Anyone in rescue will tell you, if they’re honest, that a thick skin really helps when you’re dealing with unhappy pet owners - - and sometimes with each other!!!
True statement: In the early days of rescue I didn’t want to “know” how bad over population is for Oklahoma dogs and cats. Even today, it still gives me an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I’m determined to ferret out a realistic count for rural rescues and municipal shelters.
Unless you live under a rock, have no friend/relatives nor electricity - - you know Oklahoma is flooded - - - - with water. Sadly, we’re also flooded with homeless dogs and cats.
With prayer and more patience than you ever thought you would have - - we will make progress in the coming months. Yes, I said months.
For the most part, I’m an eternal optimist. However, the water, floods, tornadoes, floods, damage, floods are going to tax all of us to the limits.
This week a van with rescue written on the side - - and another vehicle - - were seen in Vinita and it looked as though they were selling puppies out of the rescue van. Myself and a board member high-tailed it down there (I got there first). I sat for a minute and watched and realized it might not be what we’d suspected.
Saving homeless/abused/owner-surrender dogs and cats is emotional, tiring, rewarding and challenging. I’m not talking about the dogs and cats - - I’m talking about working with the people who save the dogs and cats.
Five years ago, shortly after we broke ground for the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter in Vinita, I began an intensive study on how we were going to make it “work”.
For Worse….. For Better
Yeah but - - - it stops progress every time
I’ve come to appreciate the value/power of a visual over the spoken or written word. When I tell people we transfer 25 – 30+ dogs every Tuesday night to Dumb Friends League they respond with luke-warm enthusiasm in their voices