I am told by many folks ppl in rescue come over as weird, abrupt, and downright nosey. The last one always amuses me as they usually say it when they are filling out an application to adopt.
For some reason ppl think that if an animal is in a rescue the rescue should be happy to just hand over the dog no questions asked. I would like to dispel that image.
When an animal comes into rescue, the rescue make a promise:
I WILL FIND YOU THE BEST HOME POSSIBLE, WHERE YOU WILL BE LOVED AND TREATED WITH RESPECT. YOU WILL BE A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. YOU WILL NEVER WANT FOR FOOD AND YOUR MEDICAL NEEDS WILL BE MET. If we have to end your pain we will do it gently and with love.
This is the promise we make to each animal that comes into our care. We take animals from bad situations, care for them, heal them and love them as though they were are own. Often times we cry when we find a successful placement because each animal has a piece of our heart that will go with it always. As happy as we are to see them with their very own ppl, it hurts to say goodbye.
If you think the adoption fees are to high think again, very few animals come into rescue with vaccinations, almost none are altered, many are sick. The rescues has to see to it that all of this is done in addition to feeding and housing, and the multitude of other things. Rescue dogs cost the rescue about $250 minimum. So if a rescue is charging $150 adoption fee …. do the math … that’s negative $100 for the rescue, if alteration, vaccines, and illness has to be addressed it can cost 100’s if not 1000’s of dollars. So if rescues seem picky that is one of the few reasons why.
Now to address another thing that bugs me.
NO two rescues are the same, this leads to infighting and name calling by some folks in rescue. Just because you heard such and such a rescue say another rescue is bad, it does not mean it is. Talk to the other rescue, make up your own mind.
Some folks in rescue have the “dog god” ego, they know everything there is to know, they can retrain any dog no matter what the problem is, and will tell you the dog that nips at your heels is OK yada yada. If you met such a rescuer be wary, nobody ever knows everything, some animals are too mentally broken to be fixed, and that nipping at your heels problem will, at the very least, mean many hours of retraining, and could mean that the dog has an under laying problem, and the heel nipping is just the surface issue.
At the end of the day know what your getting into.
Know what to expect.
Know that YOU WILL BE asked endless questions, just because you say your a good dog owner not mean you are, we need to know we are doing what is best for the animals. The only way to find out is to ask the questions.