Although RMCR is an organization founded to help animals in need, it also affects human lives in many different ways.
For those families and individuals that feel the need to relinquish a dog to our organization, the decision to do so can often be a difficult one. Although there are a fair share of people who simply did not fully analyze their decision to adopt a dog, most are struggling with their options. The reasons to relinquish are many; financial hardships, allergies, family dynamics such as new children, residential moves and changes in the animal’s behavior are but a few that we encounter on a regular basis. These owners care about the future of the animal that they’ve loved for years and fear that relinquishing the dog to a shelter will end up in euthanasia. Therefore, they contact us, knowing that we will place the dog in a loving foster home until a new forever home can be found. They understand that we screen applicants to find the right home for their animal and this provides much needed peace of mind regarding their decision to relinquish .
Those wanting to adopt also come to a rescue for a myriad of reasons. Many understand that there are loving animals that have become displaced somehow and are looking for a new home. They understand the risks of buying a puppy from a pet store in the mall and that those animals may not be in the best of health or may have behavioral issues from being torn from their mothers before they were ready. Most simply no longer want the responsibility that comes with working a puppy through adolescence. They understand the animal over-population issue and want to make a difference, however insignificant the salvation of one animal may seem.
Foster families are also touched by the work they do for the rescue. Most have been affected in one way or the other by the loss of a pet, or have witnessed cruelty and negligence to an animal, and also want to help by giving an animal in need the shelter, love and care that they need in order to prepare for their new home. Many families have small children that they are trying to raise with morals and values that not only apply to their neighbors, but to the animals that share our earth. In this manner, they can teach them that owning an animal is a long-term responsibility and also that when they see injustice towards animals, speaking up and acting on the animal’s defense is the right thing to do.
Our other volunteers share the same values, but for personal reason are not prepared to foster. Instead they give their time to help raise funds for the rescue, screen applicants for adoption and spend hours at adoption events, showcasing our rescued animals and helping interested people understand the value of adopting.
Finally, there is growing evidence that having dogs as pets is actually good for you. Consider these facts:
• Pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesteral levels and are at a reduced risk for heart disease
• Pet owners report fewer headaches, fewer bouts of indigestion and less difficulty sleeping
• Dog owners tend to exercise more
• Pets help safeguard against depression or loneliness
• Pets actually help improve social skills
• For children, owing a pet improves their self esteem – someone who loves them unconditionally and wants their undivided attention
• Pets reduce the number of visits to a doctor by elderly patients
• Pets help to ease loss – an older person whose spouse has died is less likely to experience deterioration in health if he or she is attached to a pet