I've been involved in 3 adoption drives so far... met and talked to something like a gazillion people.
Some are huge fans of our feline friends, others like them but are not interested in having much to do with them, the rest are plain awful... filled with silly demands and fancies. Not to mention those who hate cats, but want to unburden their grievances against them on the volunteers.
Basically, these people can be divided into 3 groups -- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Here are some examples...
The Good (made up mostly, but not exclusively, of cat-lovers)
- a young lady, having heard the fate that awaited 2 kittens if they were not adopted out soon, volunteered on the spot to foster them while we continued to look for a good family to take them in permanently
- a couple who wanted to adopt only 1 cat, but couldn't bear to have it separated from its sibling, so they opened their hearts and home to both cats
- a man, who isn't a cat-lover, was interested in finding out more them after reading the many forum letters in the newspapers about the ban of cats in HDB flats... he was also keen to understand how he could help if he saw pest control taking sterilised community cats away
- a man and his family who only wanted a Persian or Siamese cat... they had no interest in any of the rescued local cats because "they are ugly"
- a woman who wanted a black cat to match her furniture
- man who didn't think there was anything wrong in leashing up his indoor cats in the day and caging them in the night
- a man, who had no interest at all in cats, felt compelled to walk by and announce that cats were utterly useless and ungrateful, unlike dogs
- a man who tried to roughly remove a kitten from its cage, without the permission of the foster, just so he could play with it... he disregarded the many dogs in the same area who could have badly injured, even killed the kitten, if it had broken loose from him
- people who can't accept that it is possible for a cat of their choice to have just been adopted out to someone else... they believe they ought to get everything they want when they want it
- people who refuse to understand why we can't let too many of them near the cats... they don't care that noisy crowds, strange places and the constant poking with pamphlets cause the cats great stress, and they make their anger known to us (ain't that right, CatDonna?)
But, in spite of The Bad and The Ugly, I love being at adoption drives talking to the public. It is shocking just how many crap ideas people have about cats. So it's important to try and properly educate them on the caring for cats and living with them.
And I want to say a BIG Thank You to The Good from all of us volunteers and cats. You really are angels.