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Rant – Feeling Sad – They Adopted my Daughter’s Kitten Out

I’m upset that you guys kept my money after I put a kitten on hold and now you have adopted my kitten out 🙁 This kitten was a rescue kitten from my area of the city. This kitten was being abused and my daughter had the guts to go up to the children that were abusing the kitten and protect this kitten. I’m sorry she fell in love with it but I’m trying my best.

I’m a single mother trying to make ends meet and on Friday, I promised that I was going get the kitten now but he’s no longer available. I’m very upset because this kitten was something special to her. She loved and looked after the kittens until I was able to drive them into you and all you guys were worried about was the money.

I just want to say that you guys are very cold hearted and you need to explain why this happened to a special needs 9 year old girl that was looking forward to keeping her best friend that cuddled and gave kisses to her. She cried when we left him. And I made a promise we’d get him back but you, as s supervisor, had no care in the world and what this kitten meant to my daughter………a girl that is different from the world.

I also want to say that I have rescued several kittens about 25 and brought them into you because it’s the law and we are always overrun by cats in my neighbourhood and we wanted this one special cat because he was different and my daughter loved him. And then you adopted him out to someone else.

It took you guys over a month to do what you had to do with this kitten. I phoned to check up on him and I was told last week that he was far down on the list and that I had time and you wouldn’t take my money then. Made another phone call and all you gave me was 24 hours and I explained that Friday, when I received money, I would be in. Now I have a daughter that has cried herself to sleep 2 nights in a row because the Humane Society got rid of her best friend 😞

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(Submitted on December 9th at 11:56pm)

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  1. That’s not right

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  2. why wouldn’t you just keep the cat in the first place? #nosympathy

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    • I am assuming because they could not afford the vet bills. Which to me however means they cant afford to have a pet. Pets cost money. I am sympathetic for this child and life can suck, the economy sucks, but if you can not afford the adoption fee you can not afford an emergency vet visit either. Sometimes a vet visit cant wait until “friday when you get paid”

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    • Samantha Mae Samantha Mae says:

      It is Illegal to take an animal off the street and keep it, regardless if you think it’s just a stray. There are rules that they need to be taken in and if nobody claims the animal within a certain time period then you are first in line for the opportunity to adopt. #educateyourself

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    • I don’t think it has anything to do with money to care for the pet. It wouldn’t be right to keep it without first checking to ensure someone is not missing this kitten. When you bring an animal to the Human Society you can put your name down as a preferred adopter. If the animal is not claimed by owners they will call you and ask if you still want it – then you get first dibs before they are adopted out to others. Sounds like that’s what happened here.

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  3. Why did you bring the cat in if you wanted to keep it?

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  4. That’s just horrible!!! I can’t get your kitty back, but I can give hugs.
    {{{hugs}}} for your little girl. Some people have no consideration for children’s feelings. Her feelings are every bit as important and real as any adults.

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  5. I’m confused….why didn’t you just keep the kitten? How did they keep your money? Was there a deposit paid to hold the kitten?

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  6. I am assuming they did not just keep the cat they found because they could not afford the vet bills. Which to me however means they cant afford to have a pet. Pets cost money. I am sympathetic for this child and life can suck, the economy sucks, but if you can not afford the adoption fee you can not afford an emergency vet visit either. Sometimes a vet visit cant wait until “friday when you get paid” Also i know for a fact the Humane Society does not allow animals to be placed on hold. Once the animal is deemed adoptable it is first come first serve.

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    • Um it’s the law to take a found animal into a shelter.

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    • If you bring the animal in you can request to be the preferred adopter and you get first dibs if the owners do not claim the animal. IF you turn it down then it would be first come first served.

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    • Valerie Knowles true. But once it is given the all clear for adoption it must be picked up, at this point the no holds policy would kick in. If you cant claim the animal in 24 hours it goes up for first come first serve. This info is listed on the Humane Society web site

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    • Yes your right after 24 hours OR if they change their minds. However I feel with the time of year that it is and the fact that she had called in several times regarding this kitten they should be a little more forgiving,.

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    • didn’t she also say that she has rescued about 25 kittens…you would think that they would be compasionate.

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  7. To all the dumbasses that said why didn’t she just keep the cat. It is the law that you have to take an animal that is a stray or found to the pound

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  8. Edmonton SPCA does not hold animals. I’m sure you were told that. If you told your daughter something different that’s on you.

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  9. We’re all mom’s trying to make ends meet.

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  10. I would to hear the Humane Society’s version of events, before we jump all over them for being inconsiderate of the girl’s feelings. I have a feeling we’re not being told the whole story here.

    1) First, if you find a stray cat, you can’t just keep it. It might belong to someone, perhaps it is lost. If you take it to Animal Control, they will scan the animal for a microchip and check for other ID, then they will list the animal on their website in case its owners are looking for it. If the animal is not claimed within a certain amount of time, then they are transferred to the Humane Society to begin the adoption process.

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  11. I don’t think the Edmonton Humane Society accepts money to hold animals, or even holds animals at all.

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  12. KS Hilsabeck KS Hilsabeck says:

    Way to play the special needs card. Im sure that didnt have anything to do with this situation. Rules are rules.

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  13. Jaimie Kreklewetz. Maybe we have a kitten up for adoption ? 🙂

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  14. Geoff Taylor Geoff Taylor says:

    Instead of being upset at the Humane Society. Let’s instead be happy that this kitten found a forever home with a loving family. You did a good thing, and let your daughter know she did a good thing. Kids are resilient and will move on. There are plenty of other deserving cats that would love a forever home, and that I am sure your daughter would fall in love with.

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  15. Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

    well times sure are different as to when I was growing up ..a stray cat or dog came into your yard .. and was playful with us we would play with them … when it became supper time you would shew them away and if they did not go mom or dad would come out .. and they would go off running down the road .. but after a couple of days them coming around .. we would bring them in .. give them a bath .. NOW feed them .. as they were starving .. ask around to all our neighbours .. call the radio station and they would make announcement on the air .. a couple times throughout the day .. when people coming home from work … and if no one answered the call we would keep the animal and look after it .. never took it to a shelter and got vet involved to spade or neuter the animal or shots .. but once we knew that cat or dog was staying with us dad would take the animal to the vet to get the shot .. we never caged in the animal that we took off the street as it was made very clear to us from mom and dad that this animal that came into our yard was not our to keep and if someone came and said they had heard we had found a dog ./ cat . we let them see the dog / cat.. even if it was months later .. and if it was theirs .. we gave them back as it was not ours to keep … lots of times they would offer money to mom for the food or shots or what ever .. but she never took it as she said the animal gave us kids something to do …. when I lived in St. Albert .. I also took in a ktten that was just about frozen to death ..inquired all over the place .. kept for about a month and finally the word was out enough that a kitten had been found and the owners came and got her … they did not know she got out of the house and thought she had been hiding then realized later that she was not in the home and they started looking for her .. they never called the pound (back in the day or the SPCA either) to see if this kitten had been turned in .. they just checked the neighbourhoods.. … so if this would have been me .. I would have kept the kitten from those brats that were being abusing it .. and just asked around in the neighbourhood if anyone had lost a kitten …

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  16. Kody Shwaga Kody Shwaga says:

    If they were the ones to bring the animal to the humane society as a stray, they would have been given the option of adopting the animal after the required holding period. I have brought in stray animals a few times and have always been given that option.

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  17. Alena R Alena R says:

    You snooze you loose, it’s to bad what happened to you and your kid, but they don’t hold the pets for no one it’s first come first serve. You said you have no money, what if you didn’t come up with the money and they would hold it and you never came back. Better luck next time.

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  18. Kristi Dick Kristi Dick says:

    I’m confused. You said they wouldn’t take your money. But you lost money.

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  19. Wendy Lee Wendy Lee says:

    Cats from the city (in Edmonton) are required to go to Animal Control. Once animal control is done the holding process they are then transferred to either the EHS or another rescue. So the cat could not have been brought straight to EHS unless the person lied about where they found the cat, it would have gone through the holding period at Animal Control first. The person who brings the pet in can pay a special consideration fee for when the holding period is over if they want to adopt the cat. They call you when the cat is ready, if you do not pick it up within the time frame they gave you then it goes up for adoption. They do not have the time or space to hold cats for someone who doesn’t show up. I went through the process and this is how it works.

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  20. Lol that moment when Edmonton has a bunch of savages lol no love here Mrs. I’m sorry this happened to you though.

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  21. ..if you’re trying to make ends meet, a pet is the last thing you need. Pets can be very expensive and you really don’t want to risk having vet bills.
    Trust me. I just went through this. $1200 for my cat to have an extra week of life.
    It was sad and we had hoped for a better outcome. But sometimes being a responsible pet owner just means not having a pet for a while.

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  22. A pet is a commitment. I hope you spent some time thinking this through before agreeing with your daughter that she can have a cat. From someone who has one cat and three dogs, vet bills can pile up pretty fast, from ordinary vet check ups to emergency vet bills. Maybe this cat isn’t meant for your daughter, maybe there is another deserving kitten out there who will be deserving of her love. But please, before you decide on getting a car (or a dog), think about your finances first. I’m sorry you are trying to make ends meet, I think at this point in Alberta, most of us are, so i have sympathy in that aspect. But to get an obligation knowing you many not be able to financially afford anything outside the regular expenses that comes with pet ownership, would be irresponsible. So please think about it thoroughly. May you and your daughter have a great Christmas!

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  23. Joey Scherer Joey Scherer says:

    I’m sorry your daughter is upset, but honestly, if you’re trying to make ends meet, now is just not the right time to adopt a pet. Trust me. When I adopted my dog almost 12 years ago, I didn’t expect her to have a bunch of health issues, but she has, and it’s been tough affording her at times. I love her like a child, and I wouldn’t give her up for anything, but vet bills are serious. Her special diet has cost me a small fortune, and she hurt her eye a couple of years ago, and that cost several hundred dollars to correct. Now she needs ONE tooth out and that’s going to cost me about $550 (that I don’t have). Think about this really, really carefully is all I’m saying. Hugs to your daughter. xoxo

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