The Labor Day weekend is coming and it got here way before I expected it, so I'm posting this on Thursday afternoon because I suspect some of you readers are going to take Friday off and stretch this 3-day holiday into a 4-day weekend.
While you're doing that perhaps some of you can find room in your heart to help this good citizen and this cat. The story comes from Rebecca Poling, our pal who is president of the Companions For Life group that educates people about animals.
Rebecca reports that a senior citizen, with the help of a younger neighbor, rescued an 8-week-old kitten Sunday. "The kitten was soaking wet and clinging to a tree - evidently he'd been there since earlier in the day when the storms rolled through and somehow survived.
"So this Good Samaritan made some inquiries and found the owner. He'd gotten the kitten from a friend, but when it chewed on his houseplants he decided he didn't want it anymore and put it out. She was furious -and still is - at how callous this person had been! An 8-week-old kitten all on it's own in a strange place!
"Anyway, the Good Samaritan is not able to keep him - she's making him as comfortable as possible in a borrowed dog carrier on her patio, but she's elderly, living on Social Security, and she's afraid to leave the house and leave him alone out there. She's trying so hard to do the right thing -- calling all the groups she can find, but hasn't had any luck."
So, what we have here is a dumped, friendly, smart black-and-white medium-haired kitten -- omigoodness, is this a tuxedo cat? -- that needs a home. Rebecca says she'll donate to any group that'll take him to help cover expenses. Contact her at [email protected] and she'll help you get an audition to adopt.
As for the person who put the cat out, it could be that we've run across someone who needs to be taught a good lesson, but not in the organized, thoughtful, gentle way that Companions For Life promotes.
I'm thinking it's more along the lines of Harrison Ford teaching a lesson to the town bully in the movie Witness. Involves a big, quick fist to the nose holes and a meaner-than-the-devil, red-eyed glare. But that's just one person's opinion and not representative of all rescuers, many of whom are much kinder and unlikely to be locked up for dispensing justice on their own.