Four months ago, I was a victim of a violent crime in my home. That night, one of my cats disappeared.
I went outside this evening, and she was sitting on my lawn. After distracting her with food, I was able to get her inside and into a kennel. She obviously needs some rehab in order to help her remember her home and territory. I plan to keep her inside for quite a while before letting her return to her old routine.
She’s obviously been well cared for and possibly been given vet care. I feel badly for anyone who may have taken her in for a pet and who will now be having the same fears that I have suffered for the past four months.
I feel that I should post a found pet ad in the local paper, as well as scan for any lost pet ads. I also feel obligated to offer to reimburse anyone who has given her medical care in the past four months, or who has provided her with food and shelter.
What would you do? What would be ethical in this situation?