I just read a boast of the conviction of a pet rescue.
I had and have no knowledge of this particular situation except what I just went back and watched and read from the beginning of the case. It may have been a righteous bust, at least in terms of pet limits (that’s another discussion), but the rescue’s vet, operating independently of them, in his interview spoke positively of the project.
Despite the typical description of an animal raid, (deplorable is a favorite term, used almost without fail), no evidence of that was shown in the news coverage that I watched, except for a few turds outside, where they usually are right before they’re picked up. In my experience, if deplorable is there, the TV folks will happily show it, over and over. There were no visuals I found of a hellhole.
When someone houses a number of old and sick animals, that is called a sanctuary or hospice. Of course, the animals must be well cared for and receive medical care, but even when they are, by it’s very nature, there will be sick animals there at any given time. Visit an old folks home for humans if you don’t know what I mean.
In my own bitter experience, agencies which kill animals dislike those who don’t, because they make them look bad. They will attack and stop them if they can. How dare they save lives without permission!
A very wise man I know, who also pointed out how very strange it is that “humane” societies took on the task of killing shelter animals, told me long ago that calling someone a “collector”, (and let’s add “hoarder”), is “the last refuge of the scoundrel”.
There are clearly real hoarders and people who mistreat and neglect animals, but simply housing a lot of them, including imperfect ones, does not make you a bad or sick person. In fact, it might make you a hero. However, these accusatory words are as powerful and lasting a demonization as is ” child molester”. When they are untrue, lives are ruined cruelly.
If anyone recognizes the case I’m referring to, I’m also speaking generally because I’ve personally seen it happen a number of times unjustly, and when dealing with government agencies, might makes right. I hope people will be less manipulated by one-sided accounts, pre-existing competition and personal dislikes, and consider motive on both sides.
Before anyone takes this personally and attempts to rebut or get defensive, remember I’ve seen this type of abuse firsthand from just about all my local agencies, which is why I recognize the rhetoric always used to justify toppling private sanctuary efforts to save lives they the system does not. By now, I could write the raid accounts myself in advance.
In many cases, even if there are problems, a little assistance could make them valuable allies to HELP do the huge job of saving animals.
But private no-kill sanctuaries are too threatening for that.
They illustrate too clearly what is wrong with the existing shelter model: that animals need to be saved from THEM.