I'm not sure where the world is going...probably to hell in a hand basket. I guess I'm grumpy and disappointed. For those that need a pick me up, stop reading now. I need to vent for a few minutes.
For those that kept reading...I guess...here it goes.
I was reading another rescue's blog. They do amazing work. I'm not sure how they are funded or what their connections are. I always held them in high esteem. But they blasted an owner for trying to do the right thing because they (the rescue) didnt' believe it was the right thing. The owners were planning to euthanize their animal because of health issues that they couldn't afford (or so I'm guessing). The owner wasn't looking to dump the pet at another rescue or shelter and burdening another overwhelmed system, expecting someone else to foot the bill. They were trying to do right. And yet this rescue blasted them. I've seen it in another rescue as well and I just don't get it. Why are they blasting owners for trying to do right even though you don't agree with it?
I don't get it. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. Here this rescue is attacking these owners for trying to do right yet I'm faced with an owner dumping a horse with whoever because they don't want to incur any more costs because the animal can't make them money. What's wrong with this world?
No one wants to play god but doing the right thing for the health and welfare of the animal has to come first. If you can't afford the costs for their medial issues, there's only one or two options. The owners didn't want to burden anyone else. They were trying to do right. And it probably wasn't all just money. Timing probably plaid a part. Trying to give medication twice a day isn't easy. Hell, I have a hard time getting out to do chores every day at the same time.
Does that make me a bad owner? Am I wrong for euthanizing a horse because of aggression due to health issues? Am I wrong to put us beyond our budget to try and save a horse because we could "try" a new procedure to keep them alive for just a little longer...at the risk of making the other horses suffer?
I guess I am a bad owner. Because I put the well-being of the animal first, but I also take into consideration the well-being and health of the other animals in my care. It all has to balance out.
I don't know. I thought we were all in it together. Here to protect and provide not bash people. Now, don't get me wrong. There are some owners that shouldn't be owners. They should be wrapped up with fines and jail time but I thought as rescues and sanctuaries that we were all fighting the same cause. I know we all have our own opinions but there HAS to be reality to what we are doing. I don't know. I'm just confused and grumpy with the world these days.
I can't make ends meet and yet I'm asked countlessly to take in more horses. And yet I'm the bad guy when I have to say no. I hate saying no because I KNOW what's going to happen. So even though I'm not the one sealing that animal's fate, the owners are...and blaming me. Those are the owners I don't like.
I'm sure I don't make sense. And this is all garbl-de-gook. But I guess that's what my mind is thinking. ... garbl-de-gook because I'm too angry to make sense with what is going on in the world.
i'll stop venting now before I really get into it. I just think we are damned if we do, damned if we don't.