Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the local rescue. Care to PM me the details? I've heard a lot of stories, but thankfully I haven't had that experience myself. Good for you to find another group and still volunteering.I have a rescue dog and she is awesome, she was already house and crate trained when I got her and she has a wonderful personality, she meshes well with any dog. I also have a dog from an ethical breeder and he is awesome. I have volunteered with rescue for 7 years and have fostered all types of dogs. There are good and bad examples of the breed with both rescues and breeders, regardless of which option you choose, do your research and homework. There are some really wonderful rescue organizations and others who are unethical, just like breeders. I had a terrible experience with a dobie rescue I used to volunteer with before I got my puppy and before I found an ethical rescue to work with. I actually decided to get a pup from an ethical breeder because of that experience.
I've left 3 rescues so far due to the extreme politics, BS, and unethical actions. In one of those 3 groups, i left with half the board and a handful of volunteers and we started a new rescue. It's such a shame that so much of that exists in the rescue community. I'm a no-nonsense type of person and its not worth the stress and nerves to surround myself with bad seeds, especially since it's just volunteer work and I'm not getting paid to deal with that added crap.Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the local rescue. Care to PM me the details? I've heard a lot of stories, but thankfully I haven't had that experience myself. Good for you to find another group and still volunteering.
I think success is when the potential owner is realistic enough to know what ownership really means in terms of time, commitment, finances etc. Too often owners-to-be forget that a dog, like a person, has a personality and needs someone who will understand that and can earn respect through a commitment not only for the first exciting few weeks but for a lifetime. So, if it is not a 'match made in heaven' and most things in life are not,....are you willing to work on it or are you one to return it and exchange for another?I suppose in this case success would be that you didn't feel you needed to send the dog back?
^^^^^ Well said, you all deserve a BIG hug...THkU, from the bottom of my heart !!Also, I have had over 40 adult fosters over the years. Much easier. Puppies are a lot of work! We have had several adults adopted from our organization go on to compete in agility and obedience. We screen carefully for all of our dogs and I'm comfortable stating that each of them gained fantastic families/homes.
A little secret of adult rescues...they are so very grateful for anything given to them. Blankets, meals, shelter, fresh water...it's the small things to some of these rescues that matter the most.