|Barked: Sun Nov 25, '12 12:25pm PST |
|I agree, and the article was really madness to me. I did not like it at all, and found it injurious.
.....What my address is? Why I am going to give an internet stranger my address? No way! In fact, I don't even give my phone out until I have an application. I am a VOLUNTEER and do not have the time nor patience to deal with the myriad of one hour phone calls that are just a part of rescue.
There are SEVENTEEN questions on that one section. I say what a disrespect to people who are volunteering time they do not have. Do your research! Are they a respected rescue in your community? Ok then. NEXT!
.....Posting of photos? Heck, Duncan has a article coming up on Dogster and although it is nothing but flattery contacted the adopter to ask her PERMISSION. A lot of people are not comfortable having their pictures on the 'net. We ONLY post pictures of adopters with their express permission. We hold adoption events regularly. Managing crazy wriggling dogs, fields of inquiries. Who is supposed to be taking pictures, and WHY? We have better things to do with our time.
....." they don’t have cutesy irrelevant stories or post long tear stricken stories about the ones they had to euthanize ." I find this grossly offensive. I think enlightening the public is part of rescue's JOB. Some people are very emotional about it. Bad them? Are you kidding me?!
"On a personal note I believe a rescue that supports and defends kill shelters and does not advocate for shelter reform should be avoided as well"
Ok, that just made me pop a blood vessel. I AM that rescue. And do you want to know why? For all the wonderful shelter people we deal with whose hearts break every day. For all the above and beyond things they have done for us. For all the dogs they have pleaded for us to take. For Sweet Momma, a Rottie mother who saw all her puppies die and they had no money to heartworm treat her but did so anyway and then BEGGED us.
It is that sort of nonsense that brings INJURY to the world of shelter/rescue. Why is a shelter supposed to want to work with rescues who thinks they are twisted, lazy or indifferent? Developing a GOOD relationship with a shelter in crisis, having some respect for what they go through EVERY DAY creates a partnership.
I would say run like a bat out of hell from any rescue that trashes shelters in a generalized way. They don't help this, they HARM this, for a very part of shelter reform is to have shelters partnering with rescues. If rescue is only into being judgmental, having no sense of humanity towards what is like to work in a kill shelter, and to think horrid thoughts....how are those partnerships ever to form?
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