|Barked: Wed Apr 25, '12 9:26am PST |
|Wow....Gus you deserve a GOLD STAR for your patience and perseverance!
I think what bugs me....and this DOES bug me...is that firstly you have some dog who essentially had a home and an owner who thought enough of her to want to reclaim her in some way, but now can't or won't. And when you deal with 90% euth rates, intertwined in there some ridiculously adoptable dogs, that is such a tragedy. For now a dog who had an owner, a home, gets adopted and those who have no such things, no chance, are in the same screwed to high hell position they were in the first place.
Secondly, I guess I will give RI the benefit of the doubt and say they are just crazy naive. But it still leaves a bad taste, for all this rescue outcry of horrid abuse and offering a "reward" amps donations like crazy. Best Friends I know took a lot of backlash for taking in some Vick dogs, for everyone pretty much knew it was for the dollars. Whoever took those Vick dogs was going to cash in. Anyone in rescue knows this. Some dogs are cash cows. Now there is an understandable practicality to that, but I think all told for that concerned citizens need to have a scrutinizing eye. A fairly small group of people actually went into the trenches and fought the good fight for the Vick dogs, who initially were under intense peril to be euth'd. All to follow....cha ching If I were donating, I'd be far more keen to fund those who were in on things before there was a spotlight or sexy reason. There can be predatory behavior in rescue....using a dog to amp donations. Now I suppose that's still for the greater good, but it still is a reason for pause as to who elicits your emotions. I think an ultimate example of that was Patrick....there is no one who didn't want that dog in the worst way, to the point where it ended up in court, if memory serves. He was one hot commodity.
So as regards "I don't know why Rescue Ink would post this and offer a $2000 reward if they didn't have more info than they are saying." That's the reason. That may not be fair to say...perhaps they are being naive. But I know first hand of many cases, when you get a high profile dog, everyone wants in, for the dough. Or, you can create your story line and go that way.
We (Southpaws) rescued a Boxer puppy who was half dead with a severe case of mange. His pics were just horrifying and heartbreaking. Duncan, the rescue's founder, was a little concerned about pulling him, the shelter thought we were NUTS! Odds were not in his favor, and even if it panned out, he would be a very expensive dog for the rescue...a very risky proposition all the way around. I told told her not to worry....that we'd be able to get funding to help Sydney, and that it would be worthwhile in the long run for he would be a "poster dog"....that individual who would encourage adoptions within the moment and long into the future. Which has very much been the case. When his mange rebroke this year and his adoptive owners were going through a very rough time financially, they asked for help. We petitioned the "fans of Sydney," and a very special Dogster did cover his expenses. But I was very sure that the donation went DIRECTLY to the vet's office, so that there was no question that this was not some sympathy run to drum up extra dollars. I am pretty sensitized to that, as I see it happen way too often. I want to see a rescue get the financial assistance they need when they really are the ones out there making that larger difference, truly touching the lives of dogs other rescues won't touch. Not the ones who show up after the battle and try to cash in, or worse still those who foster emotional mountains out of innocuous mole hills and more or less prey upon the emotions of others to rake in the dough. Even if the dough is for a noble reason, those out there really trying, outside of the limelight and the "hook," are those most deserving of that sort of support.
Edited by author Wed Apr 25, '12 9:43am PST
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