For the last three or four months, we’ve been paying a woman — let’s call her Chereen…mostly because that’s her name — to do some work for Sheltie Rescue as a contractor, such as trying to get our financial books in order and reorganize our office and the Sheltie Rescue Mall warehouse in the basement. We were also training her to be our new petsitter. She was a pretty good worker, when she showed up, but she’d fail to show up for days, even weeks, at a time without calling or anything. (It turns out that she’s bipolar, which makes her unable to deal with other people when she’s in the depressive phase.)
Well, about a month ago (December 10, if I recall correctly), Chereen told us that she was going with her boyfriend to visit his parents for the holidays and would be back on December 30 or 31. She asked us if we’d be willing to let her dog (a large, young black lab) and her cat stay here while she was gone. We agreed, because it was for a relatively short time, because she was doing some work for us, and because we were considering allowing her to live here after her house was foreclosed, in exchange for doing some work in lieue of rent. And we agreed to take care of the dog and cat at no charge to her (even though we eventually realized that he dog eats like the proverbial horse!).
Well, we didn’t hear from her until (I am pretty certain) January 3. That wasn’t too surprising to us, even though we thought it would have been courteous for her to call us to tell us what her plans were. She said, when she called, that she’d be over later in the day to get back to work. But she never showed. She did show up on Tuesday, some time after noon, and put in a couple of hours of rather listless efforts to work, then left. As she left, she said goodbye to her dog and t0ld us she’d be back the next day around 10:00 or 11:00.
That was one week ago today. She hasn’t shown up, hasn’t called or sent email or a text message, hasn’t returned our multiple phone calls (to her and to her boyfriend).
Barbara and I are very strongly considering making one more effort to contact her and leave her a clear message that, if she doesn’t come reclaim her dog and cat within some timeframe (possibly 48 hours), that we’ll consider her to have abandoned them and we’re putting them up for adoption on our web site.
Do you think this is a reasonable thing for us to do? Should we do something else, or something in addition? What would you do?
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