Who adopts out more animals? Who has the bigger and better fundraisers? Who has more volunteers? Who gets the best animals? Who has more money?
These are not questions that should be asked when working in animal rescue. It’s not us versus them. It is not Southern Tier Animal Rescue vs. The Humane Society, or Little Mews or Halfway Home Rescued City Kitties of Binghamton. A big part of our mission is to work with other rescues not against them. We need to support each other because we are all working towards the same goal: finding displaced animals their forever homes and building happy, healthy families.
STAR has worked with Little Mews Rescue in Oxford to help hand raise some kittens who were abandoned by their mother. Almost 1 year later they are thriving in their new homes. Summer saw us support the Humane Society by going to their Duck Derby that was a big success. This past September I had the joy of donating my time with Jimmy J’s Avian Rescue and visiting a nursing home. It was great fun and I learned a lot about the birds. (Plus I got my Oliver fix …who could resist that handsome boy?)
Earlier this year, I was contacted by Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue located in Amherst, NY. A local woman was interested in adopting a yorkie from them. Since it was too far for Heart of Niagara to come down and do a home visit they contacted us asking if we would be willing to do so. Wendy and I jumped at the chance. We did the home visit and reported back to them that she would make an excellent adopter. It was not our rescue, or our animals, but we were happy to assist in the process that could help an animal in need find a home.
I have also decided to lend a hand with adoptions events for Halfway Homes:Rescued City Kitties of Binghamton. Wendy, who graciously donates her time to both rescues allows me to tag along. It is always a wonderful time. I have met some great people doing great work. I have learned a lot from them and certainly certainly always enjoy being with the kitties.
Rescues supporting rescues. Learning from each other, helping each other, swapping stories (from the ridiculous to the vital) and keeping the mission alive is what is important. Reaching out to all members of the rescue community to continue the goal of helping animals till they all have a home. -Cindy