With all the "courtesy adoptions" that I do from the shelter, it would be a huge error on my part to think that ALL the adoptions would have happy endings. It's a numbers game, really. But today, I had TWO of my recent adoptions fail despite my best efforts.
Adoption #1 is "Tico": Tico was adopted last week. I always follow up, but the adopter didn't have voicemail, so I stopped trying to call. She called me. She said Tico was desperately ill and she didn't have the money to take him to the vet. Lord have mercy, this pisses me off. I discuss Upper Respiratory Infections with every adopter at great length. "You might end up going to the vets, etc etc. They nod...yes, yes yes) To make a long story short, I picked up a very sick and dehydrated Tico this afternoon and took him to our rescue vet. She was grateful that I did it and hope that she can have Tico back. I dunno. Fool me once...shame on you...fool me twice...shame on me.
Adoption #2 was LuLu. This one REALLY hurt, because the coward never bothered to call me. Kim called me this morning and found Lulu in a cat cage this morning. The reason? "Lulu had a limp and pooped in the house." I sent an email to the adopter and asked her why LuLu was left on death row again and here's her reply:
"Why don't YOU rescue her "hero" . Fuck off.
While I was at the shelter today I took a picture of LuLu. THIS is the face of abandonment:
She has NO idea why she's there again. My heart broke into a million pieces.
To top it off, I found out my little pink collared Miriam was euthanized on Tuesday. I couldn't save her. I tried so hard, but nobody came forward for her and she died alone.
I wanted to run from the shelter today and never come back. But I couldn't leave without rescuing "Doug":As I walked down the long hallway of the shelter with "Doug" at my side, I thought to myself, "I'm saving ONE...it's OK... I'm making a difference to ONE."
Then as I opened the door into the lobby, a woman was surrendering a darling little cat (because she was moving) and I cried all the way home. It all felt so hopeless.