Ok, I did something today I am not sure if I did right or not. I took 3 dogs to the Humane Society. They were abandoned and I had reported it but no one would do anythign because we were outside city limits.
Originally there were 15 dogs. The people across the street had moved adn left them. I got rid of all but 3 to family and friends.
I had 3 dogs and I kept 2 puppies. The 3 out front kept chasing cars and I was afraid they were going to get hit on the road out there it is busy. I contacted every rescue I could find in this area and they were all full. Didn't want to do SPCA not good experiences there.
So I took them to the Humane Society. I cried all the way there and I have been so depressed today. I feel like I failed them. I befriended them and they trusted me and I did this. But I don't know what the answer was.
They were very protective and would bark and growl and act like they were going to bite people. Our neighbors couldn't walk or ride bikes or anythign or the dogs would chase them. We couldn't keep them in the yard.
I know it will happen again because we live out where no one will do anything about it. But what is the answer?
I don't have an answer. But I am so sorry... It does suck. It sucks when you have the guts to put yourself into a situation that others so successfully ignore. You KNOW going in that the reason other people don't help more is because it is really hard, and it hurts!
So many times you see a situation...even with people... that is just a bad situation going in, and you don't want to get yoursef involved in it,even if you really want to help, so you do nothing. We often just do nothing from the beginning because of how we KNOW it will end.
But you didn't do that. You DID something to help.
Anyway, I guess just feel good about helping. You did the right thing in the end because you did the right thing in the beginning. Did that make sense?
Thanks, yeah, it's sad. I refuse to let an animal suffer knowingly. The animal doesn't have a choice. It makes me mad that people do that. Get pets and don't care.
I think the worst part is today the Humane Society was in a mad mood all around. They were complaining about too many animals and said that the dogs we brought in were sickly. LOL. Pardon me I just brought them through Parvo adn they were wormed. The only thing they had a right to gripe about was that they hadn't had shots. I couldn't afford it. I have 5 of my own. The female (Momma dog) was in heat. OK, I can't afford to fix every stray on our street and I dont' want more puppies. My dogs are fixed for a reason.
The guy at the HS went on adn on about how she was sick. Yeah, 1) She was probably carsick, she's never been in a car 2) She was in heat and 3) She was scared to death shaking all over because she wasn't sure what was happening.
They did put them all in the same cage. And we checked on them one more time before we left and they seemed to be doing better, more calm. They were all huddled together.
I guess I always feel guilty. Everyone I talked to on the phone about the dogs made me feel bad for getting rid of them. I don't think they really believed me that they weren't mine.
I am always on my family to spay and nueter. All my pets are altered. Cats and dogs. Next month I have appts to get the puppies fixed. My vet won't do it until they are 6 months. 3 more weeks.
You should be proud of your actions, you treated those dogs with kindness and compassion, took responsibility for them that their own owners wouldn't and did the right thing. What if the three remaining dogs had attacked a child? No dog is worth a childs life/face, I know your upset but just think how you would feel if they had hurt anyone. Stop beating your self up, your actions were commendable.
That is what I told myself, they could bite someone, get hit by a car, a neighbor shoot them. Then I would be mad at myself for not taking them.
But you know when you are standing there looking at them in that cage and they are crying you think of all the things that you've gone through with them.
The hardest thing for me is that oen night when the puppies were really little, she had them out really early in the morning and one got hit, she cried, LOL, I did too. It was like 5:30AM and I was in my pajamas sitting on the ground holding her so my brother could get the dead puppy. She was whining and crying. I think of that and I think how we bonded in that moment. But what if she got hit next. Then I would be really upset. I don't know, I'm just guilt ridden. I have never taken a dog like this. I was always on the receiving end.
Then I'm mad cause I care so much. LOL. I tell myself I did the right thing, but Man it hurts. I'll get over it but it will take awhile. I came home after taking them and going to work and just sat in the floor with all 5 of my dogs/puppies in my lap and cried. I apologized to Delaynie and Hayleigh for takign their brothers and MOmma. LOL. They just looked at me and tried to figure out why Mommy was so upset. They were all kissing me.
It is hard to care so much, reason why I don't do rescue anymore. By getting them to a shelter you may have given them a chance at a real life and a real home, and thats what you need to picture in your mind. Hang in there.
Don't berate yourself! You did more for that pack of dogs than anyone in your neighbourhood was prepared to do. You did everything you could for the last three, even if you think you failed them somehow by taking them to the humane society. What alternative was there for them? From the other posts I saw a very bleak future for them. People like you, and thank heavens there are people like you, are what (I believe) makes "All things bright & beautiful, all creatures great & small..." so true. [HUGS].
The same thing happened to me, but on a much smaller scale. I found a young pit mix in my street, he was literally begging for help.
There was NO WAY that I could take him home, so at 2 a.m. I took him to the Humane Society. The very kind person who answered the buzzer told me that they never place Pit Bulls and pit mixes because they couldn't guarantee that the dogs would not be used to fight or to train fighters.
She gave me the name of a few rescues that specialized in pit bulls and told me that they would be very happy to surrender this dog to such. I found several more on the internet, but they were all full.
I felt so badly that I had rescued this dog just so he could be euthanized, but what else could I do?
You did so much more for these dogs, you must feel terrible, but please don't. You did everything possible. You went above and beyond the call of duty, actually. The blame lies on the people who abandoned the dogs in the first place.
I think that what you did was a good thing. In the larger picture you took them passibly to a shaelter that will put them down. But before that, they will be warm, fed good food, handled, touched and soft words spoken to them. The if they are put down they will be in warm arms with gentle words whispered cloae to their cheek. They travel to the rainbow bridge will be in comfort and no pain. Had you left them and they were hit by a car, their pain would have been immense and their death horrifing. What you did was so very kind and heartfelt. Do not feel guilt, their life is in a warm, soft, gentle place with food, if even for just a little while.
Bless you for trying..It's a sad fact that we simply can't afford to take in every poor dumped animal we find, but you did so much for them and I don't mean this to sound bad, but there are worse things than a peaceful end by euthanasia, such as being beaten or starved to death, tied witha too small collar to a tree and never played with or fed decent food, etc etc....I think---no I know that rescued dogs KNOW they have been given a second chance and appreciate it, I know my rescued Pit mix did, he never left my side..I of course,had to leave his to go to work and such, but I could tell he KNEW I saved him. God rest his soul, I had to put him down, but I had him 14 years and he was over 16 when he went to the big bone in the sky. Hey have a Merry Christmas and don't let the workers at the HS get you down. They're discouraged,too
Eskieluver1234, i don't know where you live, but if it is phoenix, or close by, i know a lady, in which my vet recommended to me, but anyways she takes in stray animals or animals that were left or if you can not simply take care of them. She runs a rescue shelter. she takes the animals in, takes them to the vet and gets them checked out and either she'll keep them, or she'll find an eligiable person to adopted them too. She's great!!!!