When I walked into the shelter this morning I was immediately faced with an elderly man holding an ancient looking cat in a towel. The cat was obviously in distress. He was gasping for air and no doubt in the final hours of his life. I asked the man about the cat and he said he was 21 years old - had the cat since he was a kitten.
I begged the man, "PLEASE don't leave your 21 year old cat here to die" I told him that his cat deserved to be loved in his final moments and to PLEASE take him to the vet.
The old fart wouldn't listen to me and left his cat to die alone. That's what you get for 21 eff'ing years of loyalty?
The veterinary technician kindly euthanized the poor old cat after immediately assessing him. He didn't have to wait until the vet day to be left in a pile with the rest of the discarded cats.
The old shithead. I hope somebody abandons him. Not kind...but I don't feel very kind right now.
I must've been really rattled because I ended up forgetting a cat that I was suppose to rescue today. Poor guy...one more night in a cage because I forgot. UGH.
Now for the good news:
Our adoption event was a HUGE success! We had EIGHT adoptions during the event! Not only did we have 8 adoptions during the event, but we had a total of NINETEEN adoptions for the weekend!!! Everybody kept saying, "See Beth!!! People showed up!" The adopters were wonderful and we had lots of visits from foster parents too! We even had a prior adopter show up with their 5 year old son - he had a donation of saved money to us. (SOOO cute...in a ziplock baggie!) It was a wonderful day! I'm only sorry that I didn't ask for more help. The three of us who volunteered for the event were swamped.
Volunteers went back to the shelter on Sunday and rescued more cats, and I went to the shelter today:
Once again, I find myself clinging to the good things and not overly holding on to the bad stuff. Lots of cats found homes this weekend and many were rescued. As always, I'm in awe of our volunteers. There's no doubt in my mind that we have THE BEST there are in animal rescue. :)