Christmas Fallout?

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Christmas Fallout?

                                           Christmas Fallout

I was walking the dog on Thursday afternoon around our heavily wooded property.  It had turned cold and we were expecting some snow and bitter temperatures.  When I neared the road, I saw a shiny red car pulled over, I heard a car door slam, and the shiny red car took off in a hurry.

I live in a very rural area with no other houses nearby. Our house sits 500 ft from the road and is not visible through the trees.  “Another drop- off” I said to the dog.  I put him in a stay and went to look for the drop-off.  There was nothing there.


The next afternoon when I got home from the office, my husband said, “There was a kitten trying to get into the house today.  I gave it some food.”  Apparently the kitten ate all it was given and then disappeared into the woods.  I was fairly certain we would see it again.


No kitten the rest of that day or on Saturday.


Sunday morning, hubby drove to the market for a few dinner supplies.  When he returned home a short while later he said, “The cat I fed the other day is sitting on the side of the road across the street from our driveway.  It’s just sitting in a depression in the snow.”  I knew what was coming next…”We can’t just leave it there to freeze to death”


We immediately went down to the road with warmed towels in tow to see what we could do.


It was indeed a kitten, maybe 5 or 6 months old.  It was skin and bones and surely would have frozen to death in very short time.  It was just sitting there, as if waiting for its owners to come and retrieve it.  It was the same spot the drop-off must have occurred.


We wrapped it in towels and warmed it as best we could.  We made a box with a bed of straw, we brought food and water and a makeshift litter box to the garage.  We added a space heater and now we are hoping for the best.


This little kitty is exhausted and I’m not at all sure she is well.  I may have considered bringing her indoors except that we have the dog and another cat and I was concerned about bringing something contagious inside.


For now, she is warm and fed and resting. 


My heart is sad and I have a deep anger toward the person who made the terrible decision to dispose of an unwanted pet this way.  I guess they think, out of sight, out of mind.

If they could just know how much this poor kitten has suffered, would it have mad a difference? 


Probably not.

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Mary M. Kandell                                             
ABR, CNE                                               
Russell Real Estate

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Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

Hi Mary,

Im happy to hear that you took steps to save the kitten. It's very sad how others dispose of animals like that.



Feb 13, 2012 06:40 AM #1
Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Mary, I can't imagine leaving an animal on the side of the road - in the cold! 

Feb 13, 2012 06:47 AM #2
Mike Warfel
Mike & Rita Warfel Real Estate LLC - Avoca, MI
Associate Broker

I have lived in the country over 55 years, of course I do not recall the earliest years and I did live in town while going to collage for a few years. The point is as far back as I can remember we have dealt with drop-offs. Dogs that are likely to cause problems with farm animals, eating chickens, chasing ducks or actually in one case killing calves. The cats that go wild or those kittens that need help. That animal care must include all, just goes with being in the country. We do it because we love the sunsets.

good luck


Feb 13, 2012 06:54 AM #3
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Grew up in the country and we always had a plethora of dogs and cats. The majority were drop offs. I have heard people say " We let them go into the wild!" Like a puppy or kitten is going to make it or a dog that has been a pet since birth is all the sudden going to become a hunter.

Feb 13, 2012 07:07 AM #4
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Thank you all for your comments.
I came home from the office and the kitten was poking his head up over the box.  I held him and he attempted a purr.  He drank all his water and half his food.  I'm not sure he's out of the woods, but he looks a little better to me. 

Feb 13, 2012 08:38 AM #5
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