Carson Animal Shelter Complaint - Missing Cat- 8 days from today

Review by constcuty2469 on 2007-01-06
CARSON, CALIFORNIA -- My cat was missing. When I found out she was in the Animal shelter on Friday December 29th, I immediately went over there to claim her. I needed sufficient papers to show ownership and that she had her shots. I told them I would bring them back the next day. They told me I would have to wait because of the New Years holiday they wouldn't be open, that they wouldn't be open until Tuesday.

On Tuesday I went there with my papers and the amount they were asking to get her back, I was told 15 minutes prior to me getting there, that my cat was taken to a clinic in their vacinty to get some shots and during that time she bolted out and escaped.

I was so upset. I couldn't believe it. I asked them how this can be, that I told you when I put a hold on her that she had all her shots. They didn't have good answers for me, nor could they even look me in the face. How can people in this profession be so careless in losing a pet? They forgot and left the door open?

I was told that I could come back at a later time. Or they would call me as soon as they caught her because they had traps up to catch her. One trap is all they had up. I doubt very much my baby would go back into one of those traps. So I asked if I could come back at night, which I did, and there was no luck.


Well, it is now the six days and I still havent got my cat back. I feel in my heart that something is not right. Or that they are not being honest with me.

Be more responsible, find my cat. And apologize for your carelessness and fix your problem.


Just to let you know that I am thankful for any support. I will try to reply to all the messages
concerning my baby. But as for right now. I am still out looking for her. I wanted to clear a few things up. A neighbor behind my house
trapped her using honey baked ham. That is how she ended up at the Animal Shelter. Yes, she has been licensed for the last two years. Since I rescued her, and her brother whom I bottled fed from the time they were five hours old. We bonded and since I have no children, they are my children. They both have their personalities
that are unique. Right now I feel apart of me is missing and I will not give up until I find her. My next attempt is to set up camp near the vacinity maybe that will help. Because I don't think they are really helping to to return my cat to my safety.
Comments:9 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-01-25
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-06:
I don't understand your review. You've gotten tons of excellent suggestions from the community of PFB.

I guess what I'm trying to say is a complaint against an animal shelter is valid, but, it's not like anyone is going to use/not use this shelter. Pet owners, in this case, don't really have a choice.
Posted by SherryH on 2007-01-06:
How did she "go missing" in the first place, because you don't say. Are you one of those cat people who let their cats roam and hope they'll come home at the end of the day? I'm not trying to be cruel or make light of your situation, but how did the cat get out, why didn't the shelter say you needed to produce proof BEFORE you drove there the first time and why did you not come back later the same day with the proof (I would have sprouted wings to get my cat back THE SAME DAY). I scratch my head at the pet people out there whose animals are free to poo in my yard, kill my birds and squirrels, urinate on my door's brass kick plate, and put scratches all over my vehicle and then cry when Fluffy gets lost. If you don't fit the above description, then I'm sorry, I really am. If you do, then, well, you don't need to have what you aren't responsible for. I have three cats who don't go out, whose loss I would be devastated by, and who I accepted responsibilty for the day I adopted them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-07:
Like the other two posters here I have the same questions, we need more information.

Hi Sherry and emt!
Posted by Justusryan on 2007-01-07:
My question is why the shelter was hasseling you to get it back. What if it was a stray you found and didn't have papers? I would think they would want you to take it!
Posted by *Brenda* on 2007-01-07:
I would never let a cat out either. They can get so many diseases or get into fights. Needless to say they could also get mushed by a car or eaten by a dog.

I also would have found a way to get my baby back if she did slip out. I wouldn't... no I COULDN'T wait another day! I'd be so excited about getting her back, I'd walk if I had to. My pets are like my babies.
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-01-07:
My wife would have freaked if this happened with our cat. I don't understand why they wouldn't let you take the cat... I mean don't they put down most of the animals that they don't find a home for anyway?
Posted by SherryH on 2007-01-07:
Okay, one subsequent thing bothering me. They don't usually vaccinate strays: why would they do that when they will euthanize in two weeks? Most public shelters barely have enough money to properly house or put the animals down let alone make sure they are healthy. Most of the time, the shots are the responsibility of the person who adopts them. I adopt from shelters hosted by Petsmart. Every cat I have adopted has been Feline V tested, but the shots were my financial responsibility, and these are the NO KILL shelters. Hey Lid!
Posted by Justusryan on 2007-01-07:
Shelters do not normally put the animal down. They are non-profit groups that don't believe in that. A city or state run "pound" if you will, on the other hand will kill the animals.
Posted by Caliope on 2007-01-25:
Aww hon that is just awful! I love my animals dearly and understand the angst that you are feeling as my animals are my precious little babies. I think that someone is not telling you the truth and that they did something. Have you been able to confirm whether or not it is a no kill shelter? If it is a no kill, then I would be camping out and looking for my baby and hell nor high water would stop me. I wish you luck.

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