READER REPORT: Cats apparently abandoned, quickly rescued

Just out of the WSB inbox, from Sharon:

These are the cats I found this afternoon on the corner of 35th Ave SW and SW Fauntleroy Ave. Pretty obvious they were abandoned, but there’s a happy ending to the story.

While I was contacting Animal Control, one of my neighbors and her son happened by. They went home to get some cat food and water, as the cats were panting and looked dehydrated. Animal Control asked us to bring them to the shelter. My neighbors offered to make the (at least) 45 min drive through the detour to drop them off. Just as we got off the phone, another neighbor couple drove by, saw the cats in the box and stopped. They asked about the kitties and said they’d been wanting to get a cat! Animal control said to bring the cats in anyway so they could be spayed/neutered and vaxxed. In 3 days our neighbor couple can request these kitties and they’ll have a new family!

So, if you dropped off these cats, don‘t worry, they already have found a forever home!

I love that this story shows both how awesome our West Seattle neighbors are and that sometimes things just all work out to make the world better in a small way. I think we all could use a little more of that these days.

15 Replies to "READER REPORT: Cats apparently abandoned, quickly rescued"

  • Belvidear August 22, 2021 (9:28 pm)

    Erm. I don’t think we should be encouraging people to “drop off cats,” unless I’m reading that wrong. Sounds like you’re soothing the guilt of the awful abandoner, who should feel bad (but probably doesn’t).

    • WSB August 22, 2021 (9:33 pm)

      I should add information about the proper thing to do if you cannot care for a pet any longer. Obviously the Seattle Animal Shelter comes first to mind. If anyone has particular rescue organizations to add, please do.

    • anonyme August 23, 2021 (6:20 am)

      Completely agree.  These people should not be told, “don’t worry”.  What they did was despicable, and I’m afraid this will encourage others of a similar immoral bent to follow suit.  Also, Marianne makes an excellent observation.  Someone should look around the area to see if there are other abandoned box-mates.  Poor kitties, I hope their next home is a much better one.

  • JW August 22, 2021 (9:37 pm)

    I’m happy they are going to have a better home . I just don’t understand how someone could be so callous as to leave them abandoned on the street when there are other options . 

  • MARIANNE August 22, 2021 (9:47 pm)

    Very unusual for cats to sit quietly in an open box outside.  Makes me wonder if there were others abandoned with them that may be hiding nearby.  Thank you for helping them.

  • Mj August 22, 2021 (10:39 pm)

    Kitty kitty, with the proper care someone has just adopted two lap kitties.

  • StopCuttingDownTrees August 23, 2021 (3:39 am)

    1) Whoever abandoned them should be charged, but they’ll likely never be held accountable. 2) I hope those two precious kitties can stay together in one new home.3) I hope there isn’t one or two more that got scared away and are hunkered down somewhere in that area. An area search is definitely needed.

  • Rick August 23, 2021 (7:45 am)

    Two sides to this story. Not sure to be angry or happy, so I’ll go with happy. I’ll save the angry for another day.

  • Beckyjo August 23, 2021 (8:16 am)

    Shame on the person who dumped them, There is NO REASON to do that.

  • Joan August 23, 2021 (8:40 am)

    The lowest of the low, the laziest most inhumane thing to do, abandon any pets on the street. I am so glad they will get a loving home. If you cannot care for a pet, there are shelters, and if you cannot transport them there yourself, please ask a neighbor.  I would gladly help anytime. Never offer pets for free online, there are sick people out there who like to torture animals.

  • Also John August 23, 2021 (8:52 am)

    What kind of person would do such a horrible act?!   That is a major intersection.  The cats would’ve been hit if they left the box.   This is disgusting.

  • R August 23, 2021 (9:01 am)

    Meow Cat Rescue ( 425-822-6369, this is where we got our forever cats Franco & Felicity Jane.

    • Vic August 23, 2021 (6:35 pm)

      We’ve adopted from them as well!

  • MARIANNE August 23, 2021 (1:24 pm)

    The Seattle Animal Shelter is the correct way to point anyone who finds a stray/abandoned animal within the Seattle city limits.  Last I checked, they were taking all animals by appointment only, so in a situation such as this, it is critical to first get the animal to safety.  This means you may need to house them or find someone who can, temporarily.  West Seattle Animal Hospital at Jefferson Square often holds stray animals for transfer to Seattle Animal Shelter.  If you would like the Seattle Animal Shelter to go back to accepting walk-ins, it is very important that you contact them and voice your concerns.  Their number is (206) 386-PETS ( 7387), and email is If you would like to hold a stray for 30 days while actively looking for owners, that is an option too.  After 30 days it can be yours or you can find a home for it.

  • Chris K August 23, 2021 (4:42 pm)

    I’m glad the kitties have a new home.  On a semi-related note, please please please spay/neuter your cats.  There are way too many unwanted feral cats around for people to take care of.

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