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NOTE TO ADOPTERS

[by Diane Morgan]

Note to adopters: Lassie and Cleo and Rin Tin Tin and Toto don't show up in rescue. We don't get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up. But we are Rescue and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or indeed of "getting" anything. Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this -- a rescue dog will make you a better person.
post #2 of 12
That is such a beautiful thing, and so completely true. Rescues are almost never a place for perfect, angelic, purebred companions - they're called Rescues for a reason!

Kudos to the lady who wrote it!
post #3 of 12
That's very well said and the sentiment applies to cats as well. It never ceased to amaze me what questions people would ask about the animals at Animal Control - like they have a complete history on the animals that end up there and all of them are perfectly trained.
post #4 of 12
Beautifully said and so true.
post #5 of 12
That's so true. It brings back memories of people who come to our rescue shelter and look at dog after dog after dog after dog and never pick one because they are looking for the "perfect" dog. I know you gotta choose carefully so that the dog fits in with your family, but geez.
post #6 of 12
We are proud to have rescued Keno While not directly out of the rescue group she was originally picked up from (and pregnant) - we did rescue her from the bad owner who did adopt her from that rescue group!

She's spayed and happy now
post #7 of 12
That is lovely, would love to see a cat equivalent.
post #8 of 12
great poem.. now if most rescues would be truthful with WHAT THEY DO know.... I am Gigi s 3 or 4th home and last .... I knew nothing about yorkies
post #9 of 12
Sad part is, many places aren't rescues. We have to give up on dogs & cats here. There are just too many to save them all anymore.
post #10 of 12
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Cocoalily wrote: Rescues are almost never a place for perfect, angelic, purebred companions - they're called Rescues for a reason!
There are purebred rescue groups out there, for all breeds.
We got Fergus through a Springer rescue group. People surrender their dogs or the rescue gets them out of shelters when they are listed there.
We had a Springer for 14 years and love the breed, we were short listed to get a dog as soon as they found that out. It helps to know a breed's "quirks", especially when getting a dog that may have problems from abuse or neglect. I knew what behavior to expect and what wasn't acceptable, which made it a lot easier than someone unfamiliar with the breed.
People don't do the homework needed when getting a dog or their life situations change and they can't keep their pets any longer. This is where the purebred rescues come in. They are people that have a tremendous love for a specific breed of dog or cat.
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People buy Macey, a Lab/German Shorthaired Pointer X. Mom is purebred GSP, liver, 85 lbs. Dad is purebred Choc. Lab, 100 lbs. Macey weighs 80 lbs. full grown. They had a dumb solution. But, the point is, it never occured to them that she'd be bigger than an average GSP. Duh! Parents are almost 100 lbs + puppy almost 100 lbs full grown!

Now I have Macey. She's naughty, but I love her.
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People buy Macey, a Lab/German Shorthaired Pointer X. Mom is purebred GSP, liver, 85 lbs. Dad is purebred Choc. Lab, 100 lbs. Macey weighs 80 lbs. full grown. They had a dumb solution. But, the point is, it never occured to them that she'd be bigger than an average GSP. Duh! Parents are almost 100 lbs + puppy almost 100 lbs full grown!

Now I have Macey. She's naughty, but I love her.
I have my eye on a puppy in our rescue. Lab mix. He's 30 lbs and only 16 weeks. His legs are super long and thin. I wonder how big he'll get? Im in love with him. If he's not adopted soon I might have to get him in I move.
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