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Through Rush

I’m sorry for the delay in updating the blog.
I am still trying to get my brain back in gear after receiving so many responses about Rush. I’m sorry to have caused you worry. Although my mind is not yet at peace, I feel that it’s time to move forward.

I read everybody’s comments on the blog over and over again and printed them out for the staff that don’t have access to the Internet. I also received many faxes. After hearing everybody’s thoughts, all the staff were in tears again. We even welcomed harsh opinions.

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Rush had the right kind of personality for a successful adoption, which is why I often introduced her to prospective families. But although everybody liked her personality, they didn’t want to adopt her once they heard about the care and costs involved in dealing with her sickness, and eventually, Rush’s body reached its limit.

Sometimes I feel lonely when I recall the worries related to my job. In particular, making decisions about having an animal put down…
Have I made a mistake? Was it the right decision? What should I do? I ask myself these questions over and over again, and confer with everybody. But all the while we’re trying to come to a decision, the condition of the animal gets worse and worse. There are times when we take a long time thinking things over and keep postponing making a decision, which is cruel and irresponsible.

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When we decide to put an animal down, the decision is not only made by the staff who usually take care of the animal. We also discuss the matter with Elizabeth Oliver, the office manager, with the clinic staff and with the vet. Sometimes the decision made by ARK is overruled by the vet.

ARK is an animal shelter. There is a limit to how much we can train the animals and watch over their physical and mental health. I often feel frustrated by this. If only they could find good homes, then their families could give them the careful nursing, medical aid, and care that they require…
Coming to ARK does not equal happiness for an animal.
Having their own loving family means happiness for an animal.

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There is a limit to the number of animals that we can take in at ARK.
We’ve not made it to the point where we don’t have to put any animals down and they can all leave ARK happily. But due to various circumstances, there are some animals that are not easily adoptable or animals that we know are not fit to be adopted.

The reality is that hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats in local animal shelters are killed each year. Out of sight, a good deal more are killed using methods much worse than humane euthanasia.

Every day ARK gets an endless stream of requests from people asking us if we have space. We have to turn them down as we are constantly at capacity. Even if we’re asked to take in a puppy or a kitten that could probably find an adoptive family quickly, we have to refuse because we don’t have the space.

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We can’t compare the animals that are sheltered at ARK, and the animals that are secretly killed in places we can’t see, but the fact is we face this reality every day, and are torn between the two as we take care of the animals.

I’m ashamed that I can’t tell you clearly how I feel, but I know I have to keep doing the best that I can.
We need to do more than just sheltering animals at ARK; we must see to it that we do as much as we can for them.
Let’s all cooperate to make sure that fewer animals’ lives are ruined just for selfish people’s convenience.


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