75 Year Old Says She’d Rather Be Evicted Than Find A New Home For Her Cat

Louise Slade is in violation of her building's "no pet" policy, so she says she'll just find a new place to live.

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Because Louise Slade refuses to give up her kitten, she'll have to find a new place to live. Via Calgary Herald/Twitter

When I adopted a Boxer, I found myself giving things up to accommodate him, whether it was surrendering the bottom half of my bed, paying more for his prescription food than I did for my own Dollar Menu Dinners or skipping out on social events because he’d already been alone for too many hours. All pet owners make some kind of sacrifices for their animals, but perhaps not the kind that Louise Slade is willing to make. The 75-year-old Canadian woman would rather be evicted from her apartment than to have to find a new home for her kitten, the Calgary Herald reports.

Slade lives in a retirement home in Calgary that in 2013 became a pet-free building. The animals who already lived there were welcome to stay, but residents couldn’t adopt new pets and — if their companions died — they couldn’t be replaced, according to the Herald. Slade’s dog passed away last year and, when a memo went out to residents at the end of June reminding them to register their pets, she said she mistook it for permission to acquire a new animal. The next day, her son brought her a striped orange kitten named Samantha, and things have taken a rather drastic turn since then.

No pets allowed? No thank you. Jupiterimages/Creatas/Thinkstock

Slade was more or less told that she could either find a new home for Samantha or for the two of them, according to the Herald, and she’s willing to take option two. She now has until October 1 to find a new subsidized place to live.

“I’ve had a pet almost my whole life, and they’ve gotten me through so much,” she told the newspaper.

Although Donna Bennington, the building administrator, is sympathetic to Slade’s situation and understands the importance of pets to otherwise lonely seniors, she says she just can’t allow the cat to stay.

“If I allow [Slade] to have a kitten, I’m going to end up with 25 dogs and 40 more cats living here, and I just cannot do it,” Bennington told the Herald.

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  • Slade should look into having her kitten declared a therapy animal. Then the landlord cannot refuse to allow the feline to stay with Slade. (Check your state law; I’m in Washington State, but I think the law is pretty much nationwide.) I asked my primary physician if she would write me a letter recommending that I have a therapy animal to help for my physical and mental well-being. She did so, and now my vet is going to write a similar document recommending my cat Maha and providing her health certificate, etc. I’m 73, and I have to move for all sorts of financial reasons, but I can’t imagine leaving my 11-year-old Ragdoll behind or having her euthanized because some rental apartment doesn’t allow pets. Good luck! If you want to, contact me for more information: Karen@KarenLLew.com

    Karen L. Lew August 5, 2015 9:23 pm Reply
    • If your arctlies are always this helpful, “I’ll be back.”

      Storm November 30, 2016 8:51 pm Reply
  • Oops, I just noticed that Slade lives in Canada. Well, usually Canada is pretty civilized about such matters, so give it a try.

    Karen L. Lew August 5, 2015 9:24 pm Reply
  • Oh man, I have heaps. Most of them from last year some of which include:Drink more water.Answer emails. I’ve got a bad habit of thinking I’ll reply later.Stop using &#&kc6;fu128#8217; as an adjective.Yeah, pretty much the same as last year haha.Ooh and catch up with Betty Jane! Will let you know when I’m around Van woo!

    Lena November 30, 2016 6:55 pm Reply

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