The public library in White Settlement, Texas, has a cat named Browser who’s lived there for six years. He greets library patrons, scares away mice, and acts as a mascot for the library’s various fundraising activities. But the White Settlement City Council has voted 2-1 to remove the library cat, giving Browser has 30 days to find a new home.
On Tuesday, the White Settlement City Council voted to remove Browser, the cat that has lived in the library for the past six years. This came despite an outpouring of support for the cat. The council chambers were full, with most in attendance there to voice their support for Browser.
Discussions on this item began with Mayor Ronald A. White, who spoke in support of Browser. Council member Dave Mann also voiced his support of keeping the cat in the library. Eight members of the audience also spoke, each of them voicing their approval for keeping Browser in the library. Reasons given were his pest control abilities, his ability to draw children to the library, and the fact that he is loved by the people of the city. A petition signed by 618 people who support keeping the cat in the library was also mentioned.
The reason given was that some people may be allergic to cats, although a few people who are allergic spoke in favor of keeping Browser. Browser has until July 14th to find a new home. The cat’s supporters want his fate to be put to a vote in a city-wide referendum. Some reminded the council members that their positions are also up to a vote in November. -via Buzzfeed