Dumped: 20-year-old cat surrendered to shelter

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Buttons, a 20-year-old cat, was surrendered  by his owner on March 4, along with some other cats from the family.  Saving Sage Animal Rescue, a Miami, Florida rescue organization posted the sad news on their Facebook page asking for help:

“BUTTONS, A 20 YEAR OLD CAT DUMPED AT KILL SHELTER. Yes you read that correctly, this cat is 20 years old. He was dumped at the shelter with some of his siblings. Heartbreaking isn’t it?

Buttons is now safe, we pulled him early this am. He is currently at Pet Express Animal Hospital in Davie getting a thorough check up and a senior blood panel. Buttons will also be quarantined so that we know all is good before we send him off to a pre-approved potential adopter.”

Kathy Bieniek, vice president of the group, responded to the plea for help from the Miami shelter when she realized Buttons was not up for adoption because of his advanced age.  When she picked him up, the friendly cat enjoyed a back rub, and seemed to have voiced his appreciation with a few well-placed meows while on the way to the vet’s office. Buttons is being treated for tapeworms and has been receiving intravenous fluids. It wasn’t long, however before animal advocates and followers of the rescue group shared Buttons’ plight and an adoption offer arose.

According to People, Jennifer will be fostering the cat at her home in Jupiter, Florida:

“She saw this story and it touched her heart. She is a wonderful foster mommy; she has a special place in her heart for seniors. She just adopted a week or so ago a senior around 15 years old from an elderly person,” Bieniek stated. “I am hoping this senior lives out his life getting the love and attention he so much deserves and hasn’t gotten up until this point. Nobody should be disposed of like garbage.”

For more information about donating, volunteering, fostering or adopting, check out Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation via its website.

(Photos of 20-year-old cat surrendered via Facebook for Saving Sage Animal Rescue)

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18 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    You would think someone who had a cat long enough for it to get to be 20 years old would have some love and attachment to Buttons. But what do I know, it would seem people of today can’t get attached to anything except their cell phones! Prayers for Buttons, it sounds like he may be headed to the right home.

  2. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Thank you, you are AWESOME! The owner needs to be put in a cage and left there. There is no reason for this. Poor Baby

  3. Joan Martin says:

    I would never willingly give up a fur family member. THEY ARE & SHOULD BE part of your family. It’s just wrong to give them up like that.

  4. Cynthia Como says:

    WOW!! So many heartless people in this life! A pet needs us the most in their elder years,I personally LOVE senior dogs and cats! The seniors are my personal fovorite! What an absolute treasure this cat is! Now I’m heartbroken thinking about the other kitties that were deserted with him,so very sad! So glad Buttons is safe now!

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    That makes me sick to my stomach – to dump a 20 year old animal is deplorable – Huge THANK YOU to Jennifer for her compassion and kindness – I would sure like five minutes with these piss poor examples of ‘owners’ –


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