Hey Everyone!! :-)
Here's the next bit of An Animal Rescuer’s Guide to Staying (Relatively) Sane. This part is subtitled Resources and is further broken down into sections. The part I'm posting today was my introduction to the Resources category.Also, here's Snuggly again. She's had a little more time to get well in this picture and is starting to fill out some more. She really liked sleeping in the window and soaking up the sun. :-)
An Animal Rescuer’s Guide to Staying (Relatively) Sane Resources Introduction:
I cannot stress enough how important it is to have resources when you are in rescue. I have seen a lot of enthusiastic and well-meaning people jump into animal rescue with both feet only to sink like a stone because they did not have the proper preparation.
Successful animal rescuers are formidably organized. They make sure to have all of the resources they need (or might possibly need) before they start a project. These resources need to be both physical and emotional. Let me say that again: THESE RESOURCES ***NEED*** TO BE *BOTH* PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL. So many times have I seen a rescuer neglect their own needs in order to care for their charges. You cannot care properly for the animals in your custody if you do not also care for yourself. And this most definitely includes your emotional well-being. What follows will be a list of some of the resources that every animal rescuer needs to have. Like all lists that have to do with life-long works, this list is forever expanding, changing, and evolving. In spite of that caveat, I think this is a good place to start.