If you've been with me since the beginning of this endeavor, thank you so much for sticking with me!!! :-) Don't worry, you haven't heard the last from me on the topic of animal rescue. I'll be digging through my archives and, on occasion, sharing with you some of the "instructions" I've come up with over the years having to do with dealing with various cat-related challenges. :-)
Animal Rescuer's Guide To Staying (Relatively) Sane: Conclusion:
This guide was never meant to comprehensively or conclusively capture what it is to be an animal rescuer. It was intended rather to point out some of the more obvious and common pitfalls, and to describe some (not all) methods to avoid them.
Many people enter animal rescue with a lot of enthusiasm but not a lot of preparation. These people are often taken by surprise by the realities of this calling. Animal rescue is an area that desperately needs more people, but these people need to be prepared for what they will face and have to deal with. The most common reason that people stop working in animal rescue is pure and simple burn out. Hopefully this guide will help some people prepare themselves so that they can last in this difficult but vital work.
There is, however, a lot more to be said on the subject. I truly hope that others will add to this writing, and that it will change, evolve, and continue to be relevant. Please, if you are reading this, feel free to add your own personal perspective and experiences in the comments below.
Since a lot of this guide is a bit pessimistic, I would like to leave you with some positive words. May whatever powers you believe in smile upon you, and may you find peace within yourself. Yours is a labor of love.