Purple marker scrawl filled up every inch of the page.
It read (corrected for spelling): “Bye Violet. I think that name chose you. I wish I could keep you. Bye Violet, I hope you get a good owner. To owner: Please take good care of her. By the way, I named her. Thank you! Love, Lacey.”
The earnest letter broke hearts across the shelter. Not only was a sweet cat missing a home, but a child was missing her. “When we pulled it off and read it it just tugs at your heartstrings,” Vanessa Skavlem, an animal control officer at the shelter, told The Dodo. “I just envision some child loving this thing, and knowing that they can’t keep it.”