Vent City - The pitfalls of animal rescue
I really have to vent and it might become a ramble because I am so upset! If you read my last post (House Arrest Update) then you'll know I was planning on moving in with a friend. Well that will not be happening.
AS A FAVOR TO THEM my friend asked ME (and the rescue that I co-direct) to take a dog they found into our rescue because they couldn't afford vet bills (he had been attacked by another dog or a coyote and was not neutered). Now a little bit of a side note, this same couple had said they would foster a dog for us before, and then turned around and said "we can't keep him here anymore." They tried saying it was because the dog was bad with their cats, but the dog had been to my house multiple times before and after they got rid of him and he was fine with my cats. I KNOW it's because the dog barked too much for the fiances liking (he absolutely hates barking, IT'S A DOG). So we had to rush to find a new foster.
Ok to continue...we told them that we would ONLY take this stray into our rescue if they committed to foster him and if he passed out behavior evaluation (which I did myself). And I specified, we can not have them turning around and changing their minds down the line because we have no where else for him to go. And my friend said to me, "we can foster until he's adopted." During his eval, the dog was SUPER sweet, despite having a large bite wound in his side, 1 in his neck, and multiple smaller wounds across his body. He must have been in a lot of pain. And let me tell you, if a dog who is fully able, walking and exploring on his own, and wagging his tail is in that much pain, and is as sweet as he was, a dog does not get more aggressive after he feels better.
Well, my friend made her fiance message me today, the dog had "bitten" her while they were trying to give meds and they can no longer keep him in their house because he is a danger to them...first of all let me just say this is a CHIHUAHUA so that's a little over dramatic. Second, I have been bitten many many times by dogs big and small, the picture of the "bite" they sent me was tiny! I told them they can't take it personal and that if a dog bites out of fear or pain it is not aggression. At this point the dog as off pain meds, so I suggested they give him some of that. And I told them just put the meds on his food and that gets rid of the whole problem.
He then said that this dog has been aggressive the whole time they've had him, so I asked him why every update I got was how sweet the dog was. Then later into the convo, he tried saying again that the dog had been sweet up until then. I called him out on that and said how can I believe anything you say??
NOT ONLY does her fiance continue to say we're not comfortable keeping him here and threatened to take him to the Humane Society (which is a high kill facility), he DENIES ever committing to the dog, said they told us it was only temporary. Than he acts like they had been doing US a favor by fostering him. I told that WE took this dog in as a favor to them, spent over $300 on his vet care, collected donations on his behalf, and now they were putting my entire rescue in jeopardy because if he ended up at Humane and somebody found out our rescue name would be smeared and we'd be done.
And every valid point that I made (like how I was able to give the dogs meds by myself, 90% blind, in a second flat with no issue) he completely ignored and skipped over.
We found another no-kill rescue that would take him, and they almost turned him away because he was "a jerk." They sent us a video of his intake evaluation. He was growling and wagging his tail, but not biting at anyone (they were waving their arm around him). And when they baby talked to him he stopped growling, got closer, and kept wagging his tail. I don't know WHAT went on with this dog while he was at his foster home, but it changed him. And what I saw in the video seems to be a pretty easy fix that rescues are supposed to be willing to do.
If I had any say in it I would have just taken him myself I worked with him, unfortunately at this time I don't.
But I will NOT be moving in with friends who back out of their word, and then try to lie and deny that a promise ever happened. We are just WAY too different when it comes to animals, and that is the most important aspect in my life, my pets and my animal rescue.
Photo is mine: It is a photo I took of this vicious beast. Look at that scary head butt he's giving.
Image Credit » Photo by me