Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Good rescue vs bad rescue???

Sadly just as there are good breeders and bad breeders, we have good rescues and bad rescues. Its a very sad thing that we have to admit that -- anyone saying they are helping Akitas should be doing it right and be a good rescue.

BUT -- just as human charities have bad people involved in them, so too does rescue. People with ego issues, who can't and don't work well with others, whose agenda is about themselves and NOT about the dogs are doing bad rescue; doing it for profit, for ego, to make "heros" of themselves.

But also, there are those who are deluded enough to think that ALL dogs can be saved. That's a very dangerous way to feel with a breed that has the strength and possible aggression our Akitas can have. Sadly -- much as we wish we could -- we cannot save them all. And anyone who thinks they can "save them all" need only realize they will quickly be overloaded with unadoptable Akitas with human aggression issues that cannnot be overcome. All Akitas must be properly evaluated before being taken into rescue and rehomed. They must be safely euthanized if they cannot live in society as a trusted family member. It breaks my heart with each Akita I must euthanize but I cannot risk a child, a person, being mauled due to my "bleeding heart".

How much space and resources do we have to save all the Akitas in need -- the ones untouchable due to mental issues, the aggressive ones due to bad breeding & bad training, the fearful/aggressive ones who will bite anyone out of fear of humans, the unstable ones that are nice one minute and attack the next minute?? We don't have enough space for all the GOOD, adoptable Akitas out there -- sadly as the economy gets worse and worse, we find ourselves begging more & more for donations to cover our monthly expenses for food, boarding, vetting. How could we take up spaces for unadoptable dogs, that will never get homes due to being unsafe to place, due to aggression issues we cannot overcome???

So another form of bad rescue is the rescue that insists that all Akitas can be saved -- when in fact, after 22 yrs in rescue, I have sadly learned that is not true. Today's society does not tolerate nips, growls, bites even when the dog has been provoked/prodded/pushed into it, so they will never tolerate an Akita that simply bites due to mental issues, bad training, unsocialization issues. We all know when a dog bite is reported, that legal action follows.

So its imperative that we do rescue in a responsible, safe manner so NO human is hurt, no other dog is hurt. Those who are so sure they "know better" than those of us who have been in the trenches so long, will sadly find out we DO know what we are doing -- but sadly, they won't learn it until someone is badly mauled, a dog is killed, a child is maimed, and they get sued, due to a bad placement.

Anyone that promises you they will save ALL Akitas and will be able to work with ANY Akita is doing the breed a disservice and misleading the public. There sadly are not enough days in the week, not enough space, not enough money, to save ALL Akitas. Our breed is being given up in record numbers today -- even groups as large as ARWNY are being pinched by the drop in adoptions, drop in donations, drop in space for these big dogs. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is aimed at our breed now and doing bad placements only adds fuel to that fire.

Please take the time, when working with a rescue, to determine what the difference is between a good and bad rescue. The Akita Club of America's Rescue Committee, which I co-chair, has just instituted a Rescue Code of Ethics -- which these types of bad rescues could not possibly sign -- a first sign they are not good rescue. Check on a rescue person's website for the Code of Ethics -- that will help you determine you are dealing with an ethical rescue, who does good safe placements.

Unless someone is doing rescue RIGHT, its not fair to our breed!! I'd rather there be NO rescue rather than BAD rescue -- bad rescue hurts all of us. Please think long and hard about this subject -- its a very serious one.


My favorite thing we do with our wonderful group ARWNY -- our AKITA PICNIC!!!


September 19, 2009, at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Salem County NJ on Rt. 40 in Woodestown NJ. You can see more info at our ARWNY website

This event is so fun -- lots of great food (yummy Deb Karfs cake yeah!) and great demos -- the DANCIN'Dogs are back, we are also hoping for a fun sled demo as well as an obedience demo - but you can count on our great fun contests for sure!! So dress up that Akita of yours and enter our contest!! Or show us your Akita's new trick to enter a contest!!!

Lots of good food, good people, lots of fun -- we have CGC Testing also that day so come on - don't miss this day, we would LOVE to see you!! Our great drawing will also be held that day and you won't want to miss that either!!

Remember, only well-behaved Akitas should be brought that day -- no flexi leads or flat collars, all dogs must be wearing martingale/choke/prong collars on regular leashes, please!! Bring crates, chairs, etc to enjoy the day!!

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