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Fostering Out Your Cat — 7 Comments

  1. I wonder how long Frankie was with Mrs Allan, it may have been a good while as it takes a while to refurbish a house. I can’t help wondering why the Mahoneys didn’t rent somewhere they could take their cat with them, he had to be out of his own home anyway so why in a strange home with a strange person instead of with his family?
    I’m not saying Mrs Allan did right but she had probably got fond of Frankie and he’d have settled with her so I can see her logic in wanting to keep him.
    Yes a written agreement really is essential in that situation so that both the owner and the fosterer are clear on their agreement.

  2. I’d agree Michael. Small claims court is so busy– we had to go once. It does seem to be all about speed of hearing the cases, pushing people through as quickly as they can. Even so you wait and wait. I don’t think the judge gave it much thought. Doesn’t make him bad, just rushed and overwhelmed. With nothing in writing it’s hard to figure out who to believe. Maybe the foster came across as a nice lady who had the problem that these people were trying to take away her cat. The judge might have been sympathetic towards her. Instead of getting the facts straight it might have become a personality contest of sorts.

    • Absolutely right. It gets muddled and a judge does the best he or she can in the time allowed. That said some of these lower tier judges are a bit dodgy. Nice comment. Spot on.

  3. Shocking and scary way to lose a cat. I wouldn’t be able to accept it. I think the written agreement would be like a test to weed out the people you don’t want anyway. However one would want the fosterer to love and care for the cat so the cat is happy. I guess a line needs to be drawn though, as to how much and how attaching that is. As Michael said, there must be a detail in the story missing for the judge to make such a decision? I can’t believe the fosterer gets the cat just because she wants him and no other reason. Can’t be as simple as that.

    • I have a feeling that the original owners said something to the fosterer that gave the indication that she could keep the cat and which created a binding agreement. Verbal agreements are dangerous. Another possibility is that the judge was no good. At small claims court level some judges are poor in Britain. They don’t have time to hear the case properly and make poor decisions. A written agreement would prevent the possibility of going to court. No discussion.

  4. Hi Michael,

    Sad story. I can’t imagine losing my cat that way. I’d get her back somehow but wouldn’t like the situation.

    I’d be real careful about who I left my cat with. If they balked at a written agreement then I wouldn’t leave my cat with them.

    I think that a written agreement would be a wise move and the form you’ve supplied would work well.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

    • Thanks Liz. I am a believer in taking preventative action. Cats are so precious to people. To lose your cat like this would be horrible as you say. I don’t think I could stand it.

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