A cat is not a pizza delivery
There have been a number of interesting emails and stories about adopters of late. In one series of emails that the adoption volunteer showed me, there was an analogy of cat adoption as pizza delivery. I'm not sure of the background but I think that the potential adopter may have asked if the cat could be delivered to her.
The foster then got quite upset and said that cats are not pizzas to be delivered at one's whim and fancy. As I said, I don't know the background or what went before - but it could be that the potential adopter may not have understood how adoption process works. On the other hand, the foster thought the potential adopter was taking the whole adoption very lightly and wasn't serious (which was what she explained in her next email). The potential adopter then said she was serious and she knew what was expected but then made a crack about MacDonald's food delivery.
Sometimes because we're dealing with people with through email who may not be familiar with the system, misunderstandings can arise.
On the other hand, we do have people who seem to have no clue. Two people just wrote in - one asking for a newborn, the other for a cat below a month old. I asked if either had experience bottle feeding - neither of them had, nor knew that was needed and quickly revised the age limit of the kittens they wanted to adopt. There is still a misconception that the younger they are, the better they bond with you, which just isn't true.
Also some adopters think that if they write in, the cat is theirs - one woman wrote in today and said that she would like to take the cat home as soon as possible. I explained that there are several other potential adopters, which seems to surprise some people.
A foster told us that one of the potential adopters who came by had already promised the cats to his children - before he had even come down.
Others are surprised that the cats they pick are always taken - if you consistently pick the cutest little kitten on the website, then it isn't a surprise that a dozen other people are also interested. Asking for an older cat may well reward you with a faithful, loving companion - at the same time, you won't be competing with all the other people who want the same cat as you.