It's funny you should ask this...I have been thinking a lot about folks who lose their jobs and can't keep their pets...I saw a story on the news about it too...it was so sad.
To give up a member of the family because hard times have hit and then when you get back on your feet and that member is gone
I too say FIND a way to keep Lexi...Lexi isn't disposable...it is like if you hit on hard times and your parents gave you away instead of trying to work things out.
After seeing the story, I have started giving cat food and litter to the food bank when I can (things are sure tough for me right now too, so I give what I can :sad
...they sure need it and they are always so much more thankful when they see it mixed in with the people food.