Rescue me! Taking matters into our own hands, saving abused animals.

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When it comes to animal abuse, people tend to think that our local law enforcement,  or animal control would be the first point of contact.  Not so much these days.  With more and more media coverage on animal cruelty and the overwhelming posted pics of abused pets on social media, citizens are taking matters into their own hands.  Why not call local law enforcement,  or animal control, whenever a person witnesses animal cruelty?  Far to often though when attempts have been made to report such inhumane treatment, concerns go unanswered, or addressed.   One such reason perhaps would be that in most states animals are considered “property” under the law.  Another reason is the low priority level that animal cruelty cases receive, often because of budget restraints, or low number of officers to handle such cases.  Whatever reasons local law enforcements are stating, as to non-response, people are wanting results.  Animals cannot speak for themselves and animal advocates know this, so the end result is to do whatever is necessary.  
     A recent surge in “no kill” shelters is taking shape and a growing coalition of advocates and rescue groups are emerging.  They are oftentimes taking matters into their own hands, when it comes to saving animals from a cruel environment.  The main initiative here is to “save” as many animals as possible,  using any means necessary to take cats/dogs out of a cruel environment and to keep pets out of kill shelters, or pounds  where possible euthanasia awaits unclaimed animals. Rescue groups “foster” animals much like people foster children.  They provide a temporary safe environment,  until an adoption is secured.  Many shelters are overwhelmed with incoming animals, either from owner surrenders, lost/found, or failed attemps at adoptions.  Rescue groups work with shelters by fostering the surplus of animals. They post pics of the dog/cat on mainstream media trying to find a suitable adopter.  When attempts have failed, or the foster parent has no space for more animals, they use “transports” as a means to shuttle the dog/cat out of the local area.  Sometimes these transports go out of state to other shelters with room, or to other foster parents.  Amazing network isn’t it; well seeing as how animals get a second chance at a cruel free environment,  I can understand the motives behind rescue groups, however this also poses an unsafe environment for both the rescue person and the animal when proper authorities are not envolved.  People can be bitten and both parties involved including the animal could have their lives threatened.   Another consideration is the possibility of a so called underground market for selling/trading animals for profits, or dog fighting. 
     I have only touched the surface of this alarming and seemingly growing trend.  Domestic animal trafficking is widely unregulated by states and I feel it needs to be addressed, hopefully for a good cause.  Every animal deserves no unnecessary cruelty and with that comes education and responsibilities.

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