This past Saturday I had my first experience with a bad pet owner at the shelter I volenteer at. This guy & his son brought in two cats & when our director asked them "what have we here?" he said "These two want to come visit you permenantly." Well we have like a 2 page waiting list because we are always full, but when the director took one look at them she knew they were at least neglected if not abused. They were both covered in flea bite dermititis, So we took them in. When he was filling out the surrender form we found out that both of the cats (females) had never been fixed because as he "doesn't believe in butchering up cats." Of coarse the director put her 2 cents in quick that it actually prolongs their life. Also one of the two is 13 years old. His reason for bringing in the cats is "moving" (I have to say one of my least favorite reasons). The good thing is that both cats Feline Lukema tests came back negative. Then they got a flea bath & nail trim, needless to say by the end of the day the older one was very stressed out. My director also seem to think there wa a possiblity the 13 year old may be pregnant. Since I'm very new to this whole experience I was just beside myself. I guess I'm wondering how do you deal with your anger at people like him? I'm sure this will not be the last time I see something like this and of coarse this only makes me even more determined to volenteer there, knowing how much those kitties need me, but what do I do to take care of my emotions? because if there is one thing I know it's that unless I take care of myself I'm no good to anyone else. Any suggestions would be great.
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2/11/03 at 4:44pm