March 18, 2009
I can't even begin to tell you about the thoughtlessness
of first-time volunteers. We had a new one sign up to
come out on Sunday and she didn't show up, didn't
call... nothing. How rude. I emailed her Sunday night
and told her we would no longer be requiring her
volunteer services and she came back about some family
emergency Saturday night (like we haven't heard that
excuse a hundred times before...). Even if there was an
emergency on Saturday night, she can't call or email on
Sunday to let us know that she wasn't coming. We didn't
hear back from her until MONDAY and then she tried to
turn it all around on us--like we were the inconsiderate
ones. Yeah, right. She said she was going to "report us"
to other shelters in the area. HA! I told her our
reputation proceeds us and to go right ahead and tell
them that we let her go after she pulled a no-show.
She also said in her email that by letting her go we
were damaging the animals here, so I assured her that
Tony and I are FULLY capable of caring for everyone of
these animals and our entire sanctuary all on our
own--without any volunteers--much less her. How can a
volunteer who does not even show up improve the quality
of care of our birds? Our ducks and geese have it all
regardless of how many volunteers show up for a work
day. How presumptuous! What a loser. Some people just
don't get it. So I rubbed it in her face. Don't mess
with me when it comes to our sanctuary, how we handle it
and much less how we treat these gorgeous beings. No one
loves them or cares for them better than I do!
As a result, I revamped our volunteer pages. I will no
longer be "chatting" with first-time volunteers. They
need to follow the instructions and set everything up
themselves. I want proactive do it yourselfers or no one
at all. I'm not wasting any more time on these no-shows.
I email them back and forth, answer all their stinking
questions and then they don't bother coming or even
calling. Not anymore! It's more impersonal for
newcomers, but that's the way it has to be since so many
people have ruined it for everyone.
Okay, now onto some other stuff... my leg is much
better... turned out to be a terrible sprain. I'm not
limping, but I can feel it still hurting. It needs more
time to heal, but I have lots of work to do, so screw
it! Ha ha!
I was in the duck pen cracking cement ponds to put the
new liners in and Penny was all covered in mud, playing
where I had dumped out her water bucket (and then
refreshed it). I looked at her and said, "Are you having
mucking fun?" And then started cracking up. How funny is
that: "Mucking Fun!" Ha ha!
So we are going to have t-shirts made up with our new
slogan. We'll put a photo of a duck mucking on the front
and letter: "Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary: Mucking
Fun for Everyone!"
Wha ha ha!
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