Birmingham, AL asked in Adoption, Family Law, Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for Georgia

Q: In the state of Georgia, if someone gifts you a pet (cat), when/how does it become legally yours? Gifter wants it back

Given a cat for Christmas almost 4 years ago cat was adopted in GA but person who adopted her from the shelter was an Alabama resident. He adopted her (official papers) and unofficially gave her to me as a Christmas gift, Times have changed and he wants the cat back. I have receipts where I’ve paid for vet visits but the cat was adopted by him. She lived with him for a little bit, but not she lives with me away from him. I pay for all her stuff. Can he demand and take her back?!??

1 Lawyer Answer
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Going off of the facts that you have provided, it sounds as though the cat is yours. I would recommend holding on to the receipts for care that you mention, just in case he wanted to take this to court to try and get the cat back. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

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