I was back at the shelter this afternoon rescuing a cute little guy named "Turnip":
There were lots of sweet faces at the shelter and tomorrow is a euthanasia day. It wasn't pleasant rescuing there today - especially when I could only take one.
There's something I really need to get off my chest. I don't think I'll edit what I'm going to write so that it stays "pure" from my heart to the paper:
I don't like taking cats from the public.
There. I said it.
I can't tell you how many surrender calls I get from the general public each day. ALL rescues get calls like this. Some rescues are much nicer than I am about it. Most of the time I don't call them back unless I think I can give them counsel and salvage the situation.
Over the weekend we had a call from someone I know. She knew a lady who desperately needed to rehome her cat because "the daughter was going to throw the cat outside and it's a purebred Ragdoll". "Hmmm...purebred Ragdoll.." As it just so happens, we had a Ragdoll on our site and multiple phone calls on her. Maybe I could get this little girl who is about to be dumped adopted right away!
To make a long story short, I sent an adopter to this person's house. I had no intention on taking an adoption fee, as I had not vetted the cat, but I did screen the adopter and knew she was terrific. Not only was the cat NOT a Ragdoll...but the lady lied about the hair length and the colour! The poor cat was emaciated and the woman felt so badly she took the cat home with her.
Happy ending, right? Not for me. I felt duped. I sent a kind woman to drive HOURS on my say-so to adopt a Ragdoll that needed help. It was a rescue. Yes, it was definitely a rescue. But our rescue didn't look so hot. I feel awful that I didn't meet the cat, that I took someone's word for it and trusted that they were truthful. Silly moi.
When people are desperate, they'll lie through their teeth to dump their cat on you. Litterbox issues, aggression problems etc. I just can't take owner's cats any longer. This is the last time I'll listen to an owner whine about why they need to rehome their "precious cat". No more. I'm done. Take the cat to the shelter, and I'll rescue him or her there. Why should I make it easy on you? Why should I sterilize the process of abandoning your cat by placing him in a loving foster home?
I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I didn't write this to start a debate, so please don't send me nasty comments. :) I think it's GREAT if rescues want to take cats from owners. I just can't do it.
So there it is. Unedited. It seems a little harsh, and there's lots of room for grey areas - nothing is absolute.
I'm stepping off the soapbox and pushing "Publish".