How do you mend a broken heart?
Another Bee Gee’s song….you’d think I was stuck in the 70s….and no, I don’t have a disco outfit….although I admit the glitter does appeal to me.
If you have followed the blog since the beginning or even a few installments you would know about the physical and emotional energy, time, our own money paying our vet and foster expenses, that we put into saving lives.
Each rescue is vet checked, vaccinated and spay/neutered if age appropriate and we all know how expensive that is. Our adoption donations do not cover our expenses. We fundraise ourselves with volunteers making items to sell, purchase the materials (with the exception of our cat toys which Cathy, Lorraine and Janet so generously supply), deliver and replenish at our depots. That money off sets our vet and foster expenses. Of course, it does not pay for our time nor our gas. We freely donate that to the rescue.
So it is particularly frustrating when adopters do not give us a donation for their cat. We have 2 recent ones now. We believed that we could trust the women despite what the board had agreed (donation upon adoption – due to past experiences), and we adopted out the cats to them. This was over 2 months ago. Both cats were spay/neutered at our expense. Both required veterinary and nursing care and medications as they too were suffering from upper resp. Both were fed and sheltered, worried over and loved. One was also nursed by us going to the home when buffer mom was out of town. Promises of a donation made – nothing received. Nothing. Excuses made. Texts and phone calls are ignored. At least return our crate.
Money is not easy to come by these days and our donors give so generously and often sacrificially because they believe in what we do. It just makes me very angry that people take advantage of a rescue.
Where does the “broken heart” come in?
Over the past 5 years, Marlys has buffered hundreds of cat – most being pregnant moms, moms with babies. Although it is a happy time, she has endured so much heart ache as many kittens have died. Causes sometimes are unknown but many due to upper resp, disease and results of a malnourished mom…. Devastating to invest so so much and then to find a dead kitten. She remembers them all and each precious one, no matter how small, takes a piece of her heart – and yesterday, another one.
Despite it all we…she carries on. It is just maddening that those adoptive parents do not value what we do. Broken hearts and for me, broken trust, anger and disgust.
I think I need to cuddle my rescue babies for good energy before heading out to help feed some of our kittens in care.
This entry was posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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