Onset Man Generously Pays Fees for Adopting a Cat at Bourne Pet Shop


A special cat will find a new home thanks to the generosity of a man from Onset, but he is not the one who brings the cat home.

That lucky person could be you.

Chris Laque has recently moved to Onset and occasionally visits the PetSmart at Rotary Bourne. On April 9, he posted in a few Facebook groups in Wareham three cats who were looking for adoption: Snickers, Chanel and Caesar.

Courtesy of Chris Laque

Courtesy of Chris Laque

When he returned to the store on Monday, he was happy to see that Chanel and Caesar had been adopted, but Snickers was still looking for a home. He took to Facebook again and said the cat was looking for adoption, and whoever wanted to take her home would have to pay the $300 adoption fee.

“When I first posted about the cats, I was like, hey, let’s see what we can do to get her adopted,” Laque said. “But when I went back yesterday there was still no interest.”

That’s when Laque had an idea to help Snickers get adopted faster. He went to PetSmart today and paid the $300 fee to cover the cost for anyone who wanted to adopt him. The candidate will only have to take PetSmart’s adoption test to make sure she’s right for her, and then Snickers will belong to her at no cost.

“After the last two years, anything to make things a little bit better for someone,” Laque said, noting that a lot of people could use a pet post-pandemic. “I got paid today and had money to spend so I paid the $300 adoption fee and shared in Facebook groups that anyone who wants her can go ask take her home.”

The assistant manager of the PetSmart store said it was the first time he had seen someone come in and pay the adoption fee to have another person bring the animal home.

“It was an incredibly generous offer. He’s a very, very nice man, and it was very nice of him to do that,” said the store’s assistant manager, who only asked to be identified as To fart.

Peter said Snickers had been in the store awaiting adoption for “a few weeks” but he didn’t know how long the adoption center had had her before that.

He also said that there are already many cat adoption applications, which are on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We can’t promise anyone any cats because of this,” he said. “It may take a while to get approved, when we have time to sit down and call references and all that. At the moment I’ve lost two managers, so it could take about a week.

Of course, the question many are probably asking is why didn’t Laque just bring Snickers home himself?

“I just moved to Onset in December and am renovating my house,” he said. “It wouldn’t be very good for a cat or any other animal to be in this situation. I’m months away from a pet, or believe me, I’d take it in a second.

The self-proclaimed animal lover said he has also paid for others to adopt a pet in the past.

“Animals are something I love very much and it breaks my heart to see animals on display. It breaks my heart because I couldn’t imagine myself being in a cage,” he said. “Anyway, it’s not the cat’s fault.”

If you’d like to apply to adopt a cat — remember, the store can’t promise you’ll get Snickers permanently — you can visit PetSmart’s pet adoption page. You can also learn more about Hearts4Paws, the organization that runs the Bourne PetSmart adoption center, on their website.

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