up at 530 cuz daph, (still sound asleep)...peed on me.
thx so much babe.
oh well..i have a lot of shit i need to get done today if i want to be able to take off at least one day(tomorrow) in this set of holidays. it will be dicey in any case..staff sick calls...animal sick calls..sure as shit someone will be sick and screw up either tomorrow or today. anyway..it is worth a shot..maybe it will work out for a change.
i think i will be glad to get back to work this time around...a least my paid job is somewhat predictable and it is not my job to solve every freaking problem. not that this changes much when i go back to work..but at least i have something else to use my head for then just things going sideways around here.
i do wish some of these dogs would find a great home...jelly, tess, bear,may, trudi, marie, mini me, nicky, bambi 1 and 2, tina, ed...all may be old and bit worn around the edges but they are still adoptable.
which reminds me...we are ditching the permanent foster program. we will grandfather the foster animals already out and continue to provide for their medical care but we won't be sending out any more. in theory the program sounds great..the animals get a good home and we cover any expensive medical care that sometimes follow senior animals, making them less of financial risk.
but the same reoccurring issue comes up year after year.. the real and potential risk of foster homes nickle and diming us to death over even the least costly things. with more than 20 fosters out there and things being charged to us from nail trims to cleaning dirty ears..accumulated from everyone, it adds up to hundreds of dollars each month instead of just one animal costing 20 or 50 bucks one or two times a year.
the program was supposed to be so families did not get financially overburdened with huge vet bills because of a serious underlying medical condition..it wasn't so folks could have a free pet to whip in and out of the vet for nail trims or simple and cheap to treat occasional non-chronic ear or eye infections. if they have chronic long term eye or ear issues..like maybe, like fergus..fine cuz that type of chronic condition adds up to a lot in vet bills over time and they need daily meds and frequent vet care for the rest of their lives. but most animals don't have those chronic long term issues...just like you and me, they sometimes just get an occasional sore ear or eye. and many times it is because of poor hygiene not because of an underlying medical disease.
the program doesn't work for one very simple reason..foster homes think their particular animal is the only saints animal that specificlly needs something because that is the only animal they are currently caring for. but in reality...between the sanctuary and foster animals..there are more than 160 animals who need things paid for and the little stuff adds up big time when accumulated from all directions.
i would love to be able to take all of the shelter animals into the vets for nail trims when they need them instead of trying to grab our over worked volunteer vet techs to trim the most urgent of them when they are volunteering here...but that doesn't happen simply because we can't afford this here.
anyway..the program doesn't work..too expensive and far to open to innocently and unintentionally taking advantage of too good of a free vet thing so we won't be sending out any more animals into permanent foster care except in rare cases..like with board members or very senior volunteer and well proven, saints resource responsible foster homes.
we just cannot afford to be the happy go lucky vet fairy and cover every single little thing. sadly, the reality is if the animals stay here we can clean their ears, and trim their nails for free.