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Louise
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Well all of Chelsea's kittens plus Bucket and Mop are back home this evening tucking into a good meal after being desexed and microchipped ready for adoption. So $715 later I'm really, really hoping that at least some of them find new loving homes quickly.

 

I often have people say how much they'd love to be doing what I'm doing but honestly folks you really wouldn't believe me. Yes it's great to come out here and be able to see all the cats and kittens looking so happy, relaxed and dare I say darn plump in some cases. No Robbie I'm not looking at you when I say that - much. It's also nice to know that they are safe and secure until adopted. But you wouldn't want the day to day grind and stress that goes along with it. For one woman alone (with the help of a few stowic and wonderful volunteers) to properly care for this many cats and kittens and get the phone calls and emails from distraught owners trying desperately to find somewhere for their pets to go where they won't be euthenaesed, you have got to be completely mad. Gee isn't everyone lucky that I am?

 

Then just try juggling the finances for the shelter. This week alone to date has cost in excess of $1,091 and that's pretty normal. Bear in mind that unlike a few years ago when there weren't as many cats and kittens being dumped, and every major shelter in the South East wasn't full to overflowing with waiting lists as long as your arm, I was able to work to support the shelter. These days I'm run off my feet just trying to keep up with the workload here and the sheer volume of calls and emails. That means that there is no income at all coming into the shelter except via adoptions, sponsorships and donations. When there are no adoptions basically there is no income, but unfortunately the weekly feed, litter and vet bills still have to be paid. The above costs don't include electricity, phone, water, disposal of cat litter, bathing, wormings, vaccinations, rates,insurance or car running expenses or anything to do with me being silly enough to want to eat occasionally. Darn stupid habit anyway if you ask me. So you see, looked at in the cold light of day, you really don't want to do this at all, because you just get to see the fun bits.

 

As this forum is supposed to be about day to day running of the shelter I've decided to be brutally honest about what it really entails and convince you all just how crazy I really am for so determinedly sticking to my guns and being so darn sure that this shelter must and will continue to exist. Dispite the fact that finances are at an all time low all these cats and kittens currently available for adoption will remain safe and each and every one deserves a loving home. Not one of these beautiful, trusting creatures would be alive today if this shelter did not exist. Therefore it must remain and continue to provide a safe haven for as long as I am physically capable of providing it.

 

If I had a family or whatever yes it would be easier and at least one person would be able to go out to work to help support the shelter. But I haven't and that's a simple fact of life. I also don't have time to organise fund raising auctions or raffles or bbqs etc because every minute of every day is taken up caring not only for the cats and kittens but also distraught family members who have to surrender their pets through no fault of their own. Between cleaning the catteries, doing the feeding (some with special dietary requirements) and watering, wormings, vaccinations, bathing, responding to phone calls and emails, updating the websites (BVCR, Pet Rescue, Facebook, Gumtree) for new arrivals, new adoptees, successful adoptions etc, settling in new arrivals, tripping to various vet clinics, caring for mothers with kittens or young kittens too young to feed themselves properly, spending time socialising the kittens, going to purchase supplies, responding to emergency callouts and all the general day to day maintenance required, I just don't seem to have a lot of time left. I know silly me. Fortunately it also means that I don't have a lot of spare time to ponder the eternal question of eating meals, which is just as well. :)

So you see. Next time you think you'd really like to be doing what I'm doing. Go to a shrink instead!!!

June 17, 2010 at 5:02 AM Flag Quote & Reply

jeuleine furlong
Member
Posts: 99

OK Louise you have convinced me and also saved me the shrink fees. I hope that the adoptions pick up.

June 18, 2010 at 7:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Louise
Site Owner
Posts: 502

LOL Jeuleine. I wouldn't trade all the hassles for the world. And yes I do know that I'm crazy. :)

June 19, 2010 at 4:38 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Leanne
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Posts: 41

Louise, I've read this posting a few times and thought I could post a "quick reply".  I've found that I typed, deleted, typed and deleted again, and couldn't come up with anything quick!!! :) In short, kind of short, it's probably the sense of value and satisfaction that people imagine would be the good thing about doing what you do, and it probably is.  But to have the daily grind outlined puts the reality into dollars and "sense".  No, I don't reckon you are crazy at all, you make purrfect sense to me doing what you do! I'm glad we have you, and like Jeuleine, am keeping fingers crossed in hope that the adoptions pick up to ease the financial burden soon.  You need a section that says Long Reply.  :D

June 20, 2010 at 5:39 AM Flag Quote & Reply

jeuleine furlong
Member
Posts: 99

Couldn't agree more Leanne. I have just down-loaded an article by the Best Friends Animal Society. It is "Getting Your Paws on More Money: Overcoming Fundraising Phobia. I don't know how much of it applies to us here in Australia but am hoping it could give us some ideas.

www.bestfriends.org



June 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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