I can tell that it's kitten season when I'm feeling overwhelmed and angry when I go into the shelter. The little faces haunt me long after I leave the building. I rescued 5 darling cats today and placed them with excited new foster parents. I also met a nice couple at the shelter that wanted to rescue "Luie" and I found myself becoming increasingly more impatient with them as their questions became harder for me to answer:
"Can you guarantee me that our cats won't get sick if we bring Luie home and he gets a shelter cold?" (No. )
David and I just listed our big house for sale. As the kids are leaving the nest (thank god), we're finding the empty rooms and space too much for us. So we're selling the house and buying a slightly smaller house nearby. Needless to say, I'm not rescuing any new foster cats for myself because we'll have people parading in and out. Lord only knows what I'm going to do with the cats that I have when people are viewing the house!
It sucks to go into the shelter and know that you can't take someone home. Oh, the desperate little faces!
My friend Kathleen had to say goodbye to her senior girl "Rita" today. I remember when Kathleen rescued Rita from the shelter several years ago. She was such a scrawny, matted little thing that turned into a gorgeous cat. Kathleen loved that little old lady so much. Saying goodbye is so hard. In an odd way, it was nice to grieve with Kathleen. I was grateful that Rita had people who loved her enough to "mortgage the farm" to save her life. But no amount of money would make things better and it was time to lovingly say good bye.
Can you tell it's been an emotional roller coaster kind of day? I am really looking forward to writing something amusing and whimsical. (I don't even have a good "cat poop story" to tell!) I think I'm going to have to really search long and hard for something funny, because right now I keep thinking of this little guy that I thought I had rescued during the last rescue:
It turns out that I rescued a DIFFERENT cat. This poor guy is still there!! Now I feel responsible for him because I published his cute little tabby face on my blog.