i have already heard back from the friend about the flea cat..apparently the family is happy he may have a place to go but want him out of mom's house by saturday because next week new carpets are going in.
so ok..no point in getting frustrated with the friend...she is just the messenger...no point in getting frustrated with the cat or his current owner cuz neither one of them have any say in all of this.
no point in getting frustrated with the family cuz i know they are probably quite busy and stressed as the sandwich generation juggling kids/parents/work/and apparently new carpet installations at grandma's.
and no point in getting frustrated with CARES and all of the other rescues and shelters who give out my personal cell phone number and address to anyone wanting to get rid of a senior animal..but i am a bit frustrated by this cuz i never do that to others.
and mostly i am frustrated because we lost several animals in the past couple of weeks and have taken in several more. multiple new animals in a short period of time cause a lot of extra stress for us so i like to have a time line and plan in place that i think we can manage first...BEFORE the animal suddenly arrives. sad sam was moved again this afternoon to a medical room pen...the quietest place that we have because he is still highly stressed and he still won't eat. so quite frankly i don't feel like jumping thru someone elses limited time window hoops to help the pet of an elderly and vulnerable lady and save her 15 year old cat who not only was unlucky enough to get fleas....but doesn't happen to be my responsibilty...(yet.)
big sigh..whatever...i actually am now responsible to both him and her because i already said at one point, i would be (but i wanted it to be more to my convenience..esp. because i happen to be back to work on saturday this week and i am currently tired, stressed and busy.) i think really i am frustrated because apparently i am the only one in this whole unhappy equation who has to stretch to meet the needs of this cat.
just tell me when and where to jump and let me know how high.
the friend kindly asked how much money it would cost to bring this cat here...i can't put a price tag on saving any animal let alone an old flea bag cat who belonged to a sick elderly lady. i said there is no cost to bring the cat here...ok, in retrospect i should have said......no cost to them, but a great deal of cost to the cat and me.
sorry, i am just being kind of bitchy now...crying myself a rescue river cuz none of the people involved could handle 10 seconds of standing in rescue surrounded by all of the other discarded animals here...they probably innocently think one more won't matter in the least because this is what i am supposed to be doing.
the problem is this one more does matter a great deal and i want to be prepared and ready to take good and responsible care of him.
i said to call me back on friday..my vacation and free time is over...if sad sam isn't settling and eating on his own by then...i am not taking in someone new who also could have a mental meltdown..i won't have time to worry and dick around force feeding and de-stressing two traumatized cats..that is just too risky so they will sadly have to euthanize him.
i did make it clear...i won't be pushed into taking him if i can't take decent care of him.
rescue is sucking big time today....and one way or another...probably even more on saturday.