I was at the shelter later than usual this morning. There seemed to be an overabundance of "things to do before I leave the house" tasks.
The shelter was incredibly empty. I should've counted, but there must've been...maybe 20 cats there. I rescued a very sweet Tortoiseshell female with her 3 two week old nursing kittens. Apparently, she had accidently suffocated one of the kittens right before I had arrived. It was nice to rescue a Mom and kittens, something that seems so easily organized when there's no "kitten season desperation factor" involved.
The SPCA (who shares a building with Animal Control) next door had already been into the shelter yesterday and "stickered" the young cats and kittens. (meaning that nobody else can take them) Apparently, they still get cherry pick the cats and kittens before rescues. I must say that although I'm happy when ANY cat is rescued out of Animal Control, I'm completely baffled that AC would allow the SPCA priority over rescues when these people only show up for cats once or twice A YEAR when things get slow over there.
But the rescues - like mine - are there year around through the good, bad and ugly - Distemper, URI, etc. We're without money, scrambling and working FOR FREE. I would love to be able to go into the shelter and know a cute little litter of highly adoptable healthy orange kittens could be offered to a rescue (ANY rescue) BEFORE the paid staff of the SPCA who only show up during the good times.
So this summer when the SPCA takes a litter of highly adoptable kittens from their distraught nursing Mom and leaves the Mom to die, who do you think will be there to help her? RIGHT - the cat rescues!!!
I'm a lot more ticked about this than I'm writing here. I'll end the rant...but I fume about this every year.
On a happier note, I have a lovely family coming over to meet my foster kitten "Barbie". I'll miss her. :)