We've had a few people call for help in the last two days and all for pet cats. One woman was following up on a letter her teenaged son sent us. He asked for help with his pet cat which was ill. I had been trying to call the son but was not able to get him and his mother called me. He said in his letter that he needed to pay for it out of his allowance. His mother told me that they had to pay for him and that it was an ex-community cat. I asked if they were in financial problems, but this did not seem to be the case. It's just that she heard that we have reimbursed some part of a rescue case in the past, and she wanted to know if we could pay them back.
A vet called about another person who was migrating and said that she wanted to adopt her two ex-community cats out. She also had to have surgery for one of the cats and her husband was not very happy about it. The vet was giving her a better rate but wanted to know if we could help. The sum was actually quite a small one and the vet said they could afford it, but the husband was not very happy with the situation.
A third person also just called for help with his cat which fell out the window.
We have very limited resources, and while we'd really like to help every cat, this also goes back to limits. We almost ran out of money three years ago because everyone was asking for reimbursements at one point. We'd also like to help out those community cats and people caring for them who may have limited funds first.
Also, if you adopt an ex-community cat and take it home, then it does become your cat. You can't keep expecting someone else to pay for your cat. If there is a dire situation, then I am sure the Society will see what it can do to help, but the fact that your cat used to live on the streets at some point is not reason enough to get reimbursed.