Don’t Rip Grief Therapy Cat Away From Mourning Family Members


Target: Lexington County, SC Mayor Steve MacDougall and Commissioners

Goal: Allow cat to continue providing comfort to relatives of family members who have passed away.

A cat that helps people to heal after a loved one has passed away may be rehomed because of a policy that does not allow animals to be inside county buildings. Activists need to take action to try and ensure that this cat will be allowed to continue living at the facility so that many more families may be comforted by its presence.

The stray cat rescued by Coroner Margaret Fisher—known to staff as Morticia–not only now lives in a good home, but people who have just received among the worst news they will ever hear are being comforted because they are able to interact with the animal. Since the cat has provided such a well-needed service to the community, Fisher requested that the county make an exception to the rule of animals not being allowed to live in county buildings. Yet, even though not one person has complained about the animal living at the facility, her request was quickly denied.

Morticia is kept in the back and is only brought out when people ask to interact with her. Furthermore, the animal is caught up on all of its shots.

Urge commissioners to allow this cat to continue living at the coroner’s office. The cat provides therapy for both workers and family members who are forced to deal with extremely distressing times.


Dear Mayor MacDougall and Commissioners,

You have decided that a cat living at the coroner’s office will have to be rehomed. Since the cat provides comfort to both devastated family members and staff working at a depressing job, an exception should be made to the rule that does not allow animals to live inside county buildings.

By rescuing the stray cat, Margaret Fisher has made it so there is one less cat on the streets, better ensuring that animals and people will not become infected with rabies or other diseases that could be passed on by such stray animals. In addition, not one community member has complained that the cat lives at the building.

Furthermore, the animal is kept in the back and is not taken out unless people request to see it. Staff members have also responsibly made sure the animal has been kept to date on all shots.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to make a much needed exception to this county rule. This cat provides too good of a service to the community to be tossed out like nothing more than a common nuisance.


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Photo credit: Helgi Halldorsson

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  1. Lesley Gibbons says:

    I have just lost my partner two weeks ago to cancer. I have a cat who has been of enormous comfort to me during the last two weeks and I can say that this little cat can do wonders for others in my situation. Why would anyone want to take away the love and care that Morticia can give? Leave her be to help all those that can benefit from her presence in such difficult times.

    • Lesley, I am so sorry to read of your loss. I lost my twin brother to cancer and my cat and her kitten brought me so much comfort at that very difficult and emotional time. The love I had from the two of them was immeasurable and I shall always treasure that comfort and love. Take care of yourself and your little cat. Treasure your precious memories of your partner.

  2. Good grief! What next? Seriously in the grand scheme if things is she really a problem? Cone on….if more people showed as much compassion to animals as they do each other there wouldn’t be the problems there are with most of the animals. Let’s face it, we domesticated these animals and now we have a duty of care.

    • Well said May. I believe that the unconditional love that we receive from our voiceless creatures is simply wonderful. I wish all humans faced up to the responsibility of “duty of care”. If they did, this world would be a much happier place for man and beast!

  3. all that needs to be done is for this cat to be registered as an emotional support pet. It is a simple thing to have done, and then it will be illegal to throw the cat out of the building.

    • I cannot sign this in good conscience knowing that the cat is not registered as such, because it is not legal for it to stay in a building that does not allow animals unless it is registered as an emotional support pet. Animals that are registered as such can not be thrown out of buildings (as I said beford). They are technically licensed to be in any building or house.

  4. Natasha polychuk Natasha polychuk says:

    let them keep the cat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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