There is so much that goes into animal rescue that most people don't realize. They think its all glamorous and how you are doing so much good but do they realize, I wonder, how much work it really is?
To start with you have your animals to care for. Vet visits, medicine to give, coats to maintain by brushing, constant monitoring of their health. That alone will keep you busy. But then you have food and water, cleaning of the facility which requires mopping, laundry, and litter boxes just to name a little.
We have sanctuary grounds to maintain which involve, mowing, weedeating, weed control, flea control, pruning, plus pond maintenance.
You have to maintain the equipment and repairs on the buildings.
Some of the biggest work is paperwork. Records on each cat, grants to look for and apply for, websites to maintain, blogs to write! lol Facebook networking is also on our list with maintaining a wish list, chip ins, causes.
For our rescue we also do adopt a highway, where we pick up garbage for 2 mile stretch of road , 4 times a year. We also participate in several local festivals to give out information and get donations, as well as the yearly Christmas parade. At Halloween and Christmas we do a computerized light show for the community. On top of this we also do disaster relief and emergency care.
We take time to get any training we can towards our disaster relief program. We are constantly looking for ways to improve or expand our rescue.
We answer emails, phone calls, run out on distress calls at all hours of the night to rescue cats, trap them and get them home and to vet care.
And as if that is not enough for a typical day, we also have a life to live. The garden to work and put food up, the grand baby to babysit, house to clean, family up's and downs,illness to deal with , it all takes its toll.
I write this not to complain but to let those who don't know that there is a LOT of work involved in animal rescue that you just don't see.
It's days like these that we really need to hear the Thank You's from you. I hope next time you visit or talk to another rescue that you will be sure to thank them for what they do and to know some of what they do behind the scenes.
Luckily my little Skeeter, shown below, gave me kisses and reminded me of why we do what we do. Poor little boy was tossed out like garbage at a dump. Luckily we trapped him and he is now becoming a big baby with some much needed love. This is what rescue is all about!
Please support your local rescue by either donating your time or money. Who would do this if not us?