Kicking a cat to the curb

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Hard money lending for investors in NH and MA

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?)
  • Age:~15
  • 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.

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Rainer
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John Durham
Durham Executive Group - RE/MAX/Results - Woodbury, MN
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Ann,

How sad about this situation and knowing there are so many similar situations out there. It is very thoughtful of you to try and help.

Mar 16, 2011 09:46 AM #1
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Karen Seeman
Exit on the Hudson Realty - Tenafly, NJ
CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c

Ann< I hope your blog yields success for the cat and the family.  What a tough situation to be in.  You really tugged at my heart strings.  Mojo JoJo, what a great name!  I'll keep the cat and you r situation in my thoughts.

Mar 16, 2011 09:57 AM #2
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Gloria and Jason Belmonte
Prudential Fox&Roach The Belmonte Group - Rising Sun, MD
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I would post an ad on Craigslist. Even know theydo not always yield good homes, there are alot of rescues on there. Check it out.

Mar 16, 2011 10:03 AM #3
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Ann Bellamy
Hard money lending for investors in NH and MA - Tyngsboro, MA

Thank you, John and Karen.  

Gloria, I was a little hesitant about Craigslist, but you're right, and I'll give it a try.  thanks!

Mar 16, 2011 10:35 AM #4
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Tom Waite
Thomas Waite Real Estate Broker - Cypress, CA
So Cal-Apartment Bldg Investments

Dear Ann:

You are a great person and God will smile lovingly on you.

AND...you've got yhour Mojo..Jojo workin' and it's gonna' work it out for YOU!

Tom

Mar 20, 2011 01:10 AM #5
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Toni Weidman
Re/Max Sunset Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Ann, won't the local animal rescues take him? He's gorgeous and that's so sad. He looks like a Russian Blue.

Mar 20, 2011 09:50 AM #6
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Ann Bellamy
Hard money lending for investors in NH and MA - Tyngsboro, MA

Thanks, Tom, for the encouragement. 

Toni, we have tried all the shelters and rescues in Massachusetts we can find.  I've even begged at a New Hampshire rescue that I raise money for.  The issue is that he is elderly and expensive to keep, and is unlikely to be adopted.  Shelters can't afford to take cage space and scarce financial resources for a cat who will likely be there until he dies.  It prevents accomodating younger healthier cats who are likely to be adopted.  So one elderly cat can cause the euthanasia of many many young healthy cats for lack of space.  An unfortunate reality.  I'm going to post a followup when there is a resolution, although I think the resolution will be euthanasia.  At least I now know that the owner will not turn the cat out.  Thanks for caring.

Mar 20, 2011 10:51 AM #7
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Toni Weidman
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Our shelter (I"m on the board) doesn't euthanize for space or time, Ann. I'm so sorry for him.

Mar 20, 2011 01:19 PM #8
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Ann Bellamy
Hard money lending for investors in NH and MA - Tyngsboro, MA

Mojo found a shelter!  Please read my next blog for the update.

Mar 21, 2011 08:49 PM #9
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