Did OITNB’s Dascha Polanko dump her cats so she could adopt kittens?

Dascha Polanko

Fans of Orange is the New Black will recognize Dashca Polanco, who stars as Dayanara Diaz. Dascha doesn’t have a huge filmography. OITNB was definitely her big break. If this story is to be believed, Dascha thinks she’s enough of a celebrity to yell, “Don’t you know who I am?” when confronted with wrongdoings.

There have been Reddit murmurs about this story, but the red flag is a series of Facebook posts. People are writing under their real names and calling Dascha out for bad behavior. One account comes from a private user, so I’m sourcing a public profile, Tara Green. Her profile is filled with animal rescue stories and links to shelters. She volunteers for a society that dealt with Dascha returning her two adult cats. I’m including the photos of Dascha’s alleged handiwork of stuffing two cats into a box. The damning details include her name on a shipping label. One chilling detail — eight tiny breathing holes were punched into the box’s side. So this story could be worse, I guess:

Last year, Dascha Polanco dumped two cats her BF had adopted on a rescue. Sometimes people go through hardships and have to return cats they adopted. We all understand this, and that’s why the good rescues take back the animals they adopt out for the life of those animals. However, when something like this comes up, rescues do ask that you give them notice so that they can try to make room, and that you understand if it takes them a few weeks to find an appropriate placement.

Dascha not only didn’t want to wait, she didn’t even tell them she was coming. She asked a pet store worker when that particular rescue held adoption events at the store, and according to her, that was all she needed to do.

Here is how she brought them: two adult cats in in a tied up cardboard box. Specifically THIS cardboard box, in the below photos taken by a shocked customer who witnessed her behavior.

When the rescuers told her that they had no idea she was bringing any cats to return, and that they were not in a position to take her cats on the spot like that, she flipped out, pulled the “celebrity card,” started screaming. She actually used the phrase “Don’t you know who I am?”

[From Tara Green on Facebook]

All of this may have gone unnoticed by gossip sites, but Dascha posted fresh kitten photos to her Instagram page. Commenters called her out. She removed the pictures and Instagrammed a statement about bullying. She quoted Maya Angelou and issued a statement: “I am human, & love all parts of life. I walk with my head high and im nauseated by the ppl that bully and choose to express such hurtful words. So much progress to be done. #IEATBULLIES #TEAMDASCHA #ILUVMYFANS #hairflipbye.”

I don’t have enough eye rolls for Dascha’s statement. It’s possible that the story isn’t true, but it looks like Dascha tried to cover her tracks (by removing kitten photos) and sees herself as a victim. If she really did dump two adult cats so she could adopt kittens, that’s completely cruel. Some people see pets as disposable toys, fit to be dumped when they don’t fit the “cute” bill anymore.

Dascha Polanko

Dascha Polanko

Dascha Polanko

Photos courtesy of Tara Green on Facebook & WENN

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  1. Sam says:

    Yeah, that’s crappy. If she had a legit reason to return them (and there are plenty) then why not just come out with it? Say “Yes, I returned my cats for X reason.” Just be out with it. The quotes about bullying are stupid and are an attempt to deflect from the actual issue.

    • wow says:

      Exactly! Nothing fires me up more than pet owners like this. They already have a process set up for returning animals if need be so I don’t understand why she couldn’t follow the procedure. That is IF she actually did this.

      People love to through around the word bully when they get called out on their crap. The transgendered person who claims she slept with Michael Phelps does the exact same thing. People dug up receipts on a lot of her blatant lies and she claims she’s being bullied. Eyeroll.

      As for this actress though, its so annoying when they pull that “xon’t you know who I am card?” card.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:


    • Kiddo says:

      I don’t say this very often, But I hate her, right now. And SHE is the goddam bully in this circumstance.

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        With you on this (if it is true), shameful behavior.

      • homegrrrlll says:

        It’s that “lance armstronging” tactic to scream victim if you’ve been called out, then to label those who called you out as “bullies” lacking compassion. IF this is a true story and she did just dump two pets, THEN quotes Maya Angelou. Ugh.

      • JH says:

        She absolutely is the bully.

    • Snazzy says:

      Exactly. Both her actions and her response when she was called out on them

    • Samtha says:

      The picture of that taped-up box is chilling and disgusting. How about buying a freaking carrier for 40 dollars? It shows a true lack of respect for life.

      • Wren says:

        Our vet gave us a free cardboard carrier when my family got a couple kittens and didn’t know better and brought them in for a checkup just holding them (I was a kid at the time). We used that thing for years it was so solid. The shelter gave me another free carrier when I adopted my cat from them.

        So not even $40 for a safe, sturdy carrier. Unreal.

    • Wren says:


      I instinctively don’t trust or like people who are cruel to animals and seem to view them as disposable objects. Her response tells the whole story.

      • mimif says:

        Word. This kind of unremorseful & flippant behavior towards animals is very telling.

      • nikko says:

        I totally agree with you Wren. So she adopted them as kittens and when they became adults, she got rid of them. Disgusting, I’ll always look at her as an a**hole. She might be the next one they kill off in the series.

    • katy says:

      Absolutely. I like how she didn’t deny the story either. That is the worst kind of person – those who would treat an adult animal so cruelly just because they grew up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have two adorable adult cats that I must go hug now.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Just gross.

    • Raina says:

      What a disgusting pig.

  3. Lindy79 says:

    The fact she didn’t deny it and removed the pictures while using the old “you’re all such bullies” defense proves to me, that it’s true

    And she can go f*k herself. Truly.

    • lucy2 says:

      I will cosign your whole statement, especially the last part.

      Pets should be for life. There are circumstances where that can’t happen, but then you do the best you can to get the pet into a good home or work with a rescue. I hope all the adoptions centers in her area share this info and deny any future applications she puts in.

  4. Diana says:


  5. tifzlan says:


    ^ her responses to people’s comments on the bullying photo are just as appalling, and leads me to believe this story even more. No class whatsoever for a “”celebrity.”"

  6. Crocuta says:

    That’s a terrible thing to do if it is true.

    And man how I hate hashtags. These are even more stupid than the usual ones.
    What the *** is this? Did she just proclaim herself as a member of her own team? Hair flip bye? Can’t she spell “love”?
    I hate hashtags.

    • Sarah says:

      #plus1. LOL! I hope one of those kittens pees on her bed pillow and scratches her face.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah, hashtags drive me nuts too, but the TeamDascha just killed me. I can’t decide if it’s utterly pathetic or incredibly narcissistic.

      • mimif says:

        It’s both.

      • qwerty says:

        lol yeah, I rolled my eyes so hard at that one I saw my brain. That’s why I shouldn’t be reading this website, another actress ruined, won’t buy her in any role than a narcissistic animal-hating b**** with no self-awareness now.

  7. Maefabulous says:

    If this is true, it will actually taint my pleasure in watching OITNB (HUGE fan)

    The only possible upside I can think to this story, is that hopefully those two cats are alive and well, and are hopefully in a home with owners who appreicate and love them.

    One of my three cat’s was a rescue, previous owners weren’t interested once she grew out of kittenhood. Their loss – my husband and I get the sweet, loving adorbable little clown she’s grown into. They don’t.

    • ginmar says:

      I woke up the other day with my grumpy ex feral old (former) tomcat snuggled up under my chin, purring to beat the band. He was feral his whole life and it took two years of feeding him before he’d eat with me nearby. He’s definitely not a kitten but I love watching him discover things he never experienced before; toys and playing and soft warm blankies. He used to be scrawny and bony. Now he’s fat and—-actually, he kind of acts like this horrible actress person, but it’s cute when he does it.

      I have a kitty who was dumped on my doorstep in a box; she’s still skittish about people and it’s been a couple of years.

      My kitties are all other people’s rejects, all adults, and I swear they’re grateful. They all have their own personalities and temperaments.

      This lady thought her pets were furniture, not living creatures. What a horrible person.

      • Wren says:

        I adopted my cat as a kitten from the local shelter, and I swear, hand over heart, that she was grateful. She purred for two days straight after I brought her home. They KNOW.

        She’s grown into a beautiful adult cat, and I can’t even imagine “returning” her.

      • lucy2 says:

        I hear so many people say that their rescue pets are grateful, I totally believe it. Except for my cat, who believed from day 1 that she was entitled to the life of luxury she’s gotten, LOL.

      • Taska says:

        Shortly before we were married, my husband and I found a cat in the middle of the road. She’d apparently been hit. When we drove up, she looked up for a second, then put her head down again, almost like she was thinking, “Just make it quick.” We picked her up and took her to an emergency vet, and the doctor kept trying to talk my husband into putting her down, but he just didn’t feel right doing it. He took her back to his apartment, and before long, she was walking and playing. Now it’s almost twelve years later, and she has been the cuddliest, sweetest cat all that time. I think she really is grateful.

      • MaiGirl says:

        My rescue cat is grateful, for sure. He used to hoard his food in little piles under the couches until he figured out that it would be there all the time, and he is THE most affectionate, sweet, and loving animal ever. I am so glad, because my other cat is the house diva, and they would be at each other’s throats if he didn’t let her be Alpha Cat. He is also incredibly compassionate with other cats–there are indoor/outdoor kitties in my neighborhood who sometimes mewl for their breakfast, and Tonka (who is indoor only) will try to get my attention so that I go give them treats. He doesn’t want kitties to go hungry like he has in the past!

    • Cash Money's Socks says:

      Yes, the two cats she dumped at the event were subsequently adopted by another family which takes their responsibility as a “forever family” seriously. They are better off, really.

  8. Cici says:

    Ugh, what a disgusting person.

    Maybe karma will hit her and she will be written out of OITNB. She’s one of the worse actresses on the show so it would be no loss.

  9. Tiffany27 says:

    She seems hideous.

  10. scout says:

    I am shocked if that story is true! What a cruel thing to do. Glad “Don’t you know who I am?” didn’t work for her, didn’t work for Reese W either. Atlanta PoPo very calmly and politely said “I don’t care to know Ma’am, please step out of the car” to Reese!. Haha…

  11. polyphonic pickles says:

    Absolutely terrible and casts such a black cloud over her acting. She needs to confront the issue and donate/volunteer at a rescue if she doesn’t want to be ‘bullied’ bc this will be brought up the rest of her career.

  12. savu says:

    That’s disgusting. When you adopt an animal, it’s for life.

    People are gonna hate me so hard for this story:
    I was going through a lonely time and adopted a kitten. Animals aren’t allowed in my apartment, but my landlord isn’t around and my kitty didn’t bother anyone. I had already talked to my grandparents, saying if I got a kitten would they keep her for school breaks and things. So I knew I had a backup if my landlord ever found out. Some super loud and nosy neighbors (sorority girls) told my landlord I had a dog (wtf?). Now my kitten is with my grandparents for 4 more months until I graduate and get a place of my own. But I’m paying for all her food, treats, etc. I am so lucky for my grandparents.

    Maybe I shouldn’t have even adopted her. But I took on that responsibility, and will not give her up unless I can’t take care of her permanently. I’m trying to put her first. She’s so happy at my grandparents’ with another cat to play with.

    Anyway there’s my story. I hope you can tell I at least take this responsibility seriously. More seriously than Polanco, I’m disgusted by her.

    • Loopy says:

      At least you didn’t return it on a box , plus she is with family members to see anytime. Nothing wrong with what you did.

    • swack says:

      I applaud you and your grandparents. My daughter and her family moved into a rented house and was not able to take their cat with them. So I took him for them until they could move somewhere cats were allowed. No one should go hard on you. You are being very responsible.

    • KB says:

      It sounds like you gave that kitten a loving home outside of a cage, whether that’s with you or your grandparents is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. I’m sure your kitten has a long happy life ahead with you after you graduate.

    • ginmar says:

      Your family had your kitty the whole time, what’s wrong with that? Unless they’re like my family; when I had to leave my kitty with them when the Army sent me someplace, my kitty bewitched them so much they didn’t want to give him back.

    • fruitloops says:

      My mom took care of my cat when I had to move to another city for work and my landlord there didn’t allow pets in the apartment. I wanted to look for another apartment but it soon turned out that I had to travel often because of work so I figured that the cat is better off with my mom for the time being. I paid for the food, cat litter, vet and the vaccines (out of gratitude and because I could afford it so I wanted to).
      When I finally found a new job and returned to my city I took back my fat kitty, I don’t even know how I lived without her. :D

    • savu says:

      Thank you all SO much for the love. I’m still struggling to accept that I can’t take care of her right now, I feel like I’ve failed her. But I should see that as a sign of how much I care about her above anything else :) thank you again for the kind words. It’s such a great comfort. Internet comments are a nice place every once in a while!

    • savu says:

      Thank you all SO much for the love. I’m still struggling to accept that I can’t take care of her right now, I feel like I’ve failed her. But I should see that as a sign of how much I care about her above anything else :) thank you again for the kind words. It’s such a great comfort. Internet comments are a nice place every once in a while!

      • Sister Carrie says:

        hahaha that reminds me of the cat I kept illegally in college. Our landlady came over once unannounced to get something out of a storage closet (which was where my roomie had all the cat stuff), so when I opened the closet door for the landlady, my roommate jumped in behind me, trying to block the view. I was all like, wtf? before I realized what she was doing. We were quiet tenants, though, so we got away with it. When I was in grad school, I lived in an unairconditioned walk-up and would call my mom (who lived 45 min away) to come take my two rescues home to her cool house. (I, of course, sweated through it)

  13. Joy says:

    Well if this is true, karma will hit her really hard when that show is over. I’m her size roughly and we all know that anything over a 2 is a niche character that can barely find work. Let’s be honest. Nobody knows who she is now and they sure as hell won’t when that show is over.

  14. Loopy says:

    LMAO don’t you know who am I???? That phrase is only used by people who ARE NOT known and are getting too big for their boots,despicable behaviour,does she not know how cruel Hollywood is just ask Brenda Walsh.

    • doofus says:

      yeah, whenever I hear that a celeb said that I think “if you have to ask, either A – they don’t know who you are or B – they know and also don’t care, so have a seat”.

  15. Jessica says:

    The article says her boyfriend was the one who adopted the cats right? Is she even with this boyfriend now? Were they actually her cats? Most shelters won’t let you take an animal if you don’t have the proper equipment so the box rather than cat carrier would suggest they weren’t hers.

    I once had an ex dump his dog with me when he dumped me. I was in no position to care for an animal (mentally, not financially), I asked around but no one I knew wanted to take him on, and selling him to a good owner was especially tricky as he was a breed that attracts deadheads. I tried to look after him for a little bit but I wasn’t even capable of looking after myself. I took him to the shelter. To be honest by the time I’d gotten to that point I was such a mess I probably would have freaked out if they said they wouldn’t take him, the responsibility for the poor creature was worsening my depression in such a way that I was barely functioning at that point.

    So anyway, there’s no excuse for being nasty to the staff, but I’m not going to judge her on what little information there is about the cats. Maybe the BF mistreated/neglected them and she took an opportunity to get them away from him? Maybe he gave them to her as a surprise gift and she panicked?

    • Lindy79 says:

      I think if he was truly in any of those situations she would have been a bit more humble and apologetic about dumping two living creatures in a tied up box rather than shouting “don’t you know who I am?!” at rescue workers, or explained she was trying to remove them from a dangerous situation. It sounds like she just wanted rid of them with as little hassle as possible, which I’m sorry but that’s not ok.

      She also got two new kittens, as proved on her instagram and removed the picture when she was called on it so…there’s that.

    • SD says:

      Jessica – you are right to show skepticism of the things you read online. That said, this particular story is most definitely true. Polanco and her BF showed up together unannounced at a Brooklyn pet store to dump the cats that they adopted three years prior (where the group was holding a cat adoption event). So the “she was trying to get them to safety” and any other speculation about her actions being misinterpreted is nonsense. And that is the box the two cats were packed and taped up in, and it’s her name on the shipping label. Think about that. Two adult cats put into the same pet carrier, if sufficiently stressed, might fight each other even if they are a bonded pair. And they put them into a box barely big enough for one of them to move around and sealed them in with packing tape.

      This happened last April – these pictures were actually posted online a year ago and her lawyer threatened to sue the rescue group. A non-for-profit pet rescue doesn’t have the time or resources to fight frivolous litigation, so the pictures were pulled before they went viral. But with her posting pics of new kittens, naturally the aftertaste of the incident came up again. It is b/c of that threat of lawsuit that the group will not make any kind of statement – these are witness accounts from those who were at the store that day. People can choose to feel about it however they want, but to suggest it’s completely made up because it paints your favorite TV star in a negative light is ridiculous.

      • Sugar says:

        Jessica didn’t say a thing about Dascha being her favorite TV star so I don’t understand why you’re being snippy and rude to her. She simply wondered if there was more to the story since Dascha claimed the cats belonged to her boyfriend.

    • Samtha says:

      That doesn’t explain why she thought taping two grown cats into a box was okay. That alone is animal cruelty.

    • Cash Money's Socks says:

      The guy was with her at the event, so, yeah, there goes your theory.

  16. Macey says:

    Never heard of this chick but she sounds disgusting. I just read on that Tara Green post that Dascha threatened legal action against the shelter for talking about the situation but now most of the comments and statements are coming from witnesses who were there and saw her abuse the staff of the shelter. From what she said the witnesses stuck around and ended up adopting the cats themselves so it sounds like at least the kitties got a good home. Too sad for the new ones she hs now, Im sure they’ll show up somewhere after they’re out of the kitten stage.

    • lululemon1 says:

      Wow.. taking legal action when she should go in a corner and self-reflect on what a low human being she is? She’s got her priorities straight.

  17. Annie says:

    What a bitch! Those holes are tiny! Not only did she dump them, she was cruel about it too! And honey, you are NOBODY. Out of the show, the best characters and biggest breakthroughs, you are not included.

  18. Sparkly says:

    I wish people would stop using the word “bully” like it’s a get out of jail free card.

    The behavior’s despicable, the hashtags are despicable…and I liked her. Well, not anymore. And if she actually didn’t think that box thing through enough, if not for the cats then at least for her idiot professional image, then she deserves any hate she’s getting. Who actually thinks that’s okay?

  19. Amelie says:

    Dascha is unfortunately like alot of folks-they think that companion pets can be turned out or turned in when they get tired of them. As someone who adores cats and has adopted (including two from my back porch) five cats over the years, I would encourage everyone to think twice about adopting a pet. Its for life folks; for better, for worse, in sickness and in health.

  20. Ginger says:

    I’ve never watched OITNB and would have no clue who this chick is right along with the rescue workers. I volunteered for a cat rescue organization for years and I can tell you from my own experience that you meet some really great and loving people and then you also meet POS like this woman. It can be a rough job at times but you do it for the sake of the animals that cannot defend themselves. I really hope that the kittens she adopted aren’t abused.

  21. Birdix says:

    My children have begged for a cat for 3 years now and I’ve stalled and stalled because of a sneaking fear that I may have become allergic. I had a cat as a kid that i adored and I was fine, but sometimes when visiting other people’s cats get sneezy. I went to the SPCA and they kindly let me visit with a dozen cats, and at some point I did feel congested again. My question–are all cats the same when it comes to allergies? And when my boyfriend in my 20s got a cat, I reacted at first then it subsided. Can allergies fade? My instinct is that adopting a cat is a bad idea, but so wish this weren’t true!

    • SD says:

      Hi Birdix. I have cats and am also allergic. Everyone is different but it is possible to live with cats and control symptoms. Over time, the body will build up resistance to the particular cat. So while your symptoms won’t necessarily go away completely, you could end up being fine around your own cat. Also, when you are around 12+ cats in an enclosed space, that is going to be overload on your allergies. If your symptoms subsided previously, it seems probable that you would be okay around one or two, especially after build up an intolerance. Finally, if your symptoms aren’t too severe, OTC allergy medication like Claritin D works wonders.

      Most pet rescues have either a foster-to-adopt or a grace period that would allow you to return a cat if your symptoms became unbearable. So if you adopted a cat for month trial period, you could assess whether you could live with your symptoms.

      • Birdix says:

        Thank you for this. A foster cat, especially a grown cat, might be the answer. We have a great SPCA in my city, I will look into it. I also remembered that I was a cat sitter about 15 years ago for a friend and had no problems. Will proceed very cautiously…

      • lucy2 says:

        Great idea for the foster program, SD. Birdix, you can test having a cat in your household, and you’re providing a safe home for a kitty in the meantime.
        I have allergies, my own cat doesn’t bother me but some others do if I’m not around them a lot.

      • ella says:

        I’ve had pets all of my life and have only ever been allergic to one of my cats. She had a medium coat, but was very dander-y. Even then, it was manageable. I just had to wash my face and hands after petting or playing with her.

      • Tara G says:

        I would definitely look into fostering. Keep in mind that some allergies get worse a bit before they get better. At least for me they do.

        I have fostered a LOT, and anytime I have fostered a cat older than a baby kitten, I start out allergic, and then my body adapts. But I have mild allergies.

        What you feed them can also really make a difference. Dry food is not good for allergies. I would stick with feeding either a grain-free canned diet or (if you can) a well researched raw food diet. The latter seems to help allergies the most.

        I would also really check out the rescue group before fostering for them, and let them know your situation so that they are not left stranded with a cat to scramble to find a placement for when they weren’t expecting it. You should also get mentoring and help with fostering from the rescue. The good rescues know that we are not born knowing how to do this, and are happy to educate new fosters.

        And if you give it a shot for a while and you are still allergic, you gave a cat some love and a place to be, and (hopefully) transport to adoptions events to find a forever home :-)

    • Amelie says:

      ” My question–are all cats the same when it comes to allergies?”

      Per my experience no. I am allergic to some cats and not others. Also, it wasn’t until I had more than one cat living with me that I had to go on allergy meds.

  22. Jazz says:

    Some people just shouldn’t have pets. So glad the cats are now safe and with loving, responsible owners.

    No idea who this bitch is – and I like it that way.

  23. Erykah B. says:

    Seriously one of the hashtags on the instagram statement is: #ISMELLGOOD
    I think this is true otherwise she would have denied it, right now she is just calling people bullies and blocking people for calling her out on it.

  24. Jan Harf says:

    This is bad. Very, very bad. What a heartless woman. It kinda kills OITNB for me.

  25. Zigggy says:

    Oh no she didn’t!!! That’s so sad!

  26. kri says:

    If this story is true….well. Okay, bitch. Karma will come for you, and she doesn’t give a shit “who you are”. There was NO reason for this to have gone down this way. None. If you have to return an animal you adopted it, you do it right. Disgraceful.

  27. Murphy says:

    I was a fan and followed her on instagram until I read about this last week. I always thought she was a little full of herself for not being THAT famous…but it didn’t bother me that much until this happened
    Enjoy OITNB because that attitude won’t land you any roles in the future biyatch!!

  28. Kate says:

    I just spent some time on her Instagram and boy… this chick is obnoxious.

  29. Felice says:

    I feel like I am in the minority who doesn’t like her character that much on the show. She also comes off very arrogant.

    • msw says:

      I love OITNB and her character is so dull. Pretty much the worst one to get as much screen time as she does, IMO.

      • Felice says:

        I feel better now. She screwed her mother’s bf just to spite her and that was just unnecessary and then her mother tried to screw HER bf. Her family is so weird. I did like the jumping jack scene but that was mostly to show that the guard did care about her anxiety.

    • Alexis says:

      I know right! Her character is actually pretty awful. this story makes me feel like for Dascha, Daya is not a stretch, it’s basically like she’s playing herself.

      And as someone said above, she should play nice and try to keep her public image clean, because other than a few outliers (basically just Mindy Kaling and Gabourey Sidibe) there really aren’t any plus-sized women of color who work regularly. She doesn’t need another reason for people to rule her out. Because of race, gender, size and/or age discrimination, I highly doubt many of the cast of OINTB will break out. My money’s on Samira Wiley to still be relevant in five years out of all of them, not because she’s the most talented member of the ensemble (she isn’t by a fair margin), but because she’s young, skinny and attractive.

  30. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    “Don’t you know who I am?”

    Yeah b@tch, an awful person. Animals aren’t disposable like trash. This sickens me to think someone would dump off a pet. My little pain in the butt cat is treated like family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

  31. Dree says:

    If this is true its disgusting. Makes me so sad how some people have no respect for animals. I cannot fathom how anyone would be this thoughtless and cruel.

  32. Jayna says:

    She is a loser.

  33. jc126 says:

    Disgusting if true.
    I can’t stand OITNB. It’s painfully unrealistic and ridiculous.

    • ella says:

      I like it much less after reading the book. Basically, nothing bad happened to the author while she was doing her time, so the persecution for being a rich, white girl and other such embellishments are just that.

  34. Deana says:

    If this is true, she’s a piece of sh*t. End of story.

  35. floratoyou says:

    I was not present for the cat dumping but I am well acquainted with the rescue who has reported the ‘return’. IF Dascha and her partner wanted to return the cats, they should have contacted the rescue to make arrangements for drop off, returned the cats in safe, appropriate carriers while treating rescue volunteers and the cats with dignity and respect. There was clearly no regard for the cats and no remorse for their return. Shame on you, Dascha Polanco. My only hope moving forward is that the kittens you recently adopted do not end up tossed outside to fend for themselves. Companion animals are not disposable.

    • lululemon1 says:

      this is just awful! and the way she shows no remorse and deflects it as online bullying is making it worse.

  36. platypus says:

    She seems so vapid and cruel, unless there is some REALLY good explanation for this. In which case she should really address it instead of just childishly calling people “bullies” for calling her out. Is she famous enough to have a PR person? If not, this would probably be a good time if she wants to keep her career (hope she doesn’t read this!). This is totally going to ruin OITNB for me, I hope they write her out of the show ASAP. Anyone starting a petition? (JK.. sort of)

  37. Giddy says:

    Well, now I’m hoping that Dascha’s character get written out of OITNB. So that in the future if she pitchs a fit and asks if people don’t know who she is, the answer will be “Oh, aren’t you that actress who was called out for animal cruelty?”

  38. elo says:

    My rescue kitty of 12 years just died two weeks ago, needless to say I am disgusted by this. As said above, there are legitimate reasons to return animals, but honestly not many. Those poor cats, I hope they find a loving home.

  39. JH says:

    Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, she should be fired. And using the “bully” card? You must be INSANE, woman! What a POS.

  40. lululemon1 says:

    Ok, that was really disgusting to read. I watched her do an interview with a radio station, and she had an attitude and air of self importance about her. I knew there was just something about her that I didn’t like and was surprised to see how she was in real life compared to how she seems on OITNHB.

  41. smcollins says:

    We recently had to let go of our senior aged cat when she decided to stop using the litter box. Everyday we would find a spot in a corner or behind furniture where she had relieved herself. It became too much. Luckily my husband’s aunt & uncle took her in, and she lives in their barn. She’s happy & doing great. She was my kitty for over 15 years and I miss her. I would have kept her until her last day, but sadly that was no longer an option. This story angers me to no end! Circumstances arise, but pets are an investment and if you’re not truly willing to make the commitment beyond the cute & fuzzy stage then don’t bother!

  42. smcollins says:

    I should add that a big part of our decision to let her go was for the well-being of our toddler son. The last thing we needed was him “discovering” a puddle of urine, or feces. Especially now that he’s mobile. Not a good situation the whole way around.

  43. Debutante says:

    what a low life scumbag .the sad thing is that she is allowed to have two more kittens. someone like her should not be allowed to adopt any more animals. she needs to be put into a box with 8 air holes!

  44. Jmr says:

    She’s a quasi celeb who shouldn’t even own a stuffed animal let alone be a mother to her daughters or baby animals. Wonder if she’ll dump her kids when they become teenagers.

  45. Gaby says:

    She makes me sick! I got the most violent thoughts while reading this story. What an a-hole!

  46. Bernie says:

    The story IS TRUE. I know the rescue group, as I adopted a cat from them a few years ago.

  47. Goodnight says:

    People who do this are the worst scum.

    I have three kitties and two are adopted from shelters. I adopted the first one at the ripe old age of 10. She’d been in there for two months and she was this tiny, timid old girl but she was so sweet. If it had been kitten season she’d have been put down right away. She cost me $600 in dentist fees off the bat (two of her three remaining back teeth were rotten and causing her immense pain) but she transformed once she was no longer in pain. She’s 16 now. She’s such a loving lap cat.

    My other rescue is 6 now and he’s amazing too, so smart and endlessly affectionate. He was almost two when I adopted him, but I would have adopted him at any age. The Manx Rescue Association (shoutout!) flew him out to me for free, he didn’t cost me a cent.

    None of my cats bite or scratch, they’re absolute sweethearts.

    Rescue cats give you so much love and are definitely worth the investment.