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A frank conversation about animal rescue and the ‘elephant in the room’ — 2 Comments

  1. https://www.habitatforhorses.org/the-henneke-body-condition-scoring-system/

    This is used in horse rescue and it pairs nicely with most local laws regarding livestock and their living conditions.
    It’s time to see something like this in play for rescues and shelters.
    Anyone claiming to be a rescue should be required to be inspected and permitted for x number of animals based on the size of their home and facility. Livestock is usually not head counted if it’s still wet, I.E. nursing and that would cover mother cats with kits.
    there is too much passion involved in many of these cases. While someone will argue animals will end up in kill shelters that’s often what happens when a bad rescue is shut down anyway and at some point you have to protect the quality of life for the cats already in the rescue. State and local TNR programs would help to further reduce feral cat populations.

  2. Don’t get me started — take it one step farther & consider her treatment by the justice system, where “innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t seem to apply. Just using the term “hoarder”, even when evidence is lacking, seems to tilt the case. Many rescuers don’t know that they don’t have to surrender their animals — they should at least make their accusers jump through the hoops provided by the 4th & 5th Amendments. Animal rescue law is growing but many rescuers don’t know their rights.
    Rescuers do need to cooperate and give each other the benefit of the doubt if possible. We need to think of rescue as a profession — traditionally the defining feature of a profession is that it is self-regulating. If rescues don’t learn to do this in a responsible way, governmental agencies will step in more and more. Readers are probably aware of legislative efforts in several states to regulate rescues. As I said, don’t get me started …

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