As I completed an agonizing 3 hours of bookeeping and updating for the rescue this afternoon, I realized that I've been really missing the more exciting parts of rescue. I'm not sure exactly what constitutes "excitement" in cat rescue.
Dumpster diving for kittens?
Death row rescuing?
Crawling under porches to dig out little frightened cat families looking for warmth?
As I sat behind my desk this afternoon clicking "Enter" and hearing the familiar *ping pong* of the Quickbooks programme, I became vaguely aware that I've become more of a pencil pusher than a rescuer these days. Don't get me wrong - I've been to the shelter twice this week already, so I *am* rescuing.
No wonder so many rescues are in a state of financial and emotional disaster. We all get into this for the animals, and many of us end up feeling resentful for doing nothing else but glorified bookkeeping. Those of us who AREN'T doing proper bookkeeping and administrative duties find that their rescue is in a constant state of financial turmoil and disorganization.
Everytime I think I've found a balance, I find the otherside is tipping a little more than the other.
One element of my rescue mentality has changed over the years: "I no longer need to be the biggest and best rescue."
I want to make a difference in people's lives. I want adopters to feel like they got a fair shake and that they dealt with a professional organization that cares about the animals AND the people. I want our volunteers to have FUN and know they're making a difference in this world.
As I keep mentally reciting that mantra: "Have fun. Rescue Cats. Have Fun. Rescue Cats..." I went over our Adopted Cats list and realize that by early next month....
....we will be at our