I guess we've all seen a little of everything.  The problem with us in rescue 
is that by definition "rescue" means you are rescuing homeless or abused 
animals.  So rescue people will always see the worst and it makes us hard and 
cynical.   The pure selfishness of people probably gets to me worse than 
anything else.  Although there are definitely some sick SOBs out there too.

Kelley, I would guess that the rescue you've worked with is an exception, not 
the rule.  At least I hope so.  None of the rescues in my area seem that way.  
Definitely not the rescue I work with.  Although we may not agree with the way 
other rescues do some things we're not going to sabotage them because they're 
helping animals that we can't help.  I'm in GA and there's a serious 
overpopulation problem here.  Dang cats don't take a break in winter and 
reproduce all year long.  Among my rescue group we may individually talk about 
the way we don't like a rescue handling things (we can all be a little catty) 
but we never tell other people outside our main core group that because it 
makes us look bad to bad-mouth another group in public.  Within our group we'll 
get pissed off at each other sometimes but that's a personality thing usually.  
Guess I'm lucky to have a group like mine.  We've done some things with the 
other groups too and I'll send people there if they want a particular kind of 
animal that we don't have at the time - like if they want a declawed cat and we 
don't have one I'll send them to another group.  Like I said, I'm lucky.  It 
sounds like you've worked with some crazies though.

I guess as far as people go I've seen a lot of bad but I've also seen a lot of 
good.  Sometimes I'm amazed the people that come by our adoptions to tell us 
about their wonderful cat/dog and how they've spoiled them rotten and I've been 
so fortunate to have found great homes for my animals.  It's amazing to me to 
see so many animal lovers.  I thought I was the only sick one out there  :-)   
My husband definitely thinks I'm the only one there is that loves animals the 
way I do.  

But, there's a lot of selfish people too and it's shocking to me the people 
that see animals as an object.  It's like they don't realize that it's a living 
being with feelings and needs.  It's like they don't even realize that by 
"getting rid" of their animal they are ripping it from it's home and turning 
their world upside down.  My co-worker said his mother needed to get rid of her 
cats and his attitude was so casual like "oh we'll just send them on" I wanted 
to slap him and say it's their home too.  I told him that if she was ready to 
give them up so easily she's probably one of those people who didn't need 
animals.  And it gets worse than that.  We've gotten animals that have been 
thrown out the car window while it was still moving and all kinds of crazy 
stuff.  Now that's just cruel.  Finding kittens & puppies in dumpsters in 
common around here.  Those are the kinds of people that many of us hate, or at 
least have no use for.   There are a lot of those sick people and there's no 
denying it.  But I guess even the ones with the casual attitude that just get 
tired of their pets are probably the worse because they're not sick in the 
head, they're just plain selfish and heartless.  They know better and still 
toss the animal out just cause they want to and what they want matters more to 
them.  Like Natalie said, it's a throw away society.  And the reason is because 
of plain selfishness and lack of empathy.  

This economy has made things a lot worse in our area.  There are people with 
legitimate reasons for needing to re-home their animals, like getting 
foreclosed on.  I always say that if I lose my house I'd live in my car in the 
woods with my animals before I'd turn them out, but if you've got kids you 
can't do that and sometimes you have to choose.  And there are many other 
legitimate reasons and people bring us their animals with tears.  But by and 
large, it's some sorry ass excuse that we can see right through.

I think because a lot of us in rescue see more homeless animals than we can 
possibly adopt out it's hard to remember all the good people we've met through 
rescue.  It seems the negative outweighs the good just in sheer numbers so I 
have to remind myself that although there really are some no good rotten people 
there are some truly wonderful people too with good hearts.  Even so, I have to 
admit that I say "I hate people" on a regular basis too.

“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are 
profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon 
unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me 
sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain

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