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Rescue Animals

Ellen Levitt

Posted on January 2, 2022 20:04

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So many people love pets; please consider adopting an animal as your pet.

We began our new year with a new pet -- a rabbit which our younger daughter named Louise. Louise is already making herself comfy, sniffing at everything on the first floor, and eagerly using her litter box. We had another rabbit, FooFoo, who died a few months ago. She was also a rescue rabbit. 

It's interesting comparing Louise's personality quirks to FooFoo's, and while we do notice similarities, they do react somewhat differently to people and things.

We adopted both bunnies from a local group called All About Rabbits Rescue, a small organization that takes in rabbits from neglectful or abusive homes (or rabbits that are surrendered). A young woman had fostered the rabbit for three months, and we met with the director of the group, who asked us thoughtful questions about why we wanted another rabbit.

Groups such as this one, as well as Sean Casey Animal Rescue, the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, and many others take in abandoned animals and look for responsible people who will adopt for their "forever homes." Many times, people buy or take in animal as pets, but don't realize how much responsibility they are.

Occasionally animals are mistreated and must be removed from bad situations. Sometimes people die and no one is available to take in their pets, or the owners move elsewhere and cannot accommodate the animals in the new home.

Thus, animal rescue groups in NYC and throughout the country (and globally) perform a much-needed service. Many do so on shoestring budgets. There are animal rescue groups located in cities, as well as rural areas such as Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and Marley's Mutts. Some groups specialize in one or more types of animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, farm animals, etc.) These groups often reach out to potential adopters and donors via Facebook and Instagram. 

The photos they post are typically cheery and inviting, but many of the animals are not in good shape. They can suffer from wounds, neglect, untreated diseases. Some are old (and it takes a special kind of person or family to adopt an older animal that may not have much time to live). 

At times the animals were dumped with no food, in public parks or even in store parking lots. Domesticated animals don't have the skills to forage for themselves suddenly. 

As much as many people like and even love animals, and desire them as pets, there are people who are incapable of caring for them properly. Pets don't need to be pampered like royalty, but do require care, proper food and shelter, and interaction with their humans. Certainly, some people are emotionally incapable of dealing with animals, and end up abusing them. But often people are just naive about how much time and space is needed for pets. 

The animal rescue groups want their animals to be taken in by people who are aware of what is necessary to do for an animal's wellbeing.

May 2022 be a better one for us all, including the animals. 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on January 2, 2022 20:04

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