I had a dream last night that I was hanging off a cliff and my hands were sweaty and slipping. I sat straight up in bed and heard screaming from outside our bedroom window. "Raccoons!" I learned about 8 years ago when I first moved to Canada that Raccoons make some crazy noises. The first time I heard it I went running out in the middle of the night swinging a hockey stick. I was SURE that a coyote was killing a baby or something. A neighbour called the police on me.
I was grateful to the raccoons last night. That dream was going nowhere - fast.
After yesterdays urgent posting for the remaining black kitten of a Siamese litter, I received 2 volunteers willing to take the little guy. But it was too late. He was killed this morning at the shelter. Our hearts are broken and I definitely want to grieve for this little guy. *Somebody* has to grieve for him. Obviously the employee who took his "pretty" sibling didn't give a shit.
The day didn't get much better after that.
We had a dedicated foster Mom leave her Niagara Falls home at 7:30 this morning and drive ONE HOUR to a veterinary clinic to meet an adopter who wanted to adopt one of her kittens. (It's amazing what we have to do these days for adoptions.) The meeting was confirmed and the woman NEVER showed up. Imagine driving 1 hour ONE WAY only to be stood up.
The message I left the adopter wasn't nice. I tried to go on the assumption that *maybe* there was a death in the family, or something. Surely, she wasn't that big of a bitch to make a lovely volunteer drive TWO HOURS round trip for nothing? It occurred to me that I knew where this woman worked. She worked about 5 minutes from my house at a local pet food store. "Could I help it that I needed cat food this afternoon??" Sadly, she wasn't working. I don't know what I would've said anyway - but I would've said something, you can be sure of that.
Nobody treats our volunteers like crap. We all work too damn hard at this to be treated badly.
I've been working very hard at finding the silver lining. Yesterday, I had a phone call from a WONDERFUL former adopter who took the time to call me and give me some thoughts of fundraising. She's such a delightful, positive person and "Rosie" was the first cat I rescued for our rescue!
Speaking of fundraising, we also have VERY VERY exciting news coming up. I'm not going to say what it is until the details are ironed out. But it's a fundraiser that will knock your socks off! I'm over-the-moon excited about this and will have full information in the next few days. Keeping mum about it until then.
We're back in Petsmart Oakville for the month of September. Lots of work and we DESPERATELY need volunteers Monday to Friday in the mornings to scoop poop and feed the kittens. No, Petsmart doesn't do this for us anymore. They're getting away from PS Staff doing any Adoption Centre work. If you're a charity, have cats at a Petsmart, and the staff takes care of the cats, be prepared - times are a changin'.
(*Squinting*) "Silver Lining? Is that you???"