I am very cause oriented and have been without a cause. Seriously, it is my personality. I am going to school to get a Masters' in Public Administration and would like to focus on Non-Profit Management. (this job for the state where nothin' gets done is really starting to drag me down)
SO..... I decide a good idea is to volunteer at a local no-kill shelter to get experience with the "business" side of non-profits, I have the animal experience! I can do fund development for them, create a good resume for myself, work for a cause and feel good about myself. yada yada..
So, I have been talking to this place that is really small. It's a woman and her husband on their property, the dogs are in their house, they have some horses, rabbits, cats, etc... I am starting to ask around and get some supplies for them from some farmers that I know. I have not been to their place yet and they do not yet know that I am planning on offering them my sevices as a volunteer. (they are a 5013c)
So, in looking up info online about them, I found very little but one article which somehow linked them to PETA saying they co-sponsored some animal event here in town. And now I am hesitant. I dislike PETA and I don't want to support PETA in any way.
Do you think I should ask them what they feel about PETA? And if they say they love PETA would that be enough to not help out this small local rescue? I mean, on some level I would think all those who love and care about animals would get linked to PETA eventually simply because they frequent the same circles. You know? To get money to co-sponsor events, etc (which is what I think Duchess??? was talking about before)
THIS is precisely the kind of thinking that keeps me from doing things. I just overthink it. And what I want you guys to tell me is that I should not care about PETA and I should volunteer for my local no-kill shelter and save some ducks and chickens and pigs and if I disagree with these people on that issue, we can agree to disagree. right? Or find somewhere more in line with my thinking. There will always be another rescue org. One that doesn't support PETA. What do you do?
I think I would find another rescue.I know alot of people on here are agianst peta but Im not to sure whats wrong with it.I just havent looked into it that much.If its as bad as you guys say I owuld not support this rescue.But I would ask them what their thoughts on peta was first.
I wouldn't have anything to do with something that is involved with PETA. They euthanize more animals than most shelters in the country (at their so called shelter). They are a bunch of quacks. I'm sure there are other places you can volunteer.
i would find out more about them and see what it is exactly they support when it comes to peta. we have had these discussions on here before and some people are just totally clueless when it comes to what peta really stands for. this could be the case with this group also. if you find that what they believe is not what you believe then i am sure there is another rescue group down the road that would be accepting of your help.
I would not support them if they support PETA. But maybe they don't really know what PETA is all about. Maybe you can change their minds about PETA by telling them why you don't like it. If they don't change thier mind, then I would find another shelter. There are plenty out there.
Could somebody give me some really good TRUE websites and facts about why PETA is bad? Im trying to convince my mother that Peta are not what they claim to be.But she says it just doesnt make sense.So please some good websites
***Edited By: cockerlover on 2/23/2006 11:47:12 PM*** Reason: add
I would just ask them right up front. Don't share your views unless you are asked. I am anti-PETA because they think breeding dogs "to a standard" is wrong (well, you don't see us AKC people breeding two different breeds together for profit, do ya?), but whatever views you have and they have should go hand in hand. If not, I would not consider volunteering there.
If you have resoursces and extra time start your own fostering program. I'm not affilated with any organization. I see pets and animals in need and I help them. I have people dump dogs at my door step because they know I'll do the best for them that I can. I rehome puppies when people have unwanted litters, I nurse kittens whose mothers have been killed.I report animal abuse and neglect. I'm sure not to get in over my head and my own pets needs comes before taking on extras. I even walk my nieces dog for her because she goes to school full time and works ful time. You can do things that help animals with out having strings attached to organizations. Vollenteer at schools to teach youth about animal care , teachers love visitors to thier classes.Go to your State DNR office ansd ask if they have volenteer positions. Be creative, Theres Lots of ways to help animals even if you dont want ot be affilated with 1 certain group.
Cockerlover, I am not mad, it is an interesting topic, and I know the PETA topic gets a little old on here, but you guys bring up good points and ideas.
Duchess, you are absolutely right that I can do it myself. I think I will talk to these people, at least to know people in my community who are in this "circle" and see what they think and how they believe. I don't think that if they know anything about PETA that they would support them. I would suspect that they just showed up at the same "event."
Duchess..... and others who rescue... are you afraid of bringing home diseases to your pets? And does having new dogs and cats come through upset your pets? One big thing that keeps me from stepping up is that I don't want to bring a dog home that could get Beulah sick. I just think I would be the worst mommy if I did that and something bad happened to her. How do you talk yourself over that part?? Am I just super paranoid?
kdubbs- you are right to use caution when bringing in strange/stray animals in to your home. Be positive all your dogs are current on vaccinations (including bordatella--kennel cough), wormings and stuff.
When I have had dogs/cats dropped off to me they tend to be a freaking parasite factory! You would need to keep them separated in an area for several weeks. Maybe like a kennel or heated/cooled garage. Be dillegent about picking up their poo immediately and maybe even sterilize the gound. Worms eggs can live for YEARS in the right conditions. That is why most kennels have cement.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 2/24/2006 11:07:13 AM*** Reason: ad
I keep them seperated from my pets and they go to the vet 1st thing so I dont introduce something dangerous. I have a kennel away from our hunting dogs and I keep the cats in cat cages so they dont get around my francesca.