Find Homes For My Children."
Story by Obeverly Harey
Published: October 13, 2008
Area veterinary clinics are trying to fulfill an anonymous
dying woman’s wishes — to find new homes for
her 32 cats.
The cats were found last week on the doorsteps of at least
five vet clinics in Auburn and Opelika, Alabama. The woman
had divided the cats and placed them in plastic containers
These cats were dearly loved,” said Dr. Kim Bond, owner
of All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, who found eight of the
cats. “They’re not feral cats or neglected cats.
They were dearly loved.”
Click here to see a slideshow of some of the cats.
When Bond arrived at work at 7 a.m. on Oct. 6, she found
three plastic containers sealed with duct tape and bricks
on top of them sitting at her front door.
There were holes cut into the tops of the containers. The
container tops also had information written about each of
the cats held inside — name, age, description, medical
For example, “Jinx, long hair, gray/white, age 7” and “Crackers,
small gray/white, short hair, age 7” was written on
one container top. Both cats were declawed and were current
on their shots, according to the handwritten information.
A handwritten note — signed by “Miss R” — taped
to one of the containers explained that the woman had just
found out she was dying from cancer.
My time is very, very short. There is not enough time to
find homes for my children another way,” the woman
states in the letter. “… I beg you not to let
them die because I have to, please!”
The words — “Please do not kill!” — were
written in all capital letters on each of the containers.
The scene at All Creatures was repeated at least four other
vet clinics in Lee County last week — Pet Vet, Village
Vet, Opelika Animal Hospital and Animal Health Center. Pet
Vet was able to find homes for all three of the cats it received.
As of Monday afternoon, Village Vet had one of the four cats
they found. Opelika Animal Hospital had four cats remaining.
All Creatures had four cats, including Jinx and Crackers,
left for adoption.
According to several of the veterinarians at the clinics,
each of the cats appears to be healthy. All of the cats appear
to have good temperaments, were probably kept indoors and
get along well with each other.
Dr. Buddy Bruce at Animal Health Center still has the six
males dropped off Thursday at his clinic’s front door.
He is offering discounts on all vet services, such as shots
and neutering, to anyone who adopts one of the cats.
Other vets that I’ve talked to say the same thing, ‘Let’s
do what we can to find these kitties homes,’” Bruce
said. “These are her children. She took care of the
situation the best way she could.”
In her letters, Miss R. apologizes for placing a burden on
the vet clinics. In the All Creatures letter, she closes
with a request and a wish.
Will you please let them know how special they are,” she
states. “One day in heaven I hope to be with them again.”
No additional information or confirmation on the identity
or condition of “Miss R.” was available.
Afterword: Reports are that all 32 cats have found new homes.