Animal Rescue – What is the Reality ?

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Animal Rescue – What is the Reality ?


Animal rescue is a huge thing, it seems. You can see it in the media, you hear about it from people who work with animals and even from your friends and family. But do we really care about it? In this article I will try to answer that question by talking about what the reality of animal rescue is like today and how you can help us change this reality for the better!

Animal rescue should be the norm

Animal rescue is not a big thing, it should be the norm. Let us normalise the simple act of helping an animal in need. Rescue, especially within cities is mainly of domestic animals. We as human beings have a duty and responsibility toward these animals that we breed. We breed animals for food, clothing and the pleasure of keeping them as pets.

Animal rescue is about saving animals, and giving them the care they need, but it’s also about giving us all an opportunity to do something good for one creature who needs help. When schools teach kindness and equality, it must aim for compassion for all life- not just human beings.

As we’ve already mentioned in our previous article on how much money you can make from being an animal rescuer (or shelter volunteer), animals need to be rescued from many different situations: neglectful owners, abuse cases or natural disasters like floods or fires.

How do you get people to care about animals?

Many people do not care about animals and even less are concerned about rescue or rescuing animals. It is an abject failure of educational systems worldwide to not ‘teach compassion’ It sounds like an oxymoron because it is – compassion is an emotion and cannot be taught. But like we teach manners and ‘good behaviour’ unless schools step up and teach compassion our future generations are in peril.

Are rescues mostly scams?

cat rescue and treatment

The reality is that rescues are mostly scams. There’s a lot of questionable activity going on in the animal rescue industry. Many rescuers are caught red-handed stealing animals from their charges or selling them to pet stores. This unfortunately puts honest dedicated organisations at risk.

If you are considering adopting an abandoned pet, make sure you research the organization before giving them your hard-earned money. If they’re not transparent about their finances (or if they don’t have any), then don’t trust them!

Rescuers don’t get enough funding for their work.

Rescuers don’t get enough funding for their work.

This is a sad reality, but it’s true. Rescues need money to run and provide services for animals in need of care. Some rescues need donations to pay for food, shelter and medical expenses which relate to the care of their animal. Others may also have administrative costs or even transport fees that must be paid out of pocket by volunteers who want to help these animals find permanent loving homes.

Who are rescuers? Are they professionals?

Rescuers are mostly volunteers who don’t have enough knowledge about animals and animal care in general. They may or may not be experts in this field, but they do know how to take care of the animals in their care. If you decide to volunteer or help with animal rescue it is best to get some basic training. Spend some time working in a shelter (large or small) take instructions and learn from the ‘bottom -up” It is the only way to get hands on experience in the field of animal welfare.

street dogs and rescuers

I love animals is an emotion. I work for animals is action.

Rescue without funding is like a swimming pool without water!

Centers require adequate funding in order to be successful and to provide the needed services. If a rescue center does not have enough money for the basics of

Staff salaries- without staff to feed, clean and treat the animals and the facility no shelter (big or small) can survive
Vet bills- this is probably the most ‘expensive’ part of running a shelter. Most of the animals that come into a shelter often need extensive medical care. If you really want to help a shelter think about “sponsoring a vet” so that the shelter has consistent vet care.
Food – depending on the

or the animals it takes in then it cannot operate effectively. It is also important that rescue centers have adequate advertising. If no one knows you exist they cannot bring animals to your facility. Once a rescue dog or cat is where they can receive proper care and treatment they can placed back into society again in the case of street animals.

You can help even if you have limited funds

Only few people really care about animals and those who do may not have the means to help them. We depend heavily on social media and digital tools for our daily lives, if you have access to a digital device such as a phone you can help shelters or rescuers co ordinate rescues or spread awareness.

There are many people who care about animals, but they can’t afford to help them.

Genuine rescuers or Frauds?

Any kind of money transfer is used by some rescuers but there are lots of cases where money transfer services are used to steal money or personal information of donor fraudulently or illegally in order to receive donations without involving donors at all!

First, you should know that the purpose of this article is not just about how to identify a scammer. It also aims at helping you avoid a scammer and prevent yourself from falling into their traps.

Second, if someone asks for your credit card details online then it’s best not to provide them with any information unless absolutely necessary as most times these requests come from criminals who want access to your bank account so they can make fraudulent transactions using it.

We all know that animals are our friends and we can’t imagine life without them. Because of this we want to do everything we can to make sure they stay healthy and happy.


Animal rescue is a big thing. It’s not just about saving animals from certain death or taking them out of an environment that doesn’t suit them. It is also about caring for your pet and finding them a new home. Rescuers care about their animals, but sometimes they might need help from people. There are many ways you can donate money towards their efforts or provide other resources that allow rescuers to continue their work.

Rescue work about is using your head, not your heart or your emotions. From a philosophical perspective, put yourself aside. Learn to deal with the problem at hand without the emotion to benefit your rescue. It’s not about you- it’s about them.

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