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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-25-2015, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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What would you have done about cat left in garage?

I had a phone call this afternoon from "my" shelter about a cat that had been missing since Thursday being found in a garage local to me. The owner of the garage is away on holiday - no family could be contacted.

I reacted but others may have handled it differently.

Over to you.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-25-2015, 03:59 PM
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I'm not sure what you're asking.
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Not enough info to go on. Was this someone's cat that got out and was trapped in a stranger's garage without the property owners knowledge?
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Sorry - I was being faintly tongue in cheek knowing that whatever our other disagreements may be, we are all united on cat welfare.

I had a phone call (via the shelter) about a cat that had been missing since Thursday that had been heard crying in a neighbour's garage. The neighbours were away from home -the neighbours of the cat not of me - their papers had been cancelled long term - and their family couldn't be contacted. The RSPCA (thing SPCA in the USA) could not be reached and the local police said it wasn't their responsibility. This left the cat - a much loved pet - to die of dehydration or starvation before the garage owners could return.

Hope that now gives enough detail. Every effort was made to contact relatives (failed) and neighbours in a Neighbourhood watch system were notified.).

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I would help the owners break into the garage and stand by while they arranged to fix any damaged caused. (Broken windows/locks etc).
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I agree with Krissy....and the owners should be thankful as I am sure no one wants to come home from holiday to see/smell what would be left in their garage. Maybe even have the window replacement guy there already and video the entire thing from break window to rescue cat to fix window. But kitty needs rescuing!

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I agree. Break in, rescue the cat and fix the damage after.

We actually were in a very similar situation. When I was maybe 10 or so our indoor/outdoor cat went missing and after almost 5 days of searching and thinking we could hear her meowing when walking down the street and calling, my mom figured out that she was trapped in the basement a few houses down. The neighbors were on vacation and pre cell phone times, there was no way to reach them. So my dad and a friend broke a window, we got the Gipsy to the vet asap and arranged for a temporary fix until the owners were back to replace the window. I wouldn't hesitate to do the same thing today in the same situation. The neighbors weren't really upset either, I doubt anyone wants to come home to a dead cat in their basement/garage.


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Arianwen - did I miss what did really happen to free the cat?
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-25-2015, 08:54 PM
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Agree with the others, break in then fix the damage later.

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I also vote for a "Controlled" breaking in, to save the cat, and offer to fix or repair any damages!

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