Hi, I work as a security guard and am currently doing a contract at a large abandoned house on a huge piece of property. A few months ago, a stray cat started showing up. He was very afraid of me and wouldn't come within about 20 metres. He looked a little underweight so I started bringing cat treats to work and would throw them in his direction. He would obviously run away at the sight of my throwing-arm. I noticed one day on the security cameras that he was returning to where I would throw the snacks. Over time he became less afraid of my presence and we would sit out in the yard together, still maintaining a large distance of personal space. I guess it occurred to him one day that I played an important role in his survival and he just walked up to me and rubbed his face on my leg (as they do). We've been hanging out every day for about 3.5 months now and he hasn't missed a full meal yet (I bring full bags of cat food now). There's alot of neighbouring houses in the area outside the large property but I'm certain that he's homeless - he's not neutered and he spends most of the day on the property (I checked with the other guard). The problem now is, the contract I'm doing is almost over and I have to decide what to do. The property is so large that it is like a park - tall pine trees, acres of grass, birds, squirrels you name it, he spends hours out there.. I'd prefer not to take him away from all that. But the only other choices are my bachelor suite in the middle of busy downtown or the animal shelter - both of which would no doubt put and end to his freedom. If I leave him on the property he might die of starvation - it's now going into winter and I can't be sure that one of the near by homes would adopt him as I did... What should I do?
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11/28/07 at 10:46am