Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Is My Head Attached To My Body?

I had hoped that I wouldn't have to go back to the shelter for a while, but it occurred to me that I hadn't rescued anybody for my own rescue and I had an excited new foster Mom waiting.  You can imagine how fun it was for me to go into the shelter this morning and know that the vet had been cancelled.  All the faces that were there the day before were still there!

I rescued little "Aerin" today:
It's certainly hard to tell, but she's THE SWEETEST little love muffin!  Only about 7 months old, so I renamed her "Happy".  I don't know why, but I've had an urge to name a foster cat "Happy".  I don't know where I get these notions, but I'm told that other foster parents get these ideas.  There's a business near my house named "Bazar McBean" - My next obsession for a very cute male kitten.  Hahahaha :)
I like names that make people want to click on the bio and want to know more about him.  Take "Alfalfa" for instance;  he's a pretty ordinary looking kitten...but the guy looks like freakin' ALFALFA from Little Rascals:


 I still laugh out loud when I see these two pictures together.  In fact, I put the picture of the human Alfalfa next to the kitten Alfalfa in his bio.  I hope it gets him adopted.

It's been crazy getting ready for the adoption event this weekend.  I'm a little sad, because one of the other local rescues reduced their adoption fee to $99 for the adoption event.  They're a much "wealthier" rescue, and I can only hope that it doesn't hurt my kitten's chances for adoption.  I'm not sure how they can do it - I just wish I could!!    Oh well....we'll do the best we can, right?  They all need homes - not just my rescue's cats!

I've had a couple hours of downtime to do some grocery shopping and laundry today.  To show how busy it's been, I spent $300.00 at the grocery store, but STILL didn't buy bread or milk.  What on earth DID I buy??  Where was my head today?

It's Tuesday, right?  :)

10 comments:

Allison at Novice Life said...

Speaking from a Marketing background, you are smart in how you name and present your kittens :) Keep up the good work and good luck at the adoption event.

Deb said...

Your head is in the 'kitty clouds'.

Random Felines said...

You are in "happy" land. LOL Mom does the same thing - unusual names make her think that maybe someone will stop and look or click and fall in love. LOVE the alfalfa pics...too funny! *BTW mom has done the shopping thing too. :)

Kea said...

Aerin is such a pretty girl! Hurrah for her rescue!

$99 is a good deal. Kingston's adoption fees are high, more in line with yours, but they don't automatically spay/neuter, and they don't do the second set of shots or the rabies. Unless they've changed that in recent times. So you're not getting a "deal" with them, IMO. The Gananoque Humane Society's adoption fee is (or was) $125 and that included spay/neuter, both sets of shots, rabies and microchipping. But they're in a rural area and get a good deal, I think, from an area vet. I really think it would depend on whether the vet is willing to risk censure from others and reduce her/his fees.

In terms of marketing your kittens and cats, if you haven't already, it would be good, IMO, to show the cost of a "free" kitten compared to the cost of adoption. In other words, list the average cost of shots, microchipping and spaying/neutering. That makes $175 a very good price indeed.

Sparkle said...

What Kea said - you should have a page on your rescue's website - and a poster for rescue events - showing the "free" kitten costs vs. rescue kitten adoption fee. I think it would be an eye opener for a lot of folks.

Princess Jasmine said...

I hope all the kitties get rescued and get to go to lovely forever homes prrrrrrrrrrrrr :)xx

Karen said...

We Have really cute kitties. They have been loved and cared for and they are certainly worth 175 for kitten, shots and neuter/spay. Perhaps some postings of kitty costs as others have mentioned....

As for the other rescue, everyone has to start somewhere and the love that you give all the kitties and the foster mommies has long term value. We stand behind you with your choices and think that you are doing an EXCELLENT job. Your foresight in establishing good (REALLY GOOD) relationships with all the other rescues is what gives ALL THESE KITTIES a chance. Head up and keep on MEOWING!!!!

Josie said...

I agree with Kea, granted I only had to pay 65 for my Phoebe-but I donated an extra 5 and a portion of my vet visit for her ears.

I wanted to adopt for several reasons, first and foremost-helping a cat in need.

second-because having a kitten already spayed/neutered meant that I had one less vet appointment to worry about!

Caroline said...

I love your picture at the top I think it really captures what you do!

Anonymous said...

Where can I get info on the cat adoption event this week-end? My friend and I would love to attend.

What a lovely kitten Happy is! Perhaps her/his second name should be Lucky...