DOGS CURRENTLY IN OUR CARE
Please phone Shelley or Peter between 9am and 5pm on 01689 855334 to discuss any of the dogs
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In addition to our personal dogs, we are also a sanctuary for a limited number of dogs. Click the button below for details
Rescue Dogs by Eric Harvey – November 2019
WHO WANTS OLDER DOGS?
This is a subject which is close to all of our hearts at RRT.
When we get a very young dog, we are inundated with enquiries about adoption. When we get an older dog, like our beautiful Ross, we get some nice comments, but little else. So why is that? Generally, people want young dogs because they feel that it gives them the longest time with them. It can, of course, be true, but it doesn’t necessarily follow. In fact, it is often not true at all! Older dogs are often very undemanding, their nature is fully developed and so you know exactly what you are getting. From a Rescue’s perspective, young dogs take care of themselves in terms of getting them adopted, it is simply a question of making sure they go to the right homes.
So, should we not take in older dogs? The question lies at the heart of what Rescue is all about. For many it is just a source of a pet. For others, who understand the true meaning of Rescue, it is all about what we can do for the dogs, not what they can do for us. The truth is, if you care about the fate of a dog and take an older or more difficult dog, they pay you back in spades. Dogs love to be loved and the more difficult they are to rehome, the more they love you when you do, as they have often had little love and affection in their lives. Dogs end up in Rescue, more often than not because humans have failed them, not because there is anything wrong with them.
In the case of RRT, we have what we call Sanctuary Dogs. Dogs who are impossible to rehome for various reasons and Shelley and Pete take care of them, alongside their own dogs. Our older boy, Ross, is not currently a Sanctuary Dog, but, as time moves on with no apparent interest, that is what he effectively becomes. He is cared for and loved, whatever label we stick on him, but clearly the more dogs we have that are not adopted, the less dogs we can take in. It is that simple. We would not deny a place for an unwanted dog, just because they are older and many Rescues do exactly the same.
Rescue is so much more than a source of a pet. It is a vocation for many who devote their lives to it. It brings joy, it brings tears, it brings anger and disgust, but it is first and foremost, for the welfare of the dogs.
PLEASE, JUST THINK OF THEM.