July 16, 2008

Take Time to Find Place for Cat

Q: A declawed, spayed stray cat showed up at my house. The vet said she is probably around 7. I tried to find her owner, but nobody claimed her. She is diabetic. Because I have a dog that will not share and family members with allergies, Gillie is living in my garage. She is a very sweet and loving cat. I would love for her to have a better life than I am providing. ... She loves to just sit on your lap. I don't want to see her go to a shelter. _J.M.

A: Please do not fret about keeping Gillie in your garage. You are doing the right thing. Give her a house to live in and keep her fed and hydrated and give her as much affection as you can. It's not easy to place a cat these days, but this is doable.

Canvass your friends and family, church, social groups and neighborhood for a senior citizen in need of companionship. Then offer to pay for Gillie's food and medicine. Take your time to find the right person. You could change both their lives and will be assured of a sweet spot in heaven some day.


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