Water off a duck’s back
Another rainy and cold day in Thunder Bay. Typical Victoria Day.
We’re getting ready for the adoption fair, helping supporters who want to do fundraisers for us get the word out there, answering email inquiries.
We also had a few adoptions – one to a young woman living in a group home and supported by her worker. We brought the cat over yesterday and warned her that the kitty was afraid. Despite the kitty hiding from her, the young woman fell in love. We decided that Feliway – a product that diffuses a pheromone that happy cats use to mark their territory as safe and secure, would be helpful. The worker offered to buy it but it is quite expensive. Tricia offered to pick one up that was loaned to another adopter to help their cat adjust and deliver it to the home. Tricia did that today on Victoria Day holiday and helped set it up. Carol did an adoption today as well, as the adopter was home and anxious to meet her kitty.
A call last night from a worried foster parent. He would feel better if someone looked at the cat so I started off to his apartment with a little bag containing gloves, my trusty polysporun and cotton balls. In my other hand I carried a bottle of hibitane. As I trudged along dodging puddles and potholes, I thought “gee it looks like I’m carrying a mickey!” I struggled to jam the bottle into my pocket as I dashed across the 4 lane street. I’m sure I looked even more suspicious to passing motorists. Was glad it wasn’t in a crumpled paper bag!
Not sure what was going on with the little guy but he was happy and eating and pooping and peeing. Will make a vet appointment just to be safe. Foster dad can take the kitten to the vet appointment but we always want to be present so we know what’s going on and can ask questions. As well, we don’t want fosters feeling alone in having to make decisions around treatment.
Where does the duck come from? Seems like some negative comments have been made about us on Facebook. It’s a free country and we value free speech but when opinions and statements are made in a public forum, it can be damaging.
If you follow our blog, you will know that we work hard, that we care…that we don’t do this work for the glory because “frankly my dear, there ain’t none.” It’s emotionally and physically draining. It’s stressful. It’s frustratingly maddening. It’s all consuming (I awoke last night during the storm worried about that little cat dealing with the thunder and being even more stressed.)
We just don’t pull cats and adopt them out like a factory. We do care about them. We do care about the cat over population issue, attending meetings on that subject to help problem solve, volunteering our help once an initiative gets rolling.
Walk a mile in our shoes. Volunteer. If you have a criticism, say so but also provide a solution…. but hey, there will always be those who will sit on the sidelines, behind the keys of a computer and point fingers. We won’t dignify the comments with a rebuttal. We do not need to defend ourselves. We’ll just let that roll off our backs and carry on and know we’re doing the best we can. We know we’re making a difference saving lives and making a difference in the lives of our adopters.
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