|Browser the cat at the White Settlement, Texas public|
library. That community's city council wants him
out of the library, and the town's residents
are rebelling at that idea.
Browser the cat can stay in the White Settlement, Texas library after all.
As the Dallas Morning News put it in their headline:
"White Settlement Council turns tail, lets Browser the Library cat stay after backlash."
After the council initially voted to oust the cat last month, a social media firestorm erupted.
The White Settlement Council caved in the face of the onslaught, and Browser will keep sleeping in the library, catching the occasional mouse and entertaining the children who come in
I guess sense and peace finally came back to White Settlement
The city council in White Settlement, Texas voted recently to evict Browser, the cat that's been living at the municipal library for almost six years.
There hadn't really been any complaints about the cat, and this vote to evict Browser came out of the blue, according to local media reports.
Browser was originally brought in to combat rodents that had been damaging books in the library.
Everybody ended up loving the affectionate cat, who helps children settle down and read their books.
But the city council suddenly had other ideas. Suddenly, Browser is a crisis and has to leave the library, apparently.
White Settlement City Council member sniffed, "City Hall and city businesses are no place for animals," as she voted to evict Browser, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Of course, the entire community of White Settlement is up in arms as a petition circulates for a new vote on the matter coming up. Or a community vote to keep the cat.
But the White Settlement City Council is determined to get rid of Browser, the Star Telegram notes.
Council member Steve Ott said people might be allergic to cat dander, which is a point but you can keep Browser away from people with allergies.
Others point out that if Browser goes, the mice come in and pest control outfits will have to use chemicals to banish the rodents.
Still, Ott is unmoved. "That cat is just that - a cat. Not a person. So go ahead and sign all the petitions you want. The cat needs to go."
The community's mayor thinks this all got started because an employee at City Hall wanted to bring his puppy to work and they wouldn't let him, so he got revenge by getting the City Council to go after Browser.
By the way, Browser isn't costing White Settlement taxpayers anything. Library personal pay for Browser's feeding and care out of pocket.
Personally, I'm not a cat person. They're OK. But I can see how a cat could have a welcoming, calming influence at a library.
Maybe the White Settlement city councilors who don't like Browser should just chill. Or read a damn book or something.