ASAP and spoilt children (and adults too!)
What is it with people wanting things done ASAP? It used to be that when you needed something urgently, you asked that it be done ASAP - now it seems everything has to be done ASAP. When people write in an email, they want a reply ASAP, they want a sterilisation slot ASAP and they want to adopt a cat ASAP.
One of the fosters had a 14 year old boy calling her on Friday. He called 20 times while she was at work and in despair she gave my number to him. Now of course the boy wanted the cat ASAP because he was free on Friday. I explained to him that cats aren't just given out like toys - the fosters have to contact them, there's an interview and viewing and then the decision is made. The boy calls me again on Friday (wanting a Persian or Siamese kitten), then calls several times again today. I am kind of surprised that a child of that age (he sounds more like 12 to me - which is what he told the foster) would be so rude. He said that since people had so many cats to give away, he wanted one NOW. When I asked him to stop calling the foster at work, he said he wouldn't have to call so many times if she had just given him the cat when he wanted one. He says everyone is just keeping him from having a cat and he wants it delivered today. He said that other fosters have no right to judge how he keeps his cats because he is an excellent owner with a cat he has owned for a month.
I spoke to his mother who apologised and said that they used to have three cats which they left in the corridor. Since then they were stolen one by one. She said she had told her son to be patient, but he ignored her. I have heard him yelling at her over the phone.
This other woman has also written in over the weekend and said she needed a cat and of course wanted a 'quick reply' because she was free that particular day. She has since written in to say her son wants a cat- they went to the pet shop because her darling son needed one so urgently yesterday but the pet shop was closed. The poor boy cannot concentrate on his studies until he is given a cat.
What these people don't seem to understand is that adoption is not about them! Sure, you have to want a cat, but the most important thing is the welfare of the cat, not you, the adopter. It amazes me how people write in and say that they are free so they want a cat that day even though I explain the fosters are working and may not be free to see them. If their attitude is so selfish and me, me, me, then how are they going to put the cat's welfare first?