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I have a very unique situation: my son is on the autistic spectrum. He is also bipolar with psychotic features which causes him to be very unstable. The problem this currently has caused is he has walked away from his apartment, his belongings and, sadly his beautiful cat named Duchess. I’m asking this cat community if they know someone or someplace to take her. She is a beautiful 3 year old, medium long haired black cat. I’m so upset about this and had no idea he did this until today. If we hadn’t tried to move his car (it’s broke down) and talking to his landlord, we wouldn’t have gone in his apartment and found Duchess with no food, no water and a disgusting litter box 😢. Please if anyone knows anywhere she can go. Here’s a picture of her...
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OK...first things first...is she somewhere safe for right now? Adequate food and water? That's primary. I'll start trying to find you some resources...how close to you is Portland? They have an AMAZING no-kill HSA (Humane Society of America), right off the top of my head.
 
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3 hours from pdx. We lived there and my husband was born there. She’s safe and we’re taking care of her at his apartment. The apartment is subsidized and she’s in no danger of being put on the street. The landlady is fully aware of the situation. There’s heat etc.
 

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OK...good. I emailed a friend in Portland who is very involved in animal causes, and this is what she sent me:

"Oh how awful! Poor sweetie...sounds like she’s quite a always from PDX but she could contact OHS for references to a shelter in her area:
(503) 285-7722

I’m sure there’s a good shelter in her area OR she could surrender Duchess to OHS, if she’s willing to make the drive."

Hope this helps!
 
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Yes there’s a couple of shelters here. I feel just awful about bringing her to the shelter because I know she’s a very anxious cat. She was in the humane society here (Prineville’s) for 9mths until my son adopted her. She was under a year old when he adopted her and the shelter staff were sooo happy for Duchess. Realistically I know it’s what probably will happen to her though. I’m crying just thinking about it because people don’t usually want an older cat...thanks for looking into it.
 

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Are there any no kill or volunteer rescue groups near you? You might want to try a google search for volunteer rescue groups. Duchess is s a beautiful cat!
 

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Do you have the original adoption contract from the shelter she came from? Most shelters ask that pets are returned to them, rather than being sent to another shelter or passed on to a third party if things don't work out.

Please get in touch with the shelter first. It would be better for Duchess if she went back to a shelter where the staff know her. It could also mean that your son doesn't get in trouble for breaching the adoption contract if you let the shelter know what's happening.
 
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Do you have the original adoption contract from the shelter she came from? Most shelters ask that pets are returned to them, rather than being sent to another shelter or passed on to a third party if things don't work out.

Please get in touch with the shelter first. It would be better for Duchess if she went back to a shelter where the staff know her. It could also mean that your son doesn't get in trouble for breaching the adoption contract if you let the shelter know what's happening.
Thank you, that’s a good idea! I’ll call them to
 
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Are there any no kill or volunteer rescue groups near you? You might want to try a google search for volunteer rescue groups. Duchess is s a beautiful cat!
She is a very pretty cat-sweet too. She’s just a very anxious kitty and I’m hoping it will be ok 😕
 
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I think that with some time in a stable environment (and forgive me, I KNOW your son did the best he could, given his own issues), she will settle down and be fine. Cats are remarkably resilient like that.
I’m hoping that will be the case.
 
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