Today, the New York Post published the third excerpt from The Dog Merchants book. It’s from a chapter in the book that explains how rising demand for rescued dogs has led to a situation where we have some rescuers doing business responsibly while others are cutting corners to fill demand quickly.
I’m sure that some of my friends who are responsible rescuers may be concerned about this type of information being presented to the public. It can feel “anti-rescue” to air these issues in a major media outlet, especially to those who dedicate their lives to ensuring that rescued dogs are properly vetted and temperament tested before they are placed into homes.
But the truth, most rescuers agree, is that not all rescuers are created equal. There are documented cases nationwide of rescuers moving sick or temperamentally unsound dogs into people’s homes. Often, those placements are done with the best of intentions—to save the dog’s life—but the consequences of irresponsible rescue are absolutely devastating to families. Moms and Dads and kids trying to do a good thing, by welcoming a homeless dog into their family, shouldn’t be unwittingly saddled with dogs who require thousands of dollars in veterinary care, or who bite.
I hope that my friends in rescue will agree that helping dog lovers understand the difference between responsible and irresponsible rescue is important, and I hope that my excerpt from The Dog Merchants published in today’s New York Post helps to make that difference clear.