Diary of One Left Behind

Oh Dog! DeDe here!  I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas!

Yesterday I got some time to read some of your blogs, and I came across a post that made me very sad. Saymberblondi wrote about a kitty that had been left behind when a neighbor moved. It compelled me to write the following.

from an article at philly.com
from an article at philly.com


They’re gone. They packed up all their belongings and they left. I don’t know why they didn’t take me with them. Will they come back? Should I wait? Where else could I go? I’m so hungry. I’m so scared.


The neighbor people have a cat. I play with him. I tried to go inside with him but they shooed me away. But they felt sorry for me and gave me food. I was so grateful!

DAY 20

I’ve kept a watch every day, but still no sign of my humans. I wonder where they are? Why haven’t they come back for me? I have found a safe and comfortable place to sleep beneath the neighbor’s storage shed. It’s not ideal, but it’s a shelter.

Another Stray Cat By Denis-Carl Robidouxsixrevisions.com
Another Stray Cat By Denis-Carl Robidoux

DAY 28

Today I set out to find the humans. I didn’t make it very far before some dogs got after me and I had to climb a tree for safety. They barked at me a long time before a human came outside and called them in. I waited a very long time until I thought it was safe then I high-tailed it out of there! I decided I’d stay at my old place. At least there that neighbor sometimes feeds me.

DAY 40

There are people at my house. They are moving stuff inside. Are they my humans?  I will approach them with caution.

DAY 57

The new human has a big dog. I’ve tried to befriend him in hopes of making the new human happy and want to take me in, but the dog chased me. Will I ever find a new family? I’m tired of being dirty and unloved.


There are no easy answers to solving this problem, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do so. Let’s resolve that 2013 is the year that we stop the blaming and angry rhetoric and we start being proactive for animals. 


44 thoughts on “Diary of One Left Behind

  1. Oh that is so sad, My neighbors moved away and left two cats and of course I took them in. One is still here, Missy, and the other one got cancer and had to go to the bridge. The one that had to go to the bridge would not leave the porch where his peoples lived. You could just tell by his face that he knew they were coming back for him.

  2. As a cat lover, kitten fosterer and supporter of all cats, I find these stories heart-breaking and all too frequent. I cannot understand how people can willingly be so cruel to what has been a much-loved family member – would they leave behind a child, sister, brother? I doubt it Whilst I know all animal charities are financially struggling, they will always help whenever they can. Yes, let’s ensure that 2013 makes a BIG impact on all the abandoned and lost animals by providing them with the cuddles and comfort they so deserve.

  3. This is such an eloquent post, DeDe.

    Because cats are thought of as more independent than dogs, so many people assume they can just take care of themselves.

    But like dogs, they evolved to live with humans. We have to do better at taking responsibility for the cats who depend on us as much as dogs do.

  4. That is the story of so many abandoned animals & it’s so very sad. Some folks’ actions just take all the “human” out of “humanity”

  5. It absolutely baffles me that people can supposedly love something one day, and “out of sight, out of mind” abandon it the next. To me, having an animal as part of the family is nothing short of an incredible honor. Apparently, there are people who feel they “deserve” the unconditional love an animal brings, without owing the slightest bit of responsibility in return. Nothing could be further from the truth. Change needs to start with all of us, and I agree that this is an ideal goal to shoot for in 2013.

  6. You did an excellent job but mom and I got all teary eyed as we cannot understand why humans do this, we pets are living beings with huge hearts! These cases break our hearts and make us realize how lucky we are to have found our mom and our home. She says she would live out of the car if she had to in order to keep us if things went bad. She would never leave us and we don’t understand how people can do such a thing!

  7. When we moved from France to America, it was out of question that we would leave the kitties behind. Even though it was not easy, especially for new immigrants establishing in the tri-state area with 3 cats. It probably closed a lot of doors to us. But we did it.

    It breaks my heart reading this story. At least they could have found him another family! I don’t understand. Really. I can understand that for many reasons you could not take care of a pet anymore. But leaving the kitty behind just like that, it really breaks my heart.

    Carine (Texas’ human)

  8. This story is so sad and made me cry….like Pamera Webster said, I think that cats also need to live with humans….my humans used to be very doggie person and didnt know much about cats but after living with a cat several years, they realized that cats need to be cared like dogs are. We should look after them as much as possible…
    We have now one outside kitty and for some reasons, we’ve still kept him out but prepared a small house for him and have been looking after him same as inside kitties, we feel very sorry for him not to be able to take him inside though….
    He seems to rely on my mom so much which makes her feel happy to look after.
    We wish we could look after all of those lonely kitties….

  9. How terrible! The apartment complex I used to live at had that happen all the time. Only now they can trace the previous tenants and file charges. So these particular abandoners had a creative idea for not getting caught. They just let the dog outside of the apartment and left. I saw this dog wandering around in my courtyard and brought him in. I told the management about it and one of the maintenance guys recognized the dog but couldn’t remember which apartment he used to lived in. So those people got away with abandoning their dog! My dog Sephi hated this other dog and they fought terribly so I couldn’t keep him. Thankfully, the maintenance guy said he would take him. The dog got a new home and was named Buddy.

  10. Rumpydog this really shows Morris’s story but there may be good news! This morning when we went to take water and food the covered cage and our boy weren’t there. The food/water dishes were so not sure what to make of this. Going to post this update on my blog. So stay positive – he may have a home. I’ve been praying real hard for him ever since this all started and would love to believe I was heard. There is power in loving prayers.

      1. I know….breaks my heart every time too. Sigh. We just have to keep doing what we can and lead by example…one person at a time is a start.

  11. HuMum also took in two cats from two sets of neighbours who moved away, both found their forever home with me until they went peacefully OTRB and then she got me as was so lonely without an anipal. I sure hope the story of Morris has a happy ending xxx’s

  12. I could hardly read all of this. We lived in a neighborhood where many lost their jobs, moved and left animals behind. An early post was about one cat, Perfect, who stayed with us but never stopped looking for his family ( http://philosophermouseofthehedge.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/its-perfect-waiting-on-the-curb/)
    It’s hard to surrender an animal, but cruel to just drive away…I asked people to leave them in a crate at my door, tell the kids I was adopting it, and I would find a rescue/shelter for them.
    It’s just heartbreaking, but I won’t see them die a little day by day.

  13. It just baffles me that people can throw away their pets. How could they???!!! Speaking of… a puppy just showed up at my back door whining like 5 minutes ago. They know where to go for some love! Now I have to figure out to whom she belongs… Norma Jean is kinda mad at me right now.

  14. it is so hard to understand how anyone could do this to a family member…so hard to realise that they wait, confused but hoping for their family to come back…it breaks my heart everytime Rumpy…

  15. When we moved to Virginia, we had the miniature pinscher for only six months and were his third or fourth owners and was an unknown age.

    I flew him back early with me before the move (so my husband only had to cope with the two bigger dogs). The day I packed up my apartment to move out, he was the most desolate little dog.

    I finally realized he thought I was moving and leaving him behind. I finally crated him and put him on the front seat of the car. He was so happy to get to the other side and still be with me!

    It really made me wonder what he’d tell me if he could talk. I felt so bad for him – he really thought he was being dumped again.


  16. This makes me heart sad … I’ve had this happen to some “pups” from across the street — if we had not been keeping an eye out — they would have starved … unable to move out of their yard on a chain. 😦 They were the sweetest too!!! We rescued them — only to have them taken from our yard 3 months later. (THREE) … I suspect I know who the culprits were!!! Errrgggg

    1. How very sad. A friend who works as a realtor once told me he saw this and it always infuriated him. The laws in many parts of the country as so vague about this kind of stuff that if someone steps up to feel the animals, the owner can’t be charged because the animal is being cared for. Grrrrr!!!!

      1. Grrr, is right. Our eldest matriarch, Tippy who passed a few months ago at 15, was removed from these people @ 9 months old — we were declared emergency shelter one night in rainy 20 degree weather — she stayed in the vet hospital for 2 weeks …. 3 of our 7 inside “kittens” belonged to them as well. In hindsight, we SHOULD have pressed charges.

        Happy New Year to each of you and Jen!!

  17. This makes me so sad…and angry. We’ve had a couple of abandoned cats show up at our feral cat colony. They practically throw themselves into our arms wanting love and comfort, food and warmth and safety. A companion animal is just that…a member of your family as long as you both shall live.

  18. When I lived in the country (as a teen), a former neighbor moved out and left their dog behind. Fortunately, our new neighbors adopted him. But the alternative … as told by kitty here … is very sad and scary for the animals.
    In 2013, I hope that we all take better care of our most vulnerable.

  19. The people that lived here before me left their young male cat here. I adopted him. They said it would be better for him, but they didn’t even give him a name, so I guess they didn’t care much about him. He was run over by a car some months later.

  20. OH MY!!! This is so touching, DeDe it made me cry. How very sad. And especially because we all know there are so many others out there just like this abandoned little one. Here’s hoping the neighbors take notice and take this poor little guy in and love him!!!


  21. Oh that’s really sad 😦 We have to leave our 2 kitty cats while we’re away in a few months time, they will get fed every day by a kind neighbour but I feel so bad that they will get lonely – how could anyone just leave them forever?!

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