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Sunday Confessional: Dirty Rotten Thief or Savior?

Dear Sugar

I've never stolen anything in my life...except for one time. A few years ago I went to visit an animal shelter in another town. To say the place was a dump would be putting it mildly. I was looking at the cats when I came across one cage with a mother cat and kittens. They seemed in good health, all but one tiny kitten with a large, seeping wound on her shoulder.

I was informed that this particular kitten was orphaned, and placed with the others, yet the mother seemed to have rejected the new arrival. The staff at the shelter seemed oblivious to the kitten's poor health condition.

I was so heartbroken at the sight of it that when I found myself alone for a moment in the room, I opened the cage, grabbed the kitten, and placed it in my handbag. I made a clean getaway in the car. I'm pretty knowledgeable about animals and know the kitten surely wouldn't have survived long without medical intervention.

I like to believe I did what was best for the kitten but the fact remains that my actions were dishonest. I was angry at the time, figuring that this place didn't deserve to be paid the adoption fee for a kitten they couldn't have cared less about to begin with.

I brought the kitten home with me and bought everything I needed to care for it myself with my own money. I am sorry for stealing the kitten; I know now that I should have paid for her properly. I was just so upset at the time and I wish that I could have taken every cat in there with me.

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AmorFati AmorFati 9 years
There should be more people like you. A donation is a good idea. No need to explain, though. This confession warmed my heart.
steph_b_247 steph_b_247 10 years
I would forgive. Your heart WAS in the right place, but the problem is, is that the adoption fees go to helping the other animals and for maintaining the others health.
Thehills101 Thehills101 10 years
TOTALLY FORGIVEN...I would have done the same thing...u are an absolute ANGEL!!!!! ♥јεήή♥
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I think I would've reacted the same way you have. These places are supposed to be shelters where animals are safe. What would've happened to that kitten if you had left it behind they would've killed him! I really don't think they're too worried about the stolen kitten. You're very kind-hearted because a lot of people don't care.
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
definately forgive.
Kratsina Kratsina 10 years
Sorry, I picked not forgive. I know too many people who work in shelters who end up in tears because of how they are treated because someone walks in on a bad day and assumes the worst. Shelters are understaffed, underfunded and animals pour in by the dozens daily. Yes you saved that kitten but you should follow up with a call back to the shelter. You should ask to speak to no less than the shelter's administrator and report your feelings about the shelter without mentioning the kitten. It IS an illegal offense what you did and the shelter would be on the right of the law to press charges, even though morally you reacted well. If after speaking to someone in charge you still feel the shelter is lacking, there are state agencies to report them to. If your feeling is valid and you didn't just get a lazy volunteer that day or a bad day for the shelter in general, the animals left behind are in just as much danger as the kitten that drew your sympathy.
tiffsadork7 tiffsadork7 10 years
Totally forgive...what kind of person voted to not-forgive?????? Her heart is in the right place and its not like she stole it from a loving family! ************************************************* ~*I heard your heartbeat, it took away my fear*~
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Definetly forgive. I personally think shelters now days are just making money and not caring for these animals. They kill 90 percent of what they get and then Charge 2-400 dollars for the animals that they think they can make money off of and its sickening. What happened to the days when less then a hundred bucks could get you a mixed mutt or cat?
Orientexp Orientexp 10 years
I adopted a kitten once for $45 DOLLARS!!!! from the SPCA. They didn't tell me that she had conjunctivitis and an upper respiratory infection. Three weeks and $300 dollars later, she got better but hated me because of everything I had to do to her. Ended up giving her to someone else on base because she just wouldn't warm up to us. I say forgive. If I had the money, I would open up my own shelter. I can't believe the things that so-called reputable animal shelters can get away with. The animals are starving, flea-infested, have ear-mites, sleep in their own feces.
Nicadema Nicadema 10 years
SAVE THE KITTEN. You gave a little one a second chance and a good life. Left there, it would have died. I agree with the others that say make a donation to the shelter or a shelter. Forgive. I would have probably done the same thing and been just as angry.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I think that's a great idea Pad. Who knows what this shelter is doing with the money, if the animals are hurt and suffering. Donating money to another no-kill shelter might make you feel less guilty, plus you are doing a really good thing.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
I wouldn't feel that bad. I don't know that I would donate to that particular shelter, since you had questions about their ability to properly care for the animals. I would make a donation to an animal shelter that doesn't allow the animals to live in less than acceptable conditions.
LisaK LisaK 10 years
Most definitely forgivable. I have basically stole my neighbors cat. It came to my door months ago starving (I think their dog was eating it's food) and I started feeding it. They leave it outside all the time. They will go out of town for days. Well it now sleeps in my house and hardly ever leaves. It is in here right now. So don't feel bad, I would have done the same thing you did.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Totally forgive. I really like Kimberely's idea... .make a donation. :)
honey31 honey31 10 years
I still love ya!
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I'm glad you saved the kitten by all means, but I do hope you realize that the fee you pay helps more kittens like the one you stole. Maybe that's why the adoption agency is in such poor shape and your fee would have helped. I think you should make a donation to the shelter...then I'll say forgive.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
Make a donation for that shelter and call it even. How is the kitty?? ___________________________________________________ "When I read about the evils of drinking I gave up reading"
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 10 years
I commend you. If anything, you should be proud of what you did.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 10 years
If you are still thinking about it, then you must be thinking you did something wrong. When it comes to animals- I do not mess around. You did what was right- dont look back and think twice! In the harsh reality of things, the kitten probably would have died and they wouldnt have gotten money for it anyway. You saved a life- be glad you did!! You surely didnt 'steal' for selfish reasons!
honey31 honey31 10 years
I say forgive I dont blame you at all!I agree with kimberley what she said.I hope your kitty is healthy Im sure it is witha good person like your self caring for this precious gift!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
This has to be the most forgivable confessional yet. I agree that you should have paid the fee, but I'm glad you saved the kitten. Is there an oversight agency you can report this shelter to? If the conditions are really that bad, something should be done, no?
kimberley kimberley 10 years
I would forgive you. Your heart was in the right place, and you acted out of compassion. I hope you took your new baby to the vet for a thorough checkup and shots, on top of your home treatment. It's possible that the animal shelter was having trouble with expenses or funding. To clear your conscience, you might want to donate the amount of the adoption fee to that shelter or another animal rescue organization that you want to support.
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