For anyone who thinks that your pet can easily adapt if you dump them, Preston the cat would have wanted you to know something: they don’t. Preston, who passed away last night, was only nine years old. He was larger than life and tipped the scales at 17 pounds, but it was his huge heart that couldn’t cope with his abandonment.
According to Tamara Barnes from No Kill Lane County, who spoke to Seattle Pets Examiner this morning, Preston had lived with his family for nine years. She stated: “Rescue is hard – especially when animals die that shouldn’t have died yet. Preston was returned to us by his owners after NINE years having him because they didn’t want to deal with him and his brother cat who they kept.”
Despite No Kill Lane County’s heroic attempts to save Preston, the heartbroken cat just couldn’t pull through. Preston was once healthy, but he was returned to No Kill Lane County as a morbidly obese cat. “He died last night,” Tamara said sadly. “I’m so grief stricken. I feel like I let him down. His liver had issues and he was quite yellow. For weeks, we gave him subcutaneous fluids and syringe fed him.”
Tamara let Preston’s family know that he had passed away. They thanked her and said that Preston was at peace. And while No Kill Lane County worked as hard as they could to save his life, all Preston really wanted was his family.
Pets view us as family – they aren’t disposable, they shouldn’t be dumped when they get older or have health problems. They rely upon their human family members and will look for you when they’re in need. And when you’re not there, they will struggle and even give up. Many cats who are dumped by their owners show a rapid decline in their health – they’re away from everything familiar and all that they love, and they pine for that. They really do die from a broken heart.
Our pets have rich emotional lives – and we are at the heart of those lives. Please don’t let Preston’s death be in vain. Please share his story – maybe someone who’s considering getting rid of their pet will reconsider. And even if your animal is nearing end of life, don’t they deserve to pass away with love and familiarity?
If you would like to help other animals like Preston, please consider making a donation in his honor. Donations can be made to “A New Life” account at the Four Corners Veterinary Clinic in Eugene, Oregon, by calling (541) 688-5521.
Thank you, No Kill Lane County, for trying to save Preston. He knew that his family had left him, but thanks to you, he also knew that he was loved during his final moments.