Plenty of overtime. Loads of job satisfaction. Pay? Fulfillment?
There are many misconceptions about how rescues operate, which leads to hurt feelings and frustration.
Public animal control shelters receive owner surrenders, lost pets, and strays. Just like you, they can only provide for as many animals as their budget and manpower will allow. While there are always horror stories, euthanasias are for animals they simply do not have the resources to care for adequately. Given the choice between starving to death and euthanasia, I think most animals would choose euthanasia. Medical issues are not something these shelters are equipped or funded to address, so many animals are euthanized for medical conditions. Other animals are euthanized for behavior problems that could potentially put the public at risk. Some public shelters are able to work with private rescues to give mild behavioral problems a chance to be rehabilitated. Others simply don't have the manpower to make the phone calls and coordinate pick-ups, etc. Changing what happens at our public animal control shelters means increasing funding to public animal control shelters.
Private animal rescue groups receive animals directly from owners, from public animal control shelters...
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