I asked this in the ? section and they removed it because it prompted a major discussion!
Take him in and raise him, but I would make him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs and treat him like dirt, just giving him hand-me-downs to wear instead of ever buying him his own clothes and forcing him to do all the chores. Then when some weirdo Scottish school started sending him letters I'd throw them away and not let him read them until a huge giant of a man came and broke up our vacation to tell him, "Yer a wizard, 'Arry."
And I thought I was mean transferring the baby to my neighbor
I get babies on my doorstep all the time! In fact I just officially adopted another one last week, sweet little peaches and cream colored dear. So skinny! His back bone still sticks up after a month and his haunches still seem hollow, but we'll get him fattened up soon enough. Large male, only 9 pounds! Some booboos here and there, but those will heal. He's got one blue eye, and one almost reddish, and he's a mute. His mouth moves, but no meow comes out. He purrs louder than a mac truck, however.
Obviously someone abandoned the little guy, and he clearly had no clue how to survive in the wild on his own. There are field mice all over! So he shouldn't have been starving. Anyway, he may not have field smarts, but he sure knows how to show his appreciation. I think boy cats are just naturally more lovable than female cats most of the time.
At any rate, he's far from the first baby to show up uninvited on my doorstep. I think the local pound draws them all a map.
i would keep it and report to police and take things forward from there...
I think the law requires people to report it to the police. It's child abandonment, and it might be considered endangering a child. Besides, the person who'd leave a baby that way might be suffering from bad postpartum depression or psychosis, or might otherwise be in serious trouble and need help. Between not wanting to be charged with something like "unlawfully harboring the product of abandonment" (or something like that), and thinking the person who did it must be in desperate need of help - I'd call the police. (Now, if the person knocked on my door and simply asked me to help, or even asked me to care for the baby - that would be a different, and legal, thing.)
My son did the same, he brought a lost she-cat, like 10 months old no more. I had no choice, between pleading eyes of my son and the cat's I just had to adopt it. 15 years later she is still with me and so is my son. No one wants to move out!
Hey Homegirl, at least you always have company.
@OP- if it were a baby, then I would follow local laws and report it to the police. If it were a cat or dog, then I would check to see if it had tags for ownership. If no tags, then bring it to a local animal shelter, to find out if it has an embedded ID tracker. If not, then the shelter would keep it, because I already have two cats and have no space or need for another animals in my apartment.
You've got it right as usual Cags, I Do have company. I often dream about some peace and quiet, not for me I guess. Two kids, two cats, two jobs, one sick husband (imagine having two???); at least he does not live with me, but I have to visit him every other weekend and "enjoy"his attitude. Well, I am not complaining, could be worse.
What would you do if some one left THIS baby on your doorstep?
Hey! That's my cousin's baby! Where do you get a picture of our sweet little Dillon?
Instead of abandoning their babies, women here in Germany can take them to a babyklappe. I've looked it up on Wikipedia to find out what it's called in English, and here it is:
'A baby hatch is a place where mothers can bring their babies, usually newborn, and leave them anonymously in a safe place to be found and cared for. This kind of arrangement was common in mediaeval times and in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the device was known as a foundling wheel. Foundling wheels were taken out of use in the late 19th century but a modern form, the baby hatch, began to be introduced again from 1952 and since 2000 has come into use in many countries, notably in Germany where there are around 80 hatches and in Pakistan where there are over 300 today.'
There are "Safe Haven" places in some US states too - places babies can be left with no questions asked. Apparently, though, not all states limit the age of the baby, so people have been known to drop off big kids.
That's interesting about the big kids. I didn't know that.
From the looks of this, http://articles.cnn.com/2008-11-14/us/n … ?_s=PM:US, it was going on in 2008. Maybe they've changed their laws by now.
My grandparents threatened to sell us to the Gypsies whenever we were exceptionally naughty. I always rather thought that might not be so bad, but if I found an infant on my doorstep, I would very carefully check for retreating hoof-beats from the Gypsies' wagons first, and then find another home for the child very quickly. If the child is too naughty for the Gypsies I doubt I could handle it either.
I would put the baby on somebody elses doorstep immediately, ring the door bell, and run away as quickly as possible. I would choose a nice front door though, so I am not all bad!
Now see! I tried to tell my daughter that someone left her sister on our front porch and we HAD to keep her. This after my daughter asked me to take baby sister back where I got her!
I'd alert the authorities that would be the right way to go about it.
I would so want to keep it, i love babies..... if we found the mother, maybe she would let me look after it for her.
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