Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ann Larsen The Cat Rescuer needs help

It's almost two weeks now since my long-time friend Ann died. Her body, however, is still at #WeissMemorialHospital. This place has not let me see her even though I am her legal guardian, and I have not been able to bury my friend yet.

Miss Ann Larsen, "the Cat Rescuer," volunteered for the #AntiCrueltySocietyOfChicago for many years, picking up stray cats from alleys and finding them new homes, or keeping them herself. At one point, she had fifteen felines in her studio!

The #CatRescuer was a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or #PETA, the #DorisDayAnimalLeague, the #SierraClub, the Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Humane Society Legislative Fund; you name it. But now that she needs our help, she cannot find it.

I went to the Office of 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin last week to ask for help finding a plot. At first, I was told there by their worker Darra that she would check for an unmarked grave. She asked me: Do you care where it is? I said that no. But when a called a few days later, Darra picked up the phone and said: "I am sorry, but I keep hitting road blocks everywhere I ask. I wish you would consider cremation." I wonder about how many unmarked graves the City of Chicago has. My dear friend and I could really use one right now.

So I am going to go to #CatholicCharitiesofChicago tomorrow, to see if I can get help from them. Otherwise, I might have to get a loan. I am barely making it right now. Over half of my salary goes to rent every month. I am really hoping that there is someone out there who can help. My friend did not want to be cremated, and I don't want to do that either. But if that happens, I will take her ashes to México and bury her there with us.

A #GoFundMe page has also been created to find funds to lay Ann Larsen to rest. So far, however, only a couple of people have cared enough to help, and I would like to thank them deeply. I hope more people do the same fast. The page can be found at Someone please help Miss Ann Larsen.

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