i am not going to fill out the approved rescue application
Carol · Aug. 15, 2009
i turned it over and over all night long. my gut says don't do it, it will be too much for me so i will not. the spca is the largest, most respected animal welfare agency in canada, they have something that i don't have, an army of animal loving employees to figure out how to deal with the issue of senior animals who do not deserve to die just because their bodies got old.
they already have reduced adoption fees for seniors, and corry just wrote that upcoming article for the province about adopting senior pets, i am sure there are other things in place or that they are working on to change the outcome for homeless seniors stuck in a kennel somewhere and to educate and advocate for them. they have their networks and contacts and approved rescue lists that they access to find solutions for these vulnerable animals.
i have to be honest..i don't have any of that. saints is too grass roots, too young in our rescue life...i just have a very big heart, a very nice senior/palliative friendly but small facility where we work really hard and struggle to provide them with good care and a bit of happiness.
there is no way i can even attempt to potentially help the numbers of hard to adopt seniors that will come into their care. so if it comes down to all or nothing because of that peice of paper...for me, because i know how hard it is for me to say no...nothing is emotionally safer.
having said this...maybe someday, we will be set up better...more committed foster homes, a bigger facility with a better financial base, maybe a stronger team of decision makers to move ahead...maybe then we will decide to fill out the application, but not today.