Well, no good deed goes unpunished. That seems to be the theme of my life lately. Everything from the job to the personal life, well, I'm trying to do the right thing all around but I'm getting it in the back end. Case in point... My wife and I are animal lovers. We rescued a bunch of strays and not-so-feral cats, adopted most of them out and kept a few. Well, a few weeks ago, I'm walking near our house and a stray cat comes meowing towards me. I pet it. It seems like a friendly cat. Must be loved by someone. Well, I walk the same route every day pretty much, and I started seeing it at all hours every day at the same place in the middle of nowhere. Lots of other people we meet say they see it in the same place too. I realize that this WAS a house cat, but was abandoned for some reason. We make the decision to catch it, which by the way, was VERY easy (both the decision and the catching process). What's so bad about this? Well, my wife and I are thinking the worst. Why would someone dump a cat as affectionate as this one? Must be something wrong. Lo and behold, the cat has a tumor in its jaw, to the tune of $2000. Not only that, but she has feline leukemia. We even had her tested twice. Definite positive. I'm guessing that someone found out that their cat had a $2000 tumor and just dumped her instead of treating it, or even comforting her until the time came to put her down. Well, that has become our job. I'm also guessing that she wasn't FeLV positive until she was dumped. Our situation is such that there will no longer be any way to segregate the cat from the other cats we have. I will not let her loose again so that she can infect other outdoor cats. That is already a problem around here, and I think doing so is irresponsible. I know of nobody who wants to take her in either (anyone in the Long Island area is welcome to contact me if interested). It really pains me to think of putting this sweet animal down, whom I have come to adore in the short time we have shared with her. I wouldn't have drafted this diatribe if it wasn't eating me inside. I have come to know the folks on this thread as being supportive of other members during these times. That's why I'm sharing this with you guys. We are going to the vet tomorrow (one who truly loves animals), to take care of her so that she won't suffer. The vet has discussed the options with us, and has highly recommended this course of action as she is progressing into a bad phase. This always sucks. I've lost many animal friends, who I miss dearly. I'll miss this girl too, one who we never named fearing the worst.