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And when I’m tired, I start thinking of all the reasons people retire from dog rescue.
Some say they just can’t listen to a single more phone call about dogs in need of rescue. They’re sick of the owners wanting to unload their dogs. They’re tired of the desperate pleas from shelter volunteers about dogs that will die later this week if you don’t come today to pick them up.
We’re all too aware that we can’t save one dog without condemning another. We make choices. We grow tired of making those choices. We’d rather be angels all the time.
I sometimes feel like I’m running down a path hiding my face with my hands while crowds lined up along the road hold out dogs in my direction. I can’t run fast enough.
Some say they retire from dog rescue because of adoptions gone bad. They’re disgusted with people who’ve adopted a rescued dog and not taken proper care of it. No matter how carefully we screen applicants, some people fail us and the dogs they adopt. When we find out about it, we grieve and grow angry. And some of us quit.
Today I spent much of the day helping search for a recently adopted dog that had gotten away from its new owners. I’m hoping that next week I’ll tell you that Nimue (photo left) is home safe, but today she’s still missing.
And if those aren’t enough reasons for quitting, there’s the paperwork, the record-keeping, and constantly the money and the lack thereof. I am always adding up numbers. I am always looking at how much comes in and how much goes out every month. Are we in trouble? Or will we be soon? What if we take in too many heartworm positive dogs this month? What if another dog needs surgery for bladder stones? What if…?
Then there are those who say they retire from dog rescue because of the people problems. Yes, it’s true. Maybe we could deal with the dog problems if we also didn’t have to deal with each other. Even dog people have trouble getting along sometimes. Maybe especially dog people. Grrr.
But I only think this way when I’m tired. I’m not quitting.