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What Does It Take To Do Rescue?

What Does It Take To Do Rescue?

Your rescue "kit" should include:

A heart of gold to accept those creatures that don't
measure up as "perfect" in the eyes of the rest of the
The people skills of a saleperson....to convince
those that are looking for perfection that they will
find it in a rescue dog if they are willing to look a
little deeper.
A heart of steel to be able to say no when there
just isn't any more room for just one more dog.
Strong arms and cases of tissues for holding those
that must die because there just isn't any other way.
The knowledge that you cannot save them all and that
the choice to euthanize is ending the suffering and
not the end of the world.
The ability to smile and speak rationally when the
10th person for the day says "I don't want this stupid
dog anymore...take him or I am gonna shoot him."
Some medical knowledge...or your rescue vet bill
will be bigger than the national debt.
The fine art of fund raising....so your vet bill can
be reduced to just under the size of the national
Patience for: breeders who don't care, won't help,
turn their backs and say it's not their problem.
Patience for: dogs that were incorrectly placed and
come to rescue with so much excess baggage that you
think they will never be adoptable.
Patience for: owners who want a quick fix
Patience for: a world that no longer looks at life
as a gift and the lives that we create as breeders as
nothing short of miracles.
A sense of humor....because sometimes a smile on
your face is the only way to hide the agony and
turmoil in your heart.
A husband with housekeeping skills that are so
outstanding that they could be highlighted in Good
Housekeeping Magazine....so you can devote
your time to all the rescues and be secure in the
knowledge that the local Board of Health will not
condemn your house.
Personal dogs that will tolerate the never ending
stream of four legged orphans, waifs and street
urchins that will start arriving the moment you
say..."I have room."
Children that like being the "token" child to
socialize every dog that comes thru the door....being
able to say "good with kids" is a real selling point.
Magician skills so you can change anything that
comes thru the door, from black tri male to long tail
and brown eyes, into blue merle female, good with
kids, housebroke, crate trained and obedience trained.
The ability to face the paperwork head-on and deal
with it....or someone you can send it to and
say..."Here, do something with this mess!"
Grooming skills for those ugly ducklings waiting for
their chance to be a swan.....with a little help from
I could go on but you probably get the picture....
None of us have all of these things but we all know
that the business of rescue is a team effort. Each of
us contribute what we can as a team member. Some of
us cannot handle the dogs...but...there are other
things that must be done.
Some only want to work with the dogs.....so..leave
the paperwork to those that like it. No matter what
your situation is....it is your willingness to help
that is important.


Wife to an amazing man,
mom to three wonderful kids (9, 5.10, 4),
2 dogs, 3 hermit crabs and 2 bettas

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