The Humane Society of Tampa Bay says Bart is recovering after being hit by a truck and then buried. The story has gone viral across the country.
But now the Humane Society doesn’t want to give Bart back to his original owner and is concerned for Bart’s well being.
“We are prepared to fight for the best interests of this cat,” a press release stated. “We hope the Hutson family will do the right thing and surrender Bart to our care so that we can find an appropriate environment for him to live out his life.”
There was a GoFundMe page set up for Bart’s medical costs but the Humane Society says they are not accepting any of the $7,000 it has generated since the story went viral.
“We are not asking the Huston family for any money to cover any costs,” the statement continued. “The Humane Society of Tampa Bay had no involvement with the creation of the GoFundMe campaign set up to cover the cost of Bart’s medical care, nor have we received any funds from the account to date. Again, Bart’s medical costs are being covered by our own Save-A-Pet Medical Fund. Our concern is for Bart’s future.”