I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like to recently. I’ve started and stopped – and restarted – this particular post a few times over the past several weeks.
Most of you already know that my passion in life is the welfare of companion animals – dogs in particular. Second only to my family, my rescue and public education goals are what drive me. Most of my personal goals are wrapped up in my desire to better the lives of as many dogs as possible, in the present and the future.
Lately I feel like everything is moving backwards.
- Rescue: Even though I do the books and talk to the current pres almost every day, I lost touch with the day-to-day operations of NYCSR after I moved away. Now that I’m back, my new job keeps me so overwhelmed that I haven’t been able to get back into it the way I would like. Meanwhile, the number of dogs needing help seems to be increasing and everyone’s available volunteer time and donation money is decreasing. Long time volunteers are keeping it going by sheer force of will, but I can see the rescue chewing them up and preparing to spit them out. It really scares me.
- Humane Education: Since moving back, I haven’t found a humane education program nearby for me and Mr. Snick to get involved in. A lot of my personal "positive reinforcement" has come from this in the past and the void is unavoidable. (I may have something lined up for the fall though. Fingers crossed.)
- Public Education especially re: acquiring a pet: This is the one that REALLY frustrates me. After three years of trying to make a difference, I see more and MORE and MORE people buying Shiba puppies from the wrong sources. The Shiba puppy cam seems to have caused a spike in popularity and the "only in it for the money" breeders are working overtime to fill the demand. 🙁
Sometimes I feel like I’m slamming my head against a brick wall and losing ground every day. I wonder why I bother. It would be SO much more fun to just play with Snick. Of course, I’ll never let myself give up.