My peeve is about the hot topic of masks and social distancing. At the cat shelter where I volunteer with my son and DIL everyone on our shift wears masks — except one. She is a key person in the org as the “cat care manager” that coordinates all medical maintenance (pills, ointments, etc) after the vet stabilizes them and so she knows she isn’t easily replaceable. The shelter manager says that the law doesn’t require mandated masks for “non-governmental” agencies. It isn’t about the law, it’s about this person recognizing that she needs to put a f***ing mask on. Not only that, a couple of weeks ago I was sitting down chatting with some others in one of the cat rooms and she came over and sat right next to me. I should have called her out! Instead I got up and moved away.
Ironically, they have scheduled visits for potential adopters and post the rules on their facebook page with the notice for the visitors. Part of the rules requires the visitors wear masks. Wouldn’t that suggest that the dozens of volunteers that work 3 shifts a day would also be required to wear them? Are volunteers’ lives less important than the lives of the people coming in to adopt cats?
Paula Light is the host of The Monday Peeve.