I was on a site visit yesterday in Massachusetts, viewing a property where we were lending to the buyer, a real estate investor who is rehabbing the property and will resell to a family once it is repaired.
He is purchasing the property as an approved short sale with a first and second mortgage, so he has put months of work into negotiating the two liens, and the closing date is approaching next week, mandated by the shorting 1st position lender.
When we arrived the seller was home, packing to move, and was very helpful. No antagonism or anger, he is simply doing what he unfortunately has to do. He is moving in with his parents temporarily, in a small apartment in elder housing.
When we went down to see the basement, he warned us not to let the cat out of the basement. Being an animal lover, I was asking about the cat, because I'm always concerned with animals kept in basements. The cat was friendly and affectionate, and I petted him a few times. As we went up the stairs, the homeowner mentioned he had to find a place for the cat by next Tuesday. Apparently the local shelters are full, and he hasn't been able to find anyone to take him. The apartment complex where his parents live does not allow animals.
I offered to send out information to my network, in the hopes of finding a home or a rescue, since I work with many animal lovers and rescue organizations. He sent me the following information:
- Name: Mojo Jojo
- Color: Gray
- Breed: not sure (Persian mix?)
- Sex: M (neutered)
- Details: He has a great disposition, loves to cuddle and be brushed. He is a little shy around children. He once had bladder stones and during that time had very poor litter box habits. After the stones were removed, his habits seem to have improved. He's mostly been an indoor cat but will go outside on occasion. He was declawed in the front by a previous owner but still manages to catch and kill mice in the basement!
- His vaccinations are a little behind due to the owner's lack of employment. He requires C/D diet (or similar urinary tract health food).
- Includes: Cat carrier, and litter box.
My heart sank. A 15 year old cat with prescription food and litter box lapses? Who would take him, no matter how friendly and affectionate?
The owner is running out of options and time. I'm sure this sort of tragedy is playing out everywhere across the country, but if it's in my face, I have to try to do something to help. It may be that the shelters refused to take the cat if the owner didn't have the money for a surrender fee. So I'll call the shelters to check, but in the meantime, I'm asking for help. I'm seeking a shelter, a rescue or a new home for this beautiful grey long-haired cat. I'll pay the surrender fee on behalf of the owner if we can find a place for the cat. Almost anything to prevent the alternative - leaving the cat outdoors to fend for itself. Did I mention it has been declawed?
If you are able to help find a home or rescue, please respond either by comment or message to me. The cat is located in a small town just west of Worcester, Massachusetts.