“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
“A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.”
- Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
There are many thousands of people who enjoy sharing their lives with a rescue dog. It is a rewarding, fulfilling experience to know that you’re living with a dog who has been let down by a human already, and you’re helping to right that wrong.
If you are living with a rescue dog, it’s very important to make sure that you’re not doing your little friend a dis-service. Some of them may have gone through terrible experiences, and others may well have just needed to find a new home through no fault of their own.
It’s sad that the term ‘rescue dog’ seem have a stigma attached - it suggests to many people that there must be something wrong with this particular dog, otherwise they wouldn’t be in a rescue situation. It’s probably more accurate to consider them as dogs that haven’t found a permanent home yet.
Many dogs come into rescue purely because the owners did not understand what they were taking on when they were seduced by a small, cute puppy. After the initial novelty has worn off, the reality of house training and the responsibility that comes with sharing your home with an animal can become too much.
In other cases, a much beloved family pet can come into rescue because of a bereavement, or a change in circumstances. Sadly, when members of the family lose their job, it is often the pets who are the first ‘cost cutting’ measure.
Sometimes dogs are just found as a stray, and there’s nothing known about them whatsoever. No microchip or identifying tags mean that if no-one comes forward to claim them, the local pound must either find a rescue space for them, or have them put to sleep.
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