I read this thread A LOT. Like a ridiculous amount. But I run a rescue and work in a dog daycare facility, so it fits in.
I've just been feeling....blah...lately. Like I really don't care. It takes me a couple of days to get back to fosters and I rarely call back the 20-30 people calling me each DAY to surrender their pit bulls.
When I first started volunteering for another rescue I was all for it. I took the stress and ran with it. That rescue eventually fell apart and I stepped up to put it back together. I did a damn good job at it and LOVED it. That was when I realized that rescue was something I loooooooved and was good at. It's hard to find something that you're good at and love doing. Then I started my own rescue with a friend of mine. Things went great for a looooong time. My friend eventually got like her dream job (she is the manager at the dog daycare facility, while I am the assistant manager) and was not able to do quite as much with rescue anymore. So, it kind of all fell on me.
The past month or so, I've just felt like I'm drowning and I'm not, I know that. We don't have many dogs in our care, not nearly as many as other rescues. It's just suddenly kind of overwhelming. Sudden medical issues happening with dogs, digging into my own thinly lined pockets for food and whatnot. And while all this is happening, I still get the dozens of phone calls, email and facebook messages about dogs in need. I've actually debated just shutting my personal facebook page and rescue page, but that will do no good. And I think a lot of why I'm feeling this way is that I am quite literally the only pit bull specific rescue (with the exception of one rescue who a lot of pitties). I feel like if I quit rescue then I'm turning my back on the dogs that are just like Honey. Dogs that need someone in their corner. Basically, if I'm not there, who will be?
And I know adoptions are down everywhere but dogs are NOT moving here. Absolutely are not. With the huge mess that happened at Miami Dade, everyone rushed in and saved 300+ dogs who had been potentially infected with distemper or parvo. I just don't understand why I can't get my perfectly healthy, wonderful dogs adopted but everyone rushes in for the sick ones without knowing what they are getting themselves into. And I am by NO means saying those dogs didn't deserve to be saved. But where have these willing people been for the past 6 months. I'm just shocked by the dogs that I have sitting in foster homes. I use petfinder, adoptapet, word of mouth, facebook and the always taboo craigslist as a last resort. Yet, nothing.
I dunno, I'm like bleh the past few weeks. Like I've seen the worst people can do to dogs, yet there isn't really a lot of reassurance of the good people can do, ya know? There is no balance to the good and bad.
I just rambled pretty incoherently but I figured this would be the place to do it