Bowser the library cat sparked huge controversy when he was suddenly evicted from the place he’d called home for several years.
Bowser was initially adopted from the shelter as a kitten and hired by the local library in White Settlement, Texas to help with their rodent and pest issue.
The friendly library cat’s job duties quickly extended beyond pest control.
He boosted morale and made the library a warm, welcoming place for staff and visitors alike.
It didn’t take long for everyone to fall in love with the library’s cutest employee.
But after 6 blissful years of being a loyal library mascot, the city council voted that Bowser had to go.
One council member, Elzie Clements, shared that he’d heard opinions of not wanting a cat in the library.
He also expressed that he shared this opinion, despite it being an unpopular one.
“City Hall and City businesses are no place for animals,” said Clements, according to the Grizzly Detail.
Local supporters of Bowser presented city council a petition with over 600 signatures in favor of keeping Bowser at the library.
Even the mayor of the town, Ron White, was opposed to removing Bowser from the library.
Despite the community’s valiant efforts, the majority of the city council voted to evict Bowser.
Alleged Prejudice Against Paws
The council made their decision citing health concerns for library visitors who suffered from cat allergies.
The library even offered a solution to the cat allergy dilemma, stating visitors could go to a different library or call in advance to request having Bowser isolated during their visit.
Mayor White also noted that the library’s air purifier removes most of the allergens.
The opposing council members didn’t appear to have any other reason to evict Bowser.
Despite the Mayor and library staff addressing the allergy concern, the council still voted to remove Bowser.
This led some people to believe the council’s decision was rooted in prejudice against cats.
Some suspect that the decision was a petty response to a city employee being denied permission to bring their dog into the library.
“That cat doesn’t have anything to do with whether somebody can have their puppy at City Hall,” Mayor White told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That cat doesn’t hurt anybody. The council just went out and did this on their own because they don’t like cats.”
Library staff and regular visitors were very unhappy about Bowser’s eviction.
While many people offered to adopt Bowser, those who know him well knew that he wouldn’t find a home he enjoys as much as the library.
However, this wasn’t the end for the beloved library cat.
Bring Bowser Back!
Several news publications caught wind of Bowser’s scandal and took it to the media.
Soon, many eyes were on the small Texas town and their library cat scandal.
Support of Bowser from all over the world starting flooding in.
Mayor White said he received over 1,500 emails in support of Bowser being reinstated as the library cat.
Elize Clements, the same council member who publicly spoke in favor of removing Bowser from the library, introduced a motion to bring Bowser back.
Bowser Emerges Triumphant
The council unanimously agreed to give Bowser his job back and the rest is history.
Mayor White suggested the council members who voted to evict Bowser made their decision without realizing the negative response it would elicit.
“I don’t think they understood what they had done to begin with and how it would affect everybody,” said Mayor White according to ABC News.
“It was ridiculous to do that and they did it without thinking ahead,” said Mayor White. “It was absolutely wrong to begin with.”
Bowser emerged triumphant!
Library Cat for LIfe
The friendly feline has since been promoted to “Library Cat for Life”.
Now that all the drama is behind them, Bowser can get back to business making the local library a fun, welcoming environment to learn in.
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