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For those in Rescue....

Goldenmom
May 22nd, 2004, 07:58 PM
Received this today from one of my email lists. Good read.

Heather
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What Rescue IS and what it ISN'T AND HOW TO GET THE BEST RESULTS FROM YOUR
RESCUE EXPERIENCE)

The following information may seem harsh, rude, and perhaps even ignorant. If
you plan on pursuing adoption from CNWH please continue to read no matter
your opinion, as these are simple truths that we want you to be aware of. We will
spell this information out as plainly and distinctly as we can, so that
hopefully it cannot be
misunderstood or read incorrectly.

You may not agree with some of the things said on this page, but please
understand that these are the realities of our rescue, if not many rescues. You may
have encountered rescues who didn't ever reply to your emails, never returned
your call, never contacted you about your application, wouldn't let you adopt
a dog, wouldn't let you
foster a dog, or a rescue person who was impolite to the point of being rude.

As you read the following page you will be given an insight to a rescuer's
day/week/month, and perhaps you will begin to see why so many rescuers are
hardened, snippy, crabby people who don't seem to be living in the same word as
everyone else. When you are finished reading this you still may not agree with
how they
handle themselves (and even many rescuers feel this way) but hopefully you
will at least understand a little better WHY they are like that. Our only goal
is to help educate you about rescue....what it is and what it isn't.


WE'LL START WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND RESCUE
IS NOT A SERVICE FOR YOU ... PERIOD. NOT FOR YOU TO FIND A DOG, OR TO GET RID
OF YOUR DOG.

RESCUE IS A SERVICE FOR THE DOGS. WE CARE ABOUT THEM, THE DOG IS WHO
WE ARE HERE TO HELP. HELPING YOU IS JUST A BYPRODUCT OF HELPING THEM.


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RESCUE IS NOT A SHELTER THAT YOU CAN JUST STOP BY TO VISIT, PICK OUT
A DOG, AND TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU WHENEVER THE MOOD STRIKES YOU. THERE IS NO
PLACE TO DROP BY AND WINDOW SHOP, NO BUSINESS HOURS, AND NO TIMES WE ARE OPEN.

RESCUE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT LOVE THE BREED. THOSE PEOPLE OPEN
THEIR HOMES AND HEARTS TO THE DOGS, GIVE THEM A PLACE TO LIVE, AND LOVE THEM
UNTIL THEY FIND A LOVING HOME. WE TAKE APPLICATIONS, SCREEN THEM, AND THEN HAVE
THE PEOPLE COME AND VISIT WITH THE DOGS IN OUR HOMES.... SEE.... NO SHELTER
INVOLVED. THERE IS A VOLUNTEER'S HOME ON THE END OF ANY PHONE NUMBER YOU ARE
GIVEN.

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RESCUE IS NOT DIAL A DOG, DIAL A PERSON THAT WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT MY TROUBLES,
DIAL A PERSON TO UNLOAD MY DOG ON AFTER I'VE HAD IT FOR 10 YEARS AND IT
SIMPLY DOESN'T MATCH THE FURNITURE ANYMORE.

RESCUE IS A PHONE NUMBER THAT REACHES RIGHT INTO THE HOME OF A VOLUNTEER,
WHO HAS LITTLE TIME TO DEAL WITH YOUR GUILT TRIP OVER TOSSING "CHI-CHI" OUT LIKE
LAST NIGHTS LEFTOVERS, AND EVEN LESS TIME TO DEAL WITH YOU SEE-SAWING BACK
AND FORTH BETWEEN KEEPING THE DOG AND GIVING IT UP. IF YOU'VE TAKEN THE TROUBLE
TO WRITE AN EMAIL OR CALL, THEN 99% OF PEOPLE HAVE THEIR MIND SET ON GETTING
RID OF THE DOG .....
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DON'T LIE TO US OR TO YOURSELF. SIMPLY TELL US THE REASON YOU ARE
GIVING THE DOG UP, AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS WE ASK. IF WE'RE GOING TO HELP
YOU, THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS HELP US SPEED THE PROCESS ALONG BY NOT CRYING ON
OUR SHOULDERS.

WE'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE.......... FROM ALLERGIES, MOVING, HOUSEBREAKING,
MONEY, NEW BABY, TOO HYPER, BARKING, SICK, INJURED, NASTY, UNCONTROLLABLE,
LANDLORD DOESN'T ALLOW, PARENTS SAID NO, OWNER DIED AND NOBODY WANTS, DIVORCE,
MARRAIGE, TOO MANY
ANIMALS, DOES LIKE NEW DOG, DOESN'T LIKE OLD DOG, CHASES CARS, CHASES CATS,
SHEDS, TOO MUCH TROUBLE, NEW JOB, WANTS ATTENTION, TO IT'S CROSS-EYED, IT'S
EARS DON'T STAND UP, IT DOESN'T MATCH THE NEW
COUCH, IT LOOKS AT ME FUNNY, HE TOLD ME HE'S NOT HAPPY.
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WE'RE NOT COLD HEARTED, WE SIMPLY HAVE TOO MANY THINGS TO DO AND NOT ENOUGH
TIME TO LISTEN TO HOW SORRY YOU THINK YOU ARE ABOUT GETTING RID OF YOUR DOG.
RESCUE SHOULD BE ONE OF YOUR LAST RESORTS..... TRY OBEDIENCE TRAINING, TRY
CRATE TRAINING, TRY
EVERYTHING YOU CAN BEFORE YOU MAKE THE DECISION TO GIVE UP YOUR DOG. WHEN
YOU'VE DONE ALL YOU CAN THEN CALL US AND LET US KNOW WHY YOU'RE GIVING UP THE DOG
IN THE LEAST AMOUNT OF WORDS YOU CAN. WE'LL ASK QUESTIONS, YOU ANSWER THEM.
QUICK, SIMPLE, AND HONEST.

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RESCUE IS NOT A PERSON SITTING AT THE COMPUTER OR PHONE ALL DAY JUST WAITING
FOR YOU TO CALL OR EMAIL. WE'RE ALSO NOT RUNNING HOME DAILY HOPING WE'LL HAVE
LOTS OF EMAIL AND ANSWERING MACHINE MESSAGES. WE'RE NOT RUSHING TO RETURN YOUR
CALL OR EMAIL. RESCUE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE A LIFE, A FAMILY,
A FULL TIME JOB, THEIR OWN DOGS, FOSTER DOGS, 30 CHIHUAHUA-REQUEST AND 2
CHIHUAHUA-GIVE UP EMAILS A DAY AVERAGE, 20 CHIHUAHUA-REQUEST AND 1 CHIHUAHUA-GIVE
UP PHONE MESSAGES A DAY AVERAGE, NOT TO MENTION PROCESSING APPLICATIONS, AND
VET APPOINTMENTS. OH YEAH........AND GOD FORBID WE SLEEP, EAT, AND HAVE A
LIFE....I ALMOST FORGOT.

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RESCUE IS NOT A WAY FOR YOU TO FIND A PUREBRED DOG FOR LITTLE OR NO MONEY

RESCUE IS A SAFE HAVEN FOR DOGS OF A SPECIFIC BREED, WITH PEOPLE THAT KNOW
AND UNDERSTAND THE QUIRKS OF THAT BREED, AND HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO
HANDLE THAT BREED.

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RESCUE IS NOT A BABY-SITTING SERVICE FOR YOUR DOG, A KENNEL, OR A PLACE THAT
WILL TRAIN YOUR DOG RESCUE IS A SITUATION THAT DOGS WHO ARE HOMELESS, OR ABOUT
TO BECOME HOMELESS, COME INTO WHERE THEY WILL RECEIVE THE MEDICAL ATTENTION,
PHYSICAL ATTENTION, AND BEHAVIORAL ATTENTION THEY NEED.

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RESCUE IS NOT A PLACE YOU CAN PICK UP A "GIRLFRIEND" FOR Butch OR
"BOYFRIEND" FOR Fifi SO THAT YOU CAN IRRESPONSIBLY MASS PRODUCE PUPPIES, SELL THEM TO
HOMES THAT VERY WELL WOULD WANT THEM FOR
PITBULL BAIT, TOYS FOR THE CHILDREN, SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS TO TAKE
RESPONSIBILITY FOR, SOMETHING TO NEGLECT AND LATER ABANDON.

RESCUE IS RESPONSIBLE ABOUT THE REPRODUCTION OF THEIR BREED. IN FACT,
RESCUES BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY BREEDING THAT SHOULD BE DONE IS BY THE FEW RESPONSIBLE
BREEDERS OUT THERE, AND ONLY TO IMPROVE THE BREED.

BREEDERS ARE NOT THOSE FOLKS YOU SEE WITH "FREE PUPPIES" ADS EITHER....
BREEDERS ARE FOLKS THAT CARE ABOUT THEIR PRODUCT AND TAKE PRIDE IN PLACING THEM IN
LOVING HOMES WERE THEY WILL BE CARED FOR.

ALL RESCUE DOGS ARE SPAYED AND NEUTERED BEFORE ADOPTION SO THAT NO
"ACCIDENTS" HAPPEN. YOU WON'T GET A DOG UNALTERED..... DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO ASK.

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RESCUE IS NOT A PLACE THAT WILL TAKE THE MOST VICIOUS, NASTY, AGGRESSIVE
DOGS AND KEEP THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, LIVING HAPPILY EVER AFTER IN
THEIR OWNERS MIND WHILE THE DOG IS MISERABLE.

RESCUE IS A PLACE WHERE THE NASTY DOGS THAT ARE NOT SAFE FOR ANYONE TO OWN,
HANDLE, OR BE WITHIN 5 FEET OF ARE HUMANELY PUT TO SLEEP WHERE THEY WILL BE
HAPPIER, AND PEOPLE WILL BE SAFER. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH YOUR DOG WHOM
YOU'VE LOVED FOR 6
YEARS THAT BITES, WHAT ON EARTH MAKES YOU THINK THAT SOMEONE ELSE WOULD WANT
IT BITING THEM AND THEIR FAMILY? WE DO WORK WITH EVERY DOG TO SEE IF THEY ARE
JUST FRIGHTENED, OR TRULY NASTY.

THOSE WHO ARE SCARED WE ALLOW TIME TO ADJUST AND OVERCOME FEAR. THOSE WHO ARE
NASTY ARE PUT TO SLEEP, PERIOD. SOME PEOPLE THINK US HORRIBLE BECAUSE OF
THIS, AND THAT'S FINE, BUT LET ME FILL
YOUR HOUSE UP WITH DOGS YOU CAN'T SNEEZE AROUND WITHOUT GETTING BIT AND LET
ME SEE YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE AND STILL SAVE THE LIVES OF 60 DOGS A YEAR.

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RESCUE IS NOT A MAIL ORDER SERVICE TO FIND YOU THE DOG OF YOUR DREAMS, THE C
HIHUAHUA THAT LOVES KIDS, CATS, EVERYONE, DOESN'T BARK TOO MUCH, IS PERFECTLY
HOUSEBROKEN, IS 3 POUNDS, DOES TRICKS ON COMMAND, AND KNOWS HOW TO ACT IN
EVERY SITUATION.

RESCUE IS THE PLACE THAT GETS CALLS FROM SHELTERS AND OWNERS WHO HAVE A
CHIHUAHUA IN NEED. SURE, WE MAY COME ACROSS A CHIHUAHUA LIKE THE ONE DESCRIBED
ABOVE, BUT CHANCES ARE IT WILL BE ADOPTED QUICKLY AND IT WILL BE A LONG TIME
BEFORE WE SEE ANOTHER ONE LIKE IT.

WE WORK WITH EACH DOG TO MAKE THEM BETTER PETS THAN THEY WERE WHEN THEY
ENTERED RESCUE, BUT WE AREN'T MIRACLE WORKERS. EVERY DOG HAS HIS OWN PERSONALITY,
AND THAT IS WHAT MATTERS. IF YOU
WANT A DOG THAT FITS A FEW CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS THAT'S REALISTIC, BUT TRYING
TO FIND ONE THAT MATCHES PERFECTION IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ANYTIME SOON, AND
IF ONE COMES IN THAT IS PERFECT, WE HAVE A LINE 5 MILES LONG OF PEOPLE WAITING
FOR IT.

Lucky Rescue
May 22nd, 2004, 10:08 PM
Oh my goodness! Can't add much to that!!

daisy18216
May 23rd, 2004, 12:32 AM
Goldenmom, you said it all. Thanks for posting that!! :D

doberescue
May 24th, 2004, 09:07 AM
WOW!!!! very well said!! now, if i could just put that on my answering machine.......