I had a county shelter euth a dog that I had a home for and had aranged with the shelter to come and pick up the next day.... It pissed me off and made me oh so very sad... Thanks for the shout-out Violet!
I am no longer dealing directly with that shelter, but instead with a humane society that will pull certain dogs and hold them there in safety.
All of what you said, Violet, is very important for anyone wanting to do rescue. There have been so many times that Wolf and I have found an ungent situation of animal abuse and neglect and acted before completely thinking things through. Obviously we have never harmed any animals or put them in dangerous situations, but it has made the life for the married humans tough at times. We have limits on when and how we can help, and are much better about sticking to them....
Animal rescue is stressful, sad, and can do real damage to relationships.... That just has to be known before people start bringing in animals.
Networking is very important... all of the rescuers I have seen burn out have been trying to do it all by themselves. It is important to have like minded people to TALK to, at very least.
Vet bills are going to happen. Animals need food. Behavior issues will force fosters to need to shuffle animals.... if you are lucky enough to have fosters. Home checks are a must. No matter how much you help, people will resent or outright hate you. These are things that people find out after their first rescue. .... Most people that quit active rescue work do it because of the people involved (the abusers/neglecters/dumpers, and the rescue community)... not because of the animals.
Prepair to cry. A lot.
The postiive side of animal rescue is wonderful! Amazing! Fantastic! It is so selfless and real... But people really do need to hear about the "other" side... and it is up to us that know it to show it.