I Need To Get My Cat Back

Siamic

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Hello! My name is Zach. And this may not be the right place but I am a cat behaviorist and vet tech. Having some trouble just being optimistic. And I am not sure where to look. I have exhausted all options. I can't find anyone that actually knows what to do here. Anyone ever have to go to civil court to recover a cat that was kept for reasons outside of your control by another party? I had a friend foster/board my personal cat due to an emergency revolved around surgeries of family members. They are denying to return the cat. Kind of lost on what that process and not even the dang lawyers seem to know or want to lend a hand even though you can supposedly file yourself. I was rejected by 15 lawyers Because they don't deal with cats. I have 30 pages of vet records, current rabies vaccine on file and tag, current microchip, 4 years of complete receipt information adding up to $8000 and 4 veterinary signatures indicating this is my cat. There is so much information there that it is hard to dispute. But I am stuck because I am autistic and everyone I have asked has carried this concern around this it is just a cat and figure it out yourself attitude. I am about to just give up. I welcome any support, even just a hey the world is not ending. Thank you for being here. I would even appreciate some kind words.
 

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I agree. With those kinds of records, go to the police. If this would be appropriate, you might even tell the party holding your cat that you intend to do this in order to see if that might make them turn her back over to you. While I am certainly not making light of your situation, it seems very open and shut. Did you google animal law or animal attorneys in your area? You could possibly have a phone consultation with an animal attorney out of state. You are a vet tech which means you work with people who are informed about animal law to a certain degree. Can any of them help you or give you advice?
 

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Have they said why they don't want to return him? Have you offered to pay for his care while they had him (being that they acted as a boarding kennel)?

Cats are considered property, and I'm pretty sure you can sue for return of property in small claims court. There are ways around that if they really wanted to keep him ("oops, your honor, someone left the door open and he ran away!", etc.) but it might work.
 

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Hello! My name is Zach. And this may not be the right place but I am a cat behaviorist and vet tech. Having some trouble just being optimistic. And I am not sure where to look. I have exhausted all options. I can't find anyone that actually knows what to do here. Anyone ever have to go to civil court to recover a cat that was kept for reasons outside of your control by another party? I had a friend foster/board my personal cat due to an emergency revolved around surgeries of family members. They are denying to return the cat. Kind of lost on what that process and not even the dang lawyers seem to know or want to lend a hand even though you can supposedly file yourself. I was rejected by 15 lawyers Because they don't deal with cats. I have 30 pages of vet records, current rabies vaccine on file and tag, current microchip, 4 years of complete receipt information adding up to $8000 and 4 veterinary signatures indicating this is my cat. There is so much information there that it is hard to dispute. But I am stuck because I am autistic and everyone I have asked has carried this concern around this it is just a cat and figure it out yourself attitude. I am about to just give up. I welcome any support, even just a hey the world is not ending. Thank you for being here. I would even appreciate some kind words.
Have you managed to get him back? I would tell them you are going to report it to the police if not.
 
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