Surrendering a Pet: Don’t Abandon Pets in the Middle of the Night

On Saturday, Feb. 21, a very observant patron of the shelter found a sweet little kitten up in the tree in our dog yard. She was actually dropping off a junior volunteer at our monthly orientation, when she came back into the shelter to let us know. Thank goodness she did! When Shoshana went out to get him, fortunately he was a sweet lovely kitten who came right to her. Thankfully he didn’t run out into the street or run away from us. Interestingly, he smelled of perfume, so our conclusion is that someone must have dropped him over our fence into the dog yard and he climbed up the tree for safety. There’s no other way he could have made it onto that tree.

We named him George (because someone mistook it for a cherry tree) and he is a gorgeous 4-month-old flame point Siamese mix who is already snug in his new forever home.

It’s a mixed blessing when we find animals that have been left at the shelter during off hours. Finding George the cat was disturbing enough, but then on Tuesday, Feb. 24, Mary Green, our humane education director, pulled into the shelter at about 7:15 a.m. only to find an emaciated chocolate pitbull tied to our sign in front of the shelter. Again, he was a very friendly guy and was thankful to be found, but it had been a cold night.

Who would do that to an animal? He is now embraced everyday with love, attention and food. We named him Willie and he’s a sweet guy, about 2-years-old and has filled out quite nicely with great food, love and attention. I don’t expect Willie to be here too much longer as he is a smart, sweet boy who is such a joy to be around.

We know that if you have to surrender a pet, it is never an easy situation, but please, if you have an animal you need to surrender, give us a call first. We will help you in every way possible and you can learn more on our page about Reliquishing a Pet. We are a private nonprofit, with no funding from either the county or state, and only have a limited amount of space. There are times when we just don’t have another kennel for a dog or we are full with cats and kittens, but we will give you viable options and guidance on best avenues for your particular situation. If we are full and time permits, we will put you on a waiting list.

Thank you everyone for acknowledging the great work we do here. As an executive director, I am very fortunate to be among this amazing group of dedicated animal welfare professionals. We really are a great team.


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