The Cat Clinic of Cary Took My Cat

The Cat Clinic of Cary Took My Cat

Update 6/26/2014: Because I have dropped the matter entirely, I have edited this post to the past-tense and removed the doctor’s information and any mention of my legal actions. I am now attempting to move on. I don’t know if I’ll adopt another cat. Probably not for a while. I donated all of my cat stuff to GentleCare, who in turn will either send it to Second Chance Adoptions or some other animal shelter.

Update 6/23/14: I have thought long and hard on this, and in the best interests of everyone involved, I am dropping my efforts to regain Martini/Bell and walking away. The amount of stress, fear, and high tensions this situation has caused is simply not worth the health of everyone involved, and it’s time to move forward in our lives.

Thank you to everyone who has positively supported me in this matter.

The WNCN Story is Here

The CCC Statement is Here

Here’s what happened.

I was considering adding an animal to my family, when my friend told me about a cat at the Cat Clinic of Cary named Bella who could use a good home. I went to look at Bella, and as soon as my friend said “this is no life for a cat,” I knew I would be taking her home.

Bella/Martini at the Clinic

I filled out an adoption application. The paper had fields for my name, address, phone number, date, if I had ever owned a cat before, why I wanted the cat, and what I would do if the cat required $500 or more of medical expenses. The paper didn’t contain any sort of adoption terms, fees, agreements, etc. It was basically a paper with my contact information.

Bella had been given up by her original owner when the owner had no home, then re-homed. The next owner brought Bella back to the CCC after moving to a place that didn’t allow cats. The next owner had a similar situation, leaving Bella confused and returned a total of 3 times.

I interviewed with Dr. Jenn [full name redacted] on Friday, June 13th. She didn’t have any concerns about my taking the cat. She simply asked that although I had a regular vet I take Olive to, that I bring Bella to them for any care as a favor. The clinic loved their little Bella, soon to be renamed to Martini.

Friends were visiting that weekend, so I made plans to pick up Bella the following Monday. I spent the weekend getting everything ready, including a baby gate to keep her secluded from my dog, a furminator to control her shedding (it’s like a really expensive brush), a litterbox, some natural litter, a stick with a feather on the end of it, and a cat carrier. I picked out a red collar (to match Olive’s) with a bell (cats are too quiet) and had her new name and my number engraved on a blue nametag (blue to match Olive’s blue bowtie).

Monday, June 16th, 2014, I picked up Bella. The tech took her from her confinement area, dropped her into my carrier, and asked if I’d paid. I hadn’t paid, and wasn’t aware of the fee. It turned out to be a “standard adoption fee” of $150. I paid with my card, having already committed to getting the cat, and took the new Martini back to my house.

Martini explores the laundry.
Martini explores the laundry.

Getting Martini Fixed Up

Martini was nervous but otherwise settled in well. My friend stopped by to see her, and noted that her nails were a bit long when Martini awkwardly stuck to the carpet and feathery cat toy. I didn’t even know cats got nail trims, and I filed this away in the back of my mind.

Tini was also shaking her head awkwardly, at regular intervals. She rubbed head-first against several surfaces. I wasn’t concerned until I got down on her level and noticed what looked like a cobweb stuck to her ear. I carefully pulled at the string, and realized it was some sort of crust. It came away with a bit of a give, and her ear began to leak a sticky fluid. It was well past 7pm, and I texted my friend to let her know it looked as though Martini had an ear infection.

My friend let me know that doctor Jenn does house calls on Wednesdays and wouldn’t be in until Thursday, so I called my regular vet, GentleCare, to schedule an appointment for Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 10:30am. A quick look confirmed that Martini did indeed have a bad infection in her right ear, and a mild infection in her left ear. They cleaned her ears and prescribed me a medicated solution to be applied once a day.

While I was at GentleCare, they also did an overall wellness panel, trimmed her nails, and microchipped her. Tini was too upset to allow for a fecal sample, so I was sent home with instructions to collect that as well.

The total came out to just under $300, and I made an appointment to have Martini groomed at GentleCare so we could get the dander and extra fur off her.

Martini finally accepts her cat bed.
Martini finally accepts her cat bed.

Returning to the Cat Clinic of Cary

This morning, June 19th, 2014, I called the Cat Clinic of Cary to let them know I was upset about the condition I received Martini in. I expressed wanting to have my adoption fee refunded, given the cost of the medical care, and pointed out that they should have checked her prior to giving her to me. The receptionist informed me the doctor would call back later to let me know about the refund.

I got a call back, with the following conversation…

The doctor would like you to please bring her [Martini] in so she can look her over, and to bring any medical records you have with you. If you could come now that would be great.

I grabbed Martini and her medical records and drove down to the clinic. When I arrived, I was told that Dr. Jenn was in surgery and would need a few moments. The receptionist/tech asked if she could take Martini back to an exam room so she could be looked at. I gave her the cat and waited patiently on the bench.

That was the last time I saw Martini.

Dr. Jenn came back out with a check for $150. As I recall…

I’m honestly really upset about the way this whole thing went down. We had a verbal agreement you would bring her here for any veterinary care. She had no sign of infection. So here’s your money back, we’re taking the cat back, she will not be going home with you. I don’t think it’s a good situation and you can take the money or leave it. I’ve shredded your adoption application, so that no longer exists.

Dr. Jenn returned to the back room. I turned to the receptionists/techs and asked them to show me the paperwork that said the vet could reclaim the cat, or any law that said the cat could be taken. They had no answer for me. I pointed out that I had vet records, and demanded to get a copy of whatever papers I may have signed.

Dr. Jenn came back out then, fairly livid.

(Dr.) You know what? We’ll write you a check for the difference. You got duped. Her ears were spotless, she had no sign of infection.

(Me) I just had her ears cleaned yesterday. I pulled the gunk out of her ears with my own hands.

(Dr.) I’ve been a vet for 15 years. She’s been here for 3. There was no infection. Nobody could clean a cat’s ears that well. I’m going to have to ask you to leave the premises or I’m going to have to hit the police panic button.

(Me) I’ll be back with them myself.

From the Clinic to GentleCare and Back

I went immediately from the Cat Clinic of Cary back to GentleCare and asked to speak to the doctor. I explained the situation, and received all of the information they had on hand as well as a written statement confirming Martini was treated for an ear infection. I took the documents and met my friend back at my house, to call the police.

The police listened and transferred me to a sheriff(?). The sherrif told me he would call the Cat Clinic of Cary and return my call after he talked to them. When he returned my call, he told me that there was no criminal action, and that because they wrote me a check, there was nothing they could do. It was the equivalent of “returning clothing you’re unhappy with to a store.” He also let me know that in hindsight, I should never have brought Tini back to the clinic.

My friend called the Cat Clinic of Cary offering to adopt Martini/Bella herself to give her a good home. She was told by the receptionist/tech that it was not up for discussion, and that Bella was now Cat Clinic property and would spend the rest of her life at the clinic.

Bella is 5 years old, which means she could very well spend the next 15 years of her life at the clinic if she’s not adopted out.

My friend and I returned to GentleCare to inquire about lawyers they might have that take animal cases, and got a few numbers. I called my Dad to explain to him what was happening, and let him know I planned to return to the Cat Clinic of Cary to try one more time to get the matter resolved. He advised that I cash the checks so I had my money, because as soon as I walked through the doors, the clinic would call the police and put a freeze on the accounts, ending up with both my cat and my cash.

We stopped at Suntrust and I cashed the checks, getting the sum in dollars and cents, and carefully placed the sum in the folder with the rest of my documents. Then my friend and I returned to the Cat Clinic.

Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted

The clinic had posted a sign on the door saying they were open and to knock. They had locked the front door. I knocked on the door, surprising the tech, who told me I wasn’t allowed in the building and needed to leave. I told her to call whoever she had to call, because it would give me time to say what I needed to say.

I explained to the receptionist/tech that I simply wanted it done. They could have their money back and I wanted my cat back, and the matter would be resolved. She told me I needed to wait outside, and I asked her to pass the message along to the vet.

I waited outside for the police to arrive. I explained the story to them top to bottom, and presented them my paperwork.

They entered the clinic and spoke with the vet. They came back out and explained that because I was written a check, it was a civil dispute, and there was no criminal activity. I would have to go down to the courthouse in Raleigh and discuss the matter with small claims. The doctor claimed that a contract stated I was legally bound to bring the cat to the Cat Clinic of Cary for treatment, and any breach in contract meant they could seize the cat. I didn’t see, wasn’t aware of, and didn’t sign a contract. The police didn’t receive a paper, either.

They took down my friend and my drivers’ license information and phone numbers, as the clinic had officially had us banned from the premises. If we go back to the clinic, we’ll be arrested for trespassing.

Later Steps

I went down to the courthouse and was told I’d have to file a suit with small claims, and have the clinic served. Basically I need to file for having my property returned, although the magistrate will want to know about why I asked for the pet fee back.

I’ll clarify here again that it was because of the high medical costs and the fact that Martini was obviously not given a checkup of any sort before being given to me that I requested a refund. The adoption fee sum is nowhere near the amount I spent having her checked out and looked over. I would give them all of their money back in exchange for Martini.

UPDATE 6/23/14: Good morning. I have thought long and hard on this, and in the best interests of everyone involved, I am dropping my efforts to regain Martini/Bell and walking away. The amount of stress, fear, and high tensions this situation has caused is simply not worth the health of everyone involved, and it’s time to move forward in our lives.

Thank you to everyone who has positively supported me in this matter.

Update 6/26/2014: Because I have dropped the matter entirely, I have edited this post to the past-tense and removed the doctor’s information and any mention of my legal actions. I am now attempting to move on. I don’t know if I’ll adopt another cat. Probably not for a while. I donated all of my cat stuff to GentleCare, who in turn will either send it to Second Chance Adoptions or some other animal shelter.

  • Lynn

    OMG! What a horrible ordeal! Poor Martini! I hope you win Corey. What a horrible clinic and vet!

    • coreyfreeman

      I start making phone calls and filling out paperwork tomorrow. Tonight I’m tweeting, instagramming, what have you. Thank you for your support. I won’t take this lying down!

    • yvette

      Cat Clinic of Cary here is the email address. I have been on their email list forever! I noticed they shut down the fb page. People should boycott this unethical practice.

    • Jamie

      I’m afraid these people are the type to kill the cat rather than letting you have her. I’m hoping they haven’t killed her already.

  • catlover

    That is awful! The poor kitty. And what a shady business. Have you called 5 on your side yet? Expose them on the news!

    • Kelsey

      5 on your side is definitely a good idea. Even if they can’t do anything legally I see them putting enough media pressure on them to make at least a small difference.

    • coreyfreeman

      I’ve never heard of them before but I sent them an email and the link. Thank you for suggesting them!

  • Piper

    what a nightmare. good luck to you!

  • Nancy

    Come on Cary Cat Clinic! Sometimes you just need to do what is right. The lady wants to give the cat a loving home. Give the cat back!

  • rescuedcatmom

    I’d like to suggest that you make sure you have a screen shot of the Cat Clinic of Cary’s page, where “Jennifer L. Casey Eachus” posted a photo of your cat and this text:

    “So happy to share with everyone the wonderful adoption of our sweet Bella who we have had at the Cat Clinic of Cary for the past 3 years. It was very bittersweet letting her go as she has become such an icon with us, but she was in dire need of a loving family who could give her more attention than we were able to. She is very much missed but we know she is very much loved.”

    Grab a screen shot of that before they delete it. I really hope the attention forces them to give your cat back.

    • coreyfreeman

      I have a few screenshots. I have to wait for FB to timestamp it properly. Hopefully they don’t delete it first.

      • LafinJack

        For next time, you can hover your mouse over the “5 hours ago” (or whatever) to show an actual timestamp. Good luck!

      • Devin

        If you open up the picture post individually from her facebook page, you can at least get a screen shot with the comments that were made – they have time stamps, as well as the date

      • Pat Hepler

        You should also report your whole story to Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. These people should notbe dealing with animals.

    • David Serxner

      The photo is still on her page. I remember “liking” it because I was happy for the Cat (as were my two Cats). This is terrible.

  • Maggie

    Contact the Troubleshooter (Diane Wilson) at WTVD-11, or Monica LaLiberte at WRAL TV. They cover consumer complaints, and this might be exactly the type of story they’d be interested in, and could get you some appropriate action.

    • coreyfreeman

      Thank you for the suggestion. I’ll add them to the list of places to call tomorrow.

  • Allison

    YES to the comment above. I just read it and was very confused. So wrong and I am so sorry – you deserve your beloved cat!

    • coreyfreeman

      Thank you for your support. I really appreciate it.

  • Jennifer

    This is INSANE!! I can’t believe that cat clinic would do that to someone! Our animals have gone to gentle care for over ten years and they would never say a cat had an infection if it didn’t! Hopefully their records help your case! This is so wrong!

    • coreyfreeman

      I found GentleCare when my dog Olive was having serious issues and they were very nice and got her fixed up. They really helped me out today and gave me all of the information they had on Martini and a written statement of everything they treated her for. Definitely an amazing place.

  • CatLady1971

    So sorry. I Facebooked this and hope others reading it will Share as well.

    • coreyfreeman

      Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Jason

    That’s horrible. Unbelievable that they stole your cat! I hope you get the cat back!

    • coreyfreeman

      Thank you so much for your support!

  • eidna

    I am so sad for you and Martini, I sent the clinic a polite email asking them to please give her back. I know how excited I got when I got my cats set up to come home, and to have them taken away from me after such a short time would be just heartbreaking :(

    • coreyfreeman

      Thank you so much! I have to admit when I was walking through the petco picking out food bowls I was pretty excited.

  • http://facebook Aaron Toney

    I hope your cat it’s okay and I hope it doesn’t die and make it safe back to you Marissa and your brother Logan also I hope it’s healthy also

  • CatLady1971

    I sent a message to WRAL on their FB page too…and one of your local radio stations as well. Your story has made it up here to Canada. Some of my friends have shared and left comments on the clinic’s FB page. More will be coming as it spreads across N. America.

  • Allison Coleman

    This really stinks. I’m a little worried since you cashed the checks that it makes your case null and void since I’m pretty sure it means you are agreeing to their terms by cashing the check. Something similar happened to me. I hope that is not the case and you get your kitty back. What weird people over at that vet office.

  • Blayne

    With enough bad press, one would hope they would revise their decision. Also, commented on their FB page. Let’s bring this kitty home!!

  • KittyMama

    This is such b.s.!!! Oh, I’m so angry!! I can’t believe they did something so selfish and heartless. They CLEARLY don’t care about Martini’s well-being. I wonder how they could possibly justify their actions. I’ve worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician in multiple practices and states for over 10 years and I’ve never encountered such blatant disregard for an animal and it’s family. I hope you get your kitty back immediately and the clinic gets all the terrible press it deserves.

  • Max

    We had an issue with the Durham APS when we wanted to adopt a cat that was shown to us at an event. The foster owner and the APS jerked us around but fortunately, I had written them a check and got an ownership certificate. They called later in the week before we adopted Babou and told us the foster owner had changed his mind. We went around and around, and finally, when I had an attorney write a letter to them it was over in 48 hours.

    Lesson: Hit hard, hit fast, and don’t take any BS. Get an attorney and have him/her smack the s**t outta the clinic.

    If it’s all legal, why did they shred the paperwork? Why were they so underhanded? Contact the local paper. Radio station. TV. Play dirty. Embarrass them. Get your cat back.

    If you have any questions or want some advice from experience with something similar, contact me off-post via e-mail.


    • Darryl L. Pierce

      And if they shredded then how can they prove this supposed contract to only bring Martini to their clinic?

  • Tina Wright Horn

    I am praying you get you baby back.. praying that she is not depressed from all this confusion.. back n forth to the shelter.. HUGS to you and prayers…

  • vflower

    All these are very sound advise and ideas. Especially what Max had to say. Lawyers usually shake people up. I know a few times all I had to do was threaten with a lawsuit and I got what I wanted immediately! One other thing you could do is try and dig up some dirt on them. See what they’re up to or trying to cover up. See if they’ve done this to anyone else. If you can’t find out see how much a private investigator would charge to dig around. I have 8 cats love them all to death. I have never been asked or told that I HAVE to bring them back from where I got them for medical treatment. I’d like to know what is up with that. Btw I’m from N.Y. and I am now going to share this.

  • Kim

    That cat rescue sounds absolutely ridiculous…its hard enough to find good homes for shelter cats, and you obviously care a lot about this cat to go thru all that work to get her back…they should realize you deserve her much more than they do. If someone stole any one of my animals I would go nuts…they would have to call the police b/c id absolutely go crazy. Someone might die…jk…not really tho.

  • Danielle Horsley

    Hugs, and prayers. I hope you get her back. should file with the BBB about the negligent care of the cat before you got her. If the cats that live there are in that shape imagine the cats that come in and how they are treated. bad vets bad vet practices and if you can’t see an ear infection in a cat you have everyday you don’t nee to work on cats.

  • Tam

    Good luck, I hope this turns out with her home with you. It seems like they’re just trying to cover up that they did not give her proper care. I’ve spread the word and Tweeted them, since they apparently couldn’t deal with the Facebook comments.

  • Jason

    After reading your side of the story, then reading the reviews of the clinic, and finally finding this link about Bella, I’m pretty sure you’ve pegged this clinic and this vet perfectly.

    Were they just so embarrassed by how poorly they’d cared for a car in their care? Too busy?

    • C

      Yes. I worked for them in 2003 or thereabouts cleaning the cat kennels on the weekends while I was in school.

      I got “let go” after a year for being “too slow” since I was making sure each of the cats either boarding or living there got some attention while I cleaned out their kennel/condo.

      It’s not right to ignore them while you clean and move directly on to the next kennel/condo and then leave after feeding & medicating them.

  • lucy

    I’m from California and I’ve shared this. It is awful that your beautiful cat was stolen. She deserves a home not some small enclosure.

    As someone mentioned earlier, it seems the clinic has shut down their Facebook account. To much bad feedback I guess.

    Hope martini gets home soon. Good luck!

  • Maddie

    From what yelp has to say about this place, you aren’t the only one having really bad experiences with these people! If I were a lawyer, I’d be taking this case pro-bono.

  • Samantha

    A group of people are sharing your story on an art website via journal posts and will spread like wildfire. I’m re-posting this as well, and I’m in Indiana.

    I personally know how it feels when you adopt a pet and they weren’t cared for. We just adopted our dog and in the adoption agreement she was to be updated on all of her shots, micro-chipped, the works. I still took her to my personal vet, who contacted the vet on the papers we received. Apparently our dog never had any of her shots and actually had a parasite problem. On top of the $200 adoption fee, we ended up having to pay an additional $300 to get everything treated properly.

    Kudos to you for fighting this! You have all of my blessings.

  • Paula

    I will make sure and post this story on my Facebook Timeline for all of my friends to share as well…You are right in wanting your fee back since they did not do a proper assessment of Bella before adopting her out…My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your Bella in hopes for a fast reunion…

    • Paula

      I live in Indiana so will go thru here :)

  • Lindsey

    Call the local news! This is so heartbreaking! I have 4 cats and all are rescues! She deserves a good home! So sad!!!

  • K

    I shop at the Food Lion next to this clinic and something had always struck me as shady about the place. I don’t know if it was the attached thrift shop (yes, a cat clinic with a THRIFT SHOP) that looked like a hoarder’s paradise, the not so clean exterior, or what. Now I know my gut instinct was correct.

    I agree with everyone saying to contact WRAL and WTVD. They love stories like this!

    • Nancye

      The thrift store next to the Cat Clinic is run by a non-profit cat rescue in the area to help with their expenses. It has nothing to do with the veterinary office that has taken Martini.

    • deborah

      K: I volunteer at the unassociated thrift shop next door … you know, the “hoarder’s paradise.”
      You sound like a real snob.
      If you’re not and really are a nice person who is concerned about local cat welfare, feel free to donate your good used items…

    • Camille

      K, I adopted one of my cats from the rescue whose thrift shop you so snobbishly term a “hoarder’s paradise”–that same rescue is also the one that rescued and found forever homes for 39 cats that were in an actual hoarding situation several years ago. That thrift shop helps to cover their expenses, and they do good work–but please, if it makes you feel better to bash them as “shady”, go right ahead.

    • Jaton

      K, Thrift stores are a great way to provide for the care of animals in need of a home. And if you don’t want to go to the “hoarders paradise” you are welcome to drop by the store the next time you are grocery shopping and make a sizable donation … you know, to redeem yourself.

  • Sean

    This is a shame, they’ve put their pride ahead of the welfare of Martini…actually they’ve put everything ahead of the welfare of Martini. Any vet worth their salt would have given her a thorough exam and recognized the signs of an ear infection. They basically wanted the adoption fee and did nothing for her. I say you should contact WRAL/WTVD and anyone else that might be able to get this out there. I’m local (Raleigh), if there’s anything I can do let me know.

  • David

    I’ve been spreading this as far and wide as I can. I hope it helps. As a fellow cat owner, this both infuriates me and completely breaks my heart.

  • Curio

    I can’t find their page on facebook anymore, interesting. The link you posted just goes to the newsfeed. Hopefully that means your story is getting out there! Best of luck!

  • Karen

    I brought my new adopted kittens to that horrible clinic 14 years ago. I thought having a cat’s only clinic would be better for my cats, but no I sensed something was wrong with that place. I walked in there were just cats that lived at the clinic walking around, scaring my kittens hissing, and the people in the clinic said they are ‘just being friendly’. No that’s being friendly and you shouldn’t have cats just wandering around the clinic, let those cats have real homes. I brought my kittens to a ‘cats only clinic’ to make them less stressed out, a regular vet’s office would of had dogs barking but the owner’s would of had them contained rather than older cats hissing in their face. After that I was called into a room and was grilled about everything I fed to how often they went a day. I did get the real sense from them that they might just grab my cats if given the chance. I’m so glad I never brought my cats back there again.

  • Robin Borden

    I hope you get the media in. Hope the cat is not upset about this. No animal or people should go through this.

  • Eliane

    Since she is a medical professional she should be reported to the state medical board who holds her medical license. Also a malpractice attorney should be consulted because leaving the cat with an untreated infection is malpractice and negligent, which could result in punitive damages- this is what the doctor here is really worried about, hence hiding the cat. The best way to get your cat back is to make her think she may lose her license/pay malpractice claims out of pocket.

  • Claire

    File a complaint against the vet with the Veterinary Board.

  • redarc

    It makes me wonder if the story of Martini’s previous owners was completely true and how much of it was due to CCC reclaiming Bella under similar dubious circumstances. I will share your story on FB. I hoe you are able to get Martini back.

  • Kim

    Disgusting that this clinic/vet are more concerned with their own puffed up pride than the actual well-being of the cat. I’ve only ever owned rescues, & it’s not uncommon for the animal care agency/org to ask that -during a STATED TRIAL PERIOD- the animal be brought to them if vet care is needed. That said, no ethical agency would EVER *prefer* a cat go untreated until “their” vet is free. The clinic should definitely be investigated, & I hope you’ll be reunited with your kitty soon!

  • Kristy

    I really hope you are able to get Martini back. As far as contacting the Better Business Bureau goes, they won’t actually do anything. It’s used as a tool to resolve conflicts but unless they want to reply via BBB you might not get a response there either. I hope contacting WRAL will help you!

  • Shelley

    I would caution everyone of you to realize that there are two sides to every story. CCC and Dr. Jenn are my vet and they take great care of my cats. I was actually at the vet yesterday to pick up a script. Bella is not in dire conditions. There are several cats running around the office and they are well taken care of. Many of medical issues and are not adoptable. They are all friendly and well fed. I actually saw Bella yesterday and petted her. She is fine and happy. My cats have been going to this clinic for years and they are happy and well taken care of.

    • David

      So this justifies her cat being stolen how?

      • Ciara

        How exactly does this justify them stealing her cat? And how does it justify them preferring to keep a cat themselves rather than giving it a good home? And how does it explain all the very negative reviews on yelp and their facebook page? And how do we know you don’t just work for them?

        • Gail

          Because if she worked for them, she’d be leaving a scathing review like BK below lol.

        • Shelley

          I do not work for them. This is an unfortunate situation and as I said, the writer is stating one side of the story. You don’t know the other side. I had two cats who went to this place and lived long healthy lives. I have two more and am very happy with their service. You are tryng to destroy a business that you had a bad experience with. I was there yesterday to pick up a script. Bella is FINE. She’s happy and rubbed her face on my purse and purred. Get on with your life and stop trying to trash a business that provides a great service to many of us.

          • Casey

            Shelley, as stated in Corey’s blog post, she isn’t trying to ruin the reputation of the clinic, nor has she said anything negative about the staff as individuals. She’s simply trying to get her cat back and to a home where she’ll receive the attention she deserves.

          • Woody

            If they were providing such great service, why not give the cat back to the rightful owner?! Take off your damn blinders… I’d be worried about your cats if I were you. They might be CCC’s next target.

          • Mary Ellen

            It doesn’t matter if Bella is fine at the clinic. It matters that the clinic had no authority to take her from the rightful owner because that owner decided to get her medical care in a timely manner rather than wait and have her suffer from an ear infection for another day.

  • BK

    I worked at the CCC briefly and Dr. Jenn is the worst vet I’ve ever worked for. The back room/surgery area is gross and its not a good environment to work in. Dr. Jenn only cares about money and not the animals and is just the rudest most unprofessional person I’ve ever met. I always steer people clear of working there or taking their fur-kids to The Cat Clinic of Cary!

    • C

      Sounds like things haven’t changed much since I worked there in ’03.


      Seriously, Corey, seek legal help and I hope you get Martini back.

  • J

    stage a protest! make signs, be nice & orderly, go on public property near the vet but not right at it. seems to work for others. gets the attention of the business, bad publicity and eventually they cave. good luck!!

  • http://Facebook Tammy Howell

    This is sad that a clinic caring for animals would do something like that,maybe the clinic itself is shady and bill for treatments that they really don’t do and was upset because they were put on blast for adopting out a cat that hadn’t been treated properly by them and by you taking her to another vet confirmed she hadn’t been care for properly as they suggested. I say boycott that vet for their wrong doings. I know the right thing will be done and you get your cat back. Nobody goes through all this time and trouble if they didn’t love the animal. I hope you get her back before that clinic loses all their business for such a tackey way they have handled this. Very unprofessional.

  • Melinda

    Go to the law school. They operate free clinics. They will be able to give you good advice.

  • Jared Delaney

    There is always the option for people to write a Google review. That would put on the heat….just sayin.

  • Karen

    This is reprehensible! Shared publicly on my facebook page with screen capture of vet’s supposed delight at Bella’s adoption. Do contact WRAL and/or WTVD troubleshooters. Hopefully all this pressure will cause them to suck it up and do the right thing. I am local, let me know if I can help.

  • Apiffany

    You should create a petition. This whole situation is ridiculous and I’m so sorry you’ve had to endure this.

  • Justin P

    Wait… there are *several* holes in this story.

    For one, she said herself that on the application there was a section asking “what I would do if the cat required $500 or more of medical expenses.”

    So… what did she answer on that section? Because as I read the article, her complaint about $300 in vet bills is moot. There was language in the paperwork regarding possible vet bills.

    Also, it’s pretty obvious she’s not had cats before, seeing as how she didn’t know cats needed to have their nails trimmed. I suspect there is more to this story than we’re being told and that the vet had reasonable concerns about her as an owner.

    She also complained about the $150 adoption fee, which she was unaware existed. Well, that’s standard. And likely was in the paperwork she failed to read. There may have even been a stipulation in the contract that allowed the clinic to repossess the animal. But there’s no telling, seeing as how all we have is a one-sided recollection from memory.

    I’m not sure what people thing getting a lawyer is going to do here. They returned her money. They took their cat back. The police said there is no criminal issue here. If she cared THAT much about keeping the cat, she wouldn’t have been so concerned with getting her money back.

    Could Cat Clinic of Cary handled this better? Yes. But they seem to be well within their rights.

    • coreyfreeman

      Addressing your concerns…there was no adoption agreement. The adoption “application” was shredded by the doctor herself.

      I had an emergency with my dog that cost well over $500. My complaint was not the cost of the care, but that she needed so much care when coming from a place that “specializes” in veterinary care for cats. Why was Martini not given a once-over before being given to me?

      The vet was aware I didn’t know much about cats. We had a short interview where I explained to her my history of cats and my concerns, and she expressed no fears and told me to pick up Bella/Tini at my earliest convenience.

      I called to ask about a refund for the adoption fee to offset the medical costs because I was upset that it was clear no medical attention had been provided. They asked me to bring in the cat and the records from GentleCare so they could look at her herself, as they say they saw no signs of infection. Once I was in the building, they removed Martini from my sight, and the vet simply returned with a check and said I wasn’t leaving with Martini. I had violated a “verbal agreement” that I had to take the cat to the cat clinic, and that Martini’s ears showed no sign of infection. I pointed out that they had been cleaned the day before, and the vet said nobody could clean a cat’s ears that thoroughly.

      I flat out refused the money and told her to give me back the cat. She told me to leave or she’d call the police.

      No contract was given. I saw no contract. When they gave me Martini they simply put her in my carrier and asked me if I’d paid.

      Lots of people are first time cat owners. That doesn’t mean I can’t make rational decisions about the care of Martini, especially if she was neglected when I got her.

      • Sean

        Even the verbal contract thing is flimsy at best. They said “as a favor” or something to that effect. Not only would this be non-binding even on paper but would not require you to take Martini there every time. It also implies that you would take her there for treatment in lieu of an adoption fee. At least that was my initial impression. The account of what happened seems plausible. I worked for a vet for 5 years (part time) and some are good, some not so good, just like anyone else.

      • Amanda

        “My complaint was not the cost of the care, but that she needed so much care when coming from a place that “specializes” in veterinary care for cats.”

        In your posting you said that your vet cleaned her ears and gave you a medication to apply once daily, and also did an overall wellness panel, trimmed her nails, and microchipped her. You say your complaint was that she needed so much care. But did she? A wellness panel is optional..microchipping, optional. Sure, nice and smart things to do for your new kitty, but why do having these elective medical procedures performed post-adoption now warrant for your adoption fee to be returned? Was she spayed, vaccinated, tested for FIV/FELV, dewormed and flea-treated when you got her? Maybe the ear infection was an oversight on the original clinic’s part but…dealing with small stuff like that is part of being a pet owner. I’m just skeptical that the ear infection translated to a full refund in the first place

    • Amber

      Being a first time cat owner doesn’t make you an unfit cat owner. All of those “holes” you mention are no grounds to say anyone isn’t fit to have a cat and shouldn’t raise any alarm. It just means this is their first experience with cat adoption and care.

      It’s very obvious she loved her cat and provided the proper care for her through the learning process.

    • Michelle H

      If they were within their legal rights they would have brought out the signed adoption contract, and shown the adopter where they violated it before returning her money. The fact that they shredded any paperwork tells me they had no legal agreement to repossess the cat. I’ve never in my life signed a contract I wasn’t given a copy of.

      This whole thing is shady, and unless the vet clinic can provide a copy of a contract with the adopter’s signature the proof all points to Corey being the legal owner of the cat. She has vet records and microchip registration to prove it.

  • Erin Monday

    I would Tweet a URL to this website @LoriBush (Cary Town Council, pretty active) and also @TriangleBIZJrnl and @IndyWeek. They are pretty good at covering the more “human interest-y” stuff.


    • Erin Monday

      Also, post this to

      If you need help w/small claims, NC Bar sometimes offers free or discounted legal services/clinics. @NCBAorg.

  • Karelle


    If it comes to it you could try a petition on or care2 causes – there are others too but those come to mind immediately.

    Good luck!

  • Joan philson

    You stated the vet she was taken to for ear infection microchipped her, does that not make her your property?

  • ZaftigWendy

    Also, not ALL cats need their nails trimmed. I’ve never had one that needed trimming. Usually if they have enough to scratch on, they have no trouble with their claws.

    I’m praying that you get Martini/Bella back.

  • Dana

    I am so sorry that you and Martini are having such a hard time reuniting. It is obvious you love her and would provide the type of life she deserves.

    I would recommend, as the money is no longer a concern, that you place the money into escrow; contingent on the return of Martini. It will be something the judge will have you do anyway.

    It is obvious Martini was not receiving proper care, you can subpoena your original signed contract at your court hearing, no judge will rule in their favor.

    I will be rooting for you!

  • Megan Jordan

    Please make sure that you also contact the State Attorney General’s office and file a consumer complaint! Not sure if they handle issues dealing with stuff like this, but they can probably do some kind of fraud investigation. What kind of animal clinic treats animals so disrespectfully?? Screw them and sorry you’re going through this :(

  • Dahlia

    This is horrible! I’m so sorry they’re doing this to you. I sent them an email and am going to share this!

  • Lisa Stance

    FYI, another really BAD vet is Carrboro Plaza Vet Clinic. They nearly killed my cat.

    • Niki Cogburn

      This is unquestionably one of the most inexcusable cases of disrespect and neglect I have ever heard of from a clinic! everyone knows cats aren’t fully taken care of while waiting for adoption! nor are they by any means happy! that is not the eventual “goal” of clinics! their “goal” is supposed to be getting these cats ADOPTED! not adopting them out then seizing them without notice or legal right! they literally robbed you of your cat! I would say property, but Martini is a living being! not a chair! you cannot just throw money at someone and say ok this is my cat now, then call the police acting scared and hiding the cat whenever you come around to (from what it sounds like) calmly confront them, and within your legal right might I add! you were not notified that you were being banned from the property, in which situation the police did all they could and what they were supposed to do, calmly explain to you that you were no longer welcome on the property as per the business owner and would be arrested for trespassing in further situations if they arose. to which matter you obliged and took matters into your own hands. at this point it seems to me that they are being stubborn and just don’t want to admit they were wrong. in either a legal aspect or to the public; which in turn, is causing them to dig themselves deeper into this hole they could have easily hopped out of by giving you Martini back in the first place and saying “oops my bad”. the principle of this matter has surpassed the legality of it. and getting a rise out of the public is exactly what you need on your side. the media would be a perfect way to back this clinic into a corner and intimidate them into finally relinquishing your cat to you, which you adopted from them in the first place. I have 4 horses, 2 dogs, a cat, and am soon to get another dog. if anyone was to ever attempt to reclaim any of my animals from me, heads would roll. simply for the fact that NO ONE tells me how to care for my animals, unless I ask their opinion. and even then, it is ultimately my decision on the matter. you weren’t given an option on a choice they actually had no say in. you are right to fight for your cat back! sorry for the rant. animals are a touchy subject for me.

  • Digitaldarth

    It didn’t workout. They went through 3 other failed attempts to get that cat a home. You came in complaining. Were I that ver I would have done the exact same thing. Move on with your life. If you keep trying to harm their business I hope they sue you. SMH

    • Niki Cogburn

      wow. seriously. you obviously have never known love in your life. I feel sorry for you.

    • Shelley

      Digitaldarth is correct. If you keep slandering this business, it may turn really ugly for you.

      • Camille

        Wow, proceeding to threats now Dr. Jenn? How very classy.

        • Mary

          If someone complained that their cat had issues you didn’t find as a vet you would do the same? Really? I would be embarrassed. If I didn’t agree I would ask to see the other vet papers, not LIE. So you’d LIE to the person just so you didn’t have to admit you did anything wrong. This vet has a history of misdiagnosis and you’re siding with them. For shame.

    • Shaun

      Finally, a comment I can sink my teeth into.

      Let me give you a brief background on me: I am an attorney.

      Now that we have that out of the way, let me break it down for you: The clinic is in the wrong. They made a mistake by wrongfully executing procedures that were not agreed to prior to the action they took, meaning that the CLINIC is in the wrong for these actions.

      Let the clinic attempt to sue him, this page has expressed no “Ill Will” towards the clinic and even states this in the process. Filing a lawsuit against him will be grounds for a counter-suit. And this will ultimately run the entire business to the ground just from trying to take action against a guy who just wants to take care of a cat, and the clinic itself is ignoring it.

      In the public eye, the clinic is in the wrong. And that is all that matters in the law if you want to take it to court.

      *Drops mic*

      • Shelley

        Yeah, sure…you’re an “attorney”. That’a what they all say. He cashed the check. That means he has no case. But CCC and Dr. Jenn CAN sue him for defimation of character if he keeps this up.

        • Jme

          Sure they CAN sue – anyone CAN sue anyone else. Does not mean the clinic would win.

          To win a defamation case (or slander – you keep switching here – let’s throw in libel since that is what you can sue for when something is WRITTEN), the clinic would have to prove that what Corey said (and she is a girl, by the way) is false and she knew it was false.

  • Alex M

    There is no doubt that you care about Martini and want the best for her. It is clear that this situation was not handled properly by the veterinarian.

    I do urge you all to tread with caution as these situations can become extremely personal and emotional.

    Please read:

    • Sean

      That was really sad. In that case the vet was 100% right to do what she did by keeping Karl. I see people have been putting reviews on Yelp and probably other places, I hope it doesn’t get out of control.

  • Tiffany

    It was a mistake to cash the refund check, as the act of cashing the check constitutes an acceptance of the funds in exchange for the cat. At this point, instead of keeping the funds in a folder, place them in an escrow account and certify to the Court that they are there.

    • Jme

      No, it doesn’t.

  • cindy w

    Saw this through a friend on FB. I live in Cary and this was our vet’s office. I took my cat there because it was convenient (it’s less than 2 miles from my house), but I always got a bad vibe from the place. It’s kind of nice to have my suspicions confirmed and know that it wasn’t just me.

    Prior to this, when we lived in Apex, we used Lake Pine Animal Hospital by Kroger on Highway 64, and that’s where we’ll be going back. They’ve always treated our cats well. I will happily drive the extra few miles out of my way to avoid a sketchy vet practice.

    • Camille

      Same here–I take my boys to Six Forks Animal Hospital. They’ve been our vet for almost 20 years, and I have nothing but good things to say about them.

  • Blanca

    I have sent this blog link over to WRAL for you maybe if enough people send it to them it’ll draw their attention.

  • Cait

    This has been shared on Facebook (where I saw it initially) and it’s on the Raleigh Reddit page. This woman is nuts (in my experience) and I hope that you can have Martini safely returned to you. If they really loved and cared for the cat, they’d understand that a shelter is NOT a home. Your home is the best place for her to live the rest of her life.

    Good luck!

  • Selkey

    Unbelievable. Especially that they put her up for adoption once again and the text included. Are they totally oblivious to the fact that they have a large hand in this poor cat’s confusion? She HAD a forever home and THEY snatched it away from her.
    I wish you luck in this dispute.

  • LB

    This is horrible. I’ve sent a link to WRAL and hope you will continue to follow up with them, as they can be very effective. As mentioned above, I would contact the NC Vet’s licensing board, as well as a private civil attorney who can remind this clinic (either in letter or lawsuit form) how much they have to lose. This is fraud.

  • Rachel

    Please email/call Monica Laliberty with 5 on Your Side! She may be able to help in some way! I am so sorry that you’re dealing with this and my thoughts are with you! Sharing on Facebook now!

  • buzz

    1) When the vet came out and told you they were taking the cat, that is when you walk back there and take her back yourself. Let them call the police. You’ll be long gone and then it is there problem to try to get the cat returned. Doubt a judge would do that given the facts.

    2) Since you let them take the cat back you have the uphill battle.

    3) Stand outside their business with a sign that says “Talk to me before you do business here.” You are legally allowed to stand on the public sidewalk and notify anyone who is thinking of doing business with them what happened. You cannot however say on the sign that they suck or are liars or whatever. How much business do they want to lose on the account of one cat?

    4) Contact the NC Vet board. Every vet is board certified. Show them the paperwork from the vet that said there was an ear infection and tell them how this vet mistreated you and the cat. They can put pressure on the vet to revoke her license.

    5) Contact WRAL News. They love stories like this.

    6) If all else fails, break into the clinic overnight and take your cat back. Let it live with a friend for a few months until the heat dies down. I’ll be damned if I’d let the vet or some lame trespass law keep me away from MY dog. If the law won’t help, take it into your own hands.

    Don’t let them win.

    • JenniferT

      You were very good until #6. NEVER commit an illegal act, especially when in contention with another party. You are the immediate suspect, and when you’re convicted, who will get the poor cat?

  • buzz

    Also, if it is true the cat is back up for adoption then just have one of your friends go adopt her and pay the $150. Take it as a lesson learned.

    • coreyfreeman

      We did try that already, unfortunately my friend was told that adoption is not up for discussion and that Martini is clinic property.

      • JenniferT

        As of today, the link to adopt Martini says “link not found”. I’m sorry you are going through this and considering how hard it is to get people to adopt cats, I’m shocked that this was done to you and Martini. I hope you prevail legally. I also urge your supporter t NOT threaten or harass the clinic in any way. It is NOT conducive to your case, and could instead be viewed unfavorably upon you. I applaud your desire to keep the conversation constructive and civil.

  • Kathy

    Report and send copies of all your info to the Better Business Bureau. This is what they do. A bad rating through the BBB is really bad for business and simply the thought of it MAY convince this clinic. Good Luck. Stay strong, there’s a kitty that NEEDS you.

  • Donna Bloomer

    I encourage you to get legal advice and assistance. The most affordable way to do that, IMHO, is through the company I work with, LegalShield. Visit for more information and to join. “Justice for all,” humans and their furfriends….

    • coreyfreeman

      Thank you very much for this resource.

  • ArtChic

    Corey, the vet figured out that you were a huge psychopathic nut job who is incapable of caring for yourself, let alone a cat. It’s a good thing she saw through you and saved that cats life. Good for CCC! Get a life and a REAL job.

    [This comment was made by Shelley under a different username.]

    • Dee

      You must be associated with the Clinic to come to this conclusion and leave such an ignorant and hateful comment. You are outnumbered here, go away.

  • Kelly

    Dr. Jenn is professional and very caring. She obviously suspected something or she would not have taken the cat and risked her reputation. She probably suspected you to be a sociopath, which is obvious by this blog site. You really need to get a life….seriously.

    [This comment was made by Shelley under a different username.]

    • Dee

      Oh look, another friend of the clinic. How lovely. Can we be expecting any more minions?

    • Zachary

      Yep, what could be more obvious that someone is a sociopath than that they are upset a vet stole their cat and want to appeal to the public for help in putting pressure on the vet to get them back.

      Only sociopaths are upset when something they love is wrongfully taken away from them.

      Looks like you might be the one with a few screws loose. 😉

  • Kathryn

    I’m sorry to say that if you go to court you probably still won’t get the kitty back. But you should be reimbursed for your vet costs. I know that’s not reassuring.

  • Deb

    So very sad, a animal loses a loving home because of ego and money. A bruised ego over not checking the animal before the adoption, and someone else finding a problem. Or for not collecting the money for the treatment, or losing the fee. They should have to explain themselves, not that that would make a difference. Wrong is Wrong. And now since they have the cat and deny the infection…is the poor thing getting treatment? Shame on them…If you use the title Dr., live by the code “Do No Harm”.

  • skinner

    I have no better advice than what anyone else has already suggested, but I sincerely hope you get your kitty back. I have two feline rescues that own me, and I couldn’t imagine being without them. And BTW, Kelly, if you had any idea what you were talking about, you would realize that martini is their life. Pretty sure Corey wouldn’t have gone through all this trouble if that weren’t the case. Maybe you should think twice before you make a comment about a “caring” vet who thinks otherwise.

  • B Ansel

    They cannot force you to take the cat to their facility. They can ask, but, I don’t see how they can take the fee to sell the cat and then dictate terms of where you seek medical care for the cat. If that is their reasoning, they are in the wrong. I would mention this to your lawyer. Good luck and I hope you get your cat out of that awful place.

  • Cmon Guys!

    This a wall of text. You have been warned.

    This saddens me so much. I have spent many years doing animal rescue (currently run a non-profit shelter) and professionally working in veterinary management (in Raleigh no less). I have also done a lot of rescue within the veterinary field with in-house rescue programs. MANY vets do not even allow take in of rescue animals or medical surrenders and have no adoption program at all. Clearly this vet does and cares QUITE a bit if she wanted to conduct the adoption interview PERSONALLY. Kudos to her for caring enough to not only take this cat in, but continue to care for it for 3 years and attempt to screen would-be adopters personally. This is NOT common, folks! She sounds awesome to me!

    The adopter sounds awesome as well from this story. Cats and kittens are EVERYWHERE at this time of year with kitten season. It seems everyone has or knows someone who has adorable little kittens and very young mothers that either just showed up or are owned and they are begging people and rescues to take them for no cost… This adopter adopted a 3 year old cat for $150 (reasonable for spay, testing, etc). She then took it straight to a vet as soon as she saw a problem and spent another $300. (LOVE!) She cares enough about this cat to cause all this drama to get it back. She sounds like a dream owner to most rescue folks.

    Something irrational happened here and there is no way to tell whether it was one side or the other or the collision of two personalities.

    I hate seeing a veterinarian, especially one that took this animal in and has provided care when they didn’t have to… be vilified on social media. I am a lifelong animal rescuer and I can confirm, there are a lot of nuts out here. The social media route doesn’t just affect the DVM, it directly affects the staff and even clients.

    I hope you, and she, will reconsider how you are BOTH handling this and instead take it private. Sit down with an arbitrator (could be anyone you both agree has no interest and are rational) and just work it out. Obviously you both want what is best for this kitty. You just have to let go of your egos/resentment/anger/embarrassment or whatever is creating this void of communication.

    Best of luck to all parties, but especially Bella/Tini. She is actually a VERY lucky cat. Walk through a kill shelter, especially a rural one, and you will know what I mean. :)

    • coreyfreeman

      I agree that Dr Jenn obviously cares about these animals. I tried everything I could to resolve it with her in person. But the second time I returned to the clinic, they called the police immediately. The police said they couldn’t help me. I don’t have a legal counsel on retainer or anything. I don’t even know how arbitration or mediation works. I sat down to write to get my thoughts straight and write out my side.

      This isn’t the first time I’ve shared a bad or confusing experience online. It’s the first time it’s gone viral, though. I’m doing everything I can think of to legally and safely work it out.

  • Anne

    Here in Northern Ireland I think the microchip would confirm you as the owner but I realise that laws differ. I realise that we are hearing one side of the story and that you are not encouraging boycotting if this woman’s practice but I wouldn’t want her working on my animals. She clearly didn’t check the cat’s ears or microchip her and tried to use her adoption as a way of insuring future income. Is a contract demanding that you go to one vets for an animals vetinary care even legal? Surely a consumer has the right to choose. Kidnapping your cat was a despicable act. Know that your story has reached much further than North America now. Hoping you get a swift resolution and looking forward roan update on the situation.

  • Josh T

    A few things…

    First, I think calling someone a sociopath is escalating the situation just a tad bit…..

    However, a previous point with Dr. Jenn is valid. I’ve visted the CCC once or twice and saw all the cats the clinic has taken in, mostly because each one has a medical issue and they can’t adopt them out. She wouldn’t have taken all these cats in if she didn’t care about them. So let’s try and stop vilifying a vet you’ve never even met. All you did was read a one-sided blogpost. If that’s enough info for you to go after somone, I question your sanity. Seriously, don’t just automatically believe everything you read to be true just because it’s about animals and you’re an animal lover. You’ll make us all seem like nutjobs. Not to discount everything in Corey’s story, but it’s important to take everything with a grain of salt.

    Also, Bella/Martini wouldn’t be locked up in a cupboard like Harry Potter for the next 15 years. The cats can roam all around that place, which is more floor space than in the apartment Corey lives in (unless its a really big apartment)

    Secondly, as of now, we only have one side of the story here folks, so let’s calm down for a second and let the facts come out from both sides. Seems to me there were mishandlings on both sides. It is odd though that a vet would feel the need to call the police and take the cat back if she didn’t think it was in the cat’s best interest. I’d like to hear what she has to say before I make judgements about the situation. It’s still a sad situation all around. Obviously, both parties feel passionately and care about the cat.

    Third, please refrain from calling a blogpost and article, just stop. There’s a difference. At best, call it an opinion piece, but not an article. Just…

    • coreyfreeman

      This is definitely just a regular (if not incredibly long) blog post on a regular personal blog. I’m not a journalist, I’m just writing what happened, as I experienced it, on my site. I would never insinuate that Dr. Jenn doesn’t care about animals. She opened and runs an entire practice. However this situation is unique, confusing, and escalated quickly, and had I not been legally banned from stepping foot in the clinic I would be trying to work it out one-on-one right now.

    • Shelley

      This should serve as a lesson to you, Corey. WORDS HURT. WORDS CAN DAMAGE. You have damaged the reputation of a very talented and caring vet. To publicly vilify someone who you have a dispute with can be very dangerous. So people are threatening her life? Great job. This vet has saved my cat’s lives when they were poisoned. She had SOME reason, other than profit, where she felt she needed to reclaim that cat. You are obviously irresponsible and selfish. You damaged the reputation of a vet that has served many people well over the years. You should have thought before you posted something YOU also handled this very badly.

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        Stupid hurts, too.

        For a “talented and caring” vet, she already HAD a bad reputation in the area. Reviews prior to this event have painted a very bad picture on the vet herself, can’t blame Corey for any of that.

        But that has nothing to do with Corey, who hasn’t said a negative thing about the vet’s person. She has said only statements of fact about events that happened, and nothing about motivations. And she was explicit with the people here asking them NOT to do anything to hurt CCC’s business.

        You should dial back the rhetoric and check your facts.

      • Zachary

        It sounds like the vet handled it badly and left no other recourse than to seek assistance from the public.

        Banning her from coming to the clinic? Stealing her cat because she didn’t bring it to them for medical attention?

        The real owner of this cat obviously cared about the cat, or she wouldn’t have taken her for medical attention at all. Or, even still if she were callous she could have negotiated for the vet to either pay for the visit first or treat the cat pro-bono.

        Instead she took the cat for care as quickly as she could, because the CCC was not available to immediately treat the cat.

        It sounds like the vet over-reacted and pulled some really underhanded BS, tricking her into giving up the cat under the guise of getting a second opinion on the ear infection.

        I see no reason for the owner to lie about an ear infection. It’s not like she faked the vet visit and asked them to pay just to defraud them and pocket a few hundred dollars. It would just reimburse the owner for the money she already paid the vet who treated the cat.

        I can’t really see any rational reason for the vet to steal the cat, and what they did (and lying about a contract existing that the owner never signed and that they won’t produce) to “reclaim” the cat is definitely shady.

        I can’t imagine any rational, reasonable situation in which any of that is okay, and rather than explain themselves, they shut down their FB page, so I wonder if any such reason exists.

        I agree the account sounds very one-sided, I can’t imagine any rational person doing what this vet did without any good reason, but they are suspiciously quiet regarding what possible reason they could have to justify their actions.

      • Camille

        Really Dr. Jenn, don’t you have anything better to do than keep posting nasty comments through a sockpuppet?

    • Shelley

      Many of you are going to wearing a big load of egg on your face when the truth comes out about this. Just wait…

  • John Whitfield

    What an absolute travesty. People who run their business causing strain and stress for people should be run out of business. I can help you. I will give you all the information you need and a game plan how to attack this injustice swiftly effectively and legally. I have battled with companies in the past and successfully navigated huge wins outside of court. No I am not a lawyer just a fellow American that’s tired of the beauracracy. Please email me at [redacted].

    • coreyfreeman

      Thanks John. I’ve taken down your email but removed it from the public eye because spam is bad.

  • bblackmoor

    Wow. It sounds like this whole thing could have been avoided if people would have just taken some time to talk to each other before reacting impulsively and drawing lines in the sand. I hope you get Bella/Martini back home soon.

  • Mary

    I hope you get your cat back. Sounds like the vet is more concerned with being “right” then accurately viewing the situation. The reviews on google and yelp paint a picture of a “know-it-all” vet. I’m sure she cares, but that doesn’t make her any less arrogant which makes for a crappy vet. Just because someone went to school doesn’t make them immune from incompetence. Reminds me of Amy Bouzaglo.

    • JenniferT

      Ya know what they call a student who graduated at the bottom of their veterinary medicine course? Doctor. So you are right, having a degree doesn’t make someone instantly right or morally superior. The cat needed veterinary care and the clinic that sold it couldn’t supply that care in a timely manner, so the owner was right to seek that care elsewhere. It’s just a shame that she couldn’t be honest and tell the seller that without losing her cat.

      Yes, I said SOLD. Money exchanged hands for possession of the cat. That is legally a sale, no matter what feel good phrase people try to slap on it. I am ashamed to admit I once helped proliferate the misconception, but I will not continue to do so. I’ve spent nearly 30 years in sheltering and rescue, and am ashamed of much of what I’ve seen it become. This situation is one example.

  • Mom of Pepper

    Corey, just wanted to let you know that Pepper and I are thinking about you and Tini.

    I recently adopted Pepper from a different Animal Hospital here in the Triangle and I am APPALLED at what you’ve had to endure.

    Ultimately I don’t know who will win custody of Martini but I wish you the best. That vet sounds shady as anything and I am betting she took her back because of the lack of care issue (hers.) Martini would have been evidence of her negligence.

    Hopefully since you microchipped her and she’s in your name, you will be able to get her back soon. I just hope the vet doesn’t do something awful like put her down in the meantime.

  • Lisa

    Is this a privately-owned “shelter?”
    Municipal shelters are not allowed to ban people so easily.

  • susan

    Just wanted to lend you support and say you are a wonderful person! We need more people like you who care so much for fur babies! Good thoughts and prayers for a good outcome for you and Martini.

  • Stephanie

    This is not a unique situation. Over my years in rescue, I have seen this exact same sort of thing play out so many times I wish I could even estimate. It’s a shame no one took five minutes to really come up with a contract. Contracts generally aren’t worth more than the paper they’re written on in rescue, but it’s important to have a clear cut one just in case situations like this arise.

    The disappointing news for you is, even if there was a contract, I have never once seen an animal returned in a property dispute. Most likely if you do go to court you may recoup the vet bills. Unfortunately, you don’t get to ask for the money back and keep the cat. It’s up to the discretion of the business whether or not they will refund without receiving the item in return. That sounds a bit cold in relation to an animal, but the law views animals as property. So it goes. An ear infection isn’t going to prove some sort of extreme neglect on the clinic’s part. Ear infections happen and are sometimes missed. I have a dog with chronic ear infections and even she can be elusive in showing something is bothering her, even with regular cleaning.

    I’m sorry for every one involved. I hate seeing these situations and they really are all too common.

  • Shelley

    I’ve seen a post where Dr. Jenns home address has been posted. Great job, Corey. Now people know where she lives and are threatening her life. Making this dispute public on social media was a very STUPID thing to do. I hope she sues the pants off you. I, personally, hope that she can stay in business now because my cats have received EXCELLENT care from her. But you have now gotten a bunch of people riled up and they have only heard ONE side of this story….YOURS. You will move on and live your life normally. You have probably ruined hers and put her and her staff in danger. Hope you are proud of yourself.

    • Zachary

      Darryl is absolutely right. I’ve seen you say this several times, but unless what Corey is saying is *untrue* there is no legal recourse for her spreading the word about her terrible experience with this business.

      The laws regarding libel (written defamation) a very clearly meant to address false claims. The definitions of the words themselves relate to false claims:

      Libel – defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.

      Defamation- the act of defaming; false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another

      Slander – a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report

      Even if Corey’s efforts to very publicly share her terrible experience with CCC hurts their business, causes them to clearly lose customers, or even causes them to shut their doors for good, that is all above board and she is beyond legal reproach for any damages related to her remarks as long as they are true statements.

      If she lies and it damages the business, then she can be held liable for that in court. If her true account of the events hurts the business, they can’t do anything about it except wish they had handled the situation differently.

    • Mary

      By “excellent care” you mean “crappy” right? Too many people complain for “excellent” to be appropriate. The stupid woman won’t admit to any wrongdoing. I hope the business has to close it’s doors.

    • coreyfreeman

      I saw it too. I took that down and banned the user. I’m constantly switching tabs looking at review sites trying to quell such negative actions. I informed WNCN about others’ trying to harass the doctor. Several messages were posted to every available channel to stop harassment immediately and to spread the word that it’s about Martini, not about harming anyone.

      I don’t want her out of business, and I wish I knew her side of the story. But I only have mine, and I have the right to express it.

    • Zachary

      Shelly, I had never heard of Corey’s blog before I saw this story shared by a friend on Facebook.

      I don’t know Corey, I wasn’t a fan of hers already, and I haven’t even read any of her other posts, just this one.

      She’s not getting my sympathy because I’m a fan. She’s getting my sympathy because I own two cats as well, and I can’t imagine how I would feel if someone tried to wrongfully take them away from me. She gets my sympathy because she was wronged and now she is asking for help in setting the situation right.

      Like I already mentioned, we haven’t heard the other side of the story because rather than publish it on their Facebook page, the vet shut their page down.

      People are terrible. Some people will read this and think “I should make a death threat against this person, that will make them think!” Those people are immature. It’s probably just a bunch of teenagers and there’s not likely an sincerity behind the threats.

      If Dr. Jenn suspected anything, she could have explained that on her Facebook page and then her actions would have been understandable.

      The vet chose to clam up and bury her head, rather than share her side of the story. Her side of the story is not available ONLY because she refuses to make it available. Just as she when she first refused to explain her actions when she stole the cat and banned Corey from the property rather than have a reasonable discussion about it.

      As I’ve already said, I have a hard time finding any sympathy for this business owner, because SHE CHOSE TO MAKE THIS THE ONLY OPTION FOR COREY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE.

      She wouldn’t talk with her, wouldn’t explain anything, and banned her from returning to the business to try to discuss the issue.

      I’m sure she expected that she had all the power in the situation, that Corey was barred from returning, and that Corey would just have to roll over and accept that this woman had the power to ruin her life by stealing something she loves and giving her no opportunity to fix it.

      Dr. Jenn wasn’t so compassionate and concerned about the happiness of others when she did that, why should we be concerned about Dr. Jenn’s happiness when those choices instead turned into a viral campaign where people from other states and even other countries are finding out about her horrible actions and speaking out against them?

      • Al

        Everyone keeps calling this “horrible” but we have a one sided story only so far. Corey stated she had the cat 4 days. People are making assumptions that a life-long friend has been taken from her.

        Posting it in the way Corey has, amounts to bullying. Most people been on the receiving end of that in their life. On here it has been taken to a new level. Would you wish this on anyone? Think about this please.

        If Corey had any decency – take down this whole post and go find a way to take this up legally, and locally. Without the peanut gallery of people who have never been to the Cat Clinic.

        For all of those who conjecture on the state of animals at this vet who have not been there should be silent. I am a client of this vet and they are extremely professional, the location is clean, the animals who reside there are happy, and the vet is excellent, as is the staff there.

        Eventually I really do expect both sides of this to come out. I am curious how this will look from the other side, perhaps the story is not quite as you have painted it. We will see….

        [This comment was made by Shelley under a different username.]

  • Darryl L. Pierce

    Corey is not responsible for the actions of others. They are. And she has every right to voice her opinion on the events that happened, and if they cast the business is a negative light then that’s her right as well. If any of it is untrue, then CCC has the right to prove it in court.

    • Shelley

      Corey is most CERTAINLY responsible. She is using the internet to cause damage to this vet and her business. If something (god forbid) happens to Dr. Jenn or any of her staff, Corey IS partly responsible. Corey has obviously used very poor judgement and maybe the reason this vet chose to reclaim the cat. I know Dr. Jenn. She’s been my vet since she took over the practice. She is not a money hungry person who runs a “shady” business. I’m sure she cares about Bella and probably suspected Corey had some issues. I really hope that Dr. Jenn has a case to take Corey to court and make her pay for this damage she has caused.

      • Darryl Pierce

        Now who is the one posting slander?

        • Camille

          I’m convinced that “Shelley” is really the vet posting through a sockpuppet.

          • Shelley

            No I am not Dr. Jenn, I can assure you. I don’t work for the clinic. My only association to the clinic is a satisfied customer of her practice.

      • coreyfreeman

        Shelley, you’re welcome to discuss this with me personally, directly, via email. I can email you my number. I don’t have any reviews of Dr Jenn. I never used the words shady or money hungry. I am doing everything in my power to dissuade people from attacking the dr. All I want is Martini back. If Dr. Jenn thought I had issues, she could easily have discussed them with me. I was right in front of her. She interviewed me. I called to tell her when I would be picking up Martini.

        I don’t doubt that she cares about Tini/Bella. But Bella living in the confines of the clinic for the rest of her life isn’t a good home. I have a home, I have the means to provide for her, and I want to. I just want her home.

        • Shelley

          If Jenn didn’t care about the cats at the clinic, she would not have taken them into her care. She could have just let a shelter take them and they would have eventually been put down. It seems that you have some real narcissistic tendencies where you are desiring attention so much that you need to vent your frustrations on a public forum about this issue. You are causing damage to her practice, a practice many of us have been very happy with. She has saved my cats lives when they were poisoned. I am angry that you, using very poor judgement, have caused this vet damage and now she is getting death threats because of your need acquire all this sympathy about your problem with CCC. Yes, she may have handled it badly. BUT YOU HAVE TOO. But you will go on your merry way after this. She will not. I hope you are happy, Karma can be a real bitch and she may come back to bite you.

          • Camille

            Nice veiled threats there, Jenn err Shelley.

            Corey has told her story and voiced her opinions as a consumer. She has specifically told people to NOT make death threats and NOT to harass your clinic.

            You, on the other hand, have been nothing but insulting and threatening.

            If nothing else, you’ve made me even more happy that I don’t take my cats to Cary Cat Clinic. So thanks for that.

          • Zaxhary

            I don’t think I’ve seen Corey make the accusation that the vet doesn’t care for the cats, so what are you saying that for?

            This obviously isn’t about a need for attention, it’s a desire to set the situation straight and get her cat back.

            If someone stole your child and you started a public outcry to get your kid back, would it make sense for me to tell you that you just want attention?

            Also, while you talk a lot about hoping the vet has a case and about how Corey is slandering the business, you actually are much closer to slander than she is with comments about her narcissism and why she does this or that.

            You’re walking that line, if you’re not careful she’ll end up with a viable libel case against YOU.

            I really don’t see how the vet left her any other choice beyond doing this.

            It’s either appeal to the public for help in putting pressure on the vet to do the right thing and give her cat back, or roll over and just accept that this vet stole her cat and there’s nothing she can do.

            If the vet had more to lose in his situation then it would have been wise for her to speak rationally with Corey and explain her decisions up front, rather than refusing any dialog and banning her from the clinic.

            I work in the social media industry. I talk to angry customers who have been wronged every day. Not once have I though “You have no right to complain here and risk hurting our client’s business.”

            That’s why when there are problems with customer service and someone complains online, the business reaches out to start a dialog and figure out how to resolve the issue.

            What this business owner did was not a beat practice. When there is a problem with a customer’s experience, you don’t clam up, become unresponsive, threaten to call the police on them, ban them from your business, or shut down your social media presence.

            Had the business owner handled this better from the start the situation would have never escalated to this. If the business owner reached out now and started trying to handle the situation correctly, she could start deescalating the situation RIGHT NOW.

            It was the business owner’s choices on how to handle this customer service issue that got us all to this point, and it will only be her continued mishandling of the situation that escalates the situation further into more people seeing it, more people attacking this business, eventually mainstream media coverage, and legal action.

            The business owner could wise up and start deescalating the situation right now if she wanted to, so many, including myself, will have a hard time feeling sympathy for her. She chose to make this the customer’s only option for resolving the issue.

            I understand the vet is your friend, and that we like to defend our friends, but those biases often blind us to when our friends are in the wrong, or who is truly at fault for how events unfold.

            You will not see reason, you are only here to protect a friend, but I hope you’ll consider the points I made before you continue to attack Corey for exercising her right to tell anyone who will listen about her experience with this business.

          • Darryl L. Pierce

            So, you admit the vet handled things poorly, but blame everything on Corey?

            How ludicrous.

      • Zachary

        Shelly, there are people who have been much closer to me than my vet who I thought I knew well and they surprised me.

        I don’t think anything will happen to the vet or her staff, but if anything did, it wouldn’t be Corey’s fault. She hasn’t called for any violence and has actually spoken out against the threats. Just because Corey can’t control the actions of others doesn’t mean she loses her right to free speech regarding her experience with this business.

        The only way the vet would have a case is if what Corey is saying was untrue. Otherwise, Corey is free to cause as much damage to the business as she likes. As long as what she says is true, she is only exercising her right to free speech.

        The only way she could possibly fall afowl of the law would be if she lied to intentionally hurt the business.

      • Mary

        Then why lie about why Martini had to be brought back?

      • Anonymous

        “Corey is most CERTAINLY responsible. She is using the internet to cause damage to this vet and her business. If”

        I have been following this for the past few days. I do have some personal stake in this (I’m a customer of the doctor) and I just want to say my two cents.

        What I want to say is, everybody is entitled to their own freedom of speech. Dr. Jenn doesn’t have a blog (afaik), Corey does. That is how this spreaded in the first place.. Corey has followers that when they saw what happened, they told their friends and so forth. I.e. Corey has a network, Dr. Jenn doesn’t. I’m not on either side. I’m just trying to say that just because somebody speaks up about their experience does not mean they are attacking the other side – so far I’ve only seen Corey trying to tell her side. Dr. Jenn could have told her side. First and foremost, she had facebook… I dont check facebook that much – once a month pretty much – but thats one way Dr Jenn could have told her side. Another way is via her website. She picked to do what (from what Corey said) did. So the only story in public media is Corey’s. Does that mean Corey is at fault? No. There is always two sides to a story. I’m very curious to hear Dr Jenn’s side. But. You have to take a grain of salt with everything. So does Corey having a normal blog and deciding to share her life with people that follow her equal an attack on Dr Jenn? No. It’s freedom of speech, nothing else. She had a blog way before this, and she will after this. Plus if you look at the blog, she reported that people were doing threats and asked them not to. What I honestly hope to happen is for them both to meet in a neutral place, and just talk to each other. Figure out what to do, and go from there. Regardless of public speech rights.. People sometimes make rash decisions. People should and do have the right to meet privately with the other party and just figure out a way to go from here on that works for both of them.

        I am not defending Dr Jenn. I just wanted to say that I know the doctor, instead of being just another voice on the internet giving their two cents without knowing even one of the participants of this ridiculous affair. I simply wish for the best outcome of this. Sometimes shit happens, and so forth. And no I’m not in league with her. I honestly cant say more. I just wanted to reply to Shelley’s comment. Because there are more and more people blogging these days. Just because those people have a following and share their lives with the following, does not equal “She is using the internet to cause damage to this vet and her business. If something (god forbid) happens to Dr. Jenn or any of her staff, Corey IS partly responsible.” – thats like saying ok, I live in a small town. If I share my day with somebody else that decides to do ABCXYZ.. I’m responsible..

        • Shelley

          That is what I was trying to say in the first place. Corey has a blog with all these followers that “love” her. (frankly I find this blog very narcissistic, like she thinks she has some kind special life) so OF COURSE she is going to gain sympathy. But we have not heard the other side to the story, and people are making death threats to this vet. How do we know that Corey is not some kind of nut just out for revenge? How do we know whether or not Jenn suspected abuse? We DON’T know because we are only hearing Corey’s side.

          • Camille

            Shelley, you’re clearly not in your right mind. All you have done is cast aspersions on Corey’s character and the character of those who call you on your crazy, make veiled threats, and generally show yourself to be mentally unbalanced. Just stop already, please.

          • Darryl L. Pierce

            You must be new to the internet. Blogs are by their *nature* narcissistic because they are written by people sharing things about themselves.

            As for the rest of your post, it’s all been addressed already. That you keep stirring that up as a distraction makes me now think you’re this vet using a pseudonym to try and distracting from what you did to create this situation.

          • Shelley

            If Corey has a right to slander a business, then I have a right to my opinion that her blog seems like a cry for attention from someone who has an ordinary life. Boring…..

          • Shelley

            I am NOT Dr. Jenn. I would tell you who I really am but I would probably get a bunch of death threats from a bunch of morons reading this boring, narcissistic blog.

          • Giselle

            I am not one of Corey’s followers, I did not know she or her blog existed until this morning when a friend of a friend of a friend had passed on the story to me. I read it and was compelled to show my support for Corey and Martini. I find it very ironic that someone who is whining about Corey’s ‘followers’ seems to be the biggest follower of them all. I find your behaviour to be stalkerish and very unsettling. I FIRMLY believe you are either the vet in question or someone closely connected to her. Quite frankly dear, you should stop because your comments do NOT make this vet look any better. Quite the contrary! And, please do not bother to reply to this as I will not respond to you. I have already violated my own policy of ‘not feeing the trolls’, so consider this your last morsel from me sweetie.

          • Camille

            Shelley, what radio and TV stations has Corey been on, and what has she said in those venues that is demonstrably untrue?

            Do you even know what slander *is*, versus simple opinion?

            I’m convinced that you are not only N-V-T-S nuts, but that you are also a sockpuppet for “Dr. Jenn”. That’s an opinion, as noted by the “I’m convinced that” bit. If I go on WRAL, however, and say “Shelley is definitely Dr. Jenn in disguise, and she needs to adjust her medication because she’s clearly suffering from paranoid delusions”, then I have pretty clearly slandered you because I’ve presented my opinion as a fact.

            In other words, lrn2law please.

          • coreyfreeman

            I’ve had a blog long before I got this cat. You can see the archives:

            Millions of people have blogs. I’m also a speaker and a stand-up comic, so it’s part of my personal branding. Before this ordeal my website had only a few visits. All of this love and support is just as surprising to me as it is to you. That being said, I don’t want anyone threatened or hurt.

            You don’t know me, you’ve never met me. That being said, I’ve never met you. We’re at a crossroads. All I can do is say what my side is. If and when someone finds out what Dr Jenn’s is, I’d love to hear it. Although I don’t see how getting Martini treated for medical problems is “abuse.” She was taken from me in better condition than when I received her.

          • Shelley

            I saw your archives. I also tried to watch your stand up, but didn’t find it funny. Kind of pathetic, actually. It’s obvious that you are doing this to get attention. You had the cat 4 days? You should really move on with your life. There are other cats out there. Quit trying to ruin this vet and her practice.

          • Shelley

            See, it doesn’t feel so good when you aren’t getting “glowing” reviews for your work, does it? How would if feel is someone hated your work so much that they found you insulting, blogged about it and you received death threats? Couldn’t get work any place in Raleigh? THAT is EXACTLY what you are doing, my dear.

          • Camille

            Shelley, please seek professional help immediately before you harm yourself or others.

          • Joshua

            You are a pretty shitty person, Shelley. I feel really sorry for anyone you are associated with.

      • Zachary

        Shelly, I had never heard of Corey’s blog before I saw this story shared by a friend on Facebook.

        I don’t know Corey, I wasn’t a fan of hers already, and I haven’t even read any of her other posts, just this one.

        She’s not getting my sympathy because I’m a fan. She’s getting my sympathy because I own two cats as well, and I can’t imagine how I would feel if someone tried to wrongfully take them away from me. She gets my sympathy because she was wronged and now she is asking for help in setting the situation right.

        Like I already mentioned, we haven’t heard the other side of the story because rather than publish it on their Facebook page, the vet shut their page down.

        People are terrible. Some people will read this and think “I should make a death threat against this person, that will make them think!” Those people are immature. It’s probably just a bunch of teenagers and there’s not likely an sincerity behind the threats.

        If Dr. Jenn suspected anything, she could have explained that on her Facebook page and then her actions would have been understandable.

        The vet chose to clam up and bury her head, rather than share her side of the story. Her side of the story is not available ONLY because she refuses to make it available. Just as she when she first refused to explain her actions when she stole the cat and banned Corey from the property rather than have a reasonable discussion about it.

        As I’ve already said, I have a hard time finding any sympathy for this business owner, because SHE CHOSE TO MAKE THIS THE ONLY OPTION FOR COREY TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE.

        She wouldn’t talk with her, wouldn’t explain anything, and banned her from returning to the business to try to discuss the issue.

        I’m sure she expected that she had all the power in the situation, that Corey was barred from returning, and that Corey would just have to roll over and accept that this woman had the power to ruin her life by stealing something she loves and giving her no opportunity to fix it.

        Dr. Jenn wasn’t so compassionate and concerned about the happiness of others when she did that, why should we be concerned about Dr. Jenn’s happiness when those choices instead turned into a viral campaign where people from other states and even other countries are finding out about her horrible actions and speaking out against them?

    • Zachary


      It’s pretty pathetic that you now want to resort to attacking Corey’s work.

      Did Corey’s stand-up steal your cat or wrong you in some other way that caused you to lose something you love?

      What you’re doing isn’t the same as Corey taking her experience online to find people to help her fix this situation.

      You’re just trying to be mean, and it just comes off as pathetic.

      • Shelley

        So Zachary, do you personally know Corey? Can you attest that she is a good, upstanding citizen who’s only concern is the welfare of this cat? No other motives?

      • Shelley

        Oh and the name is Shelley, not Shelly.

      • Shelley

        Because if you DON’T personally know her, all you have is this pathetic, narcissistic blog to get your information from. Let me see, I bet you’ve lost a bunch of money to some Nigerians sending you emails too, huh?

      • Jaton

        Shelly claims Corey is “Narcissistic” – I would like to define Narcissistic personality disorder – (NPD) is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others in the process

        Sounds like to me that Corey is NOT the one who is Narcissistic.

  • Zachary

    I think the most effective next step for satisfactorily resolving this issue and getting your cat back is to take legal action against this vet.

    You’ve already created a successful awareness campaign and built a following around this issue. I would speak with a lawyer to find out if you have a case and to get some idea of what your legal fees would be. Most lawyers will give you a free consultation to figure this out.

    Once you know whether or not you have a case and what a ballpark figure for your legal costs will be, you should create an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to help you pay for those costs.

    It is free to create a campaign and it puts you under no obligation. Literally the worst that can happen is you don’t meet your funding goal.

    It doesn’t hurt anything at all to try, and you have already established a following, so promoting your cause to a receptive audience shouldn’t be a problem. I would gladly support your Indiegogo campaign, both financially and by promoting it to others. :)

  • J.Jones

    I had a very similar experience…

    I adopted a cat a crazy cat lady disguised as a pet resue. She refused to let me go to her house and told me the cat had a ‘minor eye problem’. After adopting the cat, I found out via my vet that he had a severe upper respitory infection along with a nasty herpes eye infection. The vet she took it to would not release his health records, and she kept trying to get him back.

    I wish you the best of luck in trying to get your cat back. After reading your post, it sounds like a terrible situation and that it could of been handled better. I would be VERY suspicious of any clinic that told me I could bring an animal to them only.

  • Giselle

    Greeting from England. I feel so horrible for you and find it shocking and downright bizarre how this vet is behaving. Keep up the fight and I feel confident you will get your Martini back.

  • Karen Blackburn

    Contact your local paper, radio station and tv station. Public pressure plus legal means should help you get your cat back. It the worst has happened and they’ve already put her to sleep public pressure will make sure that this never ever happens to another animal in their care.

  • MagdoleneLives

    I don’t have anything by way of legal advice, just support and genuine well-wishing for you to be reunited with your kitty soon. Thinking good thoughts for you and sending good energy your way.

  • EB

    In case no one has mentioned this yet, a complaint to the state attorney general’s office is much more useful than a complaint to the BBB, as the BBB has no real threat of enforcement. I live in NC and they have always been incredibly helpful. Also, just for future reference, don’t cash a check offered to settle a dispute unless you are really agreeing to that sum as compensation. Sounds like that is not at all what you want and would much rather have your cat back.
    Also, thanks for the warning about this clinic. Our vet does not freak out if we take our cats to urgent care, and it seems pretty unreasonable to require you to visit their clinic after you adopted the cat.

  • Jack

    This just goes to prove that cat people are crazy. #GetADamnDog

    • coreyfreeman

      I mean, I have a dog. Her name is Olive.

  • Shelley

    You are all going to be wearing a big serving of egg on all your faces when the truth comes out, Just wait, We’ll see just who is shitty, crazy, etc then.

    • Care to Share with the Rest of the Class

      Dr. Jenn, I mean, Shelley, are you going to share with us?

    • Bob

      You make no sense whatsoever. You keep it up, yet you have no facts. You have some serious issues.

    • Shelley

      Just would like to take a poll. How many of you here actually KNOW Corey? How many of you here can actually attest to her character? Again, I’m not Jenn, but I do know her and I can attest to her character. I can tell you I found out something today. Legally, Dr Jenn can’t speak about it. But you all are going to look like complete idiots for defending Corey. I can’t wait.

      • Jme

        So on the one hand you’re saying we all know Corey and are her followers and acting on her behalf and on the other, you’re saying none of us know her? You can’t have it both ways, sweetie!

      • Jaton

        I do not know Corey and I do not know Dr. Jenn. I also do not know you but you are coming across as “mental”.

  • Elisabeth

    Good luck Corey. Keep us posted on how it turns out.

    Btw, I appreciate your professionalism in response to some of the less constructive feedback here. Don’t feel the need to respond to the attacks. The snarky posters are invalidating themselves. No one expects you to justify yourself to them.

  • Darryl L. Pierce

    I’ve seen a bunch of replies in my inbox but don’t see any of them on here.

    Most of them are from this Shelley/Jenn. All of her posts are feigning to know Corey and all of them doing exactly what she’s accusing others of doing: pretending to know somebody and then making judgments based on those assumptions.

    Shelley, you’re gradually melting down in a sad way. If you need this sort of attention, I feel sorry for you. If you don’t, then why are you here and why do you keep ramping up the rhetoric? Don’t you have a clinic to run?

    • Shelley

      Darryl, do you PERSONALLY know Corey? Would you stand up in a court of law and attest to her character? Yes or no?

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        What does that have to do with anything?

        The point is, *YOU* don’t know her. I’m not trying to convince anybody of anything personal about her. But *YOU* are the one making more and more outrageous claims about her personally, trying to make people think that *YOU* know her.

        Now I think it’s less likely you’re Jenn (though it’s still in the realm of possibilites) and are more likely one of the many trolls on the web. And that you’ve found this discussion and have latched onto it in order to get your jollies.

      • Shelley

        So, without even knowing Corey, you are going by her word that SHE is in the right and Jenn is in the wrong. You are just hearing ONE SIDE. Do you make all your decisions without weighing all the options? Do you only read the bad propaganda against one candidate to make your decision to vote? If you do, YOU ARE A FOOL.

    • Shelley

      I personally know Dr. Jenn. I’ve been taking my cats to her since I got them in 2005. I also took my previous cats to her. I know that she is a very educated, knowledgeable veterinarian who has taken excellent care of my cats. I also know her to provide a safe place to several unadoptable cats. What do you know about Corey? What kind of person is she?

  • Megan

    Before this blog even occurred, “Shelley”, Yelp, Yahoo, and Google + reviews were already 1 star ratings for this clinic. Most of them were noting that the vet in question, Dr. Jenn, was short with them, didn’t do proper examinations, lacked patience and attention, suspiciously charged way too much for services that were unnecessary, or the office staff were morons and consistently created billing chaos. Let me once again be clear. All of these reviews were before Corey’s blog was written and I’m sure none of these people know her personally. I have also never met her, nor have I ever read her blog. I do, however, know that I have personally also had a very bad experience with CCC. I took my cats there to get spayed and neutered. They never had a problem with a vet before that but after that visit, they would go completely feral if a vet tried to examine either of them. We now have to pay for house calls. Makes me wonder. Perhaps you’re just not a great vet, “Shelley”. Maybe you’re meant to do something else with your life…?

    • Shelley

      I know you all think I’m Jenn. It just shows that you all lack critical thinking skills. Jenn can not speak to the media yet, because of legal reasons. She will. It can be proven that I am not Jenn. You can trace where posts come from. If I were her, I would be stupid to do this. She’s not stupid.

    • Shelley

      Funny, I’ve had 4 cats that have all been to her practice. No, no cat loves to go to the vet. They’ve been spayed, had dental surgeries, exams, and they never came back “ferel”. They come back and resume their normal routine. Does everyone love a certain restaurant? Rarely. You will always have a few that will post bad reviews. Especially if they are mad about the service. That’s irrelevant.

  • Megan

    “Shelley”, I thought that I just made myself clear that I’ve had a crappy experience, as so many other people have with the clinic. Not sure how it is that you don’t understand peoples’ incredibly clear comments. You should just read everything twice, so you don’t keep repeating yourself. No one here knows Corey. No one’s really standing up for her either, though she’s coming across as professional, intelligent, and respectful of the situation – a far different option than what you are offering to the comment readers. If you act like this in front of a judge, Corey WILL win. I’d assume everyone else except you would agree with that statement. I’d start calling lawyers, if I were you. The more you write in this comment section, the more Corey is able to use against you in court. Just a thought…

  • Shelley

    OOOOh, Corey is taking DOWN posts about my questioning her character. Something to hide Corey dear? Hmmmmmm? Yeah, you bet you do, huh girl? You KNOW your shit is gonna be WEAK when the truth hit the media. All these people are going to look like fools and you will be EXPOSED, won’t you? Guess you can try falling back on your lame comedy instead if scamming and trying to destroy businesses. Guess you are gonna be poor for a while then.

    • coreyfreeman

      None of your posts have been taken down. I don’t know what you’re referring to anymore.

      • Shelley

        Bullshit. YOU know what you did. You have fooled all these people here but some of us saw right through you from the beginning.

    • Connie

      You understand that none of your posts were taken down right?

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        I don’t think she cares. “Shelley” is only trying to make this comments page about her. Ignore her, she’s not even from this area.

  • KK

    I’m not sure which is funnier, Shelley’s obsession with this website or her conspiracy theories on all the commenters colluding together from across the globe over a cat fight. Little does she realize how little any of us care beyond a passing interest in this story. Maybe Shelley should be the one doing stand up! She’d probably excel at long form improv.

  • Scared?

    Taking down my posts, huh Corey? When I started questioning you character, you started running for the hills, didn’t you? Hmmmmm? Why? Cause you know your shit is weak and when the truth hits the media, you are going to look like a shithead. You know you are. Maybe you can fall back on your lame ass comedy routines instead of trying to scam and ruin businesses. Good luck!

    • MagdoleneLives

      You seem very pressed. Rather than continuing to harass this user personally why not take up a hobby? Soothing Silk Weaving, for instance?

    • Shelley

      I’m not pressed. I’m not crazy. I’m a well rounded professional. I am a happy customer of Dr. Jenn’s services. I’m just amazed that so many people are being duped here. The truth will come out, and I don”t know the whole story yet, but I have a funny feeling that Corey is trying to pull off something illegal. That is why Jenn has not spoken out. She’s getting her ducks in line here. Corey is doing something illegal, Jenn smelled a rotten egg and now Corey is proposing a media campaign to tarnish her image. I’m just guessing here, but Corey is not going to come out this looking pretty.

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        There is nothing “well rounded” or “professional” about trolling a blog’s comment section spouting unsupported claims about the author and threatening the people who support her side of the story (regardless of how many sides there are).

        You keep making these claims that the vet is “getting her ducks in a row” and claiming Corey has done something illegal. What, exactly, was illegally done? Support your claim or STFU.

        You accuse Corey of being narcissistic, but you seem to want to focus this whole comment section on YOU and what YOU claim. Including claiming to have personal knowledge of Corey, and then insulting her job with vague claims. That tells me you’re not really involved with CCC or even a local, but are likely just a troll who’s latched onto this discussion to feed your need to stir the pot.

        But, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and let you prove you’re a local. There’s a house near CCC that has signs all around it. Where is it and what’s the building across the street from it?

        Answer that and I’ll believe you’re actually from Cary and have something to do with this situation.

        Otherwise, you’re just a troll looking for attention. Something none of us should be giving you.

    • Shelley

      Someone please show me the legal precedent where negative commenting on a blog post is subject to a lawsuit. But there are legal precedents when someone is trying to pull off a scam and then vilify a business that can result in legal action.

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        It was YOU who said that the posts here could be used as the basis for a lawsuit.

        So, what is the building I asked you to identify?

      • Shelley

        I personally do not have to prove ANYTHING to ANY of you, including Darryl. I know where I live and it’s in the area and I have had 4 cats who have been patients of the CCC since 1998. I don’t know that house you are talking about, but that proves nothing. I do know I love the food at the Tangerine cafe in that shopping center! Great Singapore noodles!

    • Shelley

      I never claimed that I personally know Corey. I asked if anyone here personally knows Corey. I do personally know Dr. Jenn. You all are defending someone you know nothing about. You don’t know her character, you don’t know her motives. You just saw this blog and immediately got all up in arms, sharing it on social media, and perpetuating this campaign of defamation. People are posting negative comments on review sites without having used CCCs services. You are part of the problem and as I’ve said, you’ve heard one side. You will hear the other in due time.

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        You said:

        “I also tried to watch your stand up, but didn’t find it funny. Kind of pathetic, actually.”

        which is trying to insinuate you’ve had some level of interaction with her. But, again, I don’t believe this any more than I did at the time you posted it. Then I just thought you were being pathetic in an attempt to get back at Corey. Now that I know you’re not even a local, I’m giving your posts even less weight.

        Still haven’t named the building. ANYBODY who uses CCC would know what I’m talking about. But somebody who’s just trolling this blog post wouldn’t because you can’t just Google Street View the clinic to find what I’m talking about.


  • J.W.

    I’ve been following this story since it popped up on my FB newsfeed. I feel so badly for Corey and Martini and I hope in the end Corey will get Tini back. I know if someone took my dog without cause, I would everything I could legally to get him back.

    That being said, yes, I know we haven’t heard CCC’s side of the story (and I am just as curious as everyone else is about what it could be), but you know, they could have very well told their side of the story via their social media when the story went viral. It’s not like they didn’t have access to the internet. Instead they decided to clam up and deactivated their FB page without posting a single comment. Of course it was their right to do so, but obviously this isn’t going to sit well with everyone…it makes the CCC look guilty of stealing the cat. They’ve had more than enough time to explain their side of things…as is, their most recent post asking all interested parties to wait another 24 hours for their side of things makes me wonder why on earth do they need a whole other day to explain? Just telling people exactly what happened and why shouldn’t take more than an hour or two if it’s the truth.

    CCC really needs a new PR person…once they were aware that the issue went viral, they should have immediately done damage control…instead the CCC decided to bury their heads in the sand.

    As for Shelley (or do we call you “Scared?” now?)…I can honestly say that I look forward to reading your posts every day. Thank you for providing me and thousands of others a good laugh. You started out sounding like an intelligent, calm, rational person, and I have to admit I agree with your earlier post about there being two sides and that we should wait to see what CCC posts, but your recent posts have ended up sounding…well…crazy. All the things that you have accused Corey of doing…you in turn are doing. You are threatening her, insulting her, slandering/libeling and have generally made a mockery of yourself. You say you hope Dr. Jenn and CCC sue the pants off Corey but from you’ve written…Corey has more than enough to sue the pants off you. I’ve read and reread Corey’s blog several times and no where does she ever say she wants to harm the Dr. or the clinic. In fact, she has stated several times that she would prefer people NOT threaten or harass the clinic or its staff and that all she wants is her cat back. Think about it…it happened to you…what would you do? Walk away?

    P.S. Shelley, Corey isn’t taking down your posts..there are so many comments now that there are 3 pages of them…scroll down and you’ll find tiny links for pages 1, 2, and 3.

    • Shelley

      There are legal reasons why Dr. Jenn hasn’t spoken out. There is more here than meets the eye and you all are going to feel like fools for defending Corey when the story does come out. Corey has some “issues” apparently. Just wait….

      • OhNo

        You sound like a cunt.

  • Darryl L. Pierce

    Yeah, this “Shelley” is not a local. She’s just a troll. My advice to everybody is to just ignore her at this point since she’s only trying to feed some need for attention.

  • Karelle

    Just for the record, I DO know Corey, professionally. She has helped me with website building issues on several occasions and has always been prompt, courteous, helpful, friendly, and patient. I know that proves very little, but a recurring theme in these comments is that no one knows Corey.

    Shelley, I’ve been watching these comments since the beginning – you appear to have progressively slid into paranoia and irrationality. You’re not making a good case for sanity here.

  • Shelley

    First I’m a Dr Jenn sock puppet, then I’m a troll. Oh and I’m paranoid, insane, crazy..need I go on? Why in hell would I want to prove who I am to you people? Some of you are sending death threats to the CCC and Dr. Jenn!! Who is nuts here?

    • Darryl L. Pierce

      It’s called an evolving opinion. Only someone closed minded would make up their mind and not change it based on newly revealed facts.

      And to answer your last question, you are. For your desperate need for attention in trolling this comments page, you are most definitely lacking in something emotionally or maturity-wise.

      So, gonna name that building near CCC? Or does the fact that you’re not REALLY a client of CCC or even a local keep you from faking that knowledge?

      • Shelley

        Hmmmmm? Who’s trolling now? Darryl T. Pierce? Seems like your name is popping up here too A LOT.

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Ha, yeah, I’m the one trolling. I’m supporting the person who wrote this blog post but that’s somehow trolling? That’s rich.

          So what’s the building I asked you to identify? Seems you’re just not able to identify it. It’s a real no-brainer for a local because it’s right around the corner from CCC. You can’t miss it!

          Unless you’re a troll not from the area. Like you.

      • Shelley

        Do you have any cats Darryl? Have YOU used CCC services in the past? Test for you, what is the name of the tortie kittie in the office who has short legs and sweet as a cupcake? What happened to the cat in the office that is dragging it’s hind legs around? Hmmmmm?

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Why, yes, I do have cats. And no I’m not a client of CCC. And I’ve already said that I’m not because of the negative reviews of CCC that were posted *8 years ago* when our cat joined the family. My wife and I decided to go elsewhere to have her cared for since we didn’t want to have her spayed by someone who didn’t feel pain meds were a necessary part of recovery.

          But I see you found a post about a tortoise shelled cat in CCC’s newsletter and are trying to pretend you have some inside knowledge. Try again, we can google too.

          Maybe you can name that building I asked you about earlier?

      • Shelley

        Sorry, I’m not FROM Cary originally. I don’t LIVE in Cary now. I don’t have inside knowledge of what building you are referring to. I don’t really care if you believe me or not either. It proves nothing.

      • Shelley

        What’s the tortie’s name, Darryl?? IF you found it. Also, what color is the cat that has the paralyzed back legs? Did you find that in your “newsletter”?

  • Megan

    Can we all just agree to not give “Shelley” any more bait here? No sane person that has been keeping up with this actually believes she says who she is, or even possibly lives in town, and, throughout the last 48 hours, she has psychologically fallen apart in front of all of us. She continues to seek negative attention, and by responding to her, we are all enabling it, myself included (b/c at one point it was pretty fun). None of what we say in this section really matters in the grand scheme of things. If the person identifying herself as Shelley was an animal lover, even for just 4 days, she would empathize a little bit more with Corey’s dilemma. I’m sure the truth will come out in the end. Whatever happens, though, the cat should still be known as the ultimate victim here and I really hope someone is snuggling and caring for her right now.

    • Darryl L. Pierce

      Sounds good to me. “She” isn’t from the area and contributes nothing to discussion, good or bad.

      • Leslie

        The cats name is Nicky and the cat was hit by a car. Just FYI Darryl.

  • Karelle

    Megan, I think you’re right.

    Troll or not, Shelley doesn’t seem to be able to have rational discourse, and whether or not she’s from the area, continuing to pay attention to her is only winding her up more.

    I know it’s tempting, but continuing to challenge Shelley’s take on reality serves no good purpose and it’s not nice, or supporting the cat’s well-being, to continue to argue with her.

  • Shelley

    Believe me, I’m having as many laughs here at you all, as you are of me. I don’t care. I don’t give a flip what you are thinking about me at all. I just know you all are VERY naive and are defending someone you know nothing about. And a situation you only partly know anything about. I will laugh even harder when Corey is exposed.

    • MellyMu

      Seems odd that you would claim that Corey is lying and just has it out for the CCC yet you’ve said nothing to back up your own statements. All you do is elude to this all important information that is going to come out once someone else figures out their end? If you knew anything or were trying to make Corey look bad (as you obviously are) why not go ahead and share the earth shattering info with those who have taken actual interest in the situation?
      I can tell you that, as a lawyer, Corey has not expressed any ill will or intent to harm or those at the CCC. Corey has merely exercised freedom of speech thru a blog with no expectation that it would “go viral.” There have been no libelest remarks made against the CCC by Corey. It was simply a recount of the events that occurred in his/her own life.
      You, “Shelly,” on the other hand could be charged with harassment, defamation, libel/slander, and emotional damages.
      I do not know Corey, nor do I live in Cary (I live in another area of NC). I was just disturbed by the attacks you were making and supposed claim of information you have that is/was forthcoming.
      Think of it this way…if you adopted a baby from a mother who wanted nothing more than to give the best home to her child and an open adoption. You had made all the preparations, fixed up a nursery, baught formula and diapers, the works. Then when you get the baby home, you find that the baby needs tubes put in its ears asap. So, being the loving, adoptive parent that you are, you of course have the procedure done. The next time you talk to the mother, you mention what had happened. The mother asks you to bring the baby to see her and when you do, she takes the baby back claiming you should have asked her before having that done. Even though, legally you are now the baby’s parent, the birth mother refuses to acknowledge your adoption contract and forbids you from seeing your new baby again. How would you feel? Just a question.

  • coreyfreeman

    I have decided to stop pursuing this matter. Please read here:

    • Missie

      I’m actually sad about all this nonsense. A friend of mine adopted a dog from a humane society in Pitt County. She was told the dog was 5 years old, spayed and had a full medical check. All lies. She’s closer to 8 – 10 years old, never spayed, and had a severe bladder infection.
      Being close to that similar situation, I can see the frustration. I understand the stress and wanting it to go away. But sadly, I truly don’t believe you should give up the cat. Especially if they possibly left her with an ear infection, long enough that it was starting to affect both ears.
      I, myself, own two cats. If I was in a similar situation, I wouldn’t stop the fight. Mostly because I truly believe in animals being in good homes. The fact that you took her in as soon as possible to get looked at shows yours would be a far better home than the shelter.
      But that’s my personal opinion. Best wishes in your endeavors.

  • Shelley

    Oh well, lookie there. Looks like Corey is dismissing the small claims suit. Hmmmmm. Maybe she realizes that she probably is going to be “found out”.

    • coreyfreeman

      Shelley I’m going to have to ask you to stop commenting on my personal website now. If you have an “issue” you would like to “expose” then do so, but your speculation and harassment will no longer be permitted to continue on my website.

  • Shelley

    OH SURE, you don’t know what I’m talking about. More bullshit.

  • Shelley

    This is going to start turning out like the hoax of the maimed little girl getting tossed out of KFC. Somebody trying to make a buck off the sympathy of the public.

  • Sean

    Corey, thanks for keeping people updated. I really feel sad for you and Martini (and Olive). It’s too bad that it turned out like this. I don’t know anything about CCC so I never commented on their practice, though I had one of my cats to see Dr. Neri while she was at a different location (she was pretty good IMO). Anyway, sorry for the way it turned out, I think you would have given Martini the best home she could have asked for.


  • Sarah Nageem

    Corey, I’m with The Cary News, and I’d really like to talk to you about all this. Will you email me? Thanks!

    • coreyfreeman

      I’ve replied to your email.

  • J.W.

    Oh Corey, I’m so sorry for how this has turned out for you. It really sucks that Marini will now be stuck at the CCC but maybe when this all blows over, she’ll be put up for adoption again and she’ll find her way back to you. Part of me wants you to not give up, that you need to do whatever it takes till there is a final decision on this case, but the other part understands that this has taken a major toll on you. Take care of yourself and I hope you’ll find some peace and happiness. Martini is lucky she had someone like you in her corner.

  • Lindsey

    Good to see that Psycho Shelley has made her way to the Cat Clinic of Cary Facebook Page! Great entertainment.

  • Psycho Shelley

    Everyone, be sure to check out CCCs FB page and news link. CCC has reveled their side of the story and have lawyers on retainer. Apparently, Corey (who is sooooo heartbroken) demanded that CCC take back the cat. The cat never had a ear infection. Guess Corey’s “scam” was an EPIC FAIL.

    • Luce

      Jeez Shelly lighten up. I honestly don’t believe Corey was scamming anyone.

      Honestly its sad that corey couldn’t get her cat back.
      However I do want to believe that Dr. Jenn had good reason.

      The truth of the matter is the issue was not handled properly.

      But Shelley, you are just being straight out mean. You have gone to great lengths to speak negatively of Corey. On here, on Facebook, on the news article. But Corey has been discouraging everyone from being negative about the clinic.

      Unfortunately there are a lot of crazies in this world. And some people get riled up easily and don’t respond to reason.. Those are the ones attacking Dr. Jenn.
      But dont become one of those people yourself.
      You have never met Corey thus cannot judge her character. Just as I have never met Dr Jenn nor Corey. Therefore I can only judge based on what I have been presented with. That means both Corey’s account an the clinics.

      There are holes in both stories. But I don’t believe Corey was scamming. I believe it to be a misunderstanding brought forth by the clinics lack of a proper written contract . bit you live and learn. Hopefully this does not happen again.

      Corey, I’m so sorry you didn’t get tini back. I know it will take time to heal. The loss of a pet is always difficult. But please consider looking at animal shelters. There are many shelters that euthanize and one of those cats would love to hard your home with you.
      But take the time to heal. Go show olive some love. Olive will help you feel better .

  • Lauren

    Just saw the story on WNCN. Way to get the word out there. Don’t give up, Corey! So many people are on your side!

  • L

    Don’t know if anyone has read the comments section. But it seems like Dr Jenn. Is pushing her friends to write positive things so she wont look bad. How odd.

    • Judy

      I’m sure there are many clients who have had a positive experience. How they handled this adoption and then repossession, though, borders on the edge of legal proceedings – stolen property. It needs to go before a judge and get straightened out so that it doesn’t happen again.

  • Artyom

    Not to be a dick, what kind of name is Martini for a cat? Also, Darryl, Shelly, chill the hell out.

    • coreyfreeman

      I named Martini after my dog Olive. So, Olive and Martini. olive is named after detective olivia benson from law and order SVU.

  • Shelley

    Corey, it finally hit me when I watched your WNCN piece on the news last night what your true motive is. Your true motive is not for the welfare of Bella, nor is it money. Your motive is publicity. You seem to be really going the limelight and lack the talent and writing skills to truly succeed in that aspiration. You found that you cannot do it on your own merits, so you saw an opportunity to exploit, denigrate and defame a veterinary practice. You had this cat 4 days. I do not believe the cat had an ear infection. My cats have had ear infections and they don’t disappear in a couple of days. Independent vets found no evidence of the infection. You are an opportunistic bully who is only out for yourself.
    So you are having your 15 minutes now. Guess what? In the next week or two, you will be back to being a talentless nobody. This is how it works. The public gets outraged about certain issues that they run across on the web. All these people have no skin in the game, they just get on social media and express their rage and eat the red meat. Then they have their fill. It lasts for a week or two. It will be over. People will forget about this, you and Bella. Bella will be adopted by another person and she will be fine. Dr. Jenn’s practice may take a hit, but it will come back. You, on the other hand, will go back to your cave and look for another opportunity to get your face on the news.
    I’m not the type to go for this red meat stuff. I find it repugnant, actually. But I feel that it is important to dig into. Dr. Jenn has served me and my cats well. She has saved their lives when they were poisoned back in 2007 from tainted pet food. She has helped me with various health issues that cats have. She’s a good, caring person and I have absolutely no qualms about taking my cats back to her for care. She has done good things for the animals in our community. What have you done? What have you contributed to society? All I see is a mediocre, talentless young woman who is trying to get her mug on camera.

    • Judy

      Shelley, you’ve gone over the edge. Would you like the Cary/Apex businesses that are sponsoring your art work to be made aware of your actions?

      • Shelley

        Go for it Judy. Threat much?

    • Connie

      Hey Shelley,

      I just have to say please stop being rude and slinging mud. It’s doing more harm than good. Also I would try to stop from saying that Corey is talentless since well you yourself have no talent what so ever. Quick tip, Your portfolio site is dreadful in my opinion and you could really use a makeover for it. The user interface is bad and the color scheme is harsh on the eyes. I digress, please sick help it seems that you have fallen under the artist stereotype of being mentally disturbed. I hope you get the help you need along with your website.

      – C

      • Shelley

        Where did I claim to be a web designer? Also, art is a side job for me. You going to threaten me too? Lame…..

      • Shelley

        Also, Connie, what art gallery do you work for again? Since you know so much about art, you think?

    • Connie

      Not threatening you just giving you a heads up. My credentials don’t matter to you. You’d just call me a liar probably. I was just trying to give you a helpful tip.

      Hope you have a great day.

      – C

  • Kelly

    Corey, if I were you, I’d block Shelley’s IP addresses from your blog. She’s obviously obsessed with you to an unhealthy degree.

    • Darryl L. Pierce

      I totally agree. She’s now turned this into what appears to be a personal vendetta against Corey, with her attacks and posts. As if she thinks she’s protecting the vet against an enemy.

      • Shelley

        Darryl, don’t you have some “lawyer” stuff to do?

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Aw, you needn’t worry about my job. I’m able to do it fine while pointing out the inadequacies in your life that you’re trying to ignore by attacking a woman who only wanted to adopt a cat.

  • Shelley

    Darryl., you seem a bit obsessed too. When the red meat is all gone, are you still going to be cheering Corey on to victory??

  • Megan

    Shelley, you are SUCH A CRAZY BITCH. There is just no other way to explain how blatantly rude, immature, obsessive, and bipolar you have come across. This dispute is now being handled privately. Why do you still have beef with Corey?? And, I can’t believe that you are calling her mediocre and talentless. The same could be said about your artwork. Please go focus your incredibly unhealthy attitude on something else. This case is now over according to EVERYONE.

    • Shelley

      She IS mediocre. Her blog is about mundane crap like getting fat. It’s all about HER and her boring daily routine. Also, I didn’t laugh once at her comedy. She acts like being gay is a big special thing. Woop dee doo. There are lots of gay people out there. So what?

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        And do you feel that you are going to teach her a lesson and show her that you’re better than her?

    • Shelley

      She is putting herself out there. She doesn’t like the heat, she should stay out of the kitchen. Not everyone thinks that what she is doing is on the “up and up”. If she’s going to vilify a business, then she should be ready for the blow back from people who see it differntly. If she doesn’t like it, take this blog down and stay off the news.

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        You keep using these words, like “vilify”. But I do not believe you know what they mean.

        What Corey did:

        Stating facts is not vilifying.

        Describing situations objectively is not vilifying.

        What YOU did:

        Insulting someone’s profession is vilifying.

        Questioning someone’s motivation, or suggesting they are not what’s claimed is vilifying.

        Going on and on claiming there’s some unknown thing that only YOU (because you have put a lot of effort into trying to equate yourself with the vet and act like you’re an insider) know is vilifying.

        Especially when you’ve been asked to support your assertion and you just keep brushing it off.

        You are such a hypocrite. BTW, *THAT* is not a vilification. That is a statement of conclusion based on the above assessment of your posts on this blog.

      • Shelley

        Really Darryl? So what from what school did you obtain your law degree? Don’t you have anything better to do, being a “lawyer” and all?

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          So, you don’t understand that calling someone a hypocrite isn’t providing a legal definition?

      • Camille

        Shelley, that comment is exactly like those comments that get directed at rape victims when they speak out–“If you didn’t want to be raped, you shouldn’t have left your house/worn those clothes/gone to that bar/talked to that guy”.

        As if Corey having a blog and voicing her opinions as a consumer somehow magically justifies or excuses your spamming her commentbox with your insane rantings and impugning her character because she dared say something that you don’t like about your dear friend Dr. Jenn.

        You’ve pretty much proven that you’re in dire need of mental health services. Please avail yourself of them before you cause harm to yourself or others.

    • Darryl L. Pierce

      My guess is that Shelley’s constant posts here are about feeding her own need for attention. She’s now trying to claim that Corey’s actions are somehow now against her as well. Talk about grandiose delusions, she appears to believe she and the vet are both the focus of this rather.

      • Shelley

        Get a life Darryl. You said your cats don’t go to CCC. Do you need a hobby?

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Guess the truth of your hypocrisy hurts, huh?

      • Shelley

        Not hurting me. You are the one that seems so obsessed with Corey. Are you her friend? Trying to hit on her? News flash: She doesn’t play on your team.

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Whoa, that’s quite the homophobic statement, Shelley.

      • Shelley

        Not homophobic at all. Just wondering why you are so obsessed with Corey? You wanna get with her, right? Tryin to look all “supportive” and “caring” aren’t you. Well, just letting you know you aren’t her type.

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Again, another word you keep using that word “obsessing”. I do not think it means what you think it means.

          Supporting Corey because I feel she’s been wronged is not obsessing. It’s a positive action to let her know she’s not wrong.

          You posting here attacking Corey and anybody who supports here is obsession. You aren’t a part of the vet practice. You weren’t there when the decisions were made. But you wanting to claim that you are “personally affected” by this whole situation *IS* obsession, and bordering on gradiose delusion.

          Shelley, this whole thing isn’t about *you*. As much as that may hurt your feelings, this situation is not, nor ever was, about you. And despite your attempts to make it about you, that won’t change. Reality doesn’t budge.

      • Shelley

        Oh PULLLEEEZZE Darryl, Don’t you have some depositions to go to? You know, your lawyer stuff?

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Don’t you have anything positive in your life you can focus on? Or is your whole day spent finding ways to be in opposition to others?

          I do feel sorry for you. Really, I do. Go find something to care about, to support and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find something that will fill that void in your life rather than masking it by trying to start flame wars.


      • Shelley

        And I believe Dr. Jenn has been wronged. Everyone here is just “oh poor Corey”. It’s such bullshit. She planned it this way. It’s going the way she wants and she is getting what she wants. She didn’t want a cat. She wanted PUBLICITY.

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          And, yet, your actions aren’t about supporting the vet. They’re about attacking Corey’s person.

          Or do you have some fractured, skewed world view that equates attacking one person is the same as supporting someone else?

      • Shelley

        You know the saying “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. Seems to me like you are doing the EXACT SAME THING DARRYL. You’ve attacked Dr. Jenn on this thread numerous times.

        • Darryl L. Pierce

          Cite examples where I attacked the vet.

          NOTE: Saying I didn’t go to a practice due to counter-recommendations is not attacking the vet. That’s called being an informed consumer and is not an attack,.

          Now, show me where I’ve attacked the vet.

      • Shelley

        Corey is using this unfortunate circumstance for personal gain. She’s got all of you so fooled! It’s amazing. You are probably sending her money (that’s she’s using on a new car next year). If any of you are running small businesses, you should really look out for this type of individual. There are lots of opportunistic people out there trying to run scams at the expense of someone else who is trying to do good and run a legit business. I’m sorry that you are all so gullible. Peace out.

      • Zachary

        Wow, it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion. One woman’s decent into madness…

        Shelley, you accuse Darryl of only supporting Corey because he’s attracted to her and wants to “get with her.”

        By that same logic, should we assume you have the same (only obviously much more intense) feelings for Dr. Jenn?

        I totally get where you’re coming from, from the photo on the news, she seemed to be a very attractive woman. I’m sorry she hasn’t reciprocated your feelings. I hope you weren’t the one making all of those death threats against her, out of spite for being spurned.

        You seem like the stalker type, so I don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibilities. 😉

    • Megan

      I can’t believe you’ve done so much research on her. I had no idea she was a lesbian, nor have I seen her stand-up. She IS a good writer and that’s why I started following this story. It’s totally okay that you think she’s mediocre, that is your opinion. However, continually lambasting her for being “mediocre”, followed by ALL of the other very skewed details that you seem to have about this story (that NO ONE ELSE has) and becoming obsessed with really specific details is odd. I’m just wondering WHY THE FUCK YOU CARE SO MUCH. No one is asking you to stop seeing Dr. Jenn, so you should totally keep seeing her if you stand behind her values as a vet. I personally think she is probably an okay vet, and perhaps she was having a really bad day, did a few things she now regrets and obviously has no idea what damage control is. But, here’s the poop, Shelley You are making her look even worse than she already looks. I think if you spoke with her, she’d really ask you to quit the campaign of “standing up for her” because you’re losing the cause in a major way. And, on top of that, you don’t really have an issue with Corey. You’re not in a fight with her because she’s not fighting you back. You are in a fight with all of us because we feel it necessary to back her. When people (animal lovers, in this case) read/hear a story like this, it’s easy to become sympathetic because we can all resonate with how tragic it would be to have our pet taken from us. It doesn’t matter if we know her personally, until proof comes around that something is flawed here. I don’t just assume I’m being duped with every single story I read. I’m not that pessimistic of a person and I beleve in people more. She wrote a well-written piece, from her personal standpoint, and I, having already had a crappy experience with CCC, believed that another one wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities. Corey is not asking anyone to support her in this anymore. Your bullying words and messages continue to make me come back, and for that, I feel like I’m wasting a ton of time during my work day. But, Shelley, you are a huge train wreck. on fire. causing a traffic jam. If you’re bored and you want to pick a fight, why don’t you look me up on Facebook and start talking trash about me and leave Corey out of this. She’s not the one responding to you here. BTW, I fucking dare you to start a fight with me. I will go to Chef’s Palette with printouts of all your disgusting words and convince them to remove your artwork immediately. So, you probably don’t want to play this game either. But, you’re nuts so we’ll see…

      • Shells

        Ooooh Megan. I’m so scared. Threat much too? If you got time to print all this stuff out and go to Chefs Palette, be my guest. If it’s that much of an issue for you and you have nothing better to do. I’ll let the proprietor know how crazy you are with your threats. Let me guess, you were in on the Dr Jenn death threats too.

  • Shelley

    The reason I’m so passionate about this particular issue is this it’s affecting ME personally. Me and my cats. I really am really happy with Dr. Jenn’s practice. She knows my cats and their particular issues and she’s solved some of the problems they have. The practice is not far from where I live and I like the fact that it’s a cat only facility. What skin does anyone else have in the game here? You all want to vilify a practice because a one-sided story that you ran across on the internet. Yes I am going to defend Dr. Jenn and CCC because I believe that Corey is doing this to gain momentum for her narcissistic blog and her really super lame comedy routine. She’s an opportunistic bottom feeder. The kind of person that businesses need to remain vigilant about.

  • Shelley

    And if it’s over, why was Corey’s mug on my TV last night, in her obvious attempt gain more “public sympathy” for her plight? It was on there so more people will go to her blog and she will get more hits. She’s looking for publicity. She doesn’t give a rat’s ass about a cat she had for 4 days. You all are so completely blind you have no idea what is truly going on here.

    [Editor’s note: the news segment was taped Friday June 20 and aired Tuesday June 24th.]

  • Camille

    Megan, Shelley is just a sad individual who seems to be in dire need of mental health services (as evidenced by her actions on this thread and on facebook).

    • Shelley

      Oooh, ouch, so hurt Camille. So where did you get your psychology degree from again?

    • Shelley

      Wow we got psychologists, art critics, web designers, and lawyers on this feed. Man. And how do all of you have time to read all this? Don’t you all have things to do?

      • Camille

        Actually, what you have are intelligent and sane people who are tired of all your crazy.

  • Shelley

    If you are so “intelligent” and sane, why do you keep reading it? There must be SOMETHING you like? Just like how you all latched onto Corey’s plight in the first place. Oh, poor poor Corey. Was FORCED to blog about her ordeal and get on the news because she’s had such a terrible time of it. Like having a cat for 4 days and then demanded the vet take the cat back because of an “ear infection”. All that media attention is just so awful. Boo hoo……

  • Camille

    Really Shelley, don’t you have somebody else that you can inflict your insanity on?

  • Shelley

    Did all you people just fall off the turnip truck? Are you all really this gullible? You really can’t even see what is really going on here? You can’t see that Corey is just doing this to bump up her hits to her blog? Getting all these people all over the country to come to her sight because of some “evil vet” stole her cat. You people are SERIOUSLY blind.

    • Darryl L. Pierce

      Ha! And you don’t realize that, with every single one of YOUR posts, YOU are putting money into HER pocket (assuming that’s the point of this site, as you claim).

      So, THANK YOU SHELLEY! You are contributing to this supposed cause!

      BTW, when someone thinks that they are the only one who can see a hidden conspiracy and that nobody else is aware, it’s called “delusional thinking”.

      You certainly meet the definition, as provided by Wikipedia


      These criteria are:

      * certainty (held with absolute conviction)
      * incorrigibility (not changeable by compelling counterargument or proof to the contrary)
      * impossibility or falsity of content (implausible, bizarre or patently untrue)[3]
      Furthermore, when a false belief involves a value judgment, it is only considered as a delusion if it is so extreme that it cannot be, or never can be proven true. For example: a man claiming that he flew into the sun and flew back home. This would be considered a delusion,[4] unless he was speaking figuratively.

  • Shelley

    I’m not the only one who sees this, believe me. I’m the only one with the balls to say it. Boy Darryl, starting to think you are obsessed with me now! Sorry, I’m married. Just can’t seem to get a break huh?

    • Reading from afar

      Shelly, you have issues.
      Seek help.

  • Darryl L. Pierce

    You certainly are interested in making this about you and bringing things to the lowest common denominator. But, sorry, you won’t bring me down to your level.

    I will only say that I’ve seen your pictures on FB and on your FB art page. You flatter yourself way too much here…

    • Shelley

      From your little avatar, you don’t look like no prize either, Darryl. Why don’t you get a hobby, or a job. You would do better at getting available women. Women like men who are employed and not commenting on blogs all day.

  • coreyfreeman

    I have chosen to ban Shelley from posting on my website. As I personally own the site, and in light of her commentary, I feel that’s the best course of action.

    • Darryl L. Pierce

      Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Megan

    Corey, thanks for finally putting an end to her crazy train.

    • Camille

      Sadly, it looks like she’s just posting again from a new IP address.

      • Darryl L. Pierce

        She could escalate to the ISP. Standard TOSs include provisions for abusive behavior online.

      • John

        Maybe from her employer’s network? I’m sure they’d love to know she’s posting abusive messages from company property.

  • Jack

    Everyone on this comment thread is being irrational. You’re all tearing apart anybody that doesn’t share the same opinion as you. The fact is that none of you, not even Corey, know the whole truth. You don’t know the reasons behind Jenn’s actions. As an unbiased person following this story I think you all are letting an ethos appeal control you emotions and your judgement while clouding your logic. I refuse to take a stance on this until ALL the facts are out, as I’m sure it will go to court.

    • Camille

      Oh look, a Middle Ground fallacy! I was wondering when somebody would show up with one of those.

  • Camille “If you keep slandering this business, it may turn really ugly for you.” — veiled threat. “I hope you are happy, Karma can be a real bitch and she may come back to bite you.” — veiled threat.

    Shall I continue?

    • Shelley

      That all you got, Camille? Show me where I’m personally thteatening Corey or her work. Like you all are to me. Veiled threats are subjective. Next….

  • Alex Paxton

    Dr. Jen has been my vet for many years and I adopted a cat through Cary Cat Clinic. Great experience and Dr. Jen and her staff were great. So that leaves, you, Ms. Freeman. With a statement and picture in this blog: “An unhappy Bella/Martini at the Clinic.” How do you know the cat is “unhappy?” It’s a cat clinic, not the Ritz- Carlton. At least the cat isn’t living in the sewer…or “not.” Then, you state that Dr. Jen said the following: “I’m honestly really upset about the way this whole thing went down.” Knowing Dr. Jen as long as I have, I can assure you, Ms. Freeman, such a “statement” would NEVER be part of Dr. Jen’s lexicon. While I could continue–ad nauseum–refuting and debunking your blog post I will say this: what ever this is you are attempting “to do,” this is absolutely NOT about the cat. It is ALL about you.

    • Darryl L. Pierce

      I’m surprised that, as a mere client, you feel you know absolutely what the vet would and wouldn’t say. I find it very illustrative when people think that random, infrequent interactions with people is the same as a deep, personal knowledge of that person.

      • Jack

        Yet reading a blog gives you full right to back someone attempting to potential ruin a persons life? Curious.

      • M. L

        “Ruin someone’s life”? Seriously? This person has done nothing other than tell what happened to her. She has condemned attacks, repeatedly, on the vet herself, and had to face plenty of unrelated personal attacks of her own, and that’s just what we’ve seen in the comment sections here and on Facebook.

        This needs to stop.

  • Nathasha


    Hey it’s me. @audaciouslady
    I wanted to let you know that I feel bad for you. But I feel worse for Martini. I understand your reasons for ending the fight. I wish you hadn’t. If what you are saying is true, Tini is not going to get better there. Nor will she get the medical attention she deserves.

    I think the biggest problem was giving back the cat. You should have gone with them. I never leave sight of my dog. I have to be 100% secure.

    I know! I know! Hindsight is 20/20
    I’m sorry for what you went through.

    I wouldn’t have edited anything either. I would have left it because this will help someone else in that situation.


    • coreyfreeman

      The edits were minor. Just removing the woman’s full name and the mention of a small claims suit.

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