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.
Just An Update…
I had an appointment with my psychiatrist, who extended the average session time to give me time to explain my situation, and told me to look at how miserable the fight for Martini was making me, in terms of feeling as though I was suddenly under a microscope, the incredible guilt that comes with a situation getting out of hand, and the fear and paranoia of an impending trial and escalating media coverage. She urged me to drop the matter for my mental health and the health of those affected.
I voluntarily dismissed the small claims suit, cashed the third and final check sent to me by Dr Jenn, and emailed the CCC to let them know I would stop pursuing the recovery of Martini. I did try to stop the story from airing on NBC-17, but they had already edited the piece and I gave them my consent and told them I simply wanted to move on. Other news outlets in contact were given the same information.
Martini’s items were donated to GentleCare, which will in turn deliver any necessary supplies to the Second Chance Adoption Agency. I have no plans at the moment to adopt another cat. It is my hope that the items I bought for Martini can be used to make another animal happy and comfortable, and that eventually Martini (aka Bella) is given to a family that loves her even more than I do.
The Save Martini facebook page will remain, but will no longer be updated. The final update is here. As the page has a large number of likes, I urge others to use its reach to post about adoption opportunities, in the hopes of connecting more animals with loving homes.