Rescued cat found in gutter, family says they put him out because he acted sick.

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A picture of a little kitty in need, along with a shockingly callous backstory, grabbed people’s attention yesterday. The post below was made by Philadelphia organization City Kitties Rescue, with an appeal for donations. They later posted that monies raised over the costs for this cat would be applied to care for other needy cats in the future.

From City Kitties:

“A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his “owners” reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.”

Good Samaritan James Buckley found  the cat, who is being called CeCe [later to be called Clark Kent], lying down, unable to lift his head.  He turned Cece over to City Kitties, who saw that the cat received immediate medical attention. CeCe was given a blood transfusion and his vital signs are improving. By this evening his temp was up to 97 degrees, he was on his second bowl of food, and was purring and trying to groom himself. The organization says they are cautiously optimistic but will know more today.

City Kitties, “Saving & improving the lives of stray cats and kittens in West Philadelphia”.

19 thoughts on “Rescued cat found in gutter, family says they put him out because he acted sick.”

  1. how about pressing charges against those “people”? For animal cruelty or abadoning your pet on a public place?

  2. My cats get sick mostly hair balls and i’d never put them out for any reason. These people need to be fined for what they did. Poor lil kitty. I pray someone will take him in and give him the love he deserves.

  3. Wow, my anger at the former owners is really ignited. I hope the shelter presses charges, and the former owners feel our anger and disgust and are totally humiliated.

  4. they should face the law as abandonment or cruelty to animals. why pay good money to adopt a kitty then throw it outside when he is not well and how do they even know he was sick without going to a vet? these people need to be charged…..with something!!! Hope he makes it though poor little feller. and thanks so much for the kind fellow that found him and saw that he got care! what an angel…

  5. These idiots should be called out and put on blast and have their names plastered everywhere as heartless, stupid animal abusers. They should be ashamed of themselves. I pray this innocent little soul recovers and finds the loving home he deserves.

  6. So sorry to hear about this cat that was just thrown away without any regard to its welfare at all. I hope the authorities do something about this for what they did to their cat. They could have just turned it in to animal welfare with out any reprocussions at all but I bet now they well be charged with something and I hope it is serve too. Thank God for the good samaritan who rescued him.

  7. We all hope that you continue to improve little kitty and get better. Your “family” should be ashamed of themselves.

  8. I have 3 cats two were from a non~spayed female and one abused and although the often drive me & my family crazy we couldn’t picture a day without them <3

  9. Me again about Clark Kent. Haven’t heard in a while so I’m asking. Is he still alive? How is he doing after the surgery? If you could just post a short message I’d really appreciate it-like yes, alive and progressing..I know your’e busy.

  10. Hi Donna,
    As of yesterday City Kitties said they had not gotten an update on post-surgery results but that Clark was doing well … eating well, resting and looking good. The Cat Doctor is closed today and no updates are expected until tomorrow at the earliest.

  11. Sadly, there’s not a lot anyone can do to the previous owners because our laws aren’t written to do that. But it is a perfect example of how important it is for *us* to press for better laws in all states to protect animals! Until the laws change, this stuff (& worse) will continue to happen.
    I hope they keep us informed on how he does…

  12. Ginger, Clark Kent, as he was named, was adopted and is doing really well. His chronic health issues are well managed and he is thriving. 😉

  13. Oh, thank you so much for letting me know his status! I’m a chronic worrier when it comes to stray babies. 😉 I’m sure with the name Clark Kent he’ll do just Super!!!

  14. Clark’s mom is a member of a cat group that I am on, on FB. Clark’s health started to decline in January. He celebrated his 11th birthday and 1st year anniversary with his mom on Jan. 28th. On 2.1.13 Clark crossed Rainbow Bridge. His mom was so devoted to him and took such good care of him. I’ve been following for over 6 months. We all fell in love with the Clarkster. I didn’t know Clark’s story until after he crossed, just makes my blood boil reading how cruel and heartless these people were. Do you happened to know if Clark was an owner surrender or a stray cat before these heartless people adopted him and then put him out because he was sick?

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