside in the cold he is going straight to them. She said that she understood and that she has also made an appointment to have him neutered.
Believe me, I am very conflicted about this. If one of our cats got out before we left for work, there is no way we would be going to work before we found them. But at least now I feel like I really have done everything I can before taking him to the Humane Society next time, which. I will certainly do.
OP, you are doing the best thing. Thanks for looking out for the kitty.
I still don’t understand how the cat gets out all the time. I live in Wyoming where it’s also cold and snowy, and it’s not like anyone is leaving their doors open this time of year. My cats are SO not interested in venturing out into the snow when we come and go. Is this some kind of ninja cat or is she leaving her door open to the cold or what?!
Call the Humane Society and tell them you believe she is neglecting the cat. This just boils my blood. I have a cat I rescued 8 years ago and I know someone neglected her. She is a beautiful pet and I cherish her.
I’m so sorry to hear you have to intervene, but thank you so much for caring enough to help the poor kitty.
Thanks for the support, folks – this situation has been ongoing since November and I’m just very emotionally drained from it. We have 3 rescue cats, two of which were taken from neglectful situations and all three of which we took in within the last year and a half – if any if them ever got out, especially in this weather, I can’t imagine just leaving for work for the day like everything was fine and dandy. It kills me that we are living next to this woman.
After seeing your update I am glad that she appears to have gotten the message and hopefully it is a wakeup call to take better care of her cat.
I know you are at limit but if it was me and I saw that happening, I would have to take the cat. I think I would feel so bad to just let her keep doing this. Clearly she’s not listening to you and it’s sad to put them in shelters when you obviously take care of animals much, much better. What’s one more kitty?!! Also, if she comes looking for him I would definitely lie and tell her he is not there.
but on the other side of things.. I live in montreal canada and it gets as cold as -40 sometimes. Just on my street there are 4 strays and surprisingly enough they survived the winter. Cats are very intelligent and good at surviving- they sit under warm cars, etc.. To keep warm.
still super evil of that woman though. Don’t understand her problem.
Sorry just read your update. Good job 🙂
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