Today was awesome. We had 17 cats adopted - 14 from an adoption event, and 3 out of loving foster homes.
I came home to a hideous e-mail and I'm trying desperately not to let it get to me. Out of kindness for a desperate woman, I posted a cat she was trying to rehome on our website. It was a courtesy. The cat wasn't officially in our program - I had never met the cat, nor would I collect an adoption fee. A man and his mother came forward and met the cat and took her home. I guess it was a disaster. I tried so hard to help them get over the hump of having a new frightened cat, but they ended up taking her to the humane society. I felt just awful.
To add insult to injury, they blamed me for the failure. I don't know why. It's like blaming The Toronto Star for a broken bicycle that was given away from a free ad. That's all I was - a free ad. There was no adoption agreement, and no money. I was just trying to help someone who was desperate and her cat to find a home.
So I come home to the following e-mail from the people who adopted her and dumped her at the humane society - they didn't even give her a chance: (I've edited the obscenities - but you'll get the picture)
You did this.
All of it.
You are a profoundly stupid and arrogant little b*tch with some serious mental deficiencies.
I never want to hear from you, or your rescue ever again.
Why don't you take this opportunity to take your cats and shove them sideways up your c*nt.
I'm trying really hard not to cry. Dammit..I never cry at sad stuff - just injustice. I didn't deserve this. I spent hours on the phone with these people trying to help them with their new cat. I even offered to go to their home to help them with a cat that was never on our program. It was just people helping people. I'm a volunteer for f's sake.
More than anything, I'm pissed off that they took away my buzz from 17 cats finding wonderful homes today.