i have just finished saying no for the 9TH time this week...4 dogs and 5 cats...and it is only wednsday for goodness sake.
and why do folks read the "we are full" on the website, or hear "we are full" on our message and then leave a message or write an email that says..."i see you are full...BUT..."????
your pet is special? your pet deserves more than some other poor slob? your story is sadder? more real? more interesting?..or is it..but if i could just communicate with you directly, i could make you feel so bad, you would help my pet.
ok... i admit it...i already do feel bad and yes if i talk to you, i will in fact feel even worse. but only one of three things were going to happen anyway....
1. i would really feel sorry for YOU because all of what is happening is totally not your fault...and this happens like once in every hundred calls if even that. this is pretty much reserved for seniors reluctantly entering facility care, or with dogs like caspar who bite their frail and senior hands with insulin injections or you are actively dying and desperate to find responsible care for your sick or elderly furry loved one. there are a few other extraordinary circumstances...but honestly, not as many as folks might think....(AND MOVING TOMORROW TO A PET UNFRIENDLY PLACE IS NOT ONE OF THEM!)
in any of these really desperate, not your fault, cases i would try really hard to find some way to help you and your pet.
2. if after getting cornered and hearing the entire sordid, soap opera, not your fault story...i might have taken the animal anyway because i think he or she is at real risk for suffering harm because you are not capable of finding a reasonable and respectful solution to meet the needs of your pet...so i would actually try to save them from you...so yes i would probably almost kill myself to take your pet, but you would not like my reasons why if i told you.
3. i would have determined that you actually do care and have some decent problem solving skills and have the ability to seek out responsible solutions...and sorry, you will have to deal with this on your own cuz i am too overwhelmed to help you.
sadly, we have reached the point now where there are no more buts, winners or losers...we are full...and i don't want to have to say this 9 times every 3 days....so my answer is now...i don't answer the phone..the staff check the messages and give me a condensed version of why you ignored our we are full message...then i say to call you back and say no, we are full.
the emails i leave til they are old enough (4-7 days) and til i have forgotten whatever i felt when i read them the first time..then i don't read them a second time to feel bad again before i say no, we are full.
do you have any idea that we can't FIND them homes either..you don't want them and mostly, neither does anyone else. we can't make more room with lot's of adoptions...we have to compassionately care for them til they end their natural life. do you know how long a senior animal can live well for...with proper concern and medical care?...a really, really long time. so here they are hanging around and not giving over their comfortable bed to your guy. it is not like we can knock them off early so someone else can get in.
god i sound bitter.
please "get" this...we are full because people like you got here first and took up all of the room. do you have any idea how many people, with how many reasons, are dumping their senior pets?
think about it, maybe you can decide not to do the same.
sorry to the innocent folks...bad mood moving in again. i freaking hate this part of rescue.