Janet Zimmerman of Spring, Texas, volunteers with animal rescue, so she’s the sort of person to make it her business when somebody needs help finding a lost pet. That happened last month, when she was scouring the woods for a dog who had escaped her owner’s home.
She heard something, off in the distance. Not a dog but a cat. A crying cat. She stepped farther into some underbrush and discovered a kitty in a bizarre predicament. He had a chain around his neck. The chain was padlocked, and the other end of it was wrapped around thick underbrush studded with thorns, according to ABC 13.
A cat, alone in the woods, chained up. What in the world? Whoever did this is our Bonehead of the Week.
“It was no accident,” Zimmerman said. “Someone did this to him. Maybe as dog or animal bait, maybe as a Halloween sacrifice. I was shocked — stunned.”
Zimmerman wasted no time in rescuing the kitty. She picked him up, untangled the chain, and went to a hardware store to get bolt cutters to cut the chain around his neck.
“It was wrapped so tight around his neck it was hard to do,” she said.
Then she hustled him off to Spring Steubner/Champions Animal Hospital, where Dr. Barry Schmitt discovered the cat was okay physically, if a bit shaken up. From his behavior, it’s clear the cat — who Zimmerman dubbed Forest — came from a home.
“He came up to me and rubbed against my leg. He’s so affectionate, such a great cat,” said clinic tech Mimi Baker.
Zimmerman fostered the cat for a handful of days, but her resident cat — a senior — didn’t like having a newcomer around, so she contacted Copper’s Cat Commune and found him a spot at its clinic, where staff members are trying to adopt him out.
They should have no problem. Thanks to the press coverage, Forest is getting famous, and as a Copper’s Cat Commune staffer wrote on the group’s Facebook page, he’s a good candidate for a quick adoption: “He is between 1 and 2 years old, FeLV/FIV negative, vaccinated, and will be neutered at clinic expense this week. He is **very** friendly with people.”
“I believe he’s here for a purpose,” Zimmerman told ABC 13. “He puts a face on animal abuse.”
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