Since when is it OK to rip off a charity? I've heard of people stealing donations boxes from various retail establishments, or stealing from the cash box. But I think it's worse when one of their own volunteers tries to take a cat and not pay the adoption fee.
Seriously, I could almost handle the volunteer not paying an adoption fee. But to make me feel like a scumbag because I've been POLITELY asking for money for 2 months on a cat her family wanted to keep is horrible.
The excuses started coming in almost immediately. What people don't realize is that I used to own a collection agency many years ago. Hell, I worked my way through University repossessing cars! Believe me, I've heard every excuse for not paying known to mankind! Her excuses were on the usual bill collector's list:
1. My paycheck hasn't come in.
2. A week later: My employer lost my paycheck
3. 2 weeks later: I still don't have my paycheck and they're trying to figure out why.
4. 3 weeks later: I'm sick.
4. 4 weeks later: My kids are sick
5. My Grandfather died.
6. I have lots of stuff going on. EXCUSE ME for being too busy.
7. I'll bring the adoption money into the vet clinic tomorrow morning.
8. EXCUSE ME, but I had to work.
9. I'll send the money tomorrow.
Now it's two months later and I'm starting to worry about our cat. It occurred to me that our cat might not be OK, or that he's not in the house. It's hard to pay for something you no longer have.
To help her save face, I even offered to allow her to make payments - something.
Why didn't I just go to her house? I guess I was trying to be polite. With every excuse, I would text "OK, I understand." or "I'm so sorry to hear that!" Showing up at a VOLUNTEER'S house to "repossess" a cat just wasn't something I was prepared to do.
So I finally asked her in a text message: "I'm worried about our cat. Do I need to come over and make sure he's ok?" Her mother dropped off $100.00 at one of our vet clinics (our adoption fee is $175.00) and she text'd me this message:
"My Mom is dropping it off in cash in the morning as I have been very sick. I hope to never speak again.....you look and seem like a nice person on the outside, but you are a horrible person with no care for anybody but yourself..."
Really? I'm a horrible person for asking about our cat and trying to finalize an adoption? I hate airing out dirty laundry like this, but I'm hoping somebody else can learn from my mistake...IF I made a mistake. I'm sure there are a million other ways to have handled it, but it wasn't fair for the volunteers who DO lovingly scrape together adoption fee money to adopt their beloved cat.