Cat Finds Unlikely Home
October 23, 2008
Cat finds unlikely home
posted by: Matt Clough Date last updated: 9/22/2008 4:47:59 PM
DENVER ? A visitor stopped by Exempla St. Joseph's Hospital in search of something more than medical care Monday.
A hospital spokeswoman says a business coordinator found a cat in a carrier outside an office inside the hospital emergency department. The cat had food and water, but no note. Kim Kobel with St. Joseph's says the cat was abandoned by its owner and simply needed a home.
Under Colorado's Safe Haven Law, a distressed parent can leave a baby at any hospital emergency room if the baby is 72 hours old or less. But this was different.
"We've never had a baby dropped off at our hospital," said Kobel. "As far as I know, this is our first cat."
The person who found the cat sent an e-mail to the hospital staff trying to find it a home. That request was quickly answered. A nursing student said she'll take it.
The hospital says this is a rare case and asks that pet owners not drop off their pets there.
Most animal shelters will accept unwanted pets. A donation for a drop off fee is usually requested but not always necessary.
The Denver Dumb Friends League has a safe holding facility for animals dropped off after hours.