the reality of the ripple effect....rescue 102
Carol · Apr. 2, 2010
piss off the wrong person and not only will you feel the ripple effect but any animals you hope to save will feel it too. there is a 50/50 chance you will survive this, depending on a few things.
like what other people take in consideration before casting final judgement against you.
most folks aren't stupid, they really do have a functioning brain, so when there is doubt they will look at a couple of things.
what is the work that you say that you do? do you in reality do what you say that you do? what are the contributing factors, what are the issues that affect how you do your work?
do you not only talk the talk but can you and do you walk the talk too?
are you honest? are you trustworthy in every way? are you rational, responsible and reasonable?
what do you hope to gain?
and then most interested folks will look at the accusers and ask themselves the same kind of questions.
it is a a process of figuring out the truth of the matter. it is a process of deciding which side of the ongoing battle is white, which side is black, and which side is grey, and then deciding where they are most comfortable with the winner residing..far right, far left or in the middle somewhere.
you never know which way the ripples will go until the folks on the sidelines start casting their votes..they in actuality have the power to decide the ultimate fate.
a lesson in learning for everyone was the battle over TG a few years ago. an isolated shelter in the north trying to help more dogs in a single year than most rescues see in their lifetime....trying to help more dogs in a day than most even see in a year. TG was a grassroots, bare bones basics shelter with no money and little support.
and the campaign began, some southern rescuers went to a northern rescue and did not understand the issues, made some pretty sweeping judgements, and then set out to destroy. there was no attempt to understand affecting issues, there was no consideration of not only the numbers of dogs in need but of the numbers of dogs already saved. there was no thoughtful solution or plan in place of who would take over the rescue of hundreds of northern dogs should their campaign bear fruit and the shelter was closed.
the negative judgements were circulated on the internet..pictures of a piece of old rusted machinery, pictures of 50 recently rescued unspayed/, unsocialized, ematicated dogs who the municipality was ready to shoot and who came with their chains and dog houses and without 50 food bowls who were fed from the ground and remained safely chained to their houses while sterilization surgeries were booked, while fences were erected while new kennel space was made. all of this was eventually accomplished within a very few weeks and the chains and the dog houses were then put away.
the sad reality is, because the southern folks had no conception of what the reality of rescue meant in the north, they made quick and negative judgements based on emotions/knee jerk reactions and not with much thinking. and they shared those judgements EVERYWHERE.
of those 5o dogs..only a handful are still there today. most have been adopted into family homes and a few remain there because they are unsafe to adopt.
luckily for TG sheila and i made the long trip ourselves to see, and what we saw, we judged differently. we saw happy, healthy, affectionate dogs, no sign of any abuse or neglect, we saw a family struggling to do the best they could wiith the very little they had.
some stories have happy endings...that one single battle that appeared would bring TG down, that made them want to quit...made them stronger. it brought them more acknowledgement and support for the very difficult work that they do. i am sure they still struggle like all of rescue do, but they do not struggle alone anymore, they have a good support base that struggles along with them....and even more dogs were saved.
had sheila and i not made that trip? had we not decided to not only judge for ourselves but share our judgements with a different perspective too? who knows where the ripples would have fanned out to and what ships they would sink.
we are responsible for the judgements we make and the judgements we choose to share. we are responsible to think critically, objectively and examine the issues surrounding the obvious. it is the hidden, not known things that really do affect the reality.
we can decide to help a boat to sink or help it to float. we can decide if our ripples in the pond are ripples for positive change or ripples to end possibility.
we are captains of ships that cause ripple effects, it is our responsibility to ensure what ripples we cause, do in fact have positive effects.
our responsibility is not in proving ourselves right...our responsibility is to ensure that homeless animals have compassionate and respectful and safe harbour at night.