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They killed my kitten

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The Bitterroot Humane Society Shelter in Hamilton is not a "no-kill" shelter. I recently left a disabled kitten with them, along with his three siblings and mother.

He needed care due to a medical issue. I hoped they would provide that. They killed him — they "put him to sleep." I'm deeply saddened by this. I realize he had issues but I would have thought they would have called me and given me the option to pick him up. I cared for him for six weeks.

I have supported the humane shelter for over 33 years. They provide a much needed service to our community and we need them. But they killed my kitten. I have videos of him running and playing. Apparently a "veterinary" doctor recommended that he be "euthanized."

I am struggling seriously with the fact that I was not given the chance to retrieve him and continue to care for him. He was six weeks old, born without a tail, and had trouble pooping. I get it. He was a mess, but I had provided good care and he was improving. I am confident he would have grown out of his difficulties. Now I will never know. My heart is broken.

Please, know that this is not a "no kill" shelter. We need them, but they should ask before killing animals that have been left in their care. Especially a six-week-old kitten. Ugh.

— Laurie Jakober, Darby


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