In today’s hostile environment, politically speaking, progress is not part of the dialogue.  As a consequence, people who need help, laws that need to be passed, payroll that should be distributed – – isn’t happening.

In rescue, I frequently hear people say they will not work with XYZ because they do not agree.  And, as a result, fewer homeless pets are saved, resources are not used efficiently and collaboration does not happen.

My youngest son played soccer, football and baseball in high school.  We had a philosophical conversation. I asked him if he liked everyone on the teams – his answer was NO.  Do you like all your coaches? NO. Do you agree with the referees and umpires. NO. Mom, I want to play the game so I play by the rules.  That same philosophy or point of view works for us in rescue.

When people say they “don’t like the way that rescue operates”, or they do not like a specific person – – my response is:  I don’t like everything my family and friends do, but I do not let that define my relationship with them. Why? Because I know they feel the same way about me.  ☺  ☺  ☺  

Rescuers work in an emotionally charged world, every day.  We see abused, neglected, sad pets who just want to be loved and cared for.  And we interact with others in rescue who want it done their way or not at all.  I can’t help but wonder what would the homeless pets say if they could speak.

An example.  Home visits. That always makes me smile – because I know we do not all share the same idea of what a suitable home requires.  Or out-of-state transport – – to an organization that does it their way. Better yet, what about homeless people who love their pets and will share their last crumb with them.  That wouldn’t be a good “home visit” but the pets of homeless people are loved – – often loved more than many that are in approved home.

Every aspect of rescue is just like business, politics and sports.  It’s political´- – ie we do not have to agree on anything except saving the animal.  When that happens, hundreds of homeless pets are saved, find a new home and we can rescue the thousands waiting in line.  So please work together, accept each other for our differences.  It’s the right thing to do.