I typed this story on another thread but it's bothering me so much, I wanted to reach out again.
I had a cat that was coming around for about 2 weeks that was wearing a flea collar and though he only came out at night and wouldn't let us near him, I thought he was just lost and afraid.
So a person who lives a couple streets away thought it might be his lost cat and asked if he could trap it so he could take a good look at it (since it hid and he was never able to see it). We trapped it 10 days ago. He really thought it was his kitty and pulled it out of the trap to see if it had claws (his poor lost kitty was declawed) and it had claws and tried to get away. The 3 of us fought with the cat to get it back in the trap so I could take it to the vet the next day and have it scanned for a microchip. It was so afraid with all 3 of us pushing it back in the trap that he bit me. I understood why. But my husband told me to take it to the shelter that night to get scanned so we could re-release it sooner or return it to his owners sooner and find out if it had a rabies shot.
When I took it to the nearest shelter, they scanned it and it didn't have a microchip and then I told them I was hoping to see if he had his rabies shot because he bit me (mistake). So they took it for a 10 day quarantine. I asked if I could pick it up after 10 days and they said I could adopt it.
So after much deliberation, I called today to see about adoption and they said it was tagged as 'unfriendly' and 'feral' so they aren't able to put it up for adoption. Rather have a Rescue Organization pick it up.
I feel just terrible. Could the struggle with the 3 of us have scared it so much that it looks like a feral now and isn't? I was just surprised that it was a feral with a flea collar.
I feel like I did all the wrong things for the poor cat. Although each night he was at my house, I was surprised since we have bobcats and coyotes. But stilll....how do I get over feeling so responsible and sad.
(btw, I took care of the bite and it healed very nicely.)