A couple of weeks ago, there was a lot of hoopla here in New Brunswick about pets. There’s a big landlord, with big apartment buildings … «low-income housing» … all over the province, that had sent out a letter to all the tenants, notifying them that they had to get rid of their pets or move. Many people had had cats for years, and that was allegedly sort of ‘over-looked’ … ‘they knew about it but did nothing’. However, it was clearly stated in their contracts that no pets were allowed and I’m not writing this post to take a stand on this issue. It caused a huge media out-cry locally, here in New Brunswick. CBC aired many interviews with tenants and representatives for the landlord. CBC NB also have, what they call, a web editor, who reports what has been said on Twitter, and most people were outraged, even though some took a stand for the landlord, since it was so clearly stated in the contract. They asked tenents what they would do … get rid of their pet or move … this went on for a couple of weeks, at least, and they [CBC] kept following up on it.
There were so many heartbreaking interviews … a young mother with her autistic son and their dog — the dog was a great asset in the boy’s development … but ONE woman stands out clearly in my mind: She’d had her cat for a long time. She was elderly and somewhat disabled, living alone …this cat was her only companion and comfort in life. CBC talked with her and she said there was no way she could neither move, nor afford any different apartment … She had made the heartbreaking decision to take her cat down. In the reportage, they even showed her putting her cat in a cage, taking her to the vet.
Having lived with a cat myself, ever since 1986 … this totally broke my heart. Once, I’ve been forced to put my cat in a cage, go to the vet and have her put to sleep, but she was sixteen years old and very ill. This woman’s cat was perfectly healthy … at least they didn’t say anything to imply the opposite.
What was almost worse, in a way, was that a few days later, the landlord went back on their words — now allowing tenents to keep their current pets, but no new ones will be allowed! I wonder how the poor woman, in Moncton, felt when she heard THAT! My heart goes out to her…