Dooshnozzles Won’t Return Cat To 6 Year Old Worcester Boy After She Got Lost, Was Turned Into Animal Rescue League And Adopted 3 Days Later
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Here’s a sad story out of Worcester….
Just to summarize:
- Melissa O’Bryant and her family owned an indoor/outdoor cat named Cleo, which they’ve had for 3.5 years
- The last day they saw the cat was at their house on Grafton Hill on Saturday, December 2.
- They were planning on taking a family vacation (cruise) on December 6, and had arranged for their neighbor to watch both their cat and puppy while they were gone
- They hoped the cat would come back, as Cleo has disappeared before, but always returns
- By December 5 they had to drop the puppy off with their neighbor, who agreed to put up posters with her phone number in case anyone found the cat
- Her neighbor began putting up signs on December 8
- On December 14 a woman who lives a street away saw one of the posters and called the neighbor. Turns out she’d been feeding the cat along with other strays, and called animal control because she thought the cat belonged to someone
- On November 26, Melissa took the cat to the vet, paid for a bunch of shots and a teeth cleaning, spending over $500 in the process. They’ve also invested thousands of dollars in vaccinations and other vet bills, just as many pet owners have.
- The woman from a street away first saw the cat on December 3 and had been feeding it, called the WARL on December 6. By December 9 the cat was adopted to another family.
- The WARL posted this on Facebook on December 6, the day Melissa and her family left the country:
- Melissa did not see this picture until she got back
- Neither her neighbor or the woman who turned the cat into the WARL knew about the cat being posted because they don’t use Facebook
- Melissa’s neighbor called the WARL when she found out what happened, but said they can’t make the new “owners” give the cat back
- The WARL did try calling the new “owner” of someone else’s cat, to do a wellness check, and they said the cat was doing great. But the WARL did not mention that the cat belonged to someone else
- On December 19, Melissa made her post on Facebook which has been shared hundreds of times, and prompted the WARL to once again call the new “owners” and let them know that the cat belongs to someone else. They’ve offered them other options, including a new cat, but they still refuse to give up the cat which belongs to another family.
- Melissa does not blame the WARL, who she says was only trying to help
- Her son is 6 years old and sad, and really misses his cat
Alright, first of all, the fact that this was posted three days ago and we’re just finding out about it now is why it’s so dangerous for Facebook to take our page down. We spoke with Melissa at lengths today, and she told us that she wanted to reach out to us to help, but when she looked for our page it was gone:
We’ll be adding this to the lawsuit for sure. People who rely on us as a media outlet can no longer do so because Didi Delgado and Kevin Lynch mass reported our page for pornography and bullying. By getting rid of our page they are denying people access to the media. And because of that this was what people started doing instead:
Not a single person tagged the Fallout Shelter page, and only one person messaged us. Our inbox on the old page would’ve been FLOODED with tips about this.
Anyway, it goes without saying that we are 1,000% behind Melissa and her family. This is wrong on so many levels. First of all, the cat is their property. They paid for it. They’ve paid for all the vaccinations and vet bills. It belongs to them legally. They should hire a lawyer and get the cat back, because I’m pretty sure if someone else finds your property, it still belongs to you. If your car was stolen, found by a stranger, and then sold to someone else, the car still belongs to you. Cars don’t have a pulse. Cats do.
Secondly, cats and dogs are not just animals. They’re not quite family, but they’re pretty close. People develop emotional bonds with their pets. You can’t just take a cat away from a child like this.
Thirdly, the woman from a street over should never have been feeding this cat. She’s the reason the cat didn’t come home in the first place – because Cleo could get food somewhere else.
Fourthly, even if the family had gone on vacation, this story would’ve played out the same way. Because the WARL seems to rely solely on Facebook in order to get the word out about missing pets. Melissa did not follow this Facebook page, and thus she wouldn’t have been alerted to it, and the cat still would’ve been adopted by another family. Once again, this is yet another example of how Facebook has become a monopoly that basically controls are lives. The WARL assumes that everyone is on Facebook, and why wouldn’t they? They are more powerful than the government and should be treated like a public utility at this point.
Fifthly, it is their fault that the cat didn’t have a collar or a chip, and she acknowledges that. But she shouldn’t be forced to lose a pet that’s part of the family simply because she made a mistake.
Sixthly, cats should have to be licensed and collars just like dogs.
Seventhly, the WARL does an AMAZING job taking in these animals and saving them. But with that said they clearly need to adjust their policy. Anyone who adopts a “stray” cat like this should have to sign some sort of paperwork acknowledging that if the cats rightful owner comes forward, they need to give the cat back.
Eighthly, stop blaming Melissa.
Cats go missing overnight sometimes. They usually come home. If I had a nonrefundable cruise ticket and my cat or dog was missing I’d still go on the cruise. Why wouldn’t you? What are you gonna do at home? Sit there, twiddle your thumbs, and hope that today’s the day Pongo comes back? The vacation had absolutely nothing to do with this.
Finally, fuck these chudmunchers who won’t give back the cat! How much of an asshole can you possibly be to make a 6 year old boy sad like this? And at Christmas too!! There’s literally no reason for them not to. They’ve had the cat for less than 2 weeks. They can’t possibly be that attached to it. They’re probably calling it by a different name then it’s used to responding to, and more than likely the cat misses her owner and would prefer to be where she belongs. They know they can get a new cat. They know they’re hurting a child. They know the cat doesn’t belong to them. And they’re doing it anyway because they have no soul.
The WARL should release the name of the family that now has the cat. Maybe their hands really are tied, but a good ol’ fashioned public shaming on Turtleboy ought to do the trick. Has one of your neighbors recently brought a cat that looks like this home?
If so let us know and maybe we can figure this out the old fashioned way. I’d say to message us on our Facebook page, but, ya know…
So message the Turtleboy Sports Fallout Shelter Facebook page instead. Or just email us at [email protected]