To the editor:
What is rescue all about?
Rescue is a calling for most people. God gave us dominion over animals, but to those of us in rescue that means we are responsible for the care of God’s creatures. That doesn’t mean only rescue people are responsible for their care, but those of us in rescue live it every day.
Our goal each day is to make an impact on animal’s lives and to do what we can to correct the mishandling by other people. The mission of our shelter is to rescue the animals that are in municipal facilities that don’t have much chance of getting out alive. We walk several shelters every week and take the dogs that are available, before they are euthanized. Our purpose is to partner with animal control to help reduce the wonderful pets that are in the municipal shelters with little or no hope of getting out alive.
Real rescues make sure all dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. If you see an unaltered dog or cat up for adoption, you should stop and re-think the adoption. The rescues that don’t alter their residence prior to adoption are not in it for the animals, but for the money. Don’t support those groups. They are not helping the cause. The pet should be vaccinated prior to the day of adoption. If the animal’s records show vaccinations on the day of event, think twice; again this is a warning signal that you are dealing with the wrong type of rescue.
My last hope is work with your local rescues — adopt, donate, volunteer, and network to help get the animals in our area into homes. Remember the small local rescues that are working to help the animals in our area — keep your support local. I know big groups do lots for animals, but most of your donations supports people. The small rescue works off of volunteer support and your donation goes directly to the care of the animals.
Think local first! Help those who are working to help the animals in your area. We thank everyone who donates or has donated to help us do this awesome work. We are honored to work to help the animals of our area.
We do adoption events every weekend. You can find the sites on our website: http://www.barchardshelter.org.
Our shelter is open every day but Wednesday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. You can reach us at 903/496-2412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to spay or neuter to help reduce the number of pets in our local shelters!
Jody McIntier, President
Commerce Humane Association