I’m sending this as an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should write, too!
In response to the following article, I’m asking Fire Station 49 to reconsider the decision to remove their adorable Firefighter Cat, Edna.
San Francisco firefighters may be forced to surrender beloved station cat after anonymous complaint
I mean, look at those pictures. How does separating this lovely kitty from the people who love her improve life in this firehouse? Your people have stressful jobs, having a small, non-judgemental, adorable piece of fluff to come back to can only improve their lives. Edna chose them for a reason. Cats know what they are doing.
You don’t have to take it from me. Here are a few reasons to allow Edna to stay:
1. Health benefits of having a cat:
Reduces stress and anxiety
Decreases risk of stroke
Lowers blood pressure
Decreases risk of heart disease and heart attacks
Lowers triglycerides and cholesterol levels
Aren’t these things you want for your firefighters?
2. Cats have a history of being in the workplace:
There is an entire IG account dedicated to Bookstore Cats: @bookstorecats
Cats have a special history in firehouse and other first responder houses!
From stray to star – Flame, the Greenville firehouse cat, hits the big time
(IG: @flamethearsoncat) Flame even made it onto My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet!
Stray Cat Wanders Into Fire House and Asks Everyone for “Help”
Here is a list of FDNY Cats on Instagram:
FDNY Firehouse Cats Have Their Own Must-See Instagrams
If the FDNY can have cats, you can too! Do you really want the FDNY to be a step ahead of you?
3. There are even children’s books written about Firehouse Cats!
Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete
4. Perhaps most importantly, pets are family, not something to be gotten rid of due to one anonymous complaint. To separate your folks from their pet will cause them and her pain. They could be distracted, worrying about her. Do you want that.
The benefits far outweigh any downside, so please do the right thing.