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What kind of a question is that 🤷‍♀️

Updated: Feb 11

This message came on Facebook messenger this morning: "Would you like a dog?"

I run an animal rescue but I am not in the business of collecting dogs.

If someone wanted to surrender a dog, they need to come up with something better than this. Of course I can't say for sure if that’s what this question was about 🤷‍♀️

I get so many surrender requests and people cannot be bothered with a) being honest, b) giving detailed infos and providing pictures and most of all c) accept help so they could actually keep the dog(s) themselves, that I no longer react to messages like this one.

If you want to dump the responsibility for your dog (or other animal) on someone else then at least be honest and forthcoming and don't make it sound like you are doing the rescue a favor; and consider making a donation because money, food and everything else thats needed to take care of these babies doesn't magically fall out of the sky for rescues either.

I’ve been running the rescue by myself for almost 3 years now because it’s impossible to find help up here (I’m not the only one in my area who cannot find volunteers) or anyone who wants to participate in saving lives. So I have to do all the various jobs myself and it’s a lot.

I haven't had a vacation or weekend off in almost 3 years. I have been taking care of horses, goats, chickens, cats and dogs and until a year ago the highlanders even with a broken tail bone as well as long Covid. But it’s not even the hard work that gets me. The reason I might have to step away from rescuing is, I have a really hard time dealing with people now. This morning a family was supposed to pick up a cat they wanted to adopt and an hour before pickup they changed their mind. I guess I need to be grateful that they actually let me know.

Then again, if I feel like this, the fact all these animals still deal with us humans after being failed and often abused by them is a miracle to me every day 🥰❤️‍🩹

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