When the Word “Rescue” is a Problem

This is going to sound surprising considering how often I use the term, but I really don’t like the use of the word “rescue” to describe a dog that was obtained via a pet welfare group or pound. Yes, groups that find homes for unwanted dogs are called “rescue” as a shorthand term, and yes, some of those dogs have literally been rescued from terrible situations. However, when I hear the term applied to an individual dog (e.g., “She’s a rescue.” or “I rescued him.”), I am uncomfortable, and here’s why: Read More When the Word “Rescue” is a Problem

Why People Hate Animal Rescue

I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit straight away that animal rescue has some serious image problems, and that these problems are merited. Not all animal rescues are bad news, of course, but enough of them are that chances are good that you know someone who has had a terrible experience. Read More Why People Hate Animal Rescue