Question – “WHY DO ‘RESCUES’, DOG CONTROL AGENCIES, ASPCA’S
AND HUMANE SOCIETIES EXIST?”
Answer - Because there are TOO MANY animals and NOT ENOUGH good
Current ‘hard times’ and, frankly, some really crazy people out there add
to the problem. Legally recognizing ‘pets’ as personal property adds to
the problem. Poor regulation of “puppy mills” adds to the problem. ‘Back-
yard’ breeders add to the problem. Not enforcing current animal legislation
adds to the problem. Seeing commercial vet costs spiral upward adds
to the problem. BIG PROBLEM.
Artwork by Dr. Arlene Brooks
“RESCUES” provide an alternative to an abandoned or lost animal going
feral or living a life of quiet desperation, being killed or dying slowly.
One world-wide figure reported of 1 in 700 dogs having a “home”. So
what do you do until spay/neuter programs turn the tide and backyard
breeders decline the unreported income from 6 Bull Dog pups? What do
you do until the ‘legal system’ consistently enforces current code and
sees animal neglect and abuse as significant? YOU RESCUE OR
Are ALL “rescues” good, caring and legitimate? NO. Are there established
regulatory agencies for “rescues”? NO. Can abuse and neglect happen
in a “rescue”? YES. What do you do? Support a ‘rescue’ with your time
and donations that you have investigated. Most provide a humane
alternative for an animal that has no advocate but help with your mind first
then your heart. CHECK IT OUT!
HVCLCC has donated countless hours, over $500,000.00 in estimated
commercial vet fees and helped over 900 animals in the last eight years.
A life lesson learned is that the value of a donation is based on the
expectations and attitudes of the “people” helped and varies BUT
the patient is always silently grateful.