My story is heart breaking. I am very allergic to cats and I am poor. There is a cat that lives in my yard that is obviously very young and not feral. She loves people and the neighborhood has kinda adopted her.
I randomly find empty cat food cans in my yard so I know she is being fed. She arrived in my yard recently so I called the local humane shelters all of which have a no kill policy. However they all charge a fee to take in cats. I was willing to spend some money to find this beautiful little girl a home so I brought her in.
They then informed me it would cost me $360 to abandon my cat with them. I was taken aback. I explained that this cat did not belong to me and was found in my yard and had been hanging around for awhile so I brought her in so she could find a good home. I told the lady that I could afford to donate $83 which is all I had to help but I just didn’t have any more money.
The lady at the shelter proceeded to call me a heartless wretch and that the money they were asking for was how much it cost to spay and vaccinate her.
I told the lady that regardless I did not have the money and I guess I would have to figure something else out. She started yelling at me saying she saw people like me every day and that she knew that I just wanted to get rid of a cat that I decided I no longer wanted.
Well I just picked up my new little friend and left. I was so offended by this woman that I was actually crying on the way home. Well after my experience I decided that I would call a local vet to see what they suggested.
The vet was so kind, she volunteered to spay my friend if I payed to vaccinate the little kitty. She told if I couldn’t find someone to take the kitty by this winter she would try to help.
Well I came to find out my little yard kitty had already been spayed and that anyone who deals with animals would have noticed this. I almost feel like the shelter was trying to rip me off. The vet called me two days later because she actually found a home for the kitty.
This story has a happy ending but I still can’t help but feel the shelter could have been more understanding. Her new owner named her Destiny. I hope people look into shelters before they bring in a cat.
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