Five months ago, the Fort Worth city council made a monumentally tragic decision: they decided to fire Browser the cat, employee at the local public library. Browser was adopted from a local animal shelter six years ago to help the library with their rodent problem, but he soon became a sensation with library patrons: he reads with the children who visit the library, serves as library mascot, and even dresses up for tea parties.
Supposedly, the city council believed that Browser endangered the health of people who suffer from pet allergies. Those members of the community who actually spend time at the library, however, insist that Browser is harmless and that the library’s air purifier takes care of such problems.
(Not only is he harmless–he’s absolutely adorable! Just look at that face.)
Once news got out about Browser’s dismissal, the backlash was incredible. Not only did the citizens of Fort Worth create a petition to give Browser his job back, but the Fort Worth mayor also received over 1,500 outraged emails from cat-lovers all over the world, including people in Singapore, Canada, Iceland, Australia, Malaysia, England, Guam, France, and Germany.
As a result of both the local and international protests, the Fort Worth city council unanimously voted to reinstate Browser as the public library’s official rodent catcher (in fact, it was the councilman who initially led the movement against Browser who made the motion to reinstate him). The city–and the library–rejoiced.
And just look how happy Browser is!
Congrats on your reinstatement, Browser! May you have a long and happy life catching mice and reading books.
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