We get many, many emails.
Sometimes, these emails are very blunt.
It appears that some of you really don’t like “breed specific” rescues. You somehow think that ALL rescues should rescue EVERY animal… and somehow, this would result in MORE pets being saved.
You are Wrong… very, very Wrong.
Understand this… the measure of a Rescue is not just that they keep pets from being euthanized in shelters, but ALSO that they turn “potential pet purchasers” into “pet adopters”.
So imagine for a moment you are someone who wants to purchase a Beagle… you start out your search online, to find out all about the breed… and to also figure out the best place to get a beagle.
When doing a search… you come across many beagle related websites. Some are just general discussion boards, some are info from breeders, some are beagle information websites, and some are Beagle Rescues!
Stop right there.
If EVERY rescue was simply a “we rescue all animals” type of rescue… there would be no Beagle specific rescue websites… and “regular folks” who are looking for a beagle, would never discover that they can “adopt” a beagle, as opposed to purchasing one.
You see… having “Breed Specific Rescues” actually saves MORE pets, because they attract people looking to purchase a specific breed, and turn them into “adopters”.
So please save your self some time and energy… no need to send us emails “bashing” breed specific rescues.
OK… one more type of email that we often get, is one criticizing groups who you feel “cherry pick” the best and most adoptable pets from shelters… while leaving other pets to die (sick, injured, behavioral problems, etc…).
Questions for you… What… and How Much can YOU do? What resources do you have at your disposal?
If you are a small rescue… and can only manage to raise $1000 a month… is it wrong to rescue 5 pets with that money… as opposed to 1 or 2 that would be more expensive to pull, rehabilitate, and adopt out?
Isn’t saving 5 pets a month, better than just 1 or 2?
On the other hand… if you are a large group… that can raise much, much more $$$, you can afford to pull sicker animals, because you have the resources to vet them.
So don’t “bash” groups that are actively rescuing and adopting out pets… just because you think they are taking all the “good” animals. We all have varying degrees of support and resources… and many of these groups are doing the best they can, with the resources at their disposal.
Heck… you could actually “turn the tables” and reverse the argument. After all… why aren’t you upset at the groups that raise $5000 and rescue only 5 “sick” pets… when they “could” have rescued many more healthy animals. After all… healthy pets, NOT rescued from shelters, are put to sleep every day! So it could be that the groups that “cherry pick” so-to-speak, may actually be saving MORE pets!
(We discuss this further in our Article Are Some Pets Better Off Euthanized?)
Bottom line is this… instead of sending us emails “bashing” other rescues on what they are doing… why don’t YOU go out and rescue some pets in whichever way you feel is appropriate?
After all… you rescuing… PLUS all the groups you seem to not like “rescuing”… will result in MORE pets being saved.
If YOU cannot rescue yourself… just ignore the groups you don’t like… and find one you DO like, and support their efforts in any way you can!
Either way… please don’t be offended if we don’t respond to your emails… we are too busy helping Rescues and Shelters to do what they do best, to spend time on a few people “bashing” other rescues.