Almost all of our cats and dogs have been abandoned, and usually found in our front yard.
Over the last year or so, my hb has spent a lot of time trying to socialize two cats. We planned to bring them in when they were ready, as we do have two inside cats. One is feral, has a clipped R ear, which means he has been neutered. He was a scrawny stray, now he has grown into a big cat. My hb can pet him, but not hold him at this point. He usually hangs around our house, but sometimes disappears for a day or so.
The other cat was born in the yard of the house next door, to a feral mother. The owner of the house was able to place most of the kittens, this female he had spayed but left her outside. When he moved house, he left the cat. With a lot of patience, my hb was able to pick her up and pet her. The two cats got on well together, and we always fed them and any other hungry cat that came by. About a month ago, she disappeared.......and now we know what happened. She was live-trapped by a neighbor a few doors down.......AND DUMPED. He told another neighbour he relocated her. Another cat, which had a collar on, from the house behind his, disappeared around the same time.
We've been checking the pound, and put signs around the neighborhood with a photo of her. Nothing we can do about her, now. He knew we were feeding these two cats, but didn't say a word to us. He told my hb a few months ago he would get rid of her if she climbed his trees. It is legal to trap cats in your yard.
The plan is to bring the male in ASAP, luckily he is well fed but very skittish, and probably harder to trap. We don't know how he'll do inside......we do have a fenced-in patio, our cats can go in and out through a pet door, but not to the wide world outside.
It is so frustrating to have got Polly so close to coming in, to lose her like that. She was a very special female...an orange and white polydactyl. Shadow was not of the same litter, but had to be related, as he is also an orange and white poly.
I don't understand how anyone could dump animals!