Good morning; I got a nice call yesterday while I was out running around. Several days before I had been surfing around on local shelter sites and spotted a cocker in one. I don't like when dogs sit in shelters so when I can I contact the appropriate rescue groups. The lady from the rescue was sending someone to get the dog and wanted to thank me for the call. We talked a bit and she said that this shelter was pretty good about calling them when they got a dog in. My experience was very different.
I use to volunteer at this particular shelter and no they did not call rescue groups. And when I went ahead and called I was scolded like a little kid who'd been bad at school. They were not appreciative of my call and were very annoyed that I had gone ahead and called on my own, it really through me actually. After that I was kinda of scape goat and whenever a rescue group called about a dog at the shelter; all eyes turned to me, yes Sherri the rebel. It wasn't long after when I left the facility for good.
As I have said many times before; there are all kinds of rescue groups, most are wonderful but not all. But I consider a rescue or foster home to be a far better place for a dog than a shelter. Shelters serve their purpose but it is a bad place for a dog to be. Being at a shelter can make good dogs into bad and bad dogs into monsters. That or a dog can completely shut down; so if we can pull them let's do it.
Most shelters are state or city run; rescues are mostly run by people who love dogs, big difference. There are some wonderful people who work at shelters; people who love dogs as well and do an amazing job. But, a shelter is still not the best place for a dog. I can't even imagine how my dogs would act if they ended up in a shelter. And perhaps someday there will no longer be a need for them.
But for now they are here for a reason and will be until Puppy Mills, pet stores and Internet sales of puppies stop. So for now I will continue to make the calls and get as many dogs out of jail that I can!!!!!!