I didn't mean to open up a can of worms with yesterday's blog post! I'm amazed at some of the emails and comments that thought I was wrong to be upset with this woman who surrendered her cat to the rescue. Honestly, I didn't think ANYBODY would think that what she did was ok!
Am I glad that I rescued this cat? Sort of. I don't think his situation was as dire as she said it was. But those suspicions happen when you're a liar like this girl appeared to be. Now a cat that might have been rescued from the shelter remains in a cage today and destined to die due to overcrowding.
I am truly dumbfounded that some of the comments received from yesterday didn't understand why I would want the money for this kitty's neuter. Of course, rescue isn't ABOUT money. But those of you who were critical of me obviously have never paid a $20,000.00 vet bill.
Ironically, I received a VERY interesting adoption call last night. VERY nice couple. They had adopted a cat from another rescue 2 months ago. As part of the adoption screening, I ask about their cat. They proceeded to tell me that "Sophie" was 6 months old and adopted from "Blah..Blah...Cat Rescue". Sadly, the rescue was wrong about her age (it happens!) and Sophie went into heat before she could be spayed. I asked them about their experience with "Blah-Blah Cat Rescue" and why they aren't adopting from them again. They sighed and said it was HORRIBLE! They left messages for TWO WEEKS asking to get their cat spayed (as part of the adoption fee) and after 2 weeks they finally had to track these people down at the Petsmart Store where the cat was adopted! The rescue's answer? "We don't have enough money to get your cat spayed right now, she'll have to wait until MID-JULY!!!!!"
This is EXACTLY the kind of unprofessional horseshit I'm trying to avoid. This poor couple are now facing getting their cat spayed themselves in order to avoid x-number of heat cycles in the next 4 weeks. (Not the mention the possibility of emergency spay surgery due to pyometra)
So when I'm asking somebody who wants our rescue to bail them out so they don't have to dump their cat at a shelter to pay for the neuter surgery.....THAT'S WHY. Our rescue doesn't have a lot of money, but we are responsible with what we do have.
As the administrator of this rescue, I have a duty to foster parents to insure that there is enough money at all times to care for their beloved foster cat. If a kitten breaks it's leg in foster care, I certainly can't say, "Sorry, there's no money to give the kitten surgery for his leg." I'm MORALLY OBLIGATED to the cats currently in our care and to the volunteers who love them.
As the administrator of the rescue, I have a duty to pay our veterinarians ON TIME for their already discounted vet costs. I'm not going to tell our vets that we don't have money to pay them. They have bills to pay too.
If you don't understand, I don't know what else I can say to make you understand. But I'm happy to show you the rescue's vet bills. It'll scare the shit out of you, lemme tell ya.
Sadly, I felt the need to change our rescue's voicemail outgoing message to: "...due to the high volume of discarded and unwanted cats in the shelter, we are NOT accepting owner surrender cats at this time."
Funny...for this first time in a month there were NO calls from the public asking me to take their unwanted cats.
But there were SEVEN hang up calls.