A woman from Friedberg wants to take Marlon the cat from the animal shelter. But the shelter refused. Therefore, the status of the animal failed.
Bad Nauheim – A woman from Friedberg wants to get a cat from the animal shelter. But after an employee searches the apartment, mediation is refused. This caused conflict.
If you want an animal from an animal shelter, in most cases you must prove that you can provide a suitable home for the animal. So animal shelter staff often visit potential pet owners, look at the apartment and use many factors to assess whether it is a suitable home for animals.
In Bad Neuheim, this mediation process recently led to conflict – after the animal guard at the Rödgener animal shelter decided that her chosen cat should not be adopted.
The cat is waiting to be mediated – he’s been at the shelter since the apartment was vacated
Engelt Baum has written to the WZ editors about this. As I mentioned, the cat saw Marlon in the newspaper in the “We’re looking for a new home” section. It read: “Marlon, a neutered cat born around 2016, is looking for a home in which he can first settle down in peace. Marlon was secured during the evacuation and taken to the shelter.”
Because of the events, he was still very upset and withdrew from the staff. “Since Marlon apparently hasn’t had a lot of good experiences with people yet, the team at the Wettrau animal shelter in Bad Nauheim-Rügen are looking for an experienced and patient cat home.”
Engelt Baum writes: “After the death of my beloved cat, I visited my six-year-old cat, Marlon, at the Waitero animal shelter in Rodgen.” And: “I fell in love with Marlon right away. I think it’s mutual, because Marlon comes to me as soon as I call him, he’s already eating off my hand.”
Marlon the cat failed to lay down after an animal shelter employee visited
She visited him at the animal shelter five times and was looking forward to being able to pick him up soon. “But after an animal shelter worker visited my house, she refused to let me have Marlon. The given reason is that everything is built that way for me, I live in a new development area in Friedberg.” Yes, Bohm says: “I live with cats since 40 years old, and all of them have made a proud age. I can give Marlon a good, comfortable, cat-friendly home, certainly better than what he has at the shelter.”
She understands and believes that it is good to “check exactly to whom you leave an animal.” But that’s precisely why, she says, “I can’t understand why they wouldn’t want to give me Marlon.”
Animal Shelter Wetterau: “Conditions on site are not suitable for this animal.”
According to the animal shelter, the lack of mediation has nothing to do with the owl and her home itself. It’s up to the cat Pom chooses: “The house is fit for cats,” says Regina McGee, an animal keeper, who was with Pom for the initial checkup. “But for Marlon, this downright shy cat, the territory is inappropriate. There are houses everywhere on the left and right.”
It is also a playground where children play. On the other hand, a Marlon cat needs a quiet area “with a chance to retreat” – such as a nearby woodland or meadow. With very shy cats, it is important that the environment is calm.
Now Marlon slowly arrives at the animal shelter, and also comes to the staff and accepts rewards. This also means that he is completely relaxed. It is only present in the room with one cat, and they also have an external enclosure. The other cat is very people oriented, so Marlon could learn something from that.
Animal placement denied – Decision made by Animal Shelter team
Ultimately, says McGee, the decision for or against mediation is always one made as a team. In Marlon’s case, a joint decision was made against mediation.
The chairman of the board of directors of Verein Tierheim Wetterau (the sponsoring association for animal shelters in the Rödgen region), Heiko Farber, was behind the decision. He says: “As an animal shelter, we have a duty on the animals we adopt. We stick to this by trying as best we can to put the animals where it makes sense.” The decision is made by trained animal keepers. With Marlon, it was a matter of consideration: “We saw the conditions at the site and said: They don’t suit this animal.”
But for Engelt Baum, the decision is incomprehensible. For Marlon, she says, a home was better than a room at an animal shelter. After canceling, I looked elsewhere. I recently got a cat from a cat house in Bad Neuheim. (Sabrina Demon)
Situations like this are not the only reason for rejecting animal adoptions – animal adoptions are routinely stopped before Christmas Eve.