I thought I'd heard everything. I'm sitting here dumbfounded at the ridiculous reasons that people use to dump a cat or (in this case) return a cat.
I received a call this afternoon from a young woman who adopted an 8 week old kitten from us about a week ago. Apparently, the kitten "wants to gouge her eyes out".
This adopter was really paranoid and was no doubt suffering some form of mental illness. The kitten is darling and the volunteer who screened the adopter would have missed this if she was in a more lucid state at the time of adoption. I can't get this kitten back in our care fast enough. I'm frightened for the little guy and want him back *now*.
As I've always said, dealing with people is the best AND the worst part of running an animal rescue organization.
I received a donation today from the woman that adopted our sweet boy "Clinton" - he was the cat dumped at the shelter for being "too affectionate". Her handwritten note started with, "Dear Beth, how can I tell you how grateful we are for people like you?" She went on to say how much she loved Clinton, etc. My heart soared with every word.
There are so many people like me out there trying to make a difference for the cats. I see them every day. We're all out there juggling our lives, getting hurt and living for notes like the one that I received today.
I've had a lot of difficult situations since I've returned from my daughter's wedding. I think I'd better keep that note handy to remind myself why I do this work. :)