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AJ had a "family" which included 2 other cats who died. They claim AJ began acting out after the death of his kitty friends so they dumped him at the shelter with his favorite teddy bear. AJ is a beautiful cat of unknown age whose days are limited. HELP!

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Michelle S (462)
Friday September 13, 2013, 8:49 pm


Castaic Shelter -ID#A4629713
31044 Charlie Canyon Road
Castaic, CA 91384

September 9, 2013

AJ was surrendered yesterday to the Castaic Shelter, Facebook reported on September 9.

AJ had a family, which included two other cats who had died. The family said AJ had began acting out since the death of his kitty friends. So his family decided to dump this beautiful kitty the shelter.

Rather than give AJ the comfort he desperately needed as he adjusted to life without his cat friends, AJ was given his stuffed teddy bear. His favorite toy is all AJ has for companionship as he waits for either a home or euthanasia.

Since he was an owner turn in, the shelter isn't obligated to hold him for several days. His family won't be coming to the shelter to search for him, because they've already thrown him away.

AJ appears very scared in this photo. The photographer who took it didn't want to upset the cat by flashing a camera at him. She did say he's really handsome and has beautiful eyes. AJ appears to be a Siamese/Siamese mix.

There's no information on how old he is, but older cats don't do well in a shelter environment.

If you want to give AJ and his teddy bear a loving home, please contact the Castaic Shelter. You must visit the shelter in order to adopt.

Castaic Shelter -ID#A4629713
31044 Charlie Canyon Road
Castaic, CA 91384

Hours: Monday - Thursday 12 - 7, Friday - Sunday 10 - 5
Phone: 661-257-3191

Please share AJ's story, especially with friends in the California area.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:20 pm
i can't believe the things ppl do, it's unbelievable. poor baby. all he knows is his friends are dead & he's been abandoned; everything he knew is gone. i hope someone will show him not all ppl are as heartless as his former ppl. they should be ashamed, idk how they sleep @night. sharing now. thnx.

Iveta cer (41)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:27 pm
Omg what a stupid people , poor AJ :((( I wish to take him home I hope he will be rescued from that hell ! I don't understand how people can dump their lovely pets what a shame !! My eyes are wet I feel so sorry for this beautiful cat :( , thanks Michelle

Ann L (15)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:29 pm
Michelle, it looks like AJ and teddy have a home. He is on hold until Friday, in case his previous owners want him back. I sure hope the lady gets him. He deserves a good home. Will forward story.

Iveta cer (41)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:41 pm
Yes I was reading this on FB he is safe :) , awesome

Ena S (244)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:50 pm

P A (117)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:02 pm
I wish there was a way of banning the family that just dumped the poor cat from ever owning another animal! Poor darling - I do hope he has a good home!

James Merit (144)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:06 pm
Crying now Happy Dance Saved, YEA!!!

Jerry B (128)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:09 pm
Noted, some people have no feelings..thanks Michelle!

Michelle S (462)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:10 pm
Did you call the shelter Ann, or does he have a Facebook page? I just contacted about five rescues in So Cal sharing his information and was going to Tweet Jackson Galaxy about it.

How DARE THEY HOLD HIM TIL FRIDAY AFTER BEING DUMPED!?!? They don't want him back! They did not care enough about his grief to begin with!!!!

Please keep us updated!!!! TY!!!!

Michelle S (462)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:19 pm


Bridget Hagaman-Alves Brenda Renée Green. A private adopter got to the shelter and adopted him. She private messaged me and has been in touch and sent these pictures.

. (1)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:24 pm
Noted, so pleased Bridget has adopted AJ. Thanks Michelle.

Laurie H (817)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:25 pm
How CRUEL & HEARTLESS ==Thank "God" this baby will be safe now--or so it sounds=PLEASE update us dearest Michelle, Thanks SO MUCH!!!~xoxo~

desanka s (416)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:32 pm
Great news! I'm so happy that Bridget rescued sweet AJ and his teddy!
Thank you Michelle.

Judith C (159)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:42 pm
That is very good news, thanks Ann.

Elsie Au (259)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:43 pm
My heart breaks seeing this but I am so happy to know that now AJ and his teddy bear are now having a good home. Michelle, you are so right! Why they have to hold him until certain date when his hearless family is the one who dumped him there. They should not be given any chance to have him or any animal again, ever! I just can not imagine how much confusion and fear he had to go through being at the shelter. I do not and will not understand how someone can abandon their pets like this.

Iveta cer (41)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:43 pm
I am sooo happy for AJ and his best friend teddy :) , thanks

Julia R (297)
Friday September 13, 2013, 11:27 pm
How happy I am to hear that AJ has been rescued! God bless Bridget for her kind and loving heart so different from AJ's previous owners! They were irresponsible pet owners who weren't willing to make a lifetime commitment to their pet and AJ now has an owner who is really capable of love and one who will never abandon him! Thanks Michelle for this wonderful news and thank you also for caring so much about animals abandoned at shelters.

Saturday September 14, 2013, 12:05 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 12:29 am
I'm so relieved and thrilled to hear the great news! But totally disgusted with the heartless awful people who dumped this poor kitty. Animals aren't old CD's you tire of and throw away. Thanks Michelle

. (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 12:43 am
Think he's found a home.....

Shirley S (187)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:15 am
A happy ending after all. Good good good!

Genoveva M (328)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:21 am
Thank God he has a home!!!
Thanks Michelle.

Michael Carney (217)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:49 am
Shedding tears of happiness for AJ, I am so glad he and is pal the teddy bear have a new home...He's probably much better off in his new home anyway...How could those people who had him turn him in because he was grieving the loss of the other two Cats who lived with him in their family home...How could those people be so cold, and heartless and not have any compassion for their Cat who was grieving the loss of his two friends...Of course he was going to act differently for a little while...So AJ, enjoy your new loving home, and I'm sure your new family will love you and appreciate you much more than the losers you used to live with...God Bless you AJ, and I hope you have an awesome and happy life in your new home.. :)

Annaliisa Abramova (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:03 am
People can he so thoughtless and sickeningly cruel.
I'm glad the kitty got adopted.

. (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:39 am
Quelle triste histoire ! Regardez ses yeux, ce pauvre petit ne comprend pas où il se trouve ni ce qui lui arrive. Partageons en quantité afin qu'il puisse avoir une nouvelle famille au plus vite.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:41 am

Caroline S (78)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:42 am
Safe? I'm so happy, thank you for the great news :-)))))

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:01 am
Good. A happy ending.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:10 am

Tanya W (65)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:14 am
Thank you to the Angels who gave gorgeous AJ & his protective bear his forever home!!! May his former owners be punished with the karma that they deserve!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:25 am
Allow them a real home

Autumn S (151)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:27 am
Yay, for a happy ending for AJ :) I'm so glad for the good news !

Christina C (43)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:37 am
Noted. Thank you for sharing AJ's story and thank you also for the lovely update. I am very happy that things finally turned out well for AJ!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:50 am
It amazes me how some can take the position of judge, jury, and lord over others when they have no idea what the complete story is whatsoever. If the previous owner had no feelings for AJ they would not have brought his teddy bear with. The important thing is he has been adopted and is loved.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:05 am
I agree with Gloria! It's sad, but you don't know anything about why they surrendered AJ. They may have had no choice. What we DO know is that they did the responsible thing and cared enough to bring his teddy.
Remember that there are a lot of people who wouldn't have hesitated to kick him to the streets!!

Lisa N (207)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:18 am
Glad for this happy ending, thanks Muchelle.

Liz AWAY G (72)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:19 am
Noted and so happy cute AJ and his teddy bear have found love and happiness in a new home.Fantastic news.Thanks Michelle.Liz XX

Sandra Penna (135)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:40 am

Sara P (54)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:42 am
I was really worry for this baby and ready to share with all my contact hoping to help but I'm so happy that AJ finally found a good home!!!!!! Thanks a lot Michelle!!!!!

Nicole W (646)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:47 am
great news, thank you Michelle

Elizabeth Baldwin (1)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:55 am
I'm so happy to find out he's been adopted.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 7:12 am
Noted! OK folk's this is the time that all animal avengers come together and pray that one of us, who lives in that area, scrambles like a madman and races over to grab this last minute reprieve, for an innocent animal that "PROVES" that they feel loss over the death of their loved ones... just as we do! So lets jump on this on and quickly!!!

Ruth C (87)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 7:31 am
If I could I would take him home with me, he is absolutely beautiful!

. (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 7:36 am
I would take him home with me, but I've already got two cats. Hope he goes to a good home. Thanks for sharing,Michelle.

Eve L (57)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 7:42 am
Poor baby, it's horrible what they've done to him... I'm so happy he found a home!

penny C (83)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 7:44 am
Happy he has a home now.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 8:40 am
Sorry so late Michelle- but great ending! Thanks.

Veronique L (209)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:13 am
Thanks for sharing, noted!

Ingrid A (524)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:16 am
How sad Aj was dumped but glad he has a home now.

Pamela W (75)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:44 am
Noted !! Thanks Michelle for bringing this to our attention, and thanks Ann for the GOOD news ......... hoping the original owners don't even TRY to get him back (especially as we don't know what caused the death of the other 2). People who surrender their pets, without a VIABLE reason, (like this) should be forced to prove their identity, be put on a register and prevented from having ANY more pets !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sandi C (98)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:46 am
I hope that Lady gets him!

Esther Z (94)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:09 am
Thankful and happy AJ and teddy bear have a new home! Thanks, Michelle and Ann for the information and update of AJ's good news!

. (3)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:13 am
I like Happy Endings! I hope it stays that way for AJ!

Carla van der Meer (648)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:38 am

Elke H (97)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:57 am
people do not understand that animals grieve. Poor guy, I hope he finds a forever home.

Yvonne F (181)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 11:18 am
How tragic!!!!!! poor little AJ being punished for grieving. Fingers crossed that he will found someone that will care for hima and love him for ever! Thanks Michelle

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 12:40 pm
I sincerely hope that AJ finds a loving new home.

Michelle S (462)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 12:50 pm
I'm not "judge and jury" ladies & gentlemen--just passionate about animals & their welfare.

When I post I deliver the message the authors relay--I'm just the messenger. The news writers
at Examiner are very passionate and a reliable source in my opinion. Bridgette who photographs
animals at shelters gets the first hand story on them from shelter staff. She takes photos of
these animals because she cares and wants them to get good homes....why would she alter the
truth of what they tell her?

The agonizing truth of the matter is there are tens of thousands of animals languishing in shelters, receiving the needle of death, breathing their last breath in a gas chamber because a "family" like this one didn't want them anymore. He peed on the carpet. She woke me up at night. He sat on my coffee table.
She was boring. He was too big. She was too small. We are moving......doesn't match the furniture....


If this family didn't care they wouldn't have left a teddy bear with it!? Are you kidding me!?

Animals are not props--they are not temporary fixtures--they are a lifetime responsibility! This "family"
had other options than dumping a family member at a kill facility. Whyd they do it? THEY DIDNT WANT IT ANYMORE!

Done. The absurdity of even dignifying someone questioning the intentions of this family when they are so blatently obvious is beyond me. AJ is safe and happy and hopefully in a fur-ever home. One down--20 bizillion to go.


M B (62)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 12:52 pm
cats grieve too, everyone should know.

Malgorzata Zmuda (200)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 1:16 pm
cieszę się, że kotek został uratowany, mam nadzieję, że teraz będzie szczęśliwy

S J (130)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 2:16 pm

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:22 pm
Noted & Shared on all websites. Also forwarded to friends & family. Thanks Michelle.

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:27 pm
What caused the death of the two cats? Sounds like the people involved decided to be cat free. Heartless.

AnimalWhisperer Caswell (154)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 3:56 pm
Thank God for you Michelle and for Bridget. True animal advocate teamwork. You are awesome. Bless you and AJ. People such as he had should never be allowed to have animals!!! Worthless excuses for humans!!!!!

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:05 pm
Thanks for the great news Michelle - a happy ending to a very sad story!

Fran F (118)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:07 pm
So glad this heartbreaking story had a happy ending.

Virgene L (52)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:25 pm
Some poeple should not own pets. (They probably shouldn't have children either!)
Glad AJ was rescued. Thank you!

Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:31 pm
read and noted on 9-14-13 the things that stupid people do to there beloved pets is beyond words now AJ fate hangs in the balance, because these idiot's no longer wanted there beloved cat simply cause he acted out after losing his 2 friends these asses need to be dumped at a shelter so that they can see how hard times are going to be will keep my fingers crossed for AJ that he finds another loving person to adopt him and show him the love he deserves and for those asses karma will come around.

Richard S (209)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:49 pm
Having just seen this story and read all the comments, what started out heartbreaking almost immediately had a happy ending, thank goodness.
My family and I are grateful to all of you wonderful people on Care2 who carel so deeply about animals being treated properly and act on those feelings. Thank you one and all!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 4:59 pm
I wish I could take him, I hope the campaign in Care2 and hopefully other sites like facebook draw in a good home - keep us all posted, fingers crossed someone takes him, I wish I could.

deb s (145)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:14 pm
to own and love a pet is to understand or at least try this is so selfish of the owners to have it so easy to just get rid of this kitty how would us humans react? same way in some of us so why do the animals get labeled gotten rid of simply because they act pretty much in same manner as we do so bottom line animals are people too and this needs to be addressed let's start with not just anybody can have a pet without a microscope screening and if for some reason the animal and human don't mix or circumstances such as this then a program should be in place to help home this kitty give it the attention understanding it needs to feel right on what's happening in his world as a human race we allow the wrong people to have animals make it too easy for them to be around animals after wrong doing and in most cases do not think the animals have rights, feelings, intelligence nor a voice WRONG they deserve more than the harden criminals we pay taxes to house and keep alive!!! think people think on what we are doing wrong and get rid of the evil ones and bad people in positions that do wrong of the welfare and fate of the innocent

Evelyn B (79)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:26 pm
Noted Tks. Michelle.. Also to Bridget you all rock.. I agree with you on everythng that you wrote on your 1250pm post..I've 10 cats and they have a home forever that's my committment to them..Regardless if they poop or pee on the floor.. I take them to the vet to see if there is an under lying problem then treat..I would never surrender them to a high kill shelter..only to a rescue. Anyway's Kudos again to all involved in helping and giving A.J. and Teddy a new home a better home.

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 5:56 pm
Noted. Thanks. So glad AJ has been adopted.

Lindsey O (19)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 7:48 pm
I'm glad this one had a happy ending. What bloody cruel people to dump him like that.

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 8:06 pm
Glad to hear the happy ending.

Solitary E (324)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 8:20 pm
I'm so glad that A.J. is safe in his new home now, and hope he can adjust and be very happy. Animals, when adopted, should never be surrendered for such selfish motives! A commitment to an animal should be forever!

Elisa F (235)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 8:28 pm
Noted. Thrilled with AJ's update :) Thanks, Michelle.

Maria Gonzalez (299)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 8:49 pm
Unfortunately, it seems to me there are more a$$hl$ than good members of our species...But thnk god this kitty found a 2nd chance, and I curse the previous SOBs that decided to give him up

Shawna S (45)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:52 pm
I hope AJ finds a forever home :")

Patricia H. (440)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:53 pm

Lisa Z (168)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 10:38 pm
I had shared this story on FB before I learned he is safe & adopted. Yoohoo !!! :D

Jody B (6)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:54 am
Thank God he is safe! Yay!

Inge B (202)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:55 am
happy ending


Angela Marshall (14)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 6:44 am
I certainly hope the poor cat finds a new home soon.That is terribly sad..

Sara Williams (8)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 11:47 am
Wow, the cat already has a home! I'm so happy!

bev g (128)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:23 pm
what shitheads, lowlife , skum. assholes evil morons. makes me sick. what a beautuful cat. i pray he gets a lovely home. hugs to u kitty.

bev g (128)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 12:26 pm
Has he got a home yet Michelle hope so.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 1:32 pm
Thx for sharing

Yvette S (35)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 2:30 pm
Sad story with happy end :)

Marie W (67)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 5:43 pm
And one day they may be left..

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:22 am

Debbie Crowe (87)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:12 am
Oh my gosh - I am so happy AJ & Teddy have a new home where he will be loved this time!
I'll probably get static on this comment but, maybe it was a good idea to take AJ to the shelter. If 2 cats have already died in that house; what happened to them? Old age, accident, disease, abuse, something the cats got into that was poisonous?? I worry for any other animals that are there!!

Anyway, I am so glad that AJ will be loved and happy from now on!!

. (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:35 am
... Animals are not props--they are not temporary fixtures--they are a lifetime responsibility! ....

Totally agree with you Michelle, I feel two contrasting sentiments the first of happiness because fortunately AJ has found a new family.
Instead, the second of my feelings is of deep sadness because for all those poor animals that do not get the lucky of AJ due to people idiotic and irresponsible
Michelle thank you so much for this sharing

Ann L (15)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:25 am
Hi Michelle. Sorry I have not been back. I sent you a private email. I was just back in to FB and (a private adopter got to the shelter and adopted him. She private messaged me and has been in touch and sent these pictures.). This is the actual message. Just want to thank Michelle for all her hard work and devotion to the kitties of the world. You deserve a gold star..

Ann L (15)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:32 am
Sorry, thought I could put the pic in. He is laying on his back with his new owners hand scratching his head and he has teddy next to him. He looks very content.

Sun c (95)
Monday September 16, 2013, 9:02 am
This is just so horrible.....I hope the ppl got ran over by a bus...

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 3:28 pm
Good news that AJ has a new home. His former owners are jerks.

Alex Keir (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 5:43 pm
Dumping pets is abhorrent! Glad AJ has a new home...

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday September 20, 2013, 6:01 pm
From previous comments I see that he's found a home. Owners don't understand that cats grieve also.

Betty Kelly (4)
Friday September 20, 2013, 8:46 pm
So glad this kitty and his teddy have a new home.

Susan Duncan (25)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 5:13 am
In an ideal world, there would be a test that would reveal a person's inner moral fiber before being allowed to adopt a helpless, voiceless animal. There is simply no excuse for the actions of this family. To dump a kitty at a kill shelter because he is "acting out" after the death of his housemates is beyond cruel. He already lost so much but that obviously was not enough for these people, he had to lose all that he had left that was familiar to him. I don't care what their "circumstances" were, if they couldn't handle an anxiety-ridden kitty during his most stressful time, they didn't have much of a commitment to him in the first place so he was disposable.

To those who would attempt to defend the indefensible, the people involved will be fine, they will survive and will quickly move on. He suffered a trauma that will take a long time to heal. The priorities here are clear, the kitty's welfare comes first. One day, the people will come face to face with karma and retribution will be served.

Hope his new forever home is a small slice of heaven for him.

Georga Greenwood (17)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 5:44 am
What horrible treatment towards this poor unloved kitty - fingers crossed someone helps him 😢😡🇬🇧

Ana Lopes (92)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:08 am
Poor cat... Thank goodness he's ok now.

Lisa Koehl (58)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 8:04 am
People please read through and scroll read comments....ADOPTED Yay!!!

Waltraud U (85)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 10:11 am
happy end - lucky cat now - ty

. (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 10:38 am

Shaheen N (64)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 9:56 am

Michael Holland (10)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 1:11 pm
Noted !! Am happy that he got a home. Unbelievable that someone could actually be so heartless to dump him.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 2:03 pm

Kim O (396)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 11:29 pm
Here a little late but soooo glad AJ found a new home. Thanks Michelle!!

federico b (47)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 5:27 am
Notato e condiviso. Grazie Michelle.

Jose Ovidio Perez Morel (50)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 1:27 pm
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