So! I had my phone interview yesterday, and got invited to move on to the next step, which is meeting with one of the regional managers for whom I would be working. That's set for the 14th.
As with any job, there are pros and cons with this one. The benefit package is excellent, but it would involve travel (100 miles round-trip) two days a week, which is fine in the summer and ... not so great in the winter. I'm hoping to get more information about the position in the next interview and see if it would be a good fit. In the meantime, two other applications I submitted are moving forward, so we'll see what happens.
I volunteered again yesterday at the rescue. We took in three owner-surrenders, two dogs and a cat, which were ... difficult. The one woman brought her CHILDREN with her when she surrendered their puppy, which ... NOT A GOOD IDEA, LADY. Jesus.
The other surrendered dog was an eleven-year-old dachshund with no recent vaccination history and some pretty daunting health issues and a temper. He will be taken to a vet today to see what can be done with the health problems, and then placed in foster care, possibly for the rest of his life. Our foster homes are excellent (ask me how I know!) and he will have the best quality of care for his remaining time, but it's still sad. Of course, it would have been sadder if he had been taken to any of the other local shelters who would have euthanized him on the spot, but still.
The surrendered cat was friendly, if filthy and bewildered, and she will be vetted as well, spayed, and then put up for adoption once her vaccinations are up to date.
I found out yesterday that our all-volunteer rescue is taking in and adopting out almost TWICE as many animals as the local Humane Society, which has a budget seven times ours AND paid staff. PLUS, we take in many, many sick or injured animals and bring them back to health, while the Humane Society euthanizes for something as simple (if time-consuming) to cure as ringworm. Jeez.
Okay. Stepping off the soapbox. *ahem*. In other news, we got enough rain over the past two days that the park next door to me flooded, which is always a little unnerving. But when I got up this morning the water had receded and now we're getting SNOW, which, just shoot me now, okay?
Mama and her babies are continuing to do great: