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Can the shelter reclaim the cat we adopted?

Q:

So today a person from a shelter we adopted a cat from back a few months ago came by to see how the cat was doing. After arriving and looking around she decided that we didn't have enough food saying that we needed 10 cans of wet food at all times and a full bag. She also said that she thought she "saw" diarrhea in the litter box. She then took the cat and said we could meet with her later about getting him back. Can she legally do this since we already have the adoption papers and paid.

A:

Adoption agreements sometimes contain provisions which allow shelters to reclaim an animal if there is a breach of the agreement, particularly the animal care standards. One’s rights and responsibilities are at least partly dependent on the terms of this agreement. The agreements I have seen are not specific in terms of the number of cans of wet food or bags of dry food one must have in stock at any given time.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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