I must have the End-of-Summer burnout. My rescue partner is feeling the same way. We spent probably 30 minutes on the phone today prattling back and forth. I don't think we heard each other - we just vented.
As the summer comes close to an end, I'm SICK of voicemails that start with....
"I know your message said that you can't help with owner surrenders, but we're moving and..."
"There's a really pregnant cat living under my porch...."
"My cat had 7 kittens. We found homes for 5 of them and there are two black ones left..."
"Sorry. No adoptions today at Petsmart...."
"I think raccoons are going after these kittens in my back yard...."
"I'm pregnant and can't clean the litterbox..."
"My son has allergies..."
"My husband has allergies..."
"My grandson who visits ONCE A YEAR has allergies....|
"PLEASE help this cat I found outside..."
"He's such a sweet cat...."
"Somebody moved away and left these cats in the house...."
Bah!! I guess it's nothing new to those who read this blog or are in rescue.
Our awesome and well organized Petsmart Volunteer Coordinator contacted me about the adoption event in September and I wanted to cry. September! I just need to keep up with our Foster Parent spreadsheet from yesterday!
Our foster parent list has grown exponentially recently. We have lots of foster parents who have found kittens, or nursing Moms temporarily giving love, food and shelter to the cats they've found. Because these wonderful volunteers will probably not be permanent foster parents, they (understandably!) require more care. I can only hope and pray that our regular foster parents understand why I'm a little slow on the response. :)
I haven't really resolved the dog fostering or dog adoption situation. I've always wondered how ANYONE who knows ANYTHING about rescue could EVER adopt a dog through a breeder. Now I understand. Adopting or fostering a dog through a rescue is really difficult. I'm not saying it isn't worth it - I'm sure it is. But I'm insanely frustrated - maybe it's because it's a frustrating time of year. But I'm tired of going on dog rescue sites and having them say "FOSTER HOMES DESPERATELY NEEDED" only to find out that I'm either not good enough or they didn't really mean it.
I get a foster application and I'm calling TONIGHT. I get an adopter calling and I'm calling TONIGHT! I look for ways to make the adoption - not for ways to turn people down. Yeah yeah..dog rescue is different. I get it.
Yesterday, I put out an urgent plea for a sweet VERY pregnant cat left outside:
I received a response from a lovely woman that adopted a Mom cat from the "high kill" shelter two years ago and wants to help this girl have her kittens safely! I'm over-the-moon and am hoping this mom-to-be hangs in there until we can sort out the details. (Is it safe to jump for joy yet?)
As rescuers, I think we need to hold on to these victories as long as we can.
Tomorrow? I'm going to get my hair cut and roots coloured. ( I wonder how many times I've written THAT in this blog?) I'm going to tell the young lady that makes me feel aesthetically human again that I don't feel like talking and she'll be happy. No small talk tomorrow morning!
Just me and my iPhone. :)