Very few things in rescue make me visibly angrier than when an adopter mistreats one of our volunteers. While I was away, we had an adopter not show up to an appointment to meet one of our kittens in their home. No phone call. Nothing. Just didn't show up. People don't realize that our volunteers MAKE TIME for the appointment. They clean their house, and fret about their beloved foster leaving their care.
Yesterday, we had an adopter stay at a foster parent's house until after 11 pm - FOUR HOURS! In the end, she pulled out catnip and the cat became overly stimulated and bit her really hard - drawing blood. Needless to say, she didn't take the cat home. But c'mon - FOUR HOURS? I had to wonder how long she would've stayed if the cat hadn't bit her. (*snicker*)
I suppose this blog post isn't a plug for fostering. But I must say that in the 20 years that I've been doing this, I think that we've only had about 5 unpleasant incidents like this. People are generally kind, courteous and very very polite. I have no qualms about telling an adopter that the "interview is over" - especially if they aren't going to adopt.
The good news is - we had NINE adoptions while I was gone for the 4 days! I was busy updating the files and working the administrative
As I'm about to push "Publish" on this blog post, I hesitate because of the negative comments (above) regarding fostering. But I've always given honest viewpoints in this blog and will continue to push "Publish" without soft-pedaling the text.
I couldn't complete this post without saying how much I appreciate those of you who give an opportunity for a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th...) chance for any animal to be loved once again. Every foster parent who gives their time, their home, and their heart to the unloved, unwanted and homeless animals deserve to be treated with respect, care and kindness. In our rescue, I wouldn't have it any other way.