Once and for all, I'd like to explain why I don't like taking cats from the public. I hope you can follow this timeline:
Wednesday 7 pm - urgent plea from several rescues for a destitute woman about to surrender her 1 and a half year old cat to Toronto Animal Services where they would immediately euthanize him due to overcrowding. She's very very poor and out of options. He hasn't been neutered but is up to date on his shots. Beth, can you take him?
Wednesday 7:05 - Can she contribute $$ to his neuter? No. She's very poor.
Wedneday 7 pm- 9 pm - Received SEVEN phone calls from this girl begging me to save the life of her beloved cat. I spent TWO freakin' hours trying to return her calls, but she wouldn't pick up. No voicemail either.
Thursday 8 am - More urgent voicemails from this woman.
Thursday 9 am - I finally connected with her. Cat is really 3 years old (gee, big surprise)but current on his shots. Not neutered. (Sounds suspicious. Since when is a cat taken in for his vaccinations but NOT neutered?)
Thurday 10 am - 11 am - More phone calls as she has NO transportation to bring me the cat. She wants me to drive an hour to pick him up. NO. I believe if you're going to dump your cat, you need to take SOME responsibility for Chrissake.
Thursday 11:30 - She's taking the Train where I will pick her up at 1:08 and take her to the vet with me so that she can say good bye and see that I'm not really as bitchy as I sound on the phone. I was feeling bad at that point because I was so aggravated with all the phone calls.
Thursday 1:08 - Train is on time. Lucky me! She has the orange guy with her and seems like a nice young girl.
Thursday 1:30 - We get to the vet where she presents the health records for the cat. Of course, the cat is NOT up to date on the shots. The shots were more than 2 years old. (Ask me if I was surprised.)
Thursday 1:35 - The cat is very sweet and healthy looking. She didn't lie about that. (Yes, I was surprised!) She says her good bye's to the cat (no tears) and we leave him there to be neutered.
Thursday 2:00 - On the way back to the train, she shows me her sunburned arm where she PROUDLY tells me that she just got back from Cuba where she had taken her Mom as a present for Mother's Day.
Thursday 2:01 THE Moment where I realized that I will NEVER take another cat from the public again.