Police cat has a tumor that needs to be arrested!

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About the Campaign

Tommy was on the force, for real!

He was part of the Kansas City Police Dept.

Ok, Tommy wasn’t out arresting criminals, but he was catching mice. Really! He was the mouser for the police department’s stables. The Kansas City (Missouri) PD had a mounted division and Tommy patrolled the barn. Are you a rat getting in the hay? You are under arrest! A raccoon trying to steal carrots? Paws up!

Though he was a top quality mouser, Tommy wasn’t that good with city politics. In 2019 the city closed the mounted division, and thus the barn. Tommy was out of a job, but also just about ready to retire. That is where his current owner Bill came in.

Bill worked for the Kansas City parks and rec department, and he adopted Tommy when the stables closed. All good! And it has been good for years. But now Tommy needs some help.

What is wrong:

Tommy got a tumor on his tummy in late summer of 2022. Bill on a small fixed income, so he rallied up some police folks and cat lovers, and got Tommy surgery to remove the tumor. But here is the thing: the tumor came back.

Tommy is now with a doctor we know well, Dr. Tarantino (no relation!) at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital. The doctor has Tommy staying at the clinic, and is hopeful that removal of the tumor again, making sure to get all of the necessary mass, will help Tommy a lot.

So, back the mew! Support a cat that served his community with a donation today, you’ll be proud that you did 🙂

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  • Amy Massey

    This is a cause that is dear to my heart for too many reasons to list!

    January 12, 2023 at 11:30 am Reply

  • Bryan Quinn

    Cats offer a great deal of companionship and comfort to those in need and give a great deal more than they take. Their lives are worth MORE than MANY HUMANS in my personal VALUE SYTEM, for which I have NO APOLOGY OR COMPUNCTION.

    January 14, 2023 at 5:21 pm Reply

    • Jools

      Absolutely, I agree on that a 100%

      June 8, 2023 at 2:26 pm Reply

  • Bryan Quinn

    Cats are grotesquely underprotected. They offer companionship & comfort to those in need and take far less than they give. In my own personal VALUE SYSTEM, for which I offer NO apology or compunction, their lives are of FAR GREATER VALUE than MANY HUMANS!

    January 14, 2023 at 5:29 pm Reply

    • Jools

      Obviously, we share the same value system. Apologize for what?

      June 8, 2023 at 2:29 pm Reply

  • Bryan Quinn

    Cats offer comfort and companionship to those in need and they TAKE far less than they GIVE.

    January 14, 2023 at 5:35 pm Reply

  • Bryan Quinn

    I hope the poor thing gets what he desperately needs. They take so little and give so much.

    January 14, 2023 at 6:38 pm Reply

  • Rachel Whipple

    I want to help a retired department member. Additionally, over the years, I have asked others to donate to help animals and they have always come through. This is payback to them.

    January 14, 2023 at 6:57 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Thank you!

      January 14, 2023 at 11:03 pm Reply

  • David and Laura

    Good luck Tommy and thank you for your service!

    January 15, 2023 at 8:05 am Reply

  • Kathy Coots

    Team work makes the dream work! Retired KCPD Officer Stacey Gareis is Tommy Cats momma bear. Thank you Stacey for taking care of all the KCPD members, even down to the littlest Tommy Cat.

    January 15, 2023 at 8:09 am Reply

  • Kathy Coots

    Team work make the dream work! Retired Officer Stacey Gareis is Tommy Cats momma bear. Thank you Stacey for taking care of all us on the PD, down to the the littlest Tommy Cat!

    January 15, 2023 at 8:19 am Reply

  • Carolyn Merino

    Tommy, I met you several times when I went to the stables to take department photos. Cats rule! Keep fighting little man. Hope you get better soon!

    January 17, 2023 at 10:41 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    Hoping Tommy Cat has many more happy years with Bill.

    January 17, 2023 at 7:20 pm Reply

  • Kristine Gonzalez

    Tommy deserves support! 💙

    January 17, 2023 at 7:45 pm Reply

  • Robert Trainor


    Amelia & Rory

    January 17, 2023 at 8:15 pm Reply

  • Christina Smith

    I Love Cats & KMBC Channel 9 News Team!!

    January 17, 2023 at 8:15 pm Reply

  • Kim Ross

    As a cat lover and someone who had a soul cat live past 21 years with renal failure the last 5 thanks to the help of a WONDERFUL vet tech, I think this guy deserves a chance!

    January 17, 2023 at 8:17 pm Reply

  • Roxian Jarboe

    Every cat deserves a long, full life. I hope Tommy gets his. ❤️

    January 17, 2023 at 8:18 pm Reply

  • Sara Kuhs

    Thanks for your service Tommy. And to Bob for making sure he had a home!

    January 17, 2023 at 8:19 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    In memory of Gus Jones

    January 17, 2023 at 8:19 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Tommy worked a lot of years and now he needs to be able to enjoy his retirement!

    January 17, 2023 at 8:20 pm Reply

  • Robert Bledsoe

    God bless you Tommy

    January 17, 2023 at 8:20 pm Reply

  • Debbie Holt

    He deserves to live out his life healthy and loved. Sounds like he has done an admirable job for the force. Sending prayers and best wishes for speedy recovery. Hope he finds the best forever home.

    January 17, 2023 at 8:26 pm Reply

  • Cynthia Hoenig

    Thank you,Tommy and Bill, for being helpers to our community.

    January 17, 2023 at 8:28 pm Reply

  • K Williams

    I am happy to donate to Tommy ❤️

    January 17, 2023 at 8:41 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Friend of cats and friend of Brian Gareis. Thanks Stacy. Get well Tommy!

    January 18, 2023 at 7:28 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    He’s a good boy!

    January 18, 2023 at 9:12 am Reply

  • Johnnie Ann Crawford

    I love animals and want Tommy to get well.

    January 18, 2023 at 11:35 am Reply

  • Jeanne Meyers

    Hope this helps! Hang in there, Tommy!

    January 18, 2023 at 4:27 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    We love cat’s . We want Tommy to live free of Cancer for a long life..

    January 19, 2023 at 3:56 am Reply

  • Dorothy Brockman

    Be strong Tommy!

    January 19, 2023 at 6:15 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    We need to care for all our furry friends.

    January 19, 2023 at 6:19 am Reply

  • Carrie Konev

    Don’t spend it all on catnip, Tommy.

    January 19, 2023 at 11:47 am Reply

  • Carol Welliver

    Good luck

    January 19, 2023 at 12:35 pm Reply

  • Joe Ford

    Tommy, hope you get better soon.

    January 19, 2023 at 4:13 pm Reply

  • Susan Kassin

    I LOVE animals. They give so much love and joy!!!

    January 19, 2023 at 9:06 pm Reply

  • Carleton WILLIAMS

    We are major cat lovers. Plus my late Pops was with the KCPD. Hope he does well in his surgery & recovery!

    January 20, 2023 at 10:11 am Reply

  • Anonymous

    It makes me happy to see so many people wanting to help Tommy – he clearly deserves it. Heal fast Tommy!

    January 20, 2023 at 11:54 am Reply

  • Glen Smith

    Go Tommy

    January 26, 2023 at 3:41 pm Reply

  • Tom

    Just checking in on Tommy, is he doing better!?

    June 6, 2023 at 9:15 pm Reply

  • Mariapaz Beraun

    We need periodic updates

    September 4, 2023 at 1:42 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Scroll down and you will see this update:

      “Update 2/9/23

      It is with heavy heart and sadness that we must announce that Tommy passed away. He had a very enlarged heart, and Dr Tarantino is pretty sure it was heart failure. His tumors were under control, and the doctor told us that though they would eventually become too large, it would take a long time and Tommy would probably pass from old age, and specifically his heart, well before then.

      He was cremated and his ashes were buried at the stables where he lived and served his community. If you donated to Tommy you should receive an email from us about his donations and expenses. If you donated and did not receive this email, please email us at or text to 626-325-6296 and we will get a copy to you.”

      September 4, 2023 at 2:47 pm Reply