Joan Madron’s Wish For Her Cats As She Gives Them Up

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Thousands of cat lovers were touched and distressed over the story of Joan Madron and her 10 cats, and many reached out to express their concern and support. We published Heartbroken PA Woman Forced to Give Up Well Cared For Cats on Sunday night, and Joan’s phone rang nonstop all day Monday until she finally took it off the hook so she could have a break and eat at dinnertime. Several people also wrote or called the local Borough Council in an effort to help.

Today a petition on Joan’s behalf has been circulating online, but according to a conversation we had with Joan today, she had no knowledge of it, there is no need for it. The petition asks the borough council to allow her to keep her cats. It is not the borough telling Joan to get rid of  her cats, and she has decided to comply with the directive she received from her landlady, in accordance with rental policy.

A complaint to the Kennett Square borough council set a chain reaction in motion that has Joan looking to rehome 8 of her 10 cats, all rescues.

Joan’s situation is this: She started out with two cats, but some group and individual rescues raised the number to 10. Due to an unfounded complaint to borough officilials, a warning letter was given to Joan’s landlady. This led the landlady to determine the total number of cats kept by Joan; and, ultimately, to enforce the building’s pre-existing two cat rule. Now Joan has to find new homes or a safe rescue for the other 8. Joan was given until next Monday, November 14, to reduce her cat family to 2, but she hopes that her landlady will work with her and give her a couple of weeks more so she can find the right home or homes for her cats.

As much as she loves the cats that she rescued, and who have family bonds with one another, Joan does not want to cause trouble for herself with her landlady, and plans to comply with the notice and her terms of rental. Her landlady is not without compassion and said she might have overlooked 1 or 2 cats over the limit, but not 8. Joan’s apartment does not have the appearance of a house overrun with cats; in fact they hide or make themselves scarce, so a visitor might have no idea that several cats live in the apartment. Joan does not have a computer, so her landlady is helping Joan to try to rehome the cats by using resources on the internet.  We have not spoken with the landlady and don’t have the particulars on her efforts at this time.

Here is what Joan wants for her cats: She would prefer that they be adopted into good homes instead of going to a shelter or rescue, if possible. Her first preference would be for all 8 to go to one home, because they have grown up together, but she does not expect that to happen. If the cats must be broken up, she would prefer that they be adopted in groups or pairs. She has had offers for a few of the cats but is waiting to receive all calls so she can make the best decision on rehoming them.

We spoke to Joan at length today, checking in on her and the status of her situation. She reiterated what we reported on Sunday; that the complaint asserted she was feeding strays and bringing cat poop to the neighborhood as a result, but that Joan only feeds her own cats. Joan said she began letting hers out into the yard last summer and they spent their time there happily laying around. Their outdoor privileges have since been revoked. Joan says that neighbors and their children always stopped by to visit the cats, and that she has not had problems with neighbors until now. Knowing how upsetting it would be,  Joan waited several days before breaking the sad news about the cats to one couple whose little toddler loves the cats. The  family enjoys watches the cats together.

Joan started with two cats but encountered others that needed someone’s help. Joan fed three cats where she worked, in West Grove, PA.  After she was let go from the job she continued to go and feed the cats, but finally took them home to save them from living outdoors on their own in the winter. Some of the others came from a horse farm. When the farm was sold the buyer wanted the cats gone, so Joan saved them. A couple of the cats were, plain and simple, dumped in her neighborhood.

Joan’s voice shows that she is still affected by Chance’s condition when she found him; scared, emaciated to a “bag of bones”, scratches all across his face, and his tail partly torn off.  He needed her help. She took him to a vet and that’s how he joined her family. Another, Monkey, a favorite, was dumped in her neighborhood.

Joan says that another of the cats, a gray female, is particularly beautiful; more beautiful even than the cats we see in commercials and advertising.  This shows not only that she loves and admires her cat, but that she has an appreciative bond with her furry kids, and would like to know that the cats’ new families care for and about them as Joan has.

If we can track down listings for the cats we will share.  Early efforts have not gone anywhere We ask that anyone in the area who can help share or promote the rehoming of these cats in accordance with Joan’s wishes, please do. Joan Madron lives in Kennett Square, PA., west of Philadelphia.

Joan is appreciative of the concern she has received from far and wide, and just wants the best possible new homes for her beloved cats now.

Sadly, for Joan and  for cat lovers, she did the humane and decent thing by providing responsible care and a good home for a manageable number of cats in need, but, due to circumstances, cannot keep them any longer.

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