“Somebody Do Something” – The Armchair Dog Rescuer

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Dog rescue is a dirty business. And I mean that literally. If you haven't been pooped on, haven't come home covered in dog hair, or haven't gone through a range of about 20 emotions in the span of a few hours--you're doing it wrong. It's a passion that can bring you the greatest joy, and can bring you to your knees just as easily.

While I commend anyone who dedicates even a small part of their life to helping dogs in need, today I've got a bone to pick with the people I like to call "armchair dog rescuers." These are the people that are usually the first to cast blame--typically on rescue groups, fellow rescuers, or animal shelter employees--and are the last to take proactive action themselves.

The armchair dog rescuer often adopts the attitude of "somebody do something!" When you're on the front lines of the rescue world, this attitude is incredibly frustrating. Even working alongside all the people who are doing as much as they can, there comes a point when our hands are tied. Without the help of the general public, rescuers and adopters simply can't save every dog facing euthanasia at a shelter.

Animal shelter workers and animal control officers take a verbal beating on a daily basis from people who believe that they are just out to "kill any dog that walks in the door." In the vast majority of cases, this couldn't be further from the truth. The real root of the problem starts with irresponsible pet ownership, especially a lack of spaying and neutering. (Note: This is a problem more specific with the United States than in other areas like the UK, where many pets are unaltered, but are safely contained at all times.)

So instead of being an armchair dog rescuer who tells others to "save all of them" or to "just do something," try some of these alternatives that can truly make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs.

  1. Give time or money to your local open-intake shelter or with a private rescue group. This is one of the biggest steps you can take to helping the dogs in your community. Find a shelter or rescue group near you and find out where you can best fill a need-- from fostering a dog to washing blankets and towels, there's something everyone can do. If you aren't able to volunteer, considering making a monetary donation or donating needed supplies.
  2. Practice responsible pet ownership. Don't just talk the talk--walk the walk! Your pets should be up-to-date on vaccinations, should be wearing a collar and tags at all times, should be microchipped, and should be spayed and neuteredIf you choose not to spay/neuter, please keep your pets safely contained and do not breed unless you're a licensed, responsible breeder.
  3. Educate others about responsible pet ownership. Educating your family and friends about responsible pet ownership is an easy way to help keep dogs out of shelters. If you want to take the next step, join an outreach group in your community that focuses on low cost spay/neuters, or other pet-related causes.
  4. Share dogs in need on social media--the right way. Social media has been instrumental in helping save lives in shelters, so don't think that I'm suggesting that all people who share dogs on social media are armchair dog rescuers. Sharing every single dog in a shelter with the all-caps heading "SOMEONE SAVE HIM!" is only going to deter your followers from really looking at the dogs you show. Find out any information you can about each dog you share, and don't blame the shelter workers or the full rescue groups who cannot help.
  5. If you see a problem, take action. This might be the most important point I'd like to make. If you see an animal in immediate need of help, and you have the means by which to help, please take action. If you see a dog limping on the side of the road, stop to pick him up. If you find a lost dog shivering in the cold, take him in. If you don't do something, theres's no guarantee anyone else will. While it might cause you some inconvenience in the short-term, you may never truly know the scope of the long-term impact your decision to take action could make.

Dog rescue is exhausting, emotional work--but I can guarantee you'll never regret a minute of it.

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Positively Expert: Alex Andes

Alex Andes is the owner and head trainer of Peach on a Leash Dog Training & Behavior Services in Atlanta, GA.


55 thoughts on ““Somebody Do Something” – The Armchair Dog Rescuer

  1. bluepassion264

    Hear hear! Thanks for this (and a much better article than the last one written on the site about "kill" shelters) I manage a foster program at an open intake shelter and if you can't adopt, foster! It's a fantastic and extremely rewarding hands on way to help! If you can't foster, volunteer AT the shelter! If you can't volunteer AT the shelter, see what you can do to help from home! There are so many ways to help and sitting at home behind a computer yelling at people doesn't help. I have no time for those people. While we're out here doing this as our FULL TIME jobs and others are volunteering their spare time in addition to their non shelter FULL TIME jobs you are doing absolutely nothing to further the cause but make enemies.

  2. Lilisue99

    I am so angry at rescue "friends" lately!!! You said it.. Most are sitting on their ass ahem armchair letting others do their work and pointing fingers!! I am so angry right now, I am pondering quitting every last one of the ones I belong to....I honestly cannot stand the backstabbing and finger pointing...

  3. Liberal in CA

    Don't quit b/c you are doing it for the animals not the people who are finger pointing and such.

  4. Kylie Rothero

    Great article Alex... Relevant the world over (I'm an Australian who rescued there, now living in Hong Kong and rescuing here)... I've been to Thailand with a friend to help her with the local animals over there... Sadly, apathy is a universal disease; it can be found in the most unlikely of places. Respect and kudos to all who give their time, money, old towels, donate food and veterinary items. Without you, the world for many of these dogs (and don't forget our feline friends) would be a much darker place.

  5. Valerie Proctor Davis

    I only re-post a few animal appeals, and just the ones from local friends. And I put the city and state in the first line. I wish that would become a standard! I see plenty of posts where I can't tell anything about where the animal is located, or what date it was posted. It could be overseas and out-of-date for all I can tell.

  6. Valerie jones

    From a pound manager

    I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a dog pound/rescue
    shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view
    from the inside if you will.

    First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be
    made to work in the "back" of an animal centre for just one day.
    Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would
    change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know.

    That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in
    my pound when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if
    you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the
    pound it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the
    dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come
    into my pound are purebred dogs.

    The most common excuses I hear are; "We are
    moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow
    pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How
    big did you think a German shepherd would get? "We don't have time for
    her.” Really? I work a 10-12 hour day
    and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our garden". How
    about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't
    want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get
    adopted, she's a good dog".

    Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how
    stressful do you think being in a pound is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has
    7 days to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little
    longer if the pound isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy.
    If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will
    be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or
    crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It
    will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.
    If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her
    for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl
    of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a
    high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully"
    breeds (pit bull, staffy, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when
    you walked it through the front door.

    Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't
    matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.

    If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 7 days
    and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and
    your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of
    execution, but not for long. Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a
    week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn
    in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are
    it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be
    destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a £100 treatment.

    Here's a little euthanasia resume for those of you
    that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being

    First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a
    leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy,
    wagging their tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them
    freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like
    death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but
    it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held
    down by 1 or 2 vet nurses depending on the size and how freaked out they are.
    Then a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and
    inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't
    panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg
    and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and
    screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for
    a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.

    When it all ends, your pet’s corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in
    the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up
    like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? You'll never know
    and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can
    always buy another one, right?

    I hope that those of you that have read this are
    bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head I deal with
    everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate
    that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realise
    that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a

    Between 60 thousand animals die every year in UK
    pounds and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but
    rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than
    there are homes.

    My point to all of this; DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE

    Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality
    is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding
    their dog, taking their loving pet to a pound, or buying a dog. I hope that
    someone will walk into my pound and say "I saw this and it made me want to

  7. Sharri

    It is key that passionate people not be lost or overwhelmed by groups arguing or accusations. Everyone can make a difference by helping a small rescue or a large established shelter or humane society. Know your strengths and give your skills and donate time, resources as you are able. The problems will take as many caring people for more dogs (and cats) to be helped.Get involved in baby steps and learn as you grow with the knowledge of the issues. Even the donation of a used wire cage or a case of paper towels --volunteer to bottle feed, make calls or drive pets -- transport to next town -- all can save time or help save lives.

  8. Lilisue99

    If folks are asking for Prayer, I will Pray for them!! Maybe it means nothing to you, but for the hearts that are hurting, it does a LOT!! What would you suggest from someone who has nothing to give but prayer? Stay away???? I share, I foster, I work with auctions and transport.. But, A Prayer never hurt anyone!!

  9. Petra421

    Valerie Jones - most breeders do it for the money, not the love of dogs, tho' they may say otherwise,. Also, many of the excuses you hear about why people are surrendering a pet are excuses. They don't want to admit that there's job loss, unemployment, eviction. They don't want to admit that they are having to make a choice between their pet & a roof over their child's head. They don't want to admit that their next home is a friend or relative's couch. People will often make lame excuses that don't reflect well on themselves rather than admitting that they are in dire financial straits & need help themselves. The North & South LA Shelter Intervention Programs that help people keep their pets have found that they often have to break thru that façade until they find out the real problem.... & often it's the family that needs help as much as the animal, but they lack transportation, savings, a way to find options. They show up at the shelter too embarrassed to admit it. With a volunteer & a table set up at the shelters, the intervention programs have a big sign "How Can We Help You Keep Your Pet?" Does your shelter have a list of resources to help the humans.... so that they can keep their animals? Or are you one of the rescuers that's eager to save pets from poor people who shouldn't have them in the 1st place?

  10. Dana Park

    Good article to a point.....I am a rescuer and am at my limit....I currently have 8 dogs and have 9 horses/ponies/mule all of which are rescues of some sort. I care for and love all my animals and will provide them with food, water, and vet care till they day they die. Recently, one of my horses got sick, choked, and went off his feed for about a week. He lost weight, but continued to drink. I talked to my vet, who told he is throat was sore and to slowly offer him mushy mush feed and that he will come back around. Now, it has only been almost 3 weeks and he is back eating with gusto, and is slowly packing on the pounds, but I get animal control called on me from some do gooder thinking I am abusing/neglecting him. The animal control officer was rude, nasty, and downright treated me like I was Michael Vick instead of trying to help me with the situation or ask if what I was doing about the situation, so not all animal control officers are knights in shining armour ready to help citizens that are trying to do the right thing. I immediately callled my vet who stated she will write a formal report to give them that all the horses are under her care and that she is aware of the situation and that they are not being abuses/neglected.

  11. Cargirl05

    you can pray without having to TELL everyone that you're doing so. every time a comment that isn't DIRECTLY helping that animal is posted to a rescue thread, all it does is clog up the thread and makes it hard for people to get to the info they actually NEED to help that animal in some way. you can share a thread without having to SAY you shared it. you can pray without having to SAY you're praying. unless you have something of actual, direct consequence relating to that animal to say, shut up and share quietly. thanks.

  12. Cindy Fashingbauer

    but when it comes to sharing animals in need "prayers" does as much good as "someone do something" and "I wish I lived closer" or the ever popular "I would but I already have (X number) of dogs and can't have any more"

    when a dog/cat is being crossposted in the hopes of saving its life useless comments like the ones above only clog the comment section and make it that much harder to see if anyone that can truly help has posted with further questions or offers of rescue

  13. DCZiese

    Valerie, I believe you reveal a harsh reality, but one that needs to be heard (or read) and acknowledged. May I quote your comment/statement in its entirety in an online article I am composing? I can provide you with a link for you to review and approve the article, when it's finished--if you agree. Much appreciated.

  14. Saddles Baggett

    Not afraid to voice my opinion and share prayers. I have rescued and kept 8 dogs all inside my house all sleep with me each night and all are loved and fed well......praying to God who is higher than any shelter worker is my choice also .

  15. Molly

    Yup. I'm a crossposter/rescuer and the other night there was one that I needed more information on as the post didn't even have the state on it.
    There were 743 comments. I made it through 250 "prayers" and "Somebody save" before I gave up.

  16. Dianna Helmers

    AC, Police and many Animal Shelters can and should do more. And I am physically hands on running a Rescue daily and I say this.

  17. FortheSake Ofanimals

    Let's not forget about cats too please.
    Cats are being killed in shelters 3 to 1 to dogs.

    They are victims too that live in the shadow of society.
    When someone sees a cat roaming around they barely take notice like they do with a dog.
    Someone wants to make a difference can do so in any neighborhood because I guarantee they have hungry stray cats.

  18. Bully Breed

    I agree with most of what you say Petra, except your demonetization of breeders. There are many good ones and they are not in it for the money, because they lose money, it's a hobby and a passion and most also do rescue of the breed they love. By not making a distinction between puppy mills, backyard breeders and reputable breeders, you keep the puppy mills & backyard breeders in business. Some people want a purebred puppy and those that do may buy from bad places if they don't know there is a better option.

  19. Bully Breed

    I have lost respect for Victoria Stilwell, as she has hired Nazis to restrict valid opinions on this board. I will be writing her directly so that you can be fired and a qualified person given the opportunity to represent her brand. There was nothing wrong with my comment and you should be ashamed for censoring it.

  20. lynn g

    problem with some of not being able to adopt a shelter animal is that we don't live in their area and the rescues/shelters wont adopt out of their areas makes me sick tat so many need homes but if you don't live near where animal is you cant adopt I raised sheps for 30+ yrs with a list of families wanting one of my pups at all times and not one pup ever left it's new family except through old age death I always told every new family that I would take back every pup If I needed to because they had issues or could no longer keep I to this day still get pics in mail from happy families showing me their baby they got from me I've been out of breeding for 5 yrs now and really want another shep---- but none available in my area to adopt so it's not all armchair rescuers tat are at fault

  21. Kitty Johnson

    WELL SAID!!! I hate those who whine with their fingers -- I want to hunt them down and wrap their keyboards around their heads -- they're preaching to the choir!! We're overworked, understaffed and underfunded! Get out there and try doing something yourselves for a change!! Or they say, "I already have 3 and couldn't possibly take in another one!" (Yeah, we have 10 or 20 - duh!!!) or my favorite, "My husband won't let me!" (HELLO??? How old are you???)

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  23. Bully Breed

    It's more the fault of the bureaucrats and weak, do nothing laws! Our shelter actual has a list of fines for off leash dogs from $25.00 for the first offense up to $125.00 for the 7th time! Try fining $1000.00 for the first offense and a year in jail and $5000.00 for the 2nd and watch the public suddenly become more responsible. It's amazing what people will do in their self interests!

  24. Ileene

    I do all of this,,but fall short of actually rescuing animals..( unless I see a stray then I actively try to get it back home..if it will let me) I'm so thankful for all that these organizations do.

  25. Adrienne Clegg

    Thank you, you see the worst of human kind and still have a soul. I work in Pit Bull rescue in California and am a staunch No Kill Nation supporter and believer in the No Kill Equation. I see pleas from people every day on Facebook saying just that 'Somebody do something' and I realized I am somebody and so I am doing something. I actively recruit fosters for my shelter and for my own rescues. We house at any one time in my home 4 resident family Pit Bulls and 2 to 4 dogs waiting for foster. We bottle feed puppies and do local outreach with backyard breeders and dog fighters. We as a society are a selfish lot, unaccustomed to the grimy truths of reality. I could not do your job EVER. I don't know how you keep your sanity. I sleep maybe 5 hours a night and feel guilty for that. I do training clinics to help people keep their dogs, recently spoiled puppies that they didn't bother to train who are now 7 month old super strong, super smart bullies romping and destroying everything in their path. These dogs recently relegated to the backyard are 1 step from the shelter and death and they have no idea what they did wrong. I have rescued over the years overbred Pibble bitches so sweet and hopeful for a shred of kindness that would be put down as soon as their owners hit the door because they had infected uterus and mammary tumors or demodex. They made thousands of dollars on these sweet souls and no gratitude whatsoever. No one wants to adopt these broken down ladies so they go. The black dogs, old dogs, former fighting dogs, bait dogs and breeder bitches they come in droves to my house. But there isn't enough of me for all of them so sleep is a luxury I can't afford. And too many of them pass from this earth unloved and unsung, seen by no one but the Euth Tech and shelter staff . Thank you again for your words. I believe that if every school child went on a fieldtrip to the local AC and spent a day there watching owner surrenders and these animals meted their end terrified and alone we would have a better world. Skip the gaming systems and get involved in your community. Foster, transport and adopt. Do your part.

  26. Maukwa

    With social media you are always going to get the "do something" people...they are not bad or wrong, they just feel helpless, and it is hard to see some of the photos etc. that come onto a page everyday...don't be so judgmental...I see this catty personality (no offense to kitties) with an attitude of "you don't deserve to be called a rescuer, look at all I do"....This is a real turn off and has no place in animal rescue. So unless you put directions on every post, do not criticize what people do in response to it. I truly commend all those who are getting down and dirty in the rescue business., but I have a friend who is disabled and she is a "poster", and she gives all of her social security check every month to rescues to save animals...lighten up, animals would not criticize.

  27. Kristy Graham

    all of this. AND quit trying to "diagnose" a dog and give medical advice over FB. OMG that drives me crazy!

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  29. Megan Hartson

    Same goes for dog trainers talking about other dog trainers. I hate it when I hear dog trainers talk about others methods... when dog trainers... whatever methods they use help save dogs lives.

  30. L.D.

    Drives me crazy! Keep it ("prayers") to yourself. SHARE on social media to every rescue or volunteer you know, yes. Send a donation..yes. CALL or email the rescue or shelter for info if possible. Offer transport help or temp foster (overnight?) for rescues asking for help... and IF you see info (animal is safe, or other updates,) SHARE it on that thread to everyone.

  31. Mattie Parsons

    I used to work in rescue but now age and being disabled means I can't do much, I do have 5 rescue dogs, 3 came direct from a pound, one a Staffy who would have been pts because the pounds are full of them. I may not be able to do much now but I can give these a good life. I can still share posts to help dogs find a rescue place so they don't get pts, I can still do homechecks but can't travel far. What I am saying, you don't have to do a lot to help, not everyone can, every little helps even if it is just £1 a month to help with the bills.
    I hope you don't mind Valerie but I am going to put this up on my page, it is really good and tells how it is.

  32. Mattie Parsons

    Many of these people may be like me, disabled and can't do very much apart from sharing the posts, sharing does find homes for dogs and cats so the more that share the better, they reach more people. Many posts don't put the area were the dog is, not everyone can travel or has transport, I can't drive far now because my leg seizes up so if I wanted a dog I couldn't go far for it. I used to do a lot for rescues, raised a lot of money for them as well, even though I am a pensioner and have 5 rescue dogs I try to send a little money every month but to some rescues this isn't enough. We should work together, everyone is good at something's try encouraging them to help by doing what they are good at even if it is knitting dog coats to keep the dogs warm in winter.

  33. Mattie Parsons

    If the information was put in the original post it wouldn't matter but this rarely happens, a lot of information is left out of them including the area were the dog is. Many dogs are ill when they go into rescue, the power of prayers and Reiki is amazing and I have seen some remarkable recoveries. By attacking people like this you are chasing them away from helping, nobody likes to be spoken to like this, you need some people skills.

  34. Mattie Parsons

    If someone is interested in a dog they shouldn't put it up but contact the person involved, it is laziness to just put it on the thread, if they really wanted the dog they would be trying to contact everyone to try and get it. Yes they may be useless comments but it is these people who are donating money, making and selling things to raise money, they should be treated with respect and not attacked and told they are useless.

  35. Mattie Parsons

    You are right, many can't help with transport or homechecks, they may be like me, disabled, I exercise my dogs with a mobility scooter and I sit in an armchair sharing as many dogs as I can in the hope that others will share as well, the more shares a dog gets the more chance of a home. I have 5 dogs, all are fit and well, 3 came direct from a pound, all came with problems that have been sorted and I have fostered many dogs in the past. My last foster is still here he was so traumatised that I can't move him on, I doubt he will every be right even though he has improved a lot. I see many people who want to help give up because of the way they are treated, the best rescues are those that help these volunteers help them by using what they are good at instead of complaining because they can't do what you want them to do. They are valuable, they can make life easier for those in the front line but most rescues just push them away.

  36. Mattie Parsons

    If you say you hate whining with fingers why are you doing it? You are the type of person who pushes volunteers away then company because you can't get the help you need and is often why you are overworked, understaffed and underfunded. I have done a lot for rescue over the years, I used to do about 100 homechecks a year, travel several hundred miles on a transport run, fostered the dogs that would have been pts because of their aggression and turned them round and you have the check to tell me that I should get out there and do something myself. I am now 74 years old and disabled, very disabled but still manage 5 high energy dogs and keep them fit and well, all are rescues, 3 came direct from a pound with no known history. How dare you judge others like this, one day you could be like me.

  37. Mattie Parsons

    Many dog trainers also turn dogs aggressive by the methods they use, there is one not far from me who does this, he uses punishment to get the dogs under control.

  38. Megan Hartson

    Great example of what I am talking about. Correction... many people in general can mentally impair dogs. And I am not talking specifically dog trainers. Punishment is a part of psychology and the learning process. A dog sticks his nose on a bee the bee stings the dog, the dog is less likely to stick its nose on a bee the next time. Are we now stating the bees natural defense is cruel? Same goes for dogs and their natural defense of biting. The human is less likely going to do whatever made the dog bite. Therefore, dog trainers are always learning about dogs and not all dogs or humans are the same some need more stimulation then others. But I still think its rude to talk about others methods. I personally hate to see house dogs that want to work but are being deprived the opportunity by "we the people". Or other dogs whom don't want to work but are being pushed to.

  39. Kim

    Yep. Plenty of armchair Cat Rescuers, too who sit in judgment of me charging for getting out there on all fours to search, hunt and find. I see it as, "Those on their butts vs. those on their knees."

  40. Kim

    Yep. Plenty of armchair Cat Rescuers, too who sit in judgment of me charging for getting out there on all fours to search, hunt and find. I see it as, "Those on their butts vs. those on their knees."

  41. Mattie Parsons

    Why should we keep it to ourselves? The person who is asking for help and advice often get a lot of comfort because people are sending prayers, healing thoughts, Reiki etc. They need this to help them through the bad time they are having, I know what it is like to have to cope without anyone to turn to, nobody to talk to, nobody to share my worries, believe me it is a very lonely place to be and sole destroying, I ended up having a breakdown trying to cope. If someone asks for prayers they will get them.
    Being a pensioner there isn't a lot of money to spare to donate, people seem to think we have a lot of money but we don't, of course there is always some that do. Being disabled rules out a lot of things that I can do for rescues, I used to do homechecks, transport runs, taking and returning dogs to the vets, etc. Being a Reiki Master I can do quite a lot of help by sending Reiki, it isn't much but can be a lot to someone who is going through a bad time.

  42. Mattie Parsons

    I often have to ask were the animal is before I can cross post it, at the moment we are getting a lot of dogs and cats needing homes from other countries, mainly Romania but there are so many needing help now. The cost of getting them to the UK can be very high, it is very important that the area/country is on the post.

  43. Mattie Parsons

    Thankfully things are slowly changing in the UK, many people who find a dog take it to a vet to be scanned, if it is microchipped the dog or cat can be returned to the owner. If someone keeps a dog they find this is now classed as theft, the dog warden should be notified first then you or the dog warden takes the dog to a pound for the dog to serve 7 days. After the 7 days the dog can be signed over to a rescue or be pts, many pounds will keep the dog longer in the hope the dog can be saved. There is a problem of rescues starting up, taking too many dogs then can't pay the bills, one had to close down just before Christmas and it was panic stations to find places for all their dogs, about 30 of them.

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Victoria is joined by Victoria Stilwell Academy's Curriculum Manager, Aly Lecznar, to talk about VSA's newly-launched Online Dog...

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