Originally Posted by Heidi n Q
Can you contact a lawyer? Her behavior is disturbing and erratic. It appears to me that *she* would be in breach of contract (by refusing to pay medical expenses, including s/n) and there would be no legal recourse she could bring against you. However, if she does have close contacts w/in the foster/adoption/shelter systems it is conceivable that she could have your name put on a do-not-adopt list...though I feel any reason she could give would be slanderous/libel, as you appear to be a fabulous foster mom.
As for the kittens leaving at 8 weeks, I would like to ask some questions for clarification:
First, does this organization actually *have* a place to house the kittens for adoption viewing?
Then, do they have space available or do the foster-moms need to wait until space opens for their foster cats to leave their home? (the place I foster for only has 7 cages for display/viewing)
Next, if they have no place to house the kittens for adoption, is their policy for adoptions such that the foster-moms must entertain potential adopters in their own home? (I don't care for that, but it is sometimes done, though I've never done it myself.)
Finally, according to the wording of the document, I understand it to state at 8wks of age the 6 felines will be available for adoption. It isn't clear that it means they leave your home exactly at that date/age, only that they will become available by that age/date.
In the grand scheme of things, I wouldn't quibble about the amount of time past 8wks the kittens stay with you (unless it ran to 2 weeks). My biggest concern is the abusive way she is threatening you. This (threats) may also be a police matter...ask a lawyer if you consult with one.
It is not a place, really. This lady does rescue and she has built facilities at her home to house cats, and she takes them on the weekends to a farmer's market type of place, and sets up adoptions there. A lot of people in this area, some rescues, do this with various animals.
Something I want to point out, not sure how you (or a lawyer) will see this, but at the top of the agreement, it says that I will foster one female adult cat and her five nursing kittens. Well, the kittens are no longer nursing.. not sure if that makes a difference or not.
I find it interesting that the only "threat" I made towards her is telling her that the mama cat needs to go. She told me that the mama is already adopted, so I wanted to go ahead and have her go. In response to that, I get a plethrough of threats and nasties, and her threatening breaking the contract re: medical costs, etc. To me, if she breaks the contract, then it is null and void and whoever the person was who signed the cats out of the shelter (someone in the organization she works with) is the owner of the cats.
My fiancee's brother is a lawyer, so I am going to email him the contract as well, and see what he thinks.