What drives us to want to adopt an animal rescued from a bad situation? Once the media gets ahold of the story and a post or page is created, we start seeing pictures and videos of these dogs all day long in our feeds, on the news and in the courts. We become conditioned to the story and not necessarily the dog's needs. We often forget the dog has suffered health problems and will need continued costly care or that this dog needs an experienced handler or that the dog never slept inside a house and doesn't know how to treat it differently than the backyard home he knew.
We've all seen the cross posts of dogs who have been pulled moments away from euthanasia because of their challenges. Advanced age, poor health, undesirable behavior or even breed type can land a dog on a shelter euthanasia list. Many of these dogs have serious restrictions regarding the home they can be placed in. Many of these dogs are fearful and do not respond with gratitude just because we saved them. Yet, following that cross post comes that happy-ending post, and it makes me wonder if a dog who is easy to place just lost out to a dog who will challenge the new owner's limited handling experience or drain their finances because of expensive medical issues. A friend who volunteers with a rescue in upstate New York says her rescue deals with breed frenzy. The rescue can openly list a golden retriever with a bite history and still get numerous applications. In the meantime, a mixed breed with no issues waits for a home a long time; a pit often sits until time runs out.