The Herald Bulletin

September 28, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Can you honor a dying woman's wishes?


The Herald Bulletin

---- — Floyd is a beautiful black and white feline male who came to us last week. He is 12-years-old and has been with the same owner since he was a kitten. Floyd was well loved and well cared for by his elderly owner. Unfortunately Floyd's owner died a month ago. She had asked friends if they would take Floyd when she passed and they agreed. Floyd's new people honored their agreement to their dying friend who loved Floyd for one month. Then they brought him to the Animal Protection League. No, nothing was really wrong; they just didn't want him. They admitted that they did not really want to do it but just couldn't tell her no. So, this woman died thinking that Floyd was going to live with her friends. Floyd is now with us, living in a cage. I don't believe this is what his owner had in mind.

We only know what the people who brought us Floyd told us. I don't know if his owner asked anyone else to take Floyd and could not find anyone and these folks were her last chance. Or if they were her first choice. I also understand that often we humans make promises particularly in these kind of situations that we might not in normal circumstances. We don't think past the moment as to what we are really getting ourselves into.

These kind of promises, at least to me, are important and should be made with the intent to not only to be able to fulfill them; but to want to fulfill them in honor of that friend or loved one. If I were in a similar situation I know I would want to know that my last wishes were honored.

Floyd is lovely; he is neutered and declawed. He has a lot more life left in him to share with someone who wants to let him live out the rest of his life in a home. If you might want to be the one to honor his dying owner's wishes please come visit him at the shelter on Dewey St.

All of us who have pets need to make sure we have someone who will step up for our pets if something happens to us. I think it's also important that we make sure the people we choose will honor our requests and, if they really do not want to do so, are honest and tell us that though they are honored we would choose them to take our most precious, they humbly decline.

We are overwhelmed with homeless animals right now and have been since June. If you have room in your home or your heart now would be a great time to save a shelter pet. You can foster or adopt. Go to www.inapl.org for an application and to see our adoptable pets. Or stop in at 613 Dewey street to meet some in person.

Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at maleahstringer@aol.com.