Chicago Bank Steps in to Save Boots The Cat

By Lyneka Little

Jul 5, 2012 2:35pm
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After the intervention of trust officers from a local bank, a cat named Boots that was expected to be euthanized at the bequest of her deceased owner has gotten a reprieve.

In December, Boots, an 11-year-old cat, was left behind when her owner Georgia Lee Dvorak of Berwyn, Ill., passed away. To keep the feline from being abused, Dvorak stipulated in a will written more than 20 years ago, that any animals that were alive at her time of death should be euthanized in a painless, peaceful manner by intravenous injection. A long-time pet lover, Dvorak left  her $1.3 million estate to various animal-related charities.

But, Fifth Third Bank in Chicago sought legal advice to change one provision of the will: The life of Boots.  And, on July 4, after a stay at a cat shelter, Boots was taken home to a new owner and saved from a death sentence.

“It’s s a wonderful outcome and I wish people when they make out their will designate a person or a shelter to take care of their pets and have it writing,” Marijon Binder, the founder and president of Touched By An Animal/Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too told ABC News. “They should also leave money for the cat.”

“Animals should not be euthanized,” Binder continued. “It’s wonderful that [the bank] went through so much trouble to save the cat.”

When the cat, who lost her loving owner, first arrived at the cattery she was depressed.

“We tried our best to give her a wonderful life,” said Binder, who took care of the cat after numerous organizations declined to take in the aging animal.

The cattery were Boots was placed received requests from 27 people across the United States before placing Boots in the home of Diane Maxwell, the cousin of  Jeff Schmidt, a Fifth Third senior VP and personal trust director.

“We choose this particular woman because we had heard good things about her even before she applied,” Binder told ABC News.

Maxwell, who also owns a dog and lost a cat on Valentine’s Day, plans on bringing the two together in bed.

“We’ll all sleep together,” Maxwell said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But, despite placing Boots, the cattery says its having trouble finding homes for the 75 cats currently in resident.

“The sad part is that the other 26 people that we didn’t choose, we invited to come to our place to adopt another cat. They won’t come for anyone except the famous one,”  Binder told ABC News.

But, Boots’ tale has a happy ending.

“Boots the cat has touched the hearts of everyone at Fifth Third Bank.  It goes to show that our marketing tagline ‘the curious bank’ is more than a slogan, it’s who we are as people and as a bank. When we first discovered that the Boots’ owner has directed her to be euthanized upon her death because Boots had been terribly abused previously, we were curious to find another solution,”  Andrew Hayes, a spokesperson for Fifth Third Bank wrote ABC News in a statement.

He continued, “Today we are so grateful to hear that the shelter selected someone to adopt Boots and that she is back in a private home where she will receive lots of attention and loving care.”

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