I would love nothing more than to promote the fun things with dogs and cats. Believe me, I would REALLY, REALLY LOVE to do that. And there was a time when I did.
I rescue. I spend all my money, my valuable time with my own dogs, cats, everything on rescue. Rescue is hard. Rescue is sad more times than happy. Rescue is tiring. Rescue is not pretty. Rescue is expensive. Rescue is physically, mentally, emotionally, financially draining. Rescue will shorten my life. But sometimes, it’s not how long you live, but what you do with the time you have that matters.
Animal Rescue is probably one of the most soul destroying yet rewarding jobs any human can choose to take on. You can't help but fall into the hearts of these sentient beings and you will do almost anything to help take away their pain and suffering.
Animal rescuers cant help but intensely experience all four the emotions a human has, every day, over and over again. They dont just experience it in a quick moment, they go into it, feel it, taste it and live it. And trust me, it is not fun, it's just what they do. This is a very serious and dangerous place to go into in your mind, as many people have committed suicide in this profession. The other most common profession known for this is the veterinary industry. Our vets grapple with these emotions day in and day out, but have to remain strong and put up a brave face all the time. They started - like animal rescuers - with a good heart and great intentions to try and help save the animals of our world we live in. Then comes the ugly side into the picture, the one we thought we knew how to handle, one, two, three, maybe four times is sort of managable, but then it starts to eat you away from the inside. That invisible pain that only you can feel and nobody can see. Then the other part is to deal with the human-factor. People critisising and breaking you down, but you have to just march on! Because you might just be able to take that pain and suffering away for ever. There is always hope in the eyes and heart of a rescuer, always. It is what keeps them going.