Monday, June 22, 2009

A KITTY HOSTAGE SITUATION AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

Here’s a story about a fellow Burbank kitty in a very bad situation and a chance for you to make your voice heard on his behalf.

Last February, a very cute Seal Point Himalayan cat named Kitty Pants, shown in the photo, slipped away from a house sitter and found himself lost in the big bad world (or, the wilds of Burbank anyway). A few days later, Kitty Pants was found by a neighbor and taken to the Burbank Animal Shelter, and here’s where it gets dicey. Although Kitty Pants had been reported missing by his humans, Jim and Amy Roach, the attendant at the shelter failed to check the lost pets book. As a result, Kitty Pants was placed in the “general population” and subsequently adopted by another family. And here’s where it gets even dicier. Because the new family adopted Kitty Pants legally, they refuse to give him back to Jim and Amy. The family was offered a reward and another Seal Point Himalayan from the same breeder, but as of this writing, they are still refusing to budge. So this has become, in effect, a kitty hostage situation.

Naturally, Jim and Amy are devastated and want Kitty Pants back. The Burbank City Council has become involved and the Kitty Pants story has found its way into several media outlets, so hopefully, the new family will bow to pressure and relent. Still, a few words from other kitty lovers would be extremely helpful, so I call on my fellow cats (and their humans) to raise your voices and help Kitty Pants find his way home. Contact the Burbank City Council (citycouncil@ci.burbank.ca.us) and/or The Burbank Leader (gnp@latimes.com) and let them know your thoughts. Also, I’m sure any ideas you might have as to how to resolve the situation would be greatly appreciated.

Meanwhile, check back from time to time for more information on Kitty Pants. Hopefully, this story will have a happy ending.

4 comments:

Kitties @ Our family cat-a-blog... said...

My gosh, this happened at our shelter a couple of year's ago with a dog! All in all, the new people had to give the dog back to the original owner because it was not considered to be a legal adoption due to the fact that mistakes were made during the process.

Gosh, I hope the kitty gets back to it original owner. I'd certainly give back a kitty if I knew it had a loving family waiting for it.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a horrible thing to happen. It's really important that shelter personnel pay attention and do their jobs. Once the animals are legally adopted, the new owner doesn't have to return it unless they want to. But we hope this kitty will be returned to his rightful owners, the ones who lost him and tried to find him before he was adopted out.

crazykittykat1 said...

That is horrible! I wonder if it would have helped if the cat had a microchip? Maybe they could take them to court to get the cat back? I hope the people would see the other people lost thier cat and really want it back. They should give it back and give another kitty a home.

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