Originally Posted by white cat lover
Guys - this is turning into IMO. Please keep it friendly - and remember, we don't know the whole story & were not there.
Again, as the person who checks applications - no job, even with $$ in savings - would result in being declined here. Because that $$ can go fast for other things - as a senior kitty hundreds to thousands can be required in one vet visit. Many times I have a variety of reasons for wanting to decline someone, and probably come off as "flaky" because I keep changing reasons - simply as I have many of them. I do not have to justify myself, it states on the top of the application we reserve the right to refuse any application.
It is very sad Odessa is in the shelter after a year - but I do not encourage someone else adopting her for him. IMO, that's wrong.
I think the shelter did the right thing.
He has no job, no income coming in, apparently not much in savings since $20,000 is described as a "Crazy amount"... and no transportation...
IMO this amount he has will leave his hands rather quickly. It takes quite a bit to pay all expenses, and kitty food, vet on the top of it.
Plus, with a senior kitty transportation for me is a big issue - what happens if Odessa gets really sick at night,and needs to be taken to the ER? Many times ERs are MILES aways.... is he going to take her in a bike? Can he afford an ER trip?
Pets can be cheap, but can be quite expensive too...... Lucky and Hope are very very healthy, but in about 6 months I have spent well over $1,000 in vet bills on Bugsy alone.... And this is o the TOP of the insurance I pay monthly!
So... I know your friend is hurt, but maybe he needs to consider that it is really not the best of times for him to do this. When his money ends, then what? Is he going to go to his parents house? Get a roomate? Then what happens to Odessa? The burden on him will be bigger at a moment that shouldn't be...
It seems to me that he is depressed, and needs something to cheer him up, but a pet is a serious commitment for life.
If he really really wants Odessa, or another kitty, he should fight for her the right way - getting a job, some means of income, or at least someone hwho can back him up.