The kitten that has become a new member of the family was taken in so we could find a good home for her.
One person calling up said she really needed a new kitten right away (for the children) because they left the front door open to carry stuff in and out, and no one noticed the cat got out and disappeared... in -20 weather plus wind chill. They just wrote it off as dead.
Our cats aren't outdoor cats in the slightest. If we have to leave the door open, they go into a room with a closed door until it's safe to let them out again.
It irritates me when people get a pet to satisfy a small child (or a passing whim) then have no consideration for it other than entertainment value.