there is a reality to rescue/animal welfare that the innocent public really does not understand.......
Carol · Aug. 18, 2011
there are too many homeless animals for the numbers of available decent adoptive homes.
this means that rescued animals are dying at the hands of their rescuers (directly by euthanization..or indirectly by refusing to take another one in) every day...everywhere. it could be for space issues..it could be because of illness or injury, it could be for behavioral problems and it could be for pregnancy issues....but difficult decisions abound in the animal/human world.
i was talking to someone the other day who is feeling horrible since i told her that usually if it is not too late pregnant animals are aborted. she is ok with humans choosing abortion but then they are making the choice, but to her it just seemed so mean and heartless to be arbitrarily aborting cute little puppies or kittens who will all most likely find homes.
and how many existing animals would then die because 10 more good homes are now full?
ahhh...and would they be truly good homes? for the entire rest of their lives? probably not, even good homes give their family pets away...it is just an animals reality...forever and ever homes til death us do part...just do not exist as much today. our society is too mobile, family life is too subject to change...moving, divorce, unemployment and pure inconvenience affecting animals lives is the new reality of our pet owning age.
some of the board are now worrying about a dog they said no to last week. they are afraid of what has happened to him..probably nothing great. the fact that he might be dead now and then i let floie in...why floie and not him?
bluntly? because they stuck to the rules and said no...and i broke them and said yes.
for most of these guys...getting the opportunity for a new and better life..is...just a matter of timing, a matter of luck, a freak chance that their life may continue and others will not.
i have probably been in this rescue game for far too long...i shut out of my mind the ones who don't get in and gratefully concentrate on the ones who do.
it is not fair to be killing puppies and kittenss who never even get a chance to live...it iss not fair saying yes to one dog and no to 3 more. it really is totally not fair to pick a wrecked and senior animal over a young and healthy one.
but then i ask you? who said this world of trying to help desperate and homeless animals was ever even close to fair?
it is just a balls up freaking fiasco of far too many needy animals and never enough time, money or space.
and all i can say is...maybe..if we as a society become smarter, kinder, and more respectful, loyal and responsible to our family pets...maybe...one day this will change.
until then...rescue takes a lot of emotional and brutal decision making strength and fairness has little to do with it...it is just what you can deal with on each and every single brand new and uniquely difficult day.
rescue is not for the innoocent, the soft hearted and kind, it is not for the warm and fuzzy seekers...every day it forces you to get the job done as best as you can, knowing decisions you make sometimes results in an innocent animal's death.
it totally sucks big time.