We made the difficult decision to put our cat down because he had a terrible infection which caused puss to literally pour from his shoulder like a faucet and this was the third abscess he had had in 2 years. We could not afford to get him the required treatment and he cannot get better without it. He is 9 years old and not of a good disposition to ever be adopted by another family.
I scheduled an appointment to euthanize him without being told the decision would not be mine to make. After sneaking him out of the house without detection by my 4 children, I sat in a waiting room for 30 minutes before being seen by a tech. I explained the situation and then waited another 25 minutes before a vet came in. The vet informed me that even though my cat was obviously ill, she could not euthanize because him because it was a treatable condition. A condition that I had clearly explained to the person making the appointment and the appointment was made to euthanize only after I sat on hold so they could consult with a vet.
My only choice at this point was to take my sick cat back home or sign it over to the shelter. The shelter will eventually euthanize my cat but only after making it wait, sick and alone and scared, while they determine that it is not adoptable. I love my cat way too much to abandon him at a time like this but my choice was between doing what was best for my children or doing what was best for my cat by taking him back home until I could find someone that would euthanize him with me by his side. Had I brought him home, there is no way I could have avoided my 4 children learning that he was sick and needed to be put down so through tears I signed him over to these evil people who apparently think they are somehow morally superior and better able to determine what is a humane end to my pet of nearly a decade. How dare they!
What sick human beings would send a cat to spend his last days scared and sick and alone in a strange place where he can't even get out to go to the bathroom. He is undoubtedly sitting somewhere suffering right now and I'm sitting here crying because I did this to him and I can never know when his suffering will end.
To top it off, they never even took my cat out of his cage or examined him in any way but still had the nerve to charge me $45 for an office visit. I would have gladly paid for him to be humanely put down but to be tricked into bringing him in and then forced to pay $45 so they could tell me they would not honor my wishes was beyond ridiculous.
I so abhor these people who placed their judgment above mine and imposed their disturbed idea of what is humane on a sick animal who has a family that loves him and who will never be able to understand why he was abandoned. I will never take a pet back there and I strongly suggest others do the same.
Product or Service Mentioned: Banfield Pet Hospital Pet Medical Service.