Browser the cat has lived inside the White Settlement Public Library in Texas for the past six years. He has faithfully carried out his catly duties—keeping mice and rats away, letting children read to him, and lowering stress levels of patrons.
But last month by a 2-1 vote by the city council, Browser was fired.
One city worker had asked permission to bring a puppy to work, prompting city council woman Elzie Clements [hissss] to declare that City Hall and city businesses are no place for animals. Councilman Paul Moore [hissss] agreed with her and they voted to give Browser 30 days, until July 16, to find a new home.
Browser has his own Facebook page and quickly got hundreds of signatures on a petition from his library fans and the children who adore him. In spite an outcry defending him, Clements [hissss] and Moore [hissss] voted to oust him.
For the most part civic leaders do a good job running municipalities in a democratic manner. But occasionally there will be one or two who act like little monarchs with their own little fiefdoms with no regard for the feelings of the voters.
The president of the Friends of the Library has vowed to do everything to keep Browser, calling him a family pet to the patrons of the library.
That cat has been loved by people of all ages for six years. I don’t have any animals. But this cat is so gentle and so lovable and he brings so much comfort to so many people, it seems like a shame to take him away.
Mayor Ron White, a non-voting council member, supports Browser. He went so far as blaming pettiness at City Hall because a city employee wasn’t allowed to keep a pet at work.
That cat doesn’t have anything to do with whether somebody can have their puppy at City Hall. That cat doesn’t hurt anybody. … The council just went out and did this on their own because they don’t like cats.
There is a chance that the douchebags council members could change their minds at a meeting scheduled for July 14, just two days before Browser’s termination date.
But if not, an election is coming up in November when Browser and his supporters could fire their asses for good.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
The council has reversed the decision. Browser stays.
Thanks to (the other) Jan and her Funny Farm for the breaking news.