Golly, I have so much stuff in my canine mind that I want to share that it is difficult to pick what the first thing should be.
I think that first I want to bark about "owner surrenders". You know, before I came to rescue, I didn't know what that meant. I had never heard that term before. I have since understood that it means an owner who brings their dog to rescue because they can't keep it anymore.
As a fellow (or lady) canine, a dog being surrendered makes me really sad for the dog because they are leaving their home and I know how hard that can be. So that is my first thought.
People tell me we dogs are family or like family. I believe them. I know my mom loves me very, very much. But let's face it, families don't always stay together. Children grow up and move away. People get divorced. They get in disagreements. Being family doesn't insure you a position in life forever. So I understand that sometimes our folks have to find another place for us to live. I don't like it ONE bit, but I know it happens.
If my mom ever has to find a place for me to live I hope she first tries to see if a friend that I already know might take me in. That would be the easiest thing for me. After that I would hope that she would take me to a rescue that she has checked out and is pretty sure it's safe for me to be there....that I wouldn't be put down if I don't get adopted right away.
I have a hard time understanding why some rescues/shelters won't take a dog that is being given up by their family. Isn't that one of the reasons rescue started? To take unwanted dogs? I have a friend whose mom couldn't keep him. She took him to a rescue and they wanted her to pay to take my friend in. She didn't have any money and couldn't pay. The last I heard about my friend, he was dropped off somewhere just outside of town. No one has ever heard from him again.
I am very little. Just 3 pounds. If I got dropped off somewhere, they may as well just kill me because I couldn't survive. I would get hit by a car or starve or get killed by a predator. I just don't have what it takes to make it my own. I would be grateful if my mom took me to a safe rescue. I would never forgive my mom if she just threw me out of the car somewhere!
Being given away is a hard fact of life for some of us. We hope it never happens but we know it's possible. I know my mom would do the right thing. She loves me. I hope your mom or dad would do the right thing too!