WHAT ABOUT THE COME-BACK KIDS? (PLACEMENT AND SANCTUARY VERSUS PLACEMENT OR SANCTUARY) – from Chris – (from our Blog page February 2010)
One would think placement and sanctuary automatically go hand in hand. But we have discovered that is not always the case, and much confusion can result. Sanctuaries are often confused with people who do not wish to place, and who just keep more animals than they can care for. This is called hoarding. This is like confusing apples with oranges because they are both round and are fruits. The first thing we did when we decided to ‘really rescue’ animals formally from the streets, from people who could no longer keep them and from kill shelters was to look for a proper site for a sanctuary. A sanctuary has to be in a location where many animals can live in peace and within the legal structure which always limit numbers allowed within city limits. This took about six months. We were lucky to find a location within our home county which is way over 50 % urbanized.
Yet as we enter our eighth year there in June, 2010, we have found that many people go into rescue operations with no plans to provide a sanctuary for old, unfriendly, difficult to place animals, or what we call come-back kids, the animals who were not successfully placed and who end up coming back. It might seem to be putting the cart before the horse, but according to the people who have a rescue and yet make no plans for providing a sanctuary, the two concepts are not tied in a knot. One certainly can rescue, for a time, many animals and try to re-home them, and do a lot of good and help a lot of animals which otherwise would be euthanized, and do this without a back-up sanctuary. And we support these efforts of course for the greater good they do. However for us at Real Rescue, the mission would not have been complete without having the sanctuary first. We are truly no kill, and the sanctuary is our guarantee and promise to the animals who cross our path that we will not give up on them if they can not be re-homed or are health compromised or homely or not trainable in human terms. For example, we have a dog that we placed twice who came back both times because she is basically not trainable and hyper. She is doing fine at the farm, but otherwise would have no place to live. One can always hope that someone will come along someday and like her in spite of her traits of being hyper and not trainable, and that has happened before to our great pleasure and surprise with other hard to place animals.
I have learned lately that there are placement only facilities which do not have and would never consider having a sanctuary. Some sanctuaries might be confused with hoarding by some people. Those people abhor so-called hoarding with a passion. These placement only facilities do sometimes give up on animals which cannot be placed due to health or behavior issues or who will not stay placed. These animals are usually sent back to kill shelters and are killed upon relinquishment. At least these animals had a chance, and that is more than so many animals get in America. But we feel even animals who cannot be easily placed deserve more than just one chance. America is a smart country and rich enough to avoid pet overpopulation but has never chosen to do so. It is a matter of choice as it is politically easier for governments to spend the money and time to run kill shelters as compared to spending money on spay and neuter and law enforcement which would save so much suffering in the long run. We have a long way to go as a country but, in the short run, I would recommend to those who have placement only facilities that you try to line yourself up with an animal sanctuary instead of a local kill shelter for animals you cannot place. It just is one more step toward moving the country and humanity forward. ~Chris
A big thank you to Dolese Concrete! Dolese Concrete is donating 1250 square feet of concrete pavers to floor kennels! Thank you so much!! Your generous gift is so appreciated!
Next bit of wonderful news: Real Rescue is privledged to offer services to our Tulsa partner, Pets for Vets, in helping to house some of the dogs that were without homes due to the May tornadoes. We always try to offer any and all help to our military men and women and their families. We have also cared for other dogs and cats when their families needed foster care for an extended period of time. Again, Real Rescue owners and volunteers feel very honored to be trusted in this important service.
A personal note from the owners of Real Resce. We also thank all of our supporters who never fail to help us weather any storms that we face in our day to day operations. Let it be known that Real Rescue has many, many, wonderful, involved, conscientious, honest, and protective supporters. Most are working quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes of our rescue and have been with us since our beginning in 2001.
First my apologies as webmaster for not posting more often! I have been busy with work, life and my new hobby photography, all of which is a poor excuse. Chris and Dana have been busy with life and work as well.
All profits I get from the sale of any and all photos and notecards in the next few months will be going to the rescue and sanctuary Real Rescue Inc. They are in desperate need of money to help feed and care for the animals in their care.
I discovered I will need to go back to my original photos and upload much higher resolution images, so that is what I will be doing. I like the way I can have a slideshow from here and links to here from my website www.EnjoyingMyBurrito.com which i also just got started. So I ask your patience, and if there is any photo you might want, please let me know, and i will get the higher resolution of that one right away.
Fall is here and it is CFC time again!
Happy Fall from Real Rescue! The CFC campaign just started and it would be a great time to remember to ask federal friends to sign up for CFC # 62513. federal campaign giving pledge for 2013!
Each season brings its own set of needs to Real Rescue. As fall progresses, and it gets much cooler, it reminds us winter is around the corner. Right now in addition to the ever present food and vet bills needs, we are looking for funds for winter medications, winter tarps, dog houses, and new fencing. The Combined Federal Campaign is a great and easy way to help Real Rescue meet monthly needs every year, and we and the animals in our care are so grateful for those who gave in the past and hope they and their federal friends will give for 2013!
Real Rescue Inc is very proud to announce that we have been approved by their board to partner with Pets For Vets out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, that place pets with veterans. It is such a worthy organization doing such a good thing, and we are honored to be selected to partner with them.
At Thansgiving we especially remember our friends and family who have helped all the animals at Real Rescue. Some special recent donors are on our Thank You and In Memory pages. Thank you to all who have given to Real Rescue! And may you all have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
This is Eddie, a big wonderful bundle of love, energy and smarts!!! He learns commands very fast and has a personality that will win you over in a NY minute. He needs a loving family and a home with room to play. He loves water, food, kisses, and other dogs. A great big clown of a dog, a lifetime friend. If he might be for you please call Dana at405-414-5651.
We now have 4 ways for generous friends and supporters of RRI to give to Real Rescue: 1) on our Donate Online page by clicking on the Network Through Good button or 2) by clicking on the Paypal button (which takes any major charge card or Paypal account) or 3) by check or money order in the mail or 4) through monthly payroll deductions for Federal and military employees and retirees to the Combined Federal Campaign.
We received the very generous and very welcome gift of donated Sand and River rock from Ken Wert at A&A Trucking. They have been so nice and generous to donate it! The dogs are going to like it a lot!
We have many things we need, to get ready for brrrrrrrrrr winter. We have some much need fall projects going which Dana and Chris will tell more about as they happen.
Thank you on behalf of the all the animals and us for all you do, for your generosity, dear friends and supporters or Real Rescue Inc.
We are also very grateful to have Kyle Bailey helping Richard and Chris out at the farm sanctuary!!!