Before 74-year-old Georgia Lee Dvorak passed away, she made provisions for her 11-year-old cat, Boots, in her will.
Dvorak, a resident of Berwyn, Ill., requested that the cat be euthanized “in a painless, peaceful manner.”
Dvorak was an animal lover who left her $1.3 million estate to animal charities, but she did not want Boots to go to another owner.
However, Fifth Third Bank, the executive of the will, did not honor Dvorak’s wish. “When we read the will and saw what would happen to the cat, we wanted to do something. We’re pleased we could find her a home,” said Katherine Googin, a Fifth Third Bank trustee.
The court looked at similar cases in other States and determined that it was simply an issue of right and wrong, and it would be wrong to kill a healthy cat despite Dvorak’s will.
Boots is available for adoption at Chicago’s Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too, a cage-free shelter that does not allow cats to be put down.