a reply to: worldstarcountry
That may be true in some areas, but it's not universal. Where I live, the only time the ACO will pick up animal remains is when they are lying in a
public road or pedestrian area. You can't just take the remains to a shelter, either. They will tell you either bury it or take it to a crematorium,
which in this city at bare minimum will cost 100$.
I have worked in the rescue community here for years, and it's a big issue...in a city of four million, there is only one ACO, and they don't even
pick up strays unless they've bitten someone. We pull funds together to assist with cremation expenses for people who do not own their own property,
but our reach is very limited. Most people are forced to throw them in dumpsters or leave them out for scavengers. That is a reality, like it or
OP does not disclose the location, but if it's anything like our situation, the options are extremely limited. It is illegal to bury remains on
privately owned property owned by a landlord. It is also illegal to do the same on public property owned by the city. Unless you have a backyard,
there is no place to bury your pet. Period. And they absolutely do not care...in fact, they will tell you as much.
Animal remains here are not considered biohazard material. There is no risk of bloodborne pathogens from a dead animal. They remove them from the road
because they reek and make a nasty mess...but if no one calls 311 and reports it, roadkill will lie there until it's eventually decomposed or ripped
to pieces by traffic running over it.
It's absolutely awesome when you're lucky enough to live in an area where things like animal disposal services are in the budget...but that is rarely
the case. In this city, where the sole existing city animal shelter kills between 100-300 stray animals every week, because they are a kill shelter,
helping the community dispose of their deceased pets is not a service they provide. If you have a sick animal, you can take it to them and they'll
kill it for you, but you'll not be allowed to accompany the pet...you sign a form, turn your pet over to strangers who will refer to it by a kennel
number, and you walk out the door. That is reality.
I know a girl who had to keep her deceased cat in the freezer compartment of her fridge for three months until she could scrape together enough funds
to have him cremated, because she lived in an apartment and had no place to dig a grave for him.
This person who people have, for some unfathomable reason, chosen to criticize has just lost a beloved pet. We don't know the exact circumstances of
OP's finances or available resources. So why the judgemental attitude?
OP also made it clear that there were no other options. The topic of the thread is simply a question; is it possible that the remaining cat is seeing
a manifestation of Roxy? Beating someone down who just suffered a devastating loss is cruel, and completely unnecessary. OP needs moral support
right now...not a lesson on proper disposal of a dead body. Is this how we treat people grieving a loss now on ATS? Come on, now.