Last Updated on September 2, 2022 by Pets Feed
It happened at the Pet Value store in Georgetown, Delaware. An employee had just arrived for her morning shift when she noticed a note on the door.
People give up on pets for many reasons
Sometimes the animal was an impulse buy and the person didn’t think the little puppy would grow into a big dog. Other times the animal is impractical to maintain the person’s way of life or it is very expensive to maintain. Some pet owners, however, have no other choice.
That’s what Kristi Idnurm discovered when a note was found taped to the front door of Pet Valu in Georgetown, Delaware.
Kristi is a store clerk who also runs an animal shelter called Kristi’s Kats Inc. When she arrived at the store for her morning shift on a Sunday, she was surprised to see this note waiting for her. Then he read it and went to the back of the store.
22 kittens had been left in cages outside the store
“It was a surprise to find these cats outside the store,” Kristi said in an interview with The Dodo. However, as she read the letter, it all starts to make sense. Unlike other abandoned animals, these kittens had clearly been cared for. They were all healthy and knew how to use the litter box. The note contained a long story with a request:
“Please read this and understand before you judge me…”
“I have been saving cats for as long as I can remember,” the letter continues. “However, this year has been very difficult for me. In the back you’ll find the babies I can’t find a home for and I don’t have time.”
Turns out whoever saved those cats had a hard time. This person’s son was in a car accident and needed a lot of care. After the accident, an aunt died of liver cancer and the cat rescuer had to spend all his money on the funeral.
Eventually, as if that weren’t enough, the person received an eviction order, leaving them homeless. Instead of packing her things, she spent her last weeks trying to find homes for these cats.
Along with cages, litter boxes and toys, the person left $30, the only thing she had left.
Luckily the cats were left with the right person. While recruiting volunteers for her shelter, Kristi coordinated foster homes for all the cats.
“My volunteers came with everything to wash the cages, fill the litter boxes, make lists and answer questions,” he told The Dodo.
Some cats were placed in the homes of co-workers while others were sent to different organizations, such as Town Cats in Ocean City, Maryland, and Coastal Cat Rescue in Bethany, Delaware.
She hopes this happy ending can give the person who left the note some peace.
Images: Kristi Idnurm
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