Very Eloquently said Violet. its sad but true. we had a female named Minny, she was not even 2 years old, she had god knows how many litters. she came into rescue malnurished, hungry, scared, abused. one foster home worked with her for a long time. they couldnt handle her after a while, she started threatening the man in the house. she came to me. i get the ones that are questionable. i worked with her for a long time. she started to come around , liked my husband. was dog aggressive, so she never met my crew. after a while, we had a potential adopter for her. mind you, she was around children, adults, etc. she met my folks and her tail went a mile a minute. the potential adopters wanted a companion. we scheduled a meeting. minny was brought to a house belonging to a board member for the meeting. the woman had mirrors in her home that were from floor to ceiling. when she saw her reflection she went crazy, then turned on the 10 year old standing in the kitchen . luckily, nothing happened, she stopped in front of her, but was barking, snarling, hackles up. not good. after that, she ran upstairs , i went to get her and as i was coming down the stairs w/ her she raised her hackles at me . it was decided she was not adoptable. after months and months of work with her, i was devastated. yet, we knew what had to be done. she went peacefully with me holding her the entire time, i would not let her go without love .
then there was another female, this one a little older. she was not pure, she was a powerhouse. she was extremely high prey drive, she tried to dive out my window in my house over a squirrel . very dog aggressive. she went after me on a couple of occasions. she too was evaluated by us board members and after months of working with her she also was not to be adopted out.
yes, they were saved. they were saved from whatever horror they had before RESCUE came into their lives. they lived with love, knew love , even if they didnt understand it at that point or were too far gone they had it at least for a little while.
it is the hardest thing to do.
To those in rescue, its a special person that can do this. All rescue people should be commended for what they do. Rescueing the unknown dog/cat/ animal. Trying to work with them letting them know not all humans are that bad. some are saveable, some are not. but at least they ALL come into rescue and feel love , some for the first time ever.