Dog rescue?

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Query by justme: Dog rescue?
My spouse and I do dog rescue, we get in tiny toy canines,,Poms and Pugs ect..we keep 6 here at a time,,we go to and we also have a quite very low price,,100..which includes and shots,,why is it we get a whole lot of comments about what we do? Its not my task occupation its what we do to support dogs,,(volunteer) Why are men and women views on puppy rescues so negative?
Certainly my adoption fee contains the heartworm screening and the spay or neuter,,and the microchip and the pictures,,I break even on my adoption price,,I keep my charge reduced do to the simple fact I want individuals to be ready to have a furry buddy. I am not in this to make money at all,,I am in it to assist these very poor men out,,i live in a very massive pup mill so close to here we are not liked to well,,,but I keep performing dog rescue cuz i really like canines
we do not have neighbors here, we are out in the region.

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Reply by Bozema
I am on the board of a humane society and I believe with anything at all it is a mixed bag. There are a whole lot of great rescues and shelters and then there are ones that are not so very good and folks have had bad encounters. A lot of people who function in shelters and rescues are fantastic with puppies and lack customer assistance and people abilities. You have to have each to be profitable. So a few have given some people the mistaken impression.

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    • BulliesRock
    • October 14, 2011

    I want to commend you and your wife for all of your hard work. You are truly wonderful people.

    Unfortunately, for every good rescue out there, there are several bad ones. I work for a private rescue and we battle against the bad name that rescue is given daily. First, there is the feeling among people looking for a dog that all of the dogs at the shelter are there because they are “bad dogs”. While 85% of dogs turned in at the shelter are there for behavior problems, most of the problems are fixable and are the fault of the owners who turned them in. If they had bothered to train them and put the work in up front, they would have had a well behaved dog. We live in a society where no one takes responsibility for their own actions, however, so we can’t expect adults to actually admit the problem with their animals (or their children) is one they had a hand in. The second problem comes with the rescues who feel that EVERY dog is worth saving. They will take an aggressive dog that has already bit people and try to rehabilitate them, then place them in an unsuitable home. As rescuers, we HAVE to be responsible. We want people to have a positive experience with their rescue dog so that their friends, family and neighbors consider rescuing a dog in the future. You want people to think, “remember that great dog we had growing up? we got her from the shelter, let’s go there.” Not, “remember that freak dog we got that bit aunt marge? The Smiths got their lab from that guy around the corner and haven’t had a problem with him. Let’s go buy from them.” It is also our job as rescues to EDUCATE people. So often, rescues fall short. I have seen perfectly good homes turned down because they feed their dog ALPO. Come on. I know it’s one of the worst foods out there, but educate the people because they don’t know that. There is no need to turn down a home for that reason. If we are ever going to change the fate of shelter dogs, we have to help people be better homes. Perfect homes do not exist. We need to educate people to make them better homes, place the RIGHT dog in the RIGHT home and work towards educating people on the importance of training and spay/neuter. Too many people get a bad taste in their mouth because they are told by rescues that they are not good enough to own one of their dogs. Pet stores and backyard breeders don’t ever tell anyone that, hence why they have more luck getting their dogs into homes regardless of the cost and why rescues have such a bad name.

    Sorry that was long winded!

    • gettingby
    • October 14, 2011

    I commend you and your wife. I wish I could do what you are doing.

    Having volunteered in a shelter and being well-versed in local rescues and resources, I can tell you what I have heard. And of course I do NOT agree.

    I believe many people have no idea, not even a slight one, as to the overwhelming tragedy of homeless and unwanted pets. That is why these comments are made. Here is what I have heard:

    1. Rescues have too many requirements, it should not be “so hard to adopt”, there are too many “hoops” to jump through to get approved

    2. Rescues charge too much to adopt

    3. People who rescue are in it for the money

    4. Rescues are too picky with what dogs they rescue/help

    5. (Breed-specific) rescues do not like other breeds

    Yes, I have heard all of these.

    Obviously, people do not understand:

    1. that the requirements are there for a reason, not to agitate people, but to help and protect the animals

    2. If you cannot afford rescue fees, how are you going to afford vet bills/daily care (I had a woman come in to adopt from us. She told us had just lost her job and had no income or support with 2 kids to take care of. I have been there, I knew her pain. She wanted a dog for free to ease the pain of her situation. She did not understand why we turned her down and had a fit-accused us of being nasty and evil. She thought the fact that we required a vet visit in the first week was crazy, saying that she would determine when a vet was needed and most of the time, they just wanted your $ and the dog would probably be fine without going. We explained that this was a bad time for her to adopt and she freaked out. It was sad.)

    3. I don’t know why people think RESCUES make a profit-again, this ties in with the costs of having pets and the purposes of rescuing.

    4. I have no idea where that one came from.

    5. That is just ridiculous.

    Sorry for the long answer, animals are a passion of mine. I have an adopted dog and cat. 🙂

    • teener_b
    • October 14, 2011

    Because there are tons of ignorant people out there who just want a free dog. I’m sure you hear the same things we do:

    Why so much? It’s just a dog?

    You mean you won’t come down on the price if you know the dog is going to a good home?

    I went to the shelter to adopt a dog and the rescue “bought” it before I could get there. Now they’re “selling” it for $ 100 and I was only going to pay $ 25 for it at the shelter.

    Why did you turn me down? Do you even adopt these dogs out or do you just keep them so you can continue to get government funding?

    You just can’t fix stupid!

    • Spam
    • October 14, 2011

    Is it a neighbor that is criticizing?
    Where we moved our neighbor had nine dogs ex amount of cats that just ran wild.

    One week in our new home and my dog was attacked and I ended up taking her to the vet when I got home and found her dripping blood from her neck.

    These neighbors knew my dog had been attacked and did nothing about it, just let her bleed.

    They also took in strays, my feeling is, if you can feel sorry for a stray then you should also feel sorry for a dog that has been attacked and the least they could have done was take her to the vet.

    It cost us $ 215 for the vet to stitch her up (seven stitches)
    No money was offered just an apology.

    Yes it’s fine and humane to take in strays but there has to be a limit

    • Sue Train
    • October 14, 2011

    Not sure what you mean. How are they criticizing you?

    I hear nothing but great things about people who do rescue, and people who are proud to adopt dogs.

    In some parts of the country, people have kind of strange ideas that dogs aren’t important, places where they run puppy mills for example. Or they want people to buy the puppy mills dogs so the puppy mills can make money. Could this be the problem in your area?

    Don’t worry about what other people say. You are doing a great thing and you should be proud. Don’t let bad people get you down.

    • rescue member
    • October 14, 2011

    I find that hard to understand – I am with a rescue and foster dogs, have been doing that for 6 years now and the comments I get are universally positive.
    We are a 501C registered charitable rescue and we also do adoption expos and fairs, plus we have an online website featuring the dogs ready for adoption.

    I am constantly told how wonderful I am to do this and that I am “doing God’s work” = nice to hear, but I truly wish these people would also help with rescue.

    I am not doing it for positive reinforcement or admiration – I do it because I want to help innocent creatures and I happen to love dogs.

    • zawni2004
    • October 14, 2011

    Many 501C3 rescue groups look down on people who are doing what you are doing. It seems they forget that they started doing rescue before they got their 501 status. They view you as a reseller. You don’t mention anything about heart worms, I’m assuming you also test for that and treat that as well too correct? The fact that you only take the smaller dogs also comes into suspect since those are the dogs that are easily rehomed as opposed to the larger dogs that take time usually. But many 501 rescues do the same thing because they feel like it allows them to save more animals that way.

    How are you getting these animals? Are you working on getting your 501 status?

    I say continue helping. We don’t have enough people out there to begin with so in my opinion every hand counts.

    • bobohead
    • October 14, 2011

    i think what you are doing is wonderful, maybe the people that think dog rescuers are bad, think that foster parents are bad to? because its the same as giving a child a home, only you dont get paid to do it, you get a app. fee that doesnt cover the cost of food, shots and spay/nueter. I dont understand people like that, some people just dont get what having humanity is.
    I am one of those people who will adopt from shelter, rather than buy from a breeder, there are already enough dogs with no homes.

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