Cat lover leaves $160K to animal shelter

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man who was an animal lover in life is still providing for them, even after his death.

James Bomar Talbot left a large cash donation to Metro Animal Care and Control to be used to care for homeless cats.

“We are beyond words,” said Rebecca Morris with Metro Animal Control. “It is such an amazing thing that has happened to us.”

Talbot left $160,000 for the care of the animals in his will.

“The cats were his life,” said Chris Achord with The Cat Shoppe. “He had a picture of that kitty in his wallet he carried with him, and he loved to talk about her and show the picture to everybody.”

Talbot was 84 when he died. He had close friends but no wife or children. A rescue cat he named Kitty was his pride and joy.

Achord recalled first meeting Talbot 21 years ago when she opened The Cat Shoppe.

“And he said, ‘Do you have the Chesapeake, Ohio railroad calendar?’ And I went, ‘I do have it.’ And he said Chessy the cat looked just like his cat,” Achord said.

The visit turned into an instant friendship, with weekly calls and yearly stops for calendars for friends. He even fostered a couple of cats.

“He asked me one time, when he was making out his will, who he should leave money to, which rescue group did I think would be the best,” Achord said. “So I told him, to the Metro Animal Control.”

The only stipulation was that the money needed to be used to make the cats’ lives better while they were at Metro Animal Control and to help adopt them out.

Right now, 15 cats are currently waiting for homes, with more coming in every day while employees work on a wish list.

“Many, many conversations are going to occur over the next few months,” Morris said. “We want to make sure we use this appropriately in a manner that is really going to enhance the lives of these cats.”

This is not the first time money has been left to the Metro Animal Control, but it is the first time such a large amount has been designated specifically for cats.

Source: WSMV/CNN


  • Hobbes

    What a waste. Thousands of things he could have done for humans (clean wells, medicine, education, etc.) and he wastes $160K “to make the cats’ lives better.” Surely a sign of the decay of western civilization.

  • Hobbes

    I never said he couldn’t do what he wants… but that doesn’t mean I can’t comment on his choice or its implications.

    It’s a waste of money. He chose, as was his right, to waste his money. He’s not a hero, he’s an idiotic jerk, which was his choice.


  • Jason

    What a kind and generous soul. And Hobbes, I would rather see every cent of the money go to help cats than to have one penny benefit a crusty, worthless piece of sh*t like yourself!!!!

  • Hobbes

    Hey, Jason, what if you found out that you could have had a clean drinking source for you and your children… but the guy gave the money to cats? I take your insult as a compliment and as an admission that you have the values of a sloth. Thanks!

  • Brian Privett

    These coments are so stupid on here. First off people need to learn to help themselves. Not feed or clothed. Dig their own wells purchase their own medicine. It is not our place to provide for all who refuse to provide for themselves

  • Carmen Black

    This man is was a true angel. Animals are completely at the mercy of human beings. They need all the help they can get in this cruel world, where so many people treat them, especially cats, like they are nothing more than disposable garbage. I am in rescue, and I have seen far too much of the suffering and death they go through because of the irresponsibility of humans.

  • Katie Kat

    MAC webpage states that they have to “…euthanize sick or injured animals that we cannot rehabilitate given our resource limitations.” Very hard to work in an Animal Control Center, especially with lack of funds to help the animals. No one wants euthanasia to be the last resort. Now that they have received the 160k donation to help the cats, hopefully more sick and injured will be rehabilitated.

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