Andrew the shelter cat
I just want to urge anyone and everyone, please, please, please when you move take your pets with you, even make arrangements in your will about who you want to leave them with when you are gone.
I live in a large apartment complex. About 4 years ago, a really lovely siamese mix cat found his way to us after his first owner died. Our managers kept him as an outdoor cat, fed him and then fixed up some kind of outdoor shelter for him. Otherwise he was free to roam and come and go as he pleased, they never had him licensed or tagged (I think his previous owner had him neutered). In September, our manager suffered a brain hemorrhage and passed away very suddenly. His wife was also ill and she moved away, again leaving this wonderful cat without a place of his own. Our assistant manager took "care" of him by leaving food outside and that was the extent of it. He showed up at my door in January when it was extremely cold, feeling very lonely and hungry. I took care of him for a time but knew I could not keep him. I enlisted the help of the management here to help me find him a home or to take him and give him a home, but they were not interested, literally shirking the responsibility onto me. Living in that cat shelter, it has been difficult for
Andy to stay healthy, and leaving food outdoors has attracted some aggressive male strays and racoons who come and eat at night. I was actually thinking of taking him to the vet and adopting him until I learned that there is a non-refundable $300 pet fee here. Also, after living outdoors for so long, he has no clue about a litter box, and he can't be roaming around out there alone, digging up the neighbor's gardens and scaring the birds. I finally placed a call to the owner of our apartment complex who lives in a different city. The morons here were trying to catch him in a trap which they left at the bottom of my stairway in broad daylight for all to see; that was never meant to be and the owner finally made them come and take him to the pound after all my requests went unheeded. I'm sick over the whole thing, he's just a sweetie who if he'd been raised properly would have been a wonderful pet for just about anyone. I'm praying that he gets out of the shelter and that whoever takes him appreciates his wonderful siamese disposition and treats him like a king, he deserves it. If not, there's a special place in heaven for that little guy for all that he's been through. I'm very saddened by the lack of responsibility here. I probably could have handled it differently, but I've never experienced anything like this before.
People who abandon and neglect their pets should be fined and/or prosecuted, IMO. BTW, I named him Andrew, they called him "blue eyes" prior to that.