|Barked: Thu Apr 26, '12 10:50am PST |
|If only it were true. Try this one on for lack of subtlety.....
We once went to meet a rescue-only transport. There was another rescue there and they were holding the slip lead attached to a Dachshund they had pulled, who was very scared, and they were griping and feeling sorry for themselves as she was obviously going to be harder to place than they thought. It was a pretty objectionable scene, but it got worse when they tried to steal the Dachshund we had pulled who was still on the van. While all that calamity was going on, Duncan had to confront them trying to scoot with our pulled dog! Second time that happened....we had a GSD brought up, and on the stop earlier the transporter was getting a lot of pressure from another rescuer about releasing the dog to them instead.
Of course, it's not always that way. There's a lovely, BIG rescue here....I'll even say their name for press - PAWS New England. They are actually one of those rescues that takes on the impossible medical cases, hard to adopts, etc. They are transport based, but always lend a hand to local issues, local dogs. When we were starting up Southpaws, their director is the one who coached me on the basics. They've invited us to attend their adoption events when we've had trouble moving a dog. Do courtesy postings when they can. Try to help those trying to rehome their own dogs. Even just recently put up dogs we are trying to place on their own Facebook, where their own dogs are promoted. They are very much about "rescue is good" and the community helping within itself is helping the dogs....which is sort of the point. Or so I thought!
I think with rescue, IMO, it comes down to if you can't take the heat, then get out of the kitchen. Rescue is HARD. If to stay afloat what you need to do is foul others or participate in dubious maneuvers, harm the rescue community for the sake of your own....something is totally screwy there, and rescue would be better with you gone. It is not about YOU, it is not even about the dogs you yourself are saving, but the sum total of the equation. You are part of a community, and you need to act like it.
This recent hound nonsense is a great case in point, for it's not like you need to look hard to find a really sad case to help. It's not like there aren't actual abuse cases, sad cases, to bring some of the humane issues to the forefront. When you don't keep it real, you get stuff like this, which I think leaves a bad taste in the mouths of so many. Histrionic rescuers, hoaxes to prey on the sympathy of others, etc. And it sets everything back.
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