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Cat returned to shelter after 3 hours for ridiculous reason

Perle the cat close up cat-angry
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In the wake of lessons we learn about pet ownership lie scores of animals abandoned in shelters and on the streets. They are invariably the real victims of our indecisiveness.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 15/05/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28

Workers at a French shelter were dismayed when, just three hours after an emotional farewell, one of their long-standing residents was returned to them.


A LIRE ATTENTIVEMENT !!! COUP DE GUEULE DE NOS PENSIONNAIRES ♥♥♥ Aujourd'hui Perle est triste. Perle ne comprend pas....

Posted by La SPA - Refuge de Rennes on Saturday, April 25, 2020

In April of this year Perle’s future looked brighter than it had done for a long while. A local family were keen to adopt, and readily signed all of the statutory forms necessary to bring the mild-natured cat into their care.

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As they would for any animal that was soon to find their forever home, workers washed and groomed Perle, and readied her for departure.

But just three hours after bringing Perle home, the family returned her to the shelter. They refused to look after her because, it is claimed, they realised the cat was ‘too big’.

Depressed and isolated

Despite their being furious at the return of Perle, workers were obliged to take back the cat and reintegrate her into shelter life.

Perle thereafter was upset, and she refused to eat or drink for some time. Thanks only to caring volunteers is Perle once more on the road to recovery.

Everyone involved with her care hopes Perle will find her proper forever home soon.