We decided to try to stay ahead of all the incoming kittens by having a mini-adoption event today. It was rather impromptu with a weeks notice and a paid online ad. We let the Petsmart staff know about 5 days ago that we'd be putting out cages, etc.
It wasn't our turn in the adoption centre, so the cages would have to be in another area of the store. We had about 13 kittens and 5 adults. Nice numbers and friendly, cute kittens!
I wasn't there when it happened, but one of the volunteers from the OTHER rescue went bizerk when she saw us with our cages. She started red-faced screaming at our volunteer - obscenities... demanding we pack up and leave! Gratefully, our volunteer was sensitive enough to politely suggest she go speak with the manager of the store. The other rescue's volunteer stormed to the manager and started screaming at her too. Her arms her waving, her face was red, people were staring.
How horrifying. What kind of personal defect do you have to have to treat other volunteers that way?
It's pathetic when these things happen with rescues; Lack of class, tact and professionalism. You'd think we were competing for a profit or something. Shit. I just wanted to adopt out some cats into loving homes today. Honestly, I'm glad I wasn't there when it happened this morning. I don't think I would've been as ...um....diplomatic as our volunteer over the situation.
Those of you who have read my blog over the past 5 years, know that I'm not a stranger to altercations and other rescue's bullshit. But I usually retreat. It's one of the reasons I started my own rescue. But I've NEVER verbally assaulted another volunteer like what happened today.
I'm tired tonight and this crap has hovered over me all day today. It sat on my shoulder like a piece of bird shit. (I guess I could've said "dark cloud", but "bird shit" felt more accurate) We had 9 adoptions today - 3 of them were ADULT cat adoptions. That's enough to make me smile and make the whole day worth it.
I'll think good thoughts about this other rescue. I know how embarrassing it must be for their volunteers, the customers in the store, and the store staff to have witnessed it. It's an imperfect world and we're all volunteers trying to make the world better for animals.