[[Crossposted from Animal Rescuers ]]
For those people who don't work within rescue day in and day out...
Patch was a 5yr old BC who was good with children and small animals, who could be wary around larger dogs after being attacked by a lab. Poor Patch was pts because his owners couldn't wait for a space to become available in rescue;
Welcome to Reality and the Real World of Rescue. Wake up and smell the coffee.
This is the kind of thing rescues deal with all the time.
Owners who can't be bothered to wait for help, who seem to think their dogs are a commodity and can be thrown aside at the mere hint of a problem.
The owners who expect it done NOW
, the ignorant idiots who talk to you like a piece of sh*t - like you are just there specifically for their benefit, to help THEM
with their 'problem' - it wouldn't occur to them that you are actually there for the DOGS
They seem to think they can look down on you and make demands, just because you love animals.
They seem to think you are some sort of second class citizen because you care.
These are the people who think their dogs are disposable.
These are the kind of people who are happy to pay £50+ to have their dog put to sleep, but wouldn't dream of donating it towards the dog's care if it came into rescue - not their responsibilty anymore!
We shouldn't just feel sorry for Patch, we should feel angry and furious that a 'dog lover' would have their dog put down because they have run out of patience.
If Patch had been abused, neglected and had to be pts because of his injuries, we'd all be outraged.
Why should it be any different when they are perfectly healthy?
Why would a vet willingly and knowingly put an animal down who was perfectly healthy?
Shouldn't a vet love animals and save lives? Perhaps this vet just did it for the money.
Why is this vets actions any different to a murderer like Dr Shipman?
To deny a dog a happy, safe and secure life is surely cruelty of the highest order.
If kids killed a cat with an air rifle, we'd be outraged - it would be animal cruelty, it would be illegal and we'd all condemn it.
Why is it any different with a vet and a healthy dog?
Are there no morals attached to animal welfare?
Perhaps this is an indication of our throw away convenience society.
Instead of talking about it, MORE PEOPLE
should be out there getting involved and helping as many rescues and dogs like Patch as they can.
This is why rescues CRY OUT
for foster homes.
All the best wishes in the world, posted on all the forums, WILL NOT
help these dogs.
It isn't enough - Rescues need ACTUAL
help, not virtual online help.
Instead of saying what you can't do, and "I wish I could help, but..." - think about what you CAN ACTUALLY
do. It sounds hard, but rescues don't want or need to hear what you can't do - they NEED
to hear what you CAN
people who will make the effort to take just one more dog into their home.
If just ONE
fosterer had come forward, we wouldn't need to be mourning Patch.
So instead of just crying out in indignation at what as happened to Patch - Let his loss be your inspiration and motivation to make a real difference to those other dogs like him that need homes and your PHYSICAL
This is a WAKE UP
call to you all, and it reminds you that it isn't just 'pound dogs' who are in immediate danger - dogs in home environments are too.
If you really CAN NOT
foster, ask your friends and family, ask your neighbours, ask at your local dog training club, put an appeal in your local paper on behalf of your local rescue or the rescue you support, help them raise money, become a transporter to help get dogs to places of safety - You can help to make a difference
- and little bit of help can go a long way.
Don't let what happened to Patch be in vain - try to do something - ANYTHING!
- in memory of Patch.