A nice cat for somebody! 7-5-22

Like all my cats, this guy was dropped off here last week – young, male, not fixed and very friendly! At age 74 I have made a point of not acquiring any young animal that might outlive me so I’m looking for a home for this guy. If someone wants him but absolutely can’t afford to pay for his neutering and shots, I will pay the vet bill.

Such a sweet cat – he doesn’t deserve to be abandoned by his owners. I’m trying to help him find a home. If I can’t find one I will euthanize him before I get attached.

First there was Jack Benny. My photos on my IPad don’t go back that far! But I know you remember him.

Then there was JB (Jack Benny).

And now there’s JB3.

Here’s hoping I can find him a nice home!

21 thoughts on “A nice cat for somebody! 7-5-22

  1. Melody in Wisconsin

    Hi Mary,
    Couldn’t you take him to the shelter that you foster for? I would hate to see a perfectly nice cat euthanized. I know the frustration with people that drop their cats off – I am a cat lover and I always had cats dropped off at our farm (a LOT of times they were pregnant). I always got the males neutered right away and when the females had their kittens, I got them spayed and found homes for the mama and her kittens. It was so easy to get overwhelmed with cats and I get so attached that I just had to make myself give them up as I already had quite a few and they were all loving pets. Is there a humane society in your county – if so they may take him. Good luck! I was just wondering if you ever received any update on the crippled kitten?

  2. Susan

    Yes, please don’t put him to sleep. I’m sure there is a shelter that would take him. He was dropped off at your home for a reason…please let your love of animals prevail.

  3. Ann in VA.

    He’s so sweet and so pretty. Please Don’t put him to sleep. I’ll drive out from Virginia!!
    No, I can’t do that!!! Someone will be so lucky to get him.

  4. Sandy

    Hi Mary, let’s hope someone falls in love with him, too far to send him to new Zealand! Lovely sunny day here, hope your temperature is comfortable! Had old filling fixed up yesterday, will need crown next year, not looking forward to that! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  5. Kathy in western NY

    Mary we have some nice cat rescues here in our area – Greys Cat rescue is one and there is a cat shelter too so I am hoping there is one in your state where someone would transport the sweet guy to. He seems like a nice companion someone would love.

  6. Jo in Wyoming

    Stick to your plan. There are cat lovers everywhere, someone will step up. That is a beautiful cat.

    I’m off to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Thursday. Wish us luck the plane will take off!!!

    1. Betty Klosterman

      Jo, how lucky you are going to the Sisters Show. Please take pictures and tell us all about it.
      Betty in Rapid City

  7. Dorothy Sheldrake

    You are not that old. What are you talking about!
    And to think of Killing the cat. I’m really shocked and disappointed.
    He could always live in the barn. I feel sick that you would be thinking that way.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dorothy Sheldrake – we have a dog door that all the cats use to come into the house – they won’t stay in the barn. Only Mama is in the barn because she’s semi-feral. How many cats do YOU have in YOUR house? I have 10 and all I do is clean up after them – I do not want any more cats and the shelters are all full. The shelter I foster for only takes in dogs – occasionally a cat but she’s full right now. I feel pretty old – overwhelmed with life itself and tired to the core.

    2. Marj in Western Wisconsin

      Glad to hear you plan to go adopt this cat. Until you walk in someone else’s shoes, do not be critical. Our world is too full of those types of people already.

  8. Cathy in IN

    Well Mary you always say what you think, now I am going to. I hope with all my Heart you find a home for that sweet cat. To euthanize him would be terribly cruel. Find a good rescue for him if nothing else. You’re 74 not 104 & I’m sure you have many more years ahead of you.
    I have several dogs & cats & I have made arrangements as to who will take them if something were to happen to me. I think every pet owner should do the same.

  9. Nancy Wines

    I have one house cat. But I now have two outside cats that have “adopted “ me. I can’t let them in because they have a disease feline HIV that can be transmitted to my inside cat if they were to scratch or bit the inside cat. It doesn’t affect their longevity but I don’t want the unaffected cat to get it. I had one of the outside kitties fixed to the tune of $500 – my daughter is a vet and did all sorts of other things to him to make him up to date on shots etc. I tried and tried to get these sweet friendly feral cats adopted but no one wanted them. So I feed them twice a day and hope that nothing happens to them. I live in a neighborhood so I hope they are safe but I don’t like having them exposed to the elements. I feel your pain about having unwanted cats just randomly dropped off on your doorstep. It’s not easy or fair. Fostering is hard work. You are a generous and kind person.

  10. Lynda

    I understand and you mustn’t beat yourself up over this decision. He is a lovely cat who sadly found himself at the hands of disreputable people. This is not your fault. It’s interesting how many people know just what you should do but don’t offer any real solution. I believe that here are worse fates than a peaceful death. We must spay or neuter our pets and help others do the same.

  11. Michele

    Mary, tell me how others can rationalize that they should attack you? If a hate accusation is made, it should be made to the people who dropped off the cat in the first place who put you in this position. But, since they don’t know who that is, it’s easier to just attack Mary. Come on people. We all know that Mary cares for every animal that needs her care, but there is only so much she can do.

    Next time before you start attacking Mary, just step up and adopt this cat. If you think Mary has room for just one more animal, I bet everyone out there has less animals to take care of than Mary does.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Michele – thanks for your support – it’s a sad situation but the cat has made himself at home and has an appt at the vet on Monday morning for neutering and shots.

  12. Louise K.

    I just read on this topic.

    I’m sorry that some low life dropped the cat off. We are having lots of dogs and puppies dumped in our area. I hope Karma kicks in for all who abandon, neglect or abuse animals.

    I know you thought about this long and hard, and you have to take care of YOURSELF first. Over the years, you have gone above and beyond for animals. I too want to “save them all” but the cat overpopulation is tremendous not only here but all over the world. Shelters are overwhelmed especially this time of year. A peaceful euthanasia isn’t the worse fate for this kitty.

    I hope someone has room for another kitty and steps up to take him. Thanks for all you do.

  13. Gayle Shumaker

    Oh Mary I just caught up on my email. I am outraged over your treatment by supposedly “good” people. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows you love and give of yourself for any animal that comes into your life. Grrr…. I could go on but I might say something I would regret. Mary please take care of yourself and don’t let the haters get you down. Hugs

  14. Jane Boyer

    Hubby is 83 and I’m 75 so we agree with your decision not to take in young animals. We have 2 dogs and one cat who are aging. Cat was supposed to be here over the holidays as rescue group didn’t want to leave animals boarding at the vet hospital over Christmas. No one wanted Jeffrey so he just stayed with us. Big dog belonged to a friend who had to move due to medical problems. We love them all dearly but they are considerable work. Every time we are going to be gone for more than a few hours we have to arrange for someone to come in and let the dogs outside.

    If no one is interested in the white cat I shall be in Iowa next week for quilt sop hop. I would take him as a foster and try find a home for him in Windom through Cottonwood County Animal Rescue. We’ve fostered a few cats successfully.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jane – I so appreciate your offer but he’s fine here. Everybody is adjusting and hopefully I can find him a home as well as you having to deal with him. Thank you!

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