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ashtoreth
August 25th, 2008, 05:24 PM
this is cute ^^

I Cleaned Up Your Mess Today - again
Date: 2008-06-03, 9:36AM EDT


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. This was originally posted in 2006. I am re-posting because the message hasn't sunk in!

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allymack
August 25th, 2008, 05:56 PM
wow, thats a good story..made me a bit sad though. I dont know how you can have a cat for 17 years and then just want to get rid of her :sad:

ashtoreth
August 25th, 2008, 06:00 PM
I know, I mean, i'm not a cat person (being way to alergic to them, but I soooo want a siamese -_-;)
but hell I couldn't do that at all, I was devastated when my 3 year old rat had to be put down because of a HUGE tumor (it came out of nowhere really) I did it when she started to be more than uncomfortable, didin't want her to starve and she started to have trouble eating :(

but I could never get rid of a pet... hell I moved for my pets hehe

ancientgirl
August 25th, 2008, 08:41 PM
That's a great ad, and unfortunately so very true.

Ash, don't let being allergic put you off. I've been extremely allergic to cats since I was 20. And I have 5. I started a year ago, taking 2 different pills and a nasal spray daily. And now, I barely need the nasal spray anymore, maybe a couple of times a week at night. So it's not an impossible thing.

Frenchy
August 25th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Today, I cleaned up your mess. I felt worse for your cat than you did.



I love it ! And would love to meet the person that took the time to write this , it should be posted all over in english and french.

Chaser
August 25th, 2008, 08:55 PM
I love it ! And would love to meet the person that took the time to write this , it should be posted all over in english and french.

Pretty much ditto.

ashtoreth
August 25th, 2008, 09:56 PM
That's a great ad, and unfortunately so very true.

Ash, don't let being allergic put you off. I've been extremely allergic to cats since I was 20. And I have 5. I started a year ago, taking 2 different pills and a nasal spray daily. And now, I barely need the nasal spray anymore, maybe a couple of times a week at night. So it's not an impossible thing.

oh, just sneezing would be alright, its the whole severe asthma that create a problem ;)

14+kitties
August 25th, 2008, 11:41 PM
I love it ! And would love to meet the person that took the time to write this , it should be posted all over in english and french.

:thumbs up English, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Chinese, Japanese, etc, etc, etc.
And posted every week on every pole in every town in every county..... ok, I'm getting a bit carried away. :rolleyes: But the message NEEDS to get out there!

ancientgirl
August 26th, 2008, 08:48 AM
oh, just sneezing would be alright, its the whole severe asthma that create a problem ;)

Yep, I've got that too.:D

Love4himies
August 26th, 2008, 09:41 AM
What a great letter!!

I ditto what Frenchy and 14+ stated.

I don't get how somebody can just give up a pet that they have had more than a few hours? I just have to look an animal in the eye and I get attached.