Archive for February, 2007

A difficult debut

Last Saturday I finally got my chance to “lead” a cat adoption at ARF. There was some confusion about whether I could be shadowed (instead of doing the shadowing) at first, so initially I did the same as in previous weeks: observed someone else doing an adoption. It was an easy one.
After things were cleared up, it was decided that the cat adoption manager would shadow me. My turn quickly arrived. The adoptions manager brought me the application for a couple who lived not far from Brentwood. She introduced us and I sat down and made some small talk. “Wow, you guys had raccoons and squirrels as pets?” On the application they had indicated that the new cat would be indoors, in talking to them, they admitted that it would have free access to the outside via a cat door, just like their other animals. Their current cats can go outside at night, and the new one would too. This is a big no-no at our shelter.
At this point I realized that these people were not good candidates for adopting a cat. I had to do that most difficult thing adoption counselors do at ARF: say no. I struggled at first, looked over at the “pro” adoption counselor at my side, and let her take over. She used the diplomatic language that I’ve been trying to learn, and they ended up getting a little upset and said they were going to the “regular” shelter instead, where they could adopt a cat without all these people asking questions.
So, I wrote a few notes in their application and returned it to the adoptions manager. This wasn’t an easy way to start out… everyone admitted that. I’m hoping that this weekend I’ll get a better opportunity.

No kidding

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the last few years is that most people are incredibly self-absorbed. And now, there’s a new study that proves it:
Study: College Students More Narcissistic

A promotion, of sorts

I got a bit of a surprise at my volunteer job yesterday when the woman in charge of cat adoptions said that I can start being shadowed instead of shadowing others. I figured I was months away from that (especially with the very slow pace of adoptions lately), so this was news to me. So, if all goes as planned, next Saturday *I’ll* be the one doing the adoptions, with the veteran counselors keeping an eye on me.
The cat adoption manager said that I have “good people skills” — which was really a shock. That’s something I wouldn’t say about myself at all. But outsiders often see things that I miss — intentionally or otherwise.

Best news of the week

GROUPS L-4002 AND L-4003 ONLY, PLEASE REPORT THIS AFTERNOON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, PROMPTLY AT 1:30PM, to the Wiley Manuel Courthouse at 661 Washington St. in Oakland, 3rd Floor, Rm. 306. ALL OTHER GROUPS, YOUR SERVICE IS COMPLETE FOR ONE YEAR. THANK YOU!
Yessssss! (I was in group L-4000)

Now that’s what I call good PR


General Electric is getting into the digital camera business. Well, sort of — they’re just licensing out their name. Anyhow, included with the usual PR info they sent me, I also got the huge chocolate bar you see above. They must know what I like!