First night on my own
So it took like 1.5 hrs. I worked pretty steadily, but did take some time out to do extra things (give wet food as treats, pick up cats as they ran by to give belly rubs, etc.)
Last night, we let two cats out of their cages. Tonight, I freed seven. The former strays really have a hard time with cage life, and I can't digest the crying. So I let them out. It actually got quite a few people by, watching the kittens as they tore apart my paper towel and chased one another.
I got my first dumbass, ignorant question. Does the $75 adoption fee include declawing? I started to explain what declawing was (basically cutting their fingers off at the first knuckle) and the guy said, "Yeah, I know," in Yes-of-course-I-know-this tone. So if he knew, I find it strange he'd think that we would offer that as an included service. Dumbass.
Poor Athena: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=6913871
She sits and faces the wall. If you pick her up, she'll sit quietly and purr... It makes me sad; no one would think to get her; she's not outgoing and engaging like the other cats but, wow, what a good pet. Quiet & sweet. Appreciative of affection.
IT'S MY KITTEN! http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7076412
So now I feel awful, allergywise. Worse than yesterday, though I didn't realize that was possible. Me being allergic to cats is just so, so, so unfair. I'll try with a dust mask next week.
Oh, ha, I always wondered how the cats in these places got their names.. You know, you see some with weird ones. Well, last night I found out how. They stand there with a marker in hand while they try to figure out what to write on the sign. I helped name a brother and sister pair of kittens last night. I suggested Sadie & Sebastian. They already have a cat named Sebastian, though, so it's Sylvester, which the cat lady thought was clever. Sylvester. For a cat. Clever. Heh.