Rescue as a Verb, to save from a dangerous or distressing situation. Rescue as a Noun, is an act of saving or being saved from danger. Now in today’s society we use this term so loosely when it comes to helping animals. Now I know that there are dogs and cats out there in the USA that are being held in deplorable situations by some hideous people. As rescues come and go here in the states mostly we end up helping dogs that are being given up by their owners and pulling them from shelters where owners have dumped them or they have been picked up as strays. Mostly we do not do real rescue we re-home animals. The distressing situation is from the owner who want the animal gone and make themselves feel good about it. I take in many of these dogs to help re-home them, I do not feel like I do real rescue I just re-home dogs. I feel like I make a lot of folks feel good about what they have decided to do. I hold no judgments about these things I just help find homes for these dogs. Don’t get me wrong they all need help. What I lose sleep over is the fact that in this world there are animals that really need to be rescued. I have had my eyes opened and now can no long look the other way. It is the same as people who have always gotten their pets in a pet store and find out how the pets get to the store to be sold. They do not go back to the pet store to buy another pet. When our eyes are opened and we learn the truth we cannot look the other way. As my eyes get opened to the horrid truth of animals around the world how can I just look the other way and pretend that it does not exist. We see the wild animals of Africa being slaughtered for their skin and other body parts. We see them being exploited and sold to USA and other industrial countries where the rich uncaring people who seek them are. We watch these ugly happening on TV and say what can I do. Then do nothing. I am as guilty of this as any one. But now I cannot I must try to help. I cannot save an Elephant in Africa but I can save a dog in Peru. I cannot save the world. But I can re-home dogs in United States. I cannot go to sleep every night knowing I did nothing to help rescue, (to save from a dangerous or distressing situation) dogs that I know how to help. I do not know how to save wild animals from Africa but I do know how to save the Cultural, historical hairless dogs of Peru. One at a time seem almost insignificant but I am one person and if we all do one thing we can make a difference. We take our one vote and go to the polls every four years to make a difference. This is how things are done on a large scale one at a time. Yes this country has plenty of homeless helpless dogs and cats we also have hundreds and hundreds of rescue/shelters and a government that makes laws that help us help them. When we look at the situations of poor countries where the people can hardly help themselves and governments that have not made laws to help the animals of their countries, do we just say it’s not our problems. We did not always save and rescue the helpless homeless pets of this country. We left them outside to fend for themselves we killed them and treated them as they were a reread new paper, unwanted and tossed out. As animal lovers across this country saw the truth and realized how disgusting and deplorable this was. They started to change by educating and working independently, then together to open shelters and start rescues. To get politicians and corporations educated and involved. We did not just wake up and have this fall in our laps many folks over the years made our country aware. The media helped bring the awareness to the forefront and take the hideousness out of darkness and put it in the light for all to see. I was born in a world where women of the USA could not buy a home or get equal pay for the same job that a man done. I was forced to have sex to keep a job. I am proud to say I burned my bra in front of the capital. I leave my a legacy to the young women of today who will never know that time. I did not do this alone a whole generation of women came together and made our voices heard. I will not look the other way because I live in a country that has already has gone through what many countries have still to do. I can not say its not my problem because we have homeless dogs in the United States, we also have shelters and rescues that are out there picking up the slack and the thousands of dogs and cats that don't get a second chance we will euthanize to be humane. Yes it is something I hope will not be needed in my life time but I know it will. But to see the dogs that are just left behind because the people have no home and the shelters they have built to live in get tore down and they are sent away the animal are left behind to fend for themselves and exposed to the elements and starvation.
The few people who care and try are not enough, they do what they can but its never is enough. I know there are many who do not believe as I do. It's not for me to change the world but to pray my voice gets heard for the animals of the counties that have not developed a way to save there animals and pets. I'm not asking for money I asking that you spread the word educate get involved. One dog, one animal, one child it all starts small.
I do not speak Spanish but use the on line translators to help aid me in the discovery of the
plight of these dogs that I know how to help but can not get them to the USA to help. As I write this I am following the rescue of many dogs that are left out in the cold,rubble and barren area where the people were forced to leave and the dogs got left behind. The small group of people lead by a woman who loves these dogs and tries to help, had to ask for permission to help get to the dogs. She took a 5 hour taxi ride to help feed and rescue the dogs The dogs being afraid had to be tranquillized so they could get the adults. using chicken laced with tranquillizers was her only means but as some fell asleep she then had to leave because the area became unsafe when the drug addicts and thieves arrived. She will go again this time she hopes to have a tranquillizer dart gun so she can get them quicker. She left food for them but it is too dangerous to go with out police escort. The food will not last and she wants to get more puppies the next time she goes. So we just look the other way when people put their lives on the line to help dogs.