Yesterday I discovered a family a block away found her injured from a cat fight, nursed her back to health ($350 worth!) and have adapted her.
They love her deeply, but so do I.
Do I let them keep Pywacket? (Now called “Snooky,” yuck!)
A: Legally, a case could be made for returning things to its rightful owner, but then again “possession is nine-tenths of the law.”
Maybe a “cat call-off” (with the two of you standing on either side of the cat begging it to come to you) could “prove” who is right.
(Here’s an unethical hint; rub some oily tuna on your hands! Just kidding.... )
But both of you have attachments to this well loved pet, and we know that
pets can easily be as precious as family.
It seems that a conference of all involved is called for.
The new family may not be gracious, but most people will hear you out about how important Pywacket is to you.
It would be fair of you to offer to pay the bill, plus room and board.
Remember to listen carefully how attached they are to Snooky as well.
Out of this might come a clear sense of where the cat needs to be rather than where the “owners” want her to be.
Does the family have a lonely child? …or an elderly parent? Maybe “visitation rights” are a possibility.
Out of this, you might gain some new friends!
Approach with prayer, an open heart, a realistic appraisal and a willingness to see what new things Christ is doing in this situation.
I am sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised how God works things out and brings people together.