Pinellas County, FL – Chanel is a cat much like any other. She is another pretty face sitting behind the bars of a cage at the Pinellas County Animal Service shelter.
Pretty, soft fur…inquisitive, bright eyes – and a story that most do not know.
Rarely is the story of a homeless cat known.
Identification cards typically list: Domestic cat, ID number, owner surrender or stray.
But Chanel has a story (most do).
For years, Chanel belonged to a woman named Ciara.
Chanel loved to cuddle and she waited by the door for Ciara to come home. Ciara describes her as “wonderful”.
But Ciara lost her home and had to find someone else to love Chanel.
That someone eventually turned Chanel over to the animal shelter in Florida.
Ciara learned the horrible news the day after Christmas when Chanel’s microchip company contacted her to let her know that the cat had been surrendered.
Ciara lives in Pennsylvania now and she does not have the funds to fly to Florida to save her cat.
More bad news…
Ciara called the shelter and learned that Chanel has been deemed “unadoptable” because she is skittish towards new people…who could blame her?
She is scared of the smells, the sounds and the unfamiliar faces.
She is no longer in her safe home – waiting to be picked up and cuddled by the person who loves her.
Chanel has until January 3 to be rescued. That is her “euthanasia” date.
The end of her life – because she is scared.
Ciara assures me that her former cat is wonderful – she just needs to be given the opportunity to get to know someone – to build up enough trust to share her love.
For some reason (perhaps because the shelter has already deemed the cat as unadoptable) Chanel is not listed on the available pets at the facility.
She does, however, have an ID number – 279757.
For four years, Chanel had a home and someone to love her. Please take a moment to offer her a bit of hope for another four years – and beyond – by sharing her story.
Questions about Chanel can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps there is a way to reunite this cat with her former owner – if you are in the area of this facility and can help with pulling/transportation, please email Ciara at the email above.
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