Mason just called me a little while ago.
He said he stopped and talked to the Son of Joeys owners.
The Son told him that he's taken Joey from his Mother several times over the years, she said it's not his Dad that puts Joey out it's his Mom...something we thought was the case.
His Mother has birds and she claims that Joey upsets them, their Son said Joey has never so much as paid more than a passing interest in the birds.
He said now that Joey is older he mostly just sleeps and eats.
He told Mason that he's the one who takes Joey to the Vet for check-ups because his Mother says Joey is old and probably won't live long anyway so she doesn't see the need to "Waste" the money
While Mason was there Tom..the Son called and talked to his Dad...it seems his Dad has told him different times that he should just take Joey and find him a home because no matter what he says or does Mom keeps throwing him out.
His Dad said he'd hate to see Joey go, but he knows it would be the best thing for him.
Tom didn't tell Dad we had Joey, he told him that he had seen him outside on his way to work...he drives down our street everyday on his way to work...and had taken him to his house.
Tom can't keep him full time either, he said Joey doesn't get along well with other cats and he...like us...has little kids and he said the chaos of a house with other cats and kids just seems to be to much for Joey.
Dad told Tom to find Joey a home and Tom told him that he already had but just wanted his Dad to know.
We can't keep Joey full time either...but Mason is going to talk to his parents later to see if they're willing to give Joey a home...they've always had indoor cats and they had to have their 20 year old cat put to sleep right before Christmas.
They've been talking about driving the 30 or so miles to the shelter to adopt and older cat...so Mason thinks they'll take Joey in....if they want older that's for sure what sweet old Joey is.
He actually let me pick him up this afternoon...this cat hissed at me every single time he laid eyes on me...that is until yesterday.
That just goes to show you the poor old guy might not like me, but he knew I was going to help him.
I'll keep you posted as to whether or not my In-laws take Joey.
Thanks to all of you for your kind words and for your advice.
ETA: There are no little kids involved...their only child is older than Mason and I.