If you’re in the animal rescue field, there’s no doubt that your heart is in the right place. However, extenuating circumstances sometimes come into play. Conflicting personalities within a rescue group, lack of funding, and other obstacles can occasionally cause rescuers to stray from their core principles. Below are five guidelines to always keep in mind, no matter what the circumstances:
1.) The animal’s best interest should always be your first priority. No matter what disagreements may arise on your team, egos should never trump the wellbeing of the animals in your care.
2.) Know your limits and respect them. It’s important to set realistic limitations on how many animals you are prepared to care for physically, financially, and emotionally.
3.) Ensure adequate funding before taking in an animal. You won’t be able to continue rescuing animals if you can’t keep up with your bills. You should always have a solid budget in place.
4.) Provide comprehensive and timely veterinary care. All animals should be fully vetted, vaccinated, treated for parasites, and spayed or neutered. If you cannot afford proper veterinary care, you cannot afford to take that animal into your rescue.
5.) Follow through. Getting an animal out of a life or death situation is only half the battle. The next step is to do everything possible to find that animal a loving, forever home that fits his or her individual needs.