This is the story of a black cat named Depot, who makes her home inside the Home Depot home improvement store in Bluffton, South Carolina. For readers who reside in other countries, Home Depot and Lowe’s are the two top home improvement chains in the U.S.
Bluffton is located in Beaufort County near coastal South Carolina. It’s estimated that Depot has lived in the garden shop and other areas of the home improvement store for 13 years now. Customers enjoy seeing the cat when they visit the lawn and garden department. The sweet feline brings a bit of extra happiness to the shoppers who look for her presence when they do business with the store.
Unfortunately, Depot has been tripping security alarms at night when the store is closed to the public. The idea to evict the cat from the only place she’s known for most of her life recently came up, and faced much opposition from those who loved her.
Enter Daniel Goodell, who decided to take a stand by starting a petition at Change.org that will allow Depot to remain. David resides in Margaretville, New York, but vacations in the Beaufort County area. More than 1700 signatures have been gathered since the petition went online last week.
The power of the internet and social media is strong, and working as an advantage in allowing Depot to remain in her home. In an interview with The State newspaper, Daniel summed it up perfectly….
“The gist of it is, would you want to be yanked out of your home where you’ve lived your whole life?”
Some customer’s threatened to boycott the store. There were also several officers to adopt Depot, and provide her with a stable home in which to spend her final years.
Depot, who is obviously a senior cat, has been the bright spot in the day of many who shopped at the store just to see her. Those who have fallen for this sweet black cat have offered several solutions. A doctor in Germany contacted Daniel with an offer to adopt Depot at his own expense. The Palmetto Animal League spoke with Home Depot spokesperson Catherine Woodling, offering to provide medical care and vaccinations to the aging cat.
Strangers with the only thing in common being a deep love of cats are banding together to ensure Depot isn’t evicted. So far they’ve been successful.
Woodling is concerned for Depot’s health. She wants the cat to have a safe environment. South Carolina summer’s are very hot and humid, and this winter the temperatures are breaking record lows not seen in decades. Perhaps it would be best to find Depot a stable environment. The decision has been made to allow her to stay until a better home can be found. Or until she lives out the remainder of her life.
I live in South Carolina, and while traveling as a photographer I had the pleasure of knowing a “store cat.” The cat I knew lived at a Wal-Mart in Georgia, and she would come out to greet me each time I worked the store. The cat I knew lived in the stockroom and kept the rat population under control. I imagine Depot performs a similar service at Home Depot.
It’s nice that a decision has been made to allow Depot to stay. But is it the best solution for her in the long run? Please leave a comment with your opinion on what you believe would be in Depot’s best interest.
Refs and associated:
- Ref: thestate.com
- Associated page: Taking your cat to work