Birth Date: November 15, 2017

Sex: Female

Coat: Shorthair, White

Highlight: Great lap cat!

Likes: Being held, sitting on laps, sleeping in a human's bed, cats

Dislikes: Babies, will tolerate dogs

Adoption Fee: $80

My name is Esme and this is my story.

I was in cat jail. I had a small cell in a large building with many other cats. We were all on death row. I was scheduled to be euthanized by lethal injection in 5 days from the first day of my arrest. No trial! No lawyer! My crime…being outside unsupervised. I called it “going for a walk”. That's all it takes to get a death sentence in some towns.

I didn't know this law. I've always gone for neighbourhood walks. Ignorance is no excuse in the eyes of the law. The by-law states cats are not allowed to roam free.

At first I was sure I was getting out. My family would come get me, but they didn't show up. Surley they were looking for me, right? I was confident my shiny yellow collar would be a clue to help find my family. Once they knew I was going to be “put down” they would rush to get me.

My collar didn't have a tag! That was no help at all! But wait! I have an ear ID tattoo. This is going to save me and my family will come to get me! Turns out they managed to trace the tattoo to my original family, but they had no record who they gave me to. My original family refused to get me and my new family had no idea I was in cat jail. Didn't they notice that I hadn't come back home at meal time? Didn't they notice I wasn't in bed at night?

I spent day one in jail just waiting for my family. I spent day two being frustrated because no one could track down my family and help me get back to my home. I spent day three in desperation because I was told the local humane society was full and they couldn't help any cats on death row. I spent day four in complete despair knowing that I was going to die.

Day five…what would have been my death day, a miracle happened! Furever Friends Cat Rescue had 2 spaces open up. This wasn't enough for all of us on death row, and some good cats died that day. If everyone would spay and neuter their cats, there wouldn't be soooo many cats ending up on death row.

I was lucky. I still don’t know why I was saved and the others weren't, but I am ALIVE and it is a very good day!

I want to say if your cat goes missing, don't wait to look for them. Five days isn't a long time, but a lot can happen within that time.

I'm currently in a foster home waiting to be adopted by another family. I hope this family will be my last. I really need a place to relax, be safe and decompress from my terrible experience in cat jail. Needless to say, I won't be going for outside walks anymore.