From: Cathy Stanley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Subject: Please help spread this message about ethical and responsible rescue practices
I know that this message has been spread before and those of us who "get it" don't need to hear this.
But somehow, I am hoping that by repeating this message, over and over, that more people on our rescue network, will clean up their act and stop sending animals to unscreened places.
Here is a woman who calls herself a rescuer:
Animal "rescuer" caught on video, arrested for animal abuse http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news- ... the+Dog%29
She could be anyone on our rescue network, she could be anyone on Facebook whom calls themselves a rescuer.
She could, with great ease, have been able to get a steady supply of animals from our Los Angeles shelters, no questions asked, no screening process whatsoever, by many people in our rescue network who call themselves either pullers, transporters or rescuers.
Not a day goes by that I don't receive emails with "shopping lists" of dogs in shelters, from people offering to pull and arrange transport for a dog to anyone.
I received some correspondence last week about a pit bull at Devore. The dog was being pulled, was going to be handed off to a truck driver somewhere (an unscreened person), that truck driver was going to drive the pit bull from California to a woman in Colorado (another unscreened person). She lives in a town that has breed legislation prohibiting pit bulls. I know this because out of curiosity, I googled her name, her phone number, learned what town she was in, then called Animal Control of that town. This unscreened woman has plans for the pit bull to "go live in the mountains" with someone else (yet a third unscreened person).
Funny thing is, the original "puller/transporter" at Devore, seemed to find nothing wrong with sending a dog to some mysterious unscreened place. As long as the dog was out of her sight and out of her mind, she could say she saved that dog.
This is highly dangerous and reckless in so many ways.
A place in the mountains could be anything . . . an animal hoarder, a dog fighting ring, a sick predator who uses the dogs to torture, mutilate or commit acts of beastiality upon, a crazy person living in a shack with animals tied up on stakes or living crammed into small cages for the rest of their lives.
Why? Why would anyone in their right mind, send a dog to an unscreened place?
With the internet, you can reach anyone in any region and there is no excuse for not doing the footwork to thoroughly screen prospective adopters or prospective "rescuers" that you might send an animal to. If this place in the mountains was a legitimate safe place for a dog, then why not contact a local rescue group to drive up into the mountains and visit in person first? Why not get vet references? Why not put in the extra effort to ensure you are sending a dog to safety and not sending a dog to unknown horrors? Whom is the back up plan should that place in the mountains not work out for a pit bull? Why not put in the effort to ensure the animals you are pulling and transporting, are actually going somewhere safe?
If you haven't seen this, it is worth a watch: just one dog . . . Floppy's story http://blip.tv/file/3391959
A reminder of what can happen when our pullers/transporters/rescuers do not screen where they send dogs.
Please, if you see a puller/transporter/rescuer sending dogs to unscreened places, please please speak up on behalf of the animals that are at their mercy.
These animals have no say in anything.
Ask the good questions and insist that if you are going to offer your donor support to one of these people, that they provide you with transparency.
Insist that sloppy "rescues" start cleaning up their acts and take the safety of animals more seriously.
It is not just about moving volumes of animals and saying "yaay" we are rescuing!
Rescue does not end the moment you pull an animal from a shelter.
Real rescue is what you do with that animal afterward.
Please stop supporting sending animals to unscreened places.
Thank you so much for considering this positive rescue message and for passing it forward.