Don’t Tear Grief Therapy Cat Away from Coroner’s Office

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. monica riedler says:

    This is a stupid regulation. Animals can do so much for grieving humans. There a two labs just doing this in a county in California.

  2. Michelle McCann says:

    Why in the world would they do that! Senseless!

  3. Caro C Brown says:

    What a shame…the good animals do far outweighs what humans do. This is just another example of regulations gone amuck…why do they waste so much time and energy on something so senseless.

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