Imagine my surprise to find 6 messages on my rescue phone line for people interested in cats at the shelter! (The phone number on the Petfinder shelter site is mine rescue line that rings in my home office) It wasn't until I listened to all the messages that I realized they were all for the Himalayan and Siamese who are currently there. Don't get me wrong - they ALL need help. But it was a bit of a let down since these cats usually don't have a hard time getting out of the shelter this time of year.
There was one call from a woman who is interested in a declawed male cat. I was thrilled. She sounded very nice and lives alone. Her boyfriend comes in from Buffalo a few times per month with his own 13 year old cat. I must've spent 2 hours with her today on the phone talking about the cats, the shelter, etc. She called me back a few minutes ago and left a message: "My boyfriend is worried that a shelter cat would be bringing in a disease that might harm his cat."
WHATEVER! She wanted to rescue somebody from THAT shelter. Now her part-time boyfriend is calling the shots. I hope she comes to her senses soon.
I get periodic emails from foster homes (from the former rescue I was with) that tell me about their sick foster cats, etc. Some of it sounds pretty nasty and the vet bills sound high. Without knowing of my resignation, they email me and have asked for cats to go to the vets or be moved to another foster home.
I sit at my desk and think, "Holy crap. Am I ready to get back into this with my own rescue?"
When you have your own rescue, you become an island. You have some support, but mostly the buck stops with the one in charge. It's a frightening prospect - one that I've done before, and it's not an easy path to take.
I'm going to keep moving forward, but might need some slippers to keep these cold feet of mine warm.