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Animal rescue could not find microchip and euthanized cat the next day — 7 Comments

    • Public shelters are for Animal Control however they have to use reasonable care with any stray animal brought in. In this case they probably failed that legal test and the owners can sue in small claims and win they would most likely receive the value of their cat as personal property which would probably be the cost of adopting a new one.
      You can see that even though they did not use reasonable care they are well insulated because the majority of pet owners do not sue because they can’t afford it or are aware of low rate of recovery.
      If a valued family pet were to be destroyed under laws that at least assigned emotional value to a family pet they would have found that chip.

      • So sad but true. Although this won’t help now, maybe if this story is shared enough, the employees/volunteers will scan the entire pet in the future.

        Not to mention that too many non-cat people work at shelters and assume fear is aggression. The workers need better training.

  1. Pure BS on the part of the shelter. Staff are trained to check everywhere for migration.
    Our local shelter, gag, informed me that any cat acting feral would be euthanized. Never mind they are always schilling for a home for an aggressive dog that needs a loving family with a tall fence, no small children and no livestock. But an upset cat must be killed.

  2. A) A shelter does not offer shelter if they kill for space. You are a temporary holding facility and I pray for animals in those sorts of centers.

    B) I’d have to move. The neighbor sounds like they didn’t like the cat. My neighbors know that I have cats. I know who has cats on my street. How do you not ask around?!

    C) Prayers for the cat and the family. If it happened to me, I’d have to be treated with medicine for severe depression. It would just about kill me and I’d feel like it was all my fault. What a terrible horrible thing.

  3. Another question is – why did the person who found the cat brought it to the rescue instead of considering that it might belong to a neighbor? Was it the first time she or he saw this cat or not? Was it repeated? If the first time, why not wait and see if the cat comes back. If not the first time, why not ask around first? There are many people with indoor-outdoor cats, not all may have a collar, in some cases a collar can come of, and an indoor cat can escape.

    I think people bring cats to shelters need to consider that they may be signing cats’ death sentence, and it might be cat of someone in the neighborhood – either an indoor cat that escaped or an indoor/outdoor cat. It’s often quite easy to say from the cat’s conditions if it’s stray or owned. When my mother found a cat on our porch, she thought it might’ve been neighbor’s, talk to another neighbor who identified the cat as possibly belonging to another neighbor and kept him in her home in a carrier – couldn’t let the cat out as she had two other cats, same reason why my mother couldn’t take in the cat.
    When my friend found a friendly cat, she also didn’t rash to the shelter. She provided food, and planned to look for a home before winter. Another neighbor ended up adopting this cat.

    People shouldn’t rash bringing cats to shelters unless there is a danger e.g. because of cold weather or the cat looks ill. If it looks like a feral, one can call Alley Cat Allies. If it’s friendly, why no look through the “lost cat” ads first and ask neighbors?

  4. One comment. Kill Shelters need to be permanently eradicated. If this had been a No Kill Shelter, this poor cat would still be alive today. Inhumane.

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