I think a return clause is a good thing in general....but why does it seem like these people are just "babysitting"....just enjoying the cute little kitten stage for a while...with no long term commitment or accountability. It seems like the "the rescue will always take it back" idea makes dumping animals "easy" for people who SHOULD be responsible for them. They don't have to do any work...or make any hard choices or sacrifices. I have a dog who I have had to revamp my entire life for....so I could keep her...and these people won't even try. These adopters COULD have kept their cats it was just EASIER for them to dump them and let someone else do all the hard work of fostering and finding a new home for them. They wanted to make no exceptions. They just wanted their "burden" gone and away from them. It makes me feel used IMO.
I know the clause is in the contract for a reason and it is for a damn good one...but over the last few years I have had 2 dogs adopted as puppies returned with issues that now make them unadaptable (who I have kept), stray and owned animals abandoned in my back yard because "she will take it", and now I am having adopters return cats after having them for YEARS. It just makes me feel so used...like I should feel ok about having other peoples "burdens" dumped on me when I am already overwhelmed and struggling to pay rent, bills, vet bills, and...oh yeah food. Maybe I don't have a right to feel this way...as the return clause is something I insisted upon....but I do. I just wish there was a way to ensure the pets who really NEED to come back into rescue CAN with out making it an "easy way out" for the adopters who just don't want to be bothered with doing the right thing.
The fact is I am probibally going to end up keeping these cats if they can't be adopted...which is doubtful especially during kitten season. I guess I just feel overwhelmed and under appreciated. Like a means to an end. I am not in a situation right now to keep these cats...it hinders my ability to care for and keep my own cats (my landlord would be less likely to evict me if he found I had 3 cats instead of 9 cats) and jeopardizes their safety....but what choice do I have if they can't be placed? Euthanasia for convince? Not something I would do. I guess I will just have to struggle extra hard to make it work...which troughs my life off balance too. The thing is my landlord is pet friendly....but paranoid about cats or cat rescue or cat fostering. He doesn't mind dogs or me fostering the occasional extra dog (he lets me keep my 4, one being a pit bull mix even because I am a good tenant and the house has been in great and drastically improved condition from the white trash crack house it was since I have been here). The things is his ex-girlfriend used to rescue/hoard cats and they had 13 cats in a tiny apartment in AWFUL conditions. My upstairs neighbors tell me the carpet was so infested with flea's and larva when they moved in that they had to bug bomb 4 times to kill them all and replace all the flooring out of pocket. He is OK with my 4 dogs and is never here. Every time he comes I make sure the house is super clean, spotless, nothing looks "dogafied", or dirty, or drolled on exc...and there is no "pet smells". So he knows the animals aren't a risk to the house...but I don't want him to show up on an off day and come into an apartment with 9 cats. I can see how that would make him loose trust in me and make him more prone to "regulate" my foster work.
I wouldn't feel so upset if there was a real reason for these adopters to re home their cats. I am upset because I was lied to, manipulated, and used as a dumping ground when the cats became less convenient.
They are loosing their home (which I found out they don't own). But only because they didn't renew their lease (because they wanted to move to CA in 3 months) not because of money troubles. Now the landlord wants to get a stable tenant in his rental unit for his own sake (which isin't wrong...what should he have done?) and the adopters didn't plan for this. They said they couldn't bring the cats the place they were staying until they moved. I offered to foster them for 3 months to reunite them with their owners in CA. Then the excuse was "well we have a new baby and the cats still have their claws". I told them about socialization and supervising the cats with baby...not leaving baby's door open for cats to wander in and out as they please exc. Well then it became we want to do this...and that...and the cats are "in the way". It's amazing what lengths a person will go to to make themselves not look like the "bad guy". Jesus...couldn't they just have said...we are sick of taking care of these cats and we don't want them anymore? Geeze at least be honest.