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Does looking at rescues ever depress anyone else?
  • I was looking though some of the courtesy listings on the national Shiba rescue site, and I must say, some of these listings are really depressing---not even just the ones where the poor things have been mistreated but ones where the reason cited for giving up what sound like perfectly sweet, lovable, well-adjusted dogs is something like moving to a place that doesn't allow dogs, etc and just generally not thinking ahead. I really don't feel that now is the right time for me to own a dog (I really have all the pets I personally can handle right now) but so many of these guys just make me want to swoop in and take them home with me.

    How many of the rest of you torture yourselves like this?
    Post edited by Calia at 2011-09-21 01:11:45
  • I torture myself with this all the time. :( I'm always looking for more Shibas. I want to save them all, but realistically know that's not possible. :(
  • I know what you mean. I think if all of us could and did save as many of these guys as we wanted we would probably all be up for sainthood.
  • LosechLosech
    Posts: 2516
    Yeah, and I know I'd have two or three of them if I didn't live at home with Mom.
  • I'm ALWAYS looking at puppies and rescues. i know its really sad that people have to give up their pets for what seems like really ridiculous reasons, but I've had a lot of customers that have absolutely no choice but to move to a place that they cant keep pets. and a lot of times they're actually doing the best thing for the dog by giving it to someone that will be able to afford good food and a home for them. i do wish i could just adopt them all!
  • @Rubberduckey: It's true, it's impossible to really judge unless you know everything. Which, obviously, we don't.
  • inubakainubaka
    Posts: 174
    Yeah it can be super depressing since all of these dogs are homeless because of human conditions and problems. I've not met a foster/shelter dog/rescue that was so far gone it "deserved" to be without a home. Sad stuff.

    My trouble is that I can't say no. I've taken in dogs that I was so not equipped to handle because their situation was so darn depressing. I've learned so much about dogs through rescue though - it's an experience I was born to have.

    And everyone can do something about it. If you can't foster or adopt - donating time, marketing and cross posting, donating money or items, transporting. All these things make a HUGE different in the life of a rescue or shelter dog, one at a time, until there are none left homeless.
  • SakuSaku
    Posts: 372
    what makes me really depressed is those shiba puppy pictures posted by the blood sucking backyard breeders. Every puppy is a life...and sometimes I wonder how many of them are going to be end up in a good home...and live a full life.

    Some of them might have health problems, some of them might have temperament problems...some of them might be used to's just too depressed and sad to even think about it!Saku & Mina's mom
  • Yeah, at least dogs in the rescues will actually find someone to love them, whatever they've been through already. No what knows what the BYB pups may face though.
  • robes325robes325
    Posts: 264
    This is off topic, but I recently saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it evoked great sympathy in me for animals and shelters. Anyone else feel the same way?

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