Folks that do rescue…

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.

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