Letter to the Woman Who Abandoned Her 17-Year-Old Pet

“The tech wrote “depressed” on her card. I’d be depressed too if I went from “sleeping in the sun” to a metal cage with a thin layer of newspaper.”

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From Canine Haven, a safe haven for rescue dogs from all over the world:

You decided that you wanted to move to an apartment that didn’t allow pets (and by the way, landlords are forbidden to do this in Toronto). I don’t know what lured you. Maybe it was a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Maybe it was a great view. Maybe you liked the woodwork. At any rate, it was more important to you than she was. So you took her down to the shelter, still wearing her cute little pink leopard collar with a bow, and you cheerfully wrote on the card that she was very healthy for her age and friendly and just likes to sleep in the sun! I guess you knew her pretty well – you put her birthday down on the card, too, making me believe you’ve probably had her for her entire life.

Then you left, secure in your rationalization that somehow, in the midst of kitten season, your seventeen-year-old cat would find a home. The shelter took a picture of her scared face and big eyes and put it on the web.

For two weeks, I looked at that picture. I hoped someone else would see her fear and feel compelled to help her, but the public wasn’t seeing her. She was back in isolation, getting vitamin B shots and subcutaneous fluids. The tech wrote “depressed” on her card. I’m not surprised. I’d be depressed too if I went from “sleeping in the sun” to a metal cage with a thin layer of newspaper.

Finally today, I couldn’t stand it anymore. I felt too guilty thinking about her sitting in that cage at her age. So I went down and I got her, and now she’s curled up on a fleece baby blanket in a cat tree in my bathroom. When I go in there, she rubs her head on my hand.

Today, I cleaned up your mess. I felt worse for your cat than you did. And all over the city, other rescuers did the same. They rescued your abandoned cats and dogs and bunnies and exotics. And we all wondered the same thing as we did it: How could you create this situation? How is it that you feel no remorse? How is it that you were you able to walk away from an animal you shared your home with for a year, ten years, fifteen years, knowing that they might die because of your actions?

I’ll never meet you to ask you those questions. I just hope I meet the person who will be good enough to give your baby that sunny spot to sleep for the rest of her life (however long that is). She deserves it, and it’s a crying shame you didn’t have the decency to give it to her.

 

666 thoughts on “Letter to the Woman Who Abandoned Her 17-Year-Old Pet

  1. I don’t understand how people can turn their back on a pet they have had years either. Its so sad for the dog or cat. hey have feelings, and hurt and mourn same as we do. They also give so much love. I hope this lovely baby finds a great home. She does deserve one.

    1. Many people are self-centered and selfish. It doesn’t occur to them that anyone or anything else has feelings. May they suffer the same callous fate toward their end.

    2. Honestly, I came away from this story with a different impression.

      I’d think the owner would likely be distraught, and am concerned for somebody forced by life circumstances to abandon their life companion of nearing 2 decades to a shelter. Maybe it was an elderly person going into an assisted living home, an elderly woman who finally fell and broke her hip or developing Alzheimer’s going to live with family. Maybe it was a family going through a divorce. Maybe it was a person for some reason becoming homeless, or going to jail, or for some reason moving out of this city.

      It didn’t have to be heartlessness that made somebody give up an elderly cat. Life can be cruel in and of itself. I wouldn’t assume the worst of the former owner. It is a nested worry I myself have, as a pet owner, that some day I might have to face not being able to care for them anymore. A reason that significantly discourages me from owning pets, honestly.

      So then the author comes across publicly slamming a person they know nothing about, who could be dead for all they know, and posing themself as this heroic ethical rescuer contrasted with the moral inferiority they assign to the former owner. Um … wait.

        1. there are a lot of people who do not care. I agree. but there are some who do.. and the ‘they’ you might be referring to could be sons or daughters, who can’t take an animal into their home, after a parent could no longer care for it. Or a sister of someone who died.

          It is so easy to assume the worst, because in a lot of cases we are right to do so, but not always..

      1. I agree. I have witnessed the heart rending situations you describe first hand. I know an elderly man facing this dilemma right now. He cares more about his dog than about himself. He worries day and night about what will happen to his canine friend when he is no longer able to care for him. This man is poor, ill and alone. Soon he will be forced to leave his home – and his only friend.

      2. Sorry..”but the situation you want to describe IS the minority. I belong to multiple pet rescues. Most of these animals are tossed away like garbage. It is heartbreaking the number of animals killed each day in the state of Ohio alone. Sad situations do happen but visit shelters websites, most are thrown away. Myr heart breaks daily. I post their faces daily to try to find homes. I have adopted 6. You need to investigate the state of animal shelters, their kill rate and the sheer number abandoned and killed each day.

        1. In order to help get the number of animals that are put down every year in the US, we first need to ban together to abolish ALL puppy mills / commercial breeding sites. these sites are a significant sources that is over burdening our Humane Societies with unwanted and sickly animals, we as tax payers are footing the bill. I just watched video of a Mennonite puppy mill owner, he stated “he makes over $100,00 a year TAX FREE from selling puppies”, how fair is that!!!! Now is the time to change the tax laws so that the Amish and Mennonite are no longer TAX EXEMPT; they should be paying taxes to offset the expenses of the crisis are creating.

          1. Thankfully in Canada this has been addressed for years and with public education and tips from them, puppy mills are on a dramatic decline.

            Rescues on the the other hand are becoming more and more popular for acquiring a furbaby for you to love.

      3. I agree, the circumstances aren’t known, so it’s not fair to assume the worst. When renting in Sydney most landlords won’t accept pets though we are told this is not legal. With a choice of being homeless after a family crisis or trying to find a rented unit I could afford, bring my dog, while 25 people are also trying to get the same unit, I had no choice. I am lucky in that a family member took my dog, but this was heartbreaking. Life can bring unexpected changes, people lose jobs, people try to find somewhere to live, people get sick, relationships break down. She/he brought her pet to a shelter, maybe that was the best option. We don’t know.

      4. Did you read the first line of the article/letter? The owner “decided to move to an apartment that didn’t allow pets”. Says it all, but you skipped right past that…

        1. If a landlord told me “no pets”, I’d have to tell that person they just lost a future very good tenant and hunt until I find a place that will accept my pet.

      5. The author states the woman was moving to an apartment that didn’t allow pets. There are lots of apartments which allow pets. If the woman really loved her cat she would have found a way to keep her. I’d live in my car and give up everything I own if I had to, to keep my cat. I’m committed to her for life. Hope that woman never has another pet and never has children, as she thinks they are disposable.

      6. I am with you on this , sometimes life isn’t kind to humans or their pets, your heart hurts so much you can’t stand it and cry for days

      7. I agree with you…I can only hope my very good friend/animal lover who promised me she’d take care of my sweet kitty will do as she promised.

        Now that I’m in my early 60’s, I’ve decided, if I lose Princess (to HIV problems), I can’t see myself without another kitty to keep me company. However, becaue of my age, I have made the decision that my possible next and probably last “true friend” will be an older kitty. Most animals over the age of 10 are not going to be adopted out. Black cats, as well as even young cats that are considered “special needs” also are hard to get adopted.

        While the author of this article made a good point, and, I commend you for taking this sweet kitty home, one does need to be aware of why the owner had to give up her long, long time companion.

        If there would be one thing that would shorten my time on this planet, it would be ending up in a nursing home and having nobody to care for the one thing that has helped me cope, given me a reason to continue “existing” in a very cold, cruel world.

        Bless you, kind rescuers 🙂

      8. I have a hard time saying bad things about people too when I don’t know the full story. Thanks to those who played the devil’s advocate. This happens often at my work. People are always so sure that they know people and their horrible reasons for doing things. . hmmm. Perhaps their is a reason behind some of these people’s responses too. I’ve learned once I know a little more about a person’s story I am less likely to judge. I often actually discourage a young person from even getting a cat (can’t speak for dog people).Iyears of missed opportunities, teaching abroad, shared apartments ( with cats who have claws), moving abroad to meet my fiancé. I warn that a cat can live your entire young adult life. That is why I think adopting a senior pet is something I will do in the future. Until then, I will wait until I have 3-5 years of no commitments, travel, roommates, etc. to help them finish their life peacefully.. I will be a senior too at that point. Many young people do not know what the next 20 years will look like for them. And you know what? That is OK, not their fault. Yes, they should not give their pet up easily. However, probably educating people on the reality of pet ownership and life changes would be helpful. Thanks for hearing me out. 🙂

      9. I too came away with this impression…The judgements are made based on someone not involved in the persons life at all and conjured up a negative picture when perhaps the reality is something she had no choice in. I was once in a position where my medical situation forced me to give up my dog. I was sick over it for a long time.

    3. All I know is that kitty’s face is breaking my heart. And then I scroll down and see horible stories about the dog being dragged and on a bad day I can’t handle this kind of sadness and cruelty and I break down and cry. God All Mighty please end the cruelty to your creatures, please. I have a dog and a kitty rescue pets. My husband and I love them and if you want a comfortable chair to sit in, you have to scoot the critter out of it!!

    4. I can’t understand what kind of society we live in today that pet owners can abandon their pets and feel nothing. No remorse or compassion. Don’t they get attached?? Don’t they feel affection and a strong bond to these fur babies?? I feel so bad for these animals and wish I could rescue them all. I can only imagine how these pets must feel. How confused they may be. I do know that someday these unfeeling people will have to answer to God for these uncaring acts. If anyone adopts or gets a pet; they need to know it is a lifetime commitment and it’s like having a child. That pet is yours to care for the rest of their lives. I just can’t barely stand to read these horrible stories. I just wonder how this happens so much in this day and age in our society. It’s like people have no feelings anymore.

  2. Melanie, You are so awesome. I have worked with animals for over 20 years and could never understand why people give up so easily on their pets. The adoption group I was with for a long time saw many 7+ year old dogs get returned because medical issues pop up. We always helped with the vet costs, so there were no excuses. People try to find an excuse to give up their senior pet and just don’t give a crap. Whenever they were told we can get the dog to the vet at no cost, they always came up with a BS excuse to not handle it. It takes people who will help older pets get the care they need. Most importantly, ambassadors like you will make sure they are comfortable and as healthy as they can be in their final years, months and days. God Bless.

    1. Yes Iagree…..it takes a selfless person to have a pet and to complete the wonderful journey God gifted us with……the rest of the people are SELFISH and should be given away when they are old and no longer the cute little pet. I have an almost 14 year old poodle with a heart issue. He is on two medications for this twice a day and I alter my day to meet his meds. He is happy and doing well. I take him to the vet every two months and drive 60 miles each day to do so. He has given me so much love and loyalty these past 13 years and I just adore him. This person who gave up tdheir elderly cat and loyal pet is SELFISH and deserves to be treated the same way. God bless the good and caring person and the beautiful cat. Mim

    2. In my neighborhood there is a cat that some one obviously either just dropped off or moved away and left behind that was going up and down the street crying this unusual cry. It was mean to other cats around and people were chasing it away. One night when I got home late, I found that cat in my back yard eating the left over bird food that I put out for the birds and squirrels. It just broke my heart to see that this was a misunderstood cat. It was litterally starving! I put out some cat food that I have on hand to feed the cats next door when my neighbor is going to be away, and the cat ate like there was no tomorrow. I have since bought food for her and named her Grayba as she is a beautiful gray tabby cat and is very happy to have a home. She also gets along with the cats next door now.

    1. My hat is off to Melanie. Thank God for people like her in favor of the poor animals that are abandoned their owners especially in their senior years. My two cats are my kids and I would rather die than give them up. I love them. They are my children.

  3. Recently, I had a personal organizer come to my home and help me organize. She was wonderful and methodical, awesome. My kitties are all over 16yrs old so we started talking about cats. She said she has 3 older kitties as well and they were urinating in the house and she was going to take them all to the shelter. WHAT!! As a veterinarian, I’m very patient and understanding and super sweet with my clients. However, I’m the customer and I lit into her, told her why is it someone else’s problem and what if the problem was medical and the cats had a urinary tract infection or urinary crystals/stone and these kitties are painful. Of course, she has not taken them to a vet since she has had them. She was taken aback by my response, but I made an impact on her. She truly had no care about them and wanted to dump her “problem” cats at the shelter for someone else to deal with. She was not going to say anything about their urinary problem. Let me just say she will never work in my home again. I don’t understand people, she did NOT have the RIGHT to adopt them in the first place. As a veterinarian, I see the wonderful, awesome, GREAT clients and am able to sleep at night. She is one of the ones that never brings her pets in. This was a great letter and I hope more people become educated because of it. What do these people do with their children, hey kids I’m moving to a 1 bedroom apt see ya….. The way people treat animals is insight on how they treat their children and family.

    1. We had our furry little boy for 19 years. We hand fed him as an abandoned two-day-old kitten and we nursed him as we would any family member for the last three years of his life. He received subQ fluids, a special diet for kidney disease, Cosequin for Cats for his arthritis, and warm ultrasound treatments for spinal arthritis and an old injury/surgery. I held his little, old body as he tried to make it to the litter box those last final days. He slept beside us in his heated soft bed. Finally, the morning came when suffering outweighed his struggle to continue. We could see it in his eyes. He is buried in a little coffin my husband handmade wrapped in his favorite little blanket along with his favorite mouse toy. We could no more abandon him than abandon one of the children. He was our furry child and we will miss him always. He gave us so much more than we could ever return and he knew that we loved him. I agree, the way people treat animals is a look into their souls.

      1. Ours was a Boston terrier bobie we picked him up after being in a cage for all 11 yrs of his poor little life, roached back,no tendons in his front legs, blind in one eye and depressed the needle was his owners idea of love, we took him home ,eye dr. First ,therapy on front legs, toy shopping , heated bed in our bed , he had two happy totally spoiled years, of love love love,and we received grunts, snoring and in the end we cried as we buried him under his favorite shade tree with his blanket toys and our tears because two years was all we could give. You are my kind of people, every story I read like yours helps me know there is good in the world

  4. I have a 16 year old cat named Honey and I would DIE before I would ever do such a thing to her no matter my what my circumstances were. I already feel guilty that I’ve made her a lifelong indoor cat and that there are so many things she has missed out on because I wanted to keep her safe. I can’t imagine my life without her in it so dumping her at a shelter would never happen. Poor old lady she’s beautiful..

    1. you should not feel guilty for keeping her indoors it is safer and indoor cats live longer. She is Lucky you care enough to protect her

      1. NEVER, EVER, feel bad for keeping you loved-one inside. It just may be the reason why they are able to live a full life.

    2. Please never feel guilty about having your cat indoors. She has enjoyed cushy cushions, sun spots, yummy food, not fighting with other cats, less exposure to disease and has not become a food item for something higher on the food chain. Most importantly, she has had your companionship, affection and love. I’d say you’ve done an awesome job!

  5. First, Thank you for rescuing this cat. If this occurred just for a new apartment then the previous owner deserved this scolding. Things aren’t always what they seem though. I am fixing to have to do something similar with a litter of 12 week old puppies. I am as attached to them now as I would be years from now. I have worked very hard to find them homes. (Yes. It is my fault this happened and their mother wasn’t spayed. I accept full responsibility.) There are many factors outside of the obvious that led to this. Just saying that there are often two or more sides to the story. Be careful placing blame or even worse, passing judgment. I hope you enjoy your new cat. She’s beautiful.

    1. Actually I can judge you and I do. Even if she wasn’t spayed, you can still contain a dog and not get it pregnant. Many people do it. You failed, point blank. I blame and pass judgment on you. Who should I blame? The dog?

    2. I wonder if maybe the owner had to move because of a new job? Maybe her mother became ill and could not care for herself so the daughter was moving in to the apartment to help. You do not know why she had to move, taking her cat to a shelter and giving as much information as she did indicates she loved the cat, she could have just left it. I had to move my 18 year old cat to a friend’s house because my very sick mother-in-law was moving in and the cat would make her sicker. I knew that my cat would die, I cried and held her tight before I had to leave. It was awful. My cat died the next day but I really had no other choice, maybe this woman was in the same situation.

      1. I had a friend that had to give up her beloved 2 kitties after she was layed off from her job, couldn’t afford to pay rent, and had to move in with her sisters family so she could get by while she looked for another job (her sisters husband and their 2 kids were very allergic to cats.) She was very fortunate to have a no-kill shelter accept them. We don’t know this persons circumstances that made her relinquish her cat, but at least she did so at a no-kill shelter instead of just abandoning the cat outdoors like many people do.

          1. Self righteous b—h. I bet you won’t mind leaving your mom in the care of others because you can’t possibly quit your job, or move into a an apartment with her, or tend to her yourself… we do it all the time to the humans who took care of us. The cat will be fine. I’ve adopted 3 and 8 dogs, and they all do just fine. And no, they were not previously mistreated, their owners just met with circumstances they couldn’t control. As a result, I have the joy of having them in my care.

      2. Actually, you did have a choice.

        You could have called a vet and done your kindness. You knew she was going to die and you could have just helped her along.

      3. no excuse. . I worked in shelters a lot and pets in need in California. the day I left was the day a very wealthy woman called up to surrender her 13 yr old poodle. .we were suppose to be kind to them so we could get as must info as possible as to place them . .to this day and it was a long time ago I still cant believe what I heard. I asked her why she was surrendering her 13 yr old dog as it would be very hard to place her and was there anything we could do to help her keep her dog. she said she lived in Atherton ca. (in the area I worked in at the shelter) one of the ricest suburbs in America. .she said she was painting her home and the poodle would not fit in with the color patterns of the home. . I lost it in my head because it didn’t even make sense wen she said she was painting the entire home white and the poodle being white would just not blend in. .I don’t remember exactly what I said to her but I do remember a woman coming to pull the phone away from my ear. .I decided to work physically with animals only and adopted two beautiful dogs no one wanted . I love animals more than people and while some think that’s strange I don’t. .if you heard the excuses people give my heart has long been broken for all the animals
        thank you everyone for all the souls you have adopted I hope to meet all of you in a better place some day with all your animals

  6. So moved by this letter and so compassionately written! What a heart this shelter worker has and so very brutally honest. It is selfish what some would do to justify abandoning their pet. They need to hear the truth, not what they think may happen, living happily ever after in a shelter at such a mature age. really? I made a promise to my dog Rex. Yes, I told him this to his face. That no matter WHAT happened, loss of job, unable to get another place because of “no pets allowed’, WHATEVER happened, if I had to sleep in my car to keep him, I promised him that is what we would do. He kissed me. yes he licked my face all over, I think he heard me. I am not even close to that situation, have a good job and nice home but we never know what life throws our way. Regardless, it will never be my little guy who would be the sacrifice. ever. To the person who abandoned their poor cat, they do have feelings, they do have a life and they do know what’s going on. Its you who does not.

  7. I adopted an obese kitty in North Florida,she was 8 years old. Her former owner took her to my cat’s veterinarian,and wanted her put down,because “she’s always bugging me,rubbing up against me.” My vet refused,but told the woman if she would sign her over,they would find her a home. I adopted her. Karma is a very sweet girl. She is demanding,wants a clean litter box always,and will LOUDLY tell me when it needs to be scooped. I don’t mind…she’s hilarious,she does things no fat chick should do,jumping,climbing,and she purrs like a V8. I love her so much. I hope that awful woman that gave her up never takes home another pet. I’m working on getting Karma’s weight down,and she has a home with me for the rest of her life.

  8. We can only hope Karma catches up with these uncaring lowife humans. My poodle was 20 years and died in my arms then by Lhasa had to be helped over the rainbow but he too died in my arms, If an apt wouldn’t take my dog then they didn’t gget me. I say shame,shame,shame. Hang your muserable head in shame, Thanks to all who take an aged pet from the shelter.God bless you.

    1. I have a german shepherd mix and was looking for an apartment here in charlotte a couple of years ago. This particular complex considers gsd an aggressive breed. The agent had the nerve to ask if this would be a deal breaker. Of course I didn’t say what I was thinking. Too many people have this mentality that animals are disposable. It never amazes how some people think. I would rather live in my car then get rid of my baby.

  9. My cat just passed away a few months ago .I am old , I always had worried that I would pass away before he did and no one would want him because he was old . I feel like a peice of my heart went with him when he died , but I am so glad he did go first as I know he was always loved by me and well cared for . I want another cat so much it hurts but will not get one because if I die who would give him the love and care he needed so I live without the unconditional love of another cat . It makes me cry ..

    1. June,
      So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. I bet you’re younger than you think. I bet if you rescue a four-legged creature, you’d feel even younger. You sound so sweet.

    2. Have you ever thought of fostering? Many rescues really need fosters and are willing to work with any age person. I understand he need for a pet. Being alone can be unbearable at times. I hope this helps.

      1. Yes, fostering is a good idea. Heck, you never know. You may just become a mother to one of those “foster babies”. Good luck to you.

    3. if you cant be a forever home to a cat because of your fear and I understand it. Maybe you could be a foster mom while your fur babies are waiting for a forever home. Here you get to do a much needed job. Fostering babies young and old.

    4. You could foster OR adopt a senior pet. That is my plan when the furbabies I have now leave me. Seems the seniors go begging because of kittens or puppies or younger pets. But with seniors you don’t have to go through the chewing or messy stages. They’re more mellow and settled in. I know in my physical and health situation and age I would not be able to walk a pup or young dog but could manage a nice slow stroll. Just something to think about.

  10. Such letters should not even be necessary. If one has a pet… It’s for life ! To the wonderful rescuer….. fantastic.

  11. I have 5 cats ranging in age from 7 months to 18 years. I have passed up astoundingly cheap rents, beautiful homes, and excellent neighborhoods simply because of a glaring “NO PETS” policy in the ad. My cats are my babies. Just try and taken them away from me and see what happens.

  12. In the past three years I have lost three of my kitty girls aged 23, 22 and 21. I was with them when they cried at night, my vet said it was dementia. I cleaned up when they couldn’t get to the litter box. I carried them to the bed when they couldn’t make it themselves. Two passed on their own. My Boo had cancer and had to be put to sleep. I held her in my arms until she was gone. My Lucky girl is still young but I will be with her as long as she needs me. I am not a crazy cat lady. I have 7 grandchildren who I adore and visit often. I am married and work full time. Anyone who can give up a treasured family member is lower than low and has no place in the family of Man

    1. Who cares if you ARE a crazy cat lady? Crazy cat ladies are awesome! I take great pride in being one. Nobody will ever be writing a letter like the OP’s about any of MY pets!

  13. charities and the historical failure of animal research, what charities will never tell you, on my FB and YT (sorry about going off topic!).

  14. You are amazing. I recently lost (passed) my 17 year old kitty
    I feel so empty without him. I shame that woman who dumped off her cat! I’d give anything to have had more years with mine.

    1. I feel the same way. Our cat had been declawed (not by us. We got her when she was 2 and the previous owner had it done. Poor cat!) and had major litter box issues. Did we give up on her? Hell no. Countless trips to the Vet and he finally suggested that we try an empty liter box. Worked like a charm. The poor cat was having burning on her paws from the litter the Vet said! This was new information at the time. So for over a decade I washed litter boxes right after she used them. She was perfect in using them once we figured out another way. I never resented it. She was worth anything! She passed at nearly 17, and I would give anything to have that sweet, amazing angel back again. There will never be another one like her. Someone dumped a cat in our neighborhood, (low life trash to do that to their pet), and we took her in. She is a very good cat, and I think they understand how lucky they are and reward you for taking them in. I took her to the Vet right away for shots, exam, and spaying. Vet discovered she had already been spayed, and was about 6 months old. So definitely she had been someone’s pet. Their selfishness in turning their back on her was our gain though. She is far better off now. I guess God knew our beloved cat did not have much time left, and we needed another to help ease the pain. I”d never have gotten another otherwise, not for a very long time probably.

  15. Thank you for the letter it is sad to think after 15 plus years someone could just dump a family member.With out wondering if they would put the cat down due to it’s age.I as of right now have 4 cats that showed up because the owners decided not to take them when they moved.My past animals I had 18 years,another almost 18 a dog for 14 another for 11.My sister took her 12 year old cat to the animal shelter thinking they would help her because she lied and said she found it.The cat was pretty sick…..I told her she just killed her cat…They don’t take in sick elderly animals…..

  16. I see where your name is Melanie? Well then Melanie (you) are amazing. What a kind act of genuine love. You’re letter to this woman was right on the mark! I truly do hope you find the right person to give this little guy the love he so deserves! Thank you so much for stepping in. From all of us out here who would have done the same.

  17. Beautiful sentiment; and, accurate. I have had a Cocker Spaniel “Missy” who was 13 years old, and, I had to put her down on my Birthday 3/8/15, a birthday I will never forget. Her birthday was just 14 days from turning 14.
    She had a stroke, and it will be 8 weeks this weekend, and, I am slowly, very slowly getting use to the silence in the house without her here.
    I could NEVER do what that person did to that poor cat, even though I am a dog person, there is no excuse for that kind of behavior.

    1. So, so, very sorry for the loss for your “Missy”. I bet she was spoiled…which they ALL should be. xx

  18. So nice what you wrote and did. Can’t understand how people can be so selfish. Animals are so loyal and people are so mean.

  19. While I feel for the kitty, you should be blaming landlords as well! I lost my home due to the Ellis Act in San Francisco. It took months to find another apartment I could afford that would allow me to take my kitty. Just before I thought I was going to be living in my car, I found a place. Too many displaced tenants are forced to abandon their babies…not by choice but by the greedy actions of the hipster landlords forcing us out of our homes so please, don’t be so quick to judge this person. I would hate to lose my baby, but some of us have no choice…

  20. While I feel for the kitty, you should be blaming landlords as well! I lost my home due to the Ellis Act in San Francisco. It took months to find another apartment I could afford that would allow me to take my kitty. Just before I thought I was going to be living in my car, I found a place. Too many displaced tenants are forced to abandon their babies…not by choice but by the greedy actions of the hipster landlords forcing us out of our homes so please, don’t be so quick to judge this person. I would hate to lose my baby, but some of us have no choice…

  21. The look on her face will break your heart to pieces. Anyone who believe animals don’t have feelings are idiots. I would live in my car, anywhere I wouldn’t give up my pet. I’m sorry you made the wrong choice. What do you tell others, they tell you they understand but they don’t…This cat gave you her all, and you chose to dump her DUMPED a friend who loved you, counted on you for life. I hope you never get another pet in your life. I hope you see this cats face when you close your eyes. I will be some time before I stop seeing her myself.

    1. Thank you so much. Very well written…you really got to me. A little teary-eyed right now…again!

  22. You can see that her little heart is broken just by looking at her face. It takes a horrible person to just dump an animal at a shelter the way this person did.

  23. You can see that her little heart is broken just by looking at her face. It takes a horrible person to just dump an animal at a shelter the way this person did.

  24. Poor baby! Hopefully karma will repay the heartless person who could do this! Thankfully, there are still some wonderful people who DO care!!

  25. Poor baby! Hopefully karma will repay the heartless person who could do this! Thankfully, there are still some wonderful people who DO care!!

  26. The sad thing is that animals have more compassion and loyalty than humans. Poor kitty. I just wish the human who abandoned her would see that letter. It tells it like it is.

  27. The sad thing is that animals have more compassion and loyalty than humans. Poor kitty. I just wish the human who abandoned her would see that letter. It tells it like it is.

  28. To just click “like” wasn’t sufficient. LOVE!!!!! I will never understand how people just toss their loyal pets, who did nothing to deserve it, off to the side as if it was just a purge house clutter day???!! Never!

  29. To just click “like” wasn’t sufficient. LOVE!!!!! I will never understand how people just toss their loyal pets, who did nothing to deserve it, off to the side as if it was just a purge house clutter day???!! Never!

  30. i’ve been in the rescue biz for 22 yrs now. people do this because they cannot stand to watch their animal go downhill. this is when an awful lot of people choose to euthanize their pets because its obvious the animal is gonna die sometime soon. none of it is right, just wanted to throw it out there. im a professional dog trainer, too, for a living. so i see that crap all the time and it pisses me off

  31. i’ve been in the rescue biz for 22 yrs now. people do this because they cannot stand to watch their animal go downhill. this is when an awful lot of people choose to euthanize their pets because its obvious the animal is gonna die sometime soon. none of it is right, just wanted to throw it out there. im a professional dog trainer, too, for a living. so i see that crap all the time and it pisses me off

  32. I almost lived in my car so I could keep my dog. Fortunately some friends stepped in and let me live with them for a short time until I found a place.

  33. I almost lived in my car so I could keep my dog. Fortunately some friends stepped in and let me live with them for a short time until I found a place.

  34. Then she probably wanted to go look at the kittens room!
    These are the people who shouldn’t be able to adopt!
    Hope she has family treat her the same way in her old age!!!!

  35. Then she probably wanted to go look at the kittens room!
    These are the people who shouldn’t be able to adopt!
    Hope she has family treat her the same way in her old age!!!!

  36. My 17 year old dog passed away last summer. I would do anything to have her with me again. She was by my side over half of my life. My heart still feels the pain of loosing her. I don’t know how anyone could give up a furry family member so easily. These stories are so hard to read. I hope the best for this kitty.

  37. My 17 year old dog passed away last summer. I would do anything to have her with me again. She was by my side over half of my life. My heart still feels the pain of loosing her. I don’t know how anyone could give up a furry family member so easily. These stories are so hard to read. I hope the best for this kitty.

  38. Bless you for taking her in. If you take the responsibility to have a child it’s for life. You should feel the same for the four legged family members. You are family for life. They have hearts and feelings also. Just look into those beautiful eyes. If you can’t take that responsibility don’t have a pet!

  39. Bless you for taking her in. If you take the responsibility to have a child it’s for life. You should feel the same for the four legged family members. You are family for life. They have hearts and feelings also. Just look into those beautiful eyes. If you can’t take that responsibility don’t have a pet!

  40. Omg…. glad I don’t know who she is…. I’d give her a piece of my mind… And stuff…. Ashlee isn’t this horribly heartbreaking?!?

  41. To the piece of garbage that did this to your old friend.
    I pray you contract a slow growing , very very painful disease, and you suffer excruciating pain for years

  42. To the piece of garbage that did this to your old friend.
    I pray you contract a slow growing , very very painful disease, and you suffer excruciating pain for years

    1. If you want to help, look into local no-kill rescues and make a donation of either time or money. There are many animals that can benefit from such actions.

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