this has nothing really to do with the animals..more to do with people and rescue.

Posted: December 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

its been an interesting and somewhat exhausting week. the usual stuff with caring for 120 sick or senior animals, and even the usual occasional crises like things like blown hot water tanks. life is challenging.

but what i think was really interesting about this week in particular was the many absolute highs and a few little bit lows that comes with people in rescue.

for the highs..OMG! the kindness, the supportive and appreciative thoughts and simple generosity that is flowing in thru the mail, the emails, thru the visitors, our staff and volunteers..its truly overwhelming. multiple acts of kindness surrounding us every hour of every day. it is humbling that this rinky dink little shelter for so many wrecked homeless animals, is so very well loved and cared for.

but yes, there are always a few things that slip in and prick our hearts a bit…

one person told us they wouldn’t donate because we don’t promote trapping, hunting or farming. (sorry..i personally do think leg hold traps, trophy hunting and commercial farming practices are unduly cruel…but i don’t insist that everyone agree with me, it’s just want i happen to feel..)

another person called to tell us she couldn’t donate because we don’t promote universal veganism. some of us are vegans, some are vegetarians, some are not and some struggle back and forth.)

and finally another person who couldn’t donate to us because we don’t take in new animals.

i shake my head.
saints mandate is to provide sanctuary and shelter care to unadoptable senior and special needs animals.
that is our one and only mandate..altho i will admit to outside of saints in my personal life promoting a total and complete ban on donald trump!)

since we opened 10 yrs ago this mandate has included rescuing a total of 7 cows, a dozen pigs, another dozen old broken down destined for slaughter horses, 10 goats, 20 some odd sheep, countless chickens, roosters, ducks and turkeys and a bunch of meat bunnies. collectively, despite our varied personal beliefs and individual eating habits…we have actually saved many “food” animals from becoming meat. for whatever it’s worth..we saved a lot of actual real life lives.

yes sorry…no one currently at saints that i know of traps or hunts..but we don’t have a rule…it is kind of like our own individual choice.

and we actually do take in new animals..every time i turn around, a new animal is coming in.

no rescue is going to be physically, emotionally, or spiritually able to be absolutely god like perfect in every conceivable way. we work hard, we do our best but none of us here have halo’s or wings. we do however have dirty finger nails and shit on our boots from doing the real work here.

ann, sheila and i were all discussing come when we are overpowered by love and care we are disheartened by the occasional negative pin pricks?

and i know the answer to that!

it is because we are human!!

and sometimes being human hurts!

huge thx to those who help build us strong…to the others, it’s ok i guess to remind us that we are not perfect.
my only excuse is…it’s hard to be everybody’s perfect.
(but we still do good work.)

12 Comments on "this has nothing really to do with the animals..more to do with people and rescue."

  • roff says

    You do FABUOUS work! All of you! There is an established cheering section for SAINTS, on the internet, on these pages and in celestial doghouses cowbarns and horse stalls in the sky.

    Please try to remember that when the fatigue becomes too great and when stupid things break.

    SAINTS matters a lot. The work is hard and not everybody loves you. But WE do! And we are with you …

  • Brenda says

    I wish there was a “Like” button I could tap for Roff’s above comments….thank you, from a volunteer who feels the same. Merry Christmas Roff…..

  • alyson nerker says

    Yes, Thank You Roff ! and I’ll squeak in a Huge Merry Christmas to all the Saintes and Saints who make this all happen <3 Noted that the donald was spelled in lower case ! lol

  • Dionne says

    You can’t make everyone happy, You’re not pizza.

  • Mo says

    Ha Ha Ha Dionne…didnt you know Carol is a tree 🙂

  • shelagh f says

    i laughed out loud, dionne

  • Carol says

    i am a plant..not a tree.

  • Sheila says

    I do not get the pizza,tree, or plant reference. I must be missing something.

  • Carol says

    pizza makes everyone happy
    mo’s memory is slightly off re the tree…because it was a plant.

    remember several years ago when it was mistakenly assumed by some that because i lived alone without a man in my life and wore flannel shirts around here that i must be gay?? and i said i liked living alone without a partner of any kind…i was happy being an asexual plant.

  • Sheila says

    Oh yeah I do remember that. LOL

  • Curt says

    Got a chuckle over the “gay” innuendo. I imagine that was before my time.

  • Marianne says

    Carol, people will use any number of excuses to justify why they just shouldn’t donate to a worthy cause. Despite it being almost 2016 there are still a number of Neanderthals walking the earth.

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