This past week, The Daily Corgi community celebrated the adoption of Pembrokes Eddie and Princess from the Hannibal, Missouri Humane Society. Word is they’re doing very well in their foster home! Our hearts are all with the dogs, and no matter where we live our natural instinct is to want to reach out and do something to help create this kind of happy ending.
In this case, however, the back story behind the positive outcome caused some unfortunate fallout for a couple of important people in the established rescue community. My decision to post about those dogs was made without adequate knowledge of how the nationwide Corgi rescue network operates. I did not know then what I know now: that at least two rescue groups within the region of that shelter already knew about the dogs, one of them for three weeks before I posted about them on The Daily Corgi.
One of those folks was Linda Moore of Pet’s Second Chance in St. Louis, Missouri. Linda has explained to me why my posting about Eddie and Princess — and all of the calls it generated — negatively impacted her relationship with the shelter. I have learned from her that the relationships cultivated between rescuers and the shelters are of paramount importance to rescue work: “This is not the way a real rescue operates. We don’t overlap and we don’t make a dozen calls to the same shelter.”
She continues: “It’s takes a long time to set up a rescue network and cultivate the people, and with shelters it’s even more difficult because staff changes frequently. We have worked hard to establish our credibility with the shelters but now it’s in jeopardy, and I am not the only rescue person complaining.”
“The shelter was inundated with calls from all over the country and they are not the least bit happy with “rescue” at this time” said Linda. “Please explain that these rural shelters DO NOT want all the calls. They are upset because “you people put the dogs on facebook”. They do not ship dogs; Florida and Pennsylvania are like a foreign country to these rural shelters.”
“I understand that everyone wants to help. I understand that we all love the Corgis, but it’s detrimental to rescues when people who have no idea what they are doing start making calls. It’s best to just notify the nearest rescue and let us do what we can do. Shelters want to adopt the dogs out if they can. If they have room and can keep the dogs, it’s in their best interest to adopt the dogs from their shelter. It’s all about numbers reported to the state and numbers used for fund raising. They are in business to adopt dogs. And they can adopt purebred dogs much faster.”
So … is it easy to hear some of these things? No. Is it important to know them? I think so.
I’m as happy as anybody that Eddie and Princess have their forever homes secured, and grateful to those Daily Corgi readers who made it happen.
At the same time, I believe this is a real learning opportunity for me. Linda assures me that my mistake was an easy one to make, because “people simply do not realize what is involved in rescue. I know that it’s all love of the breed and emotions. And heaven knows that is a good thing, but there is a place for all of us.”
I take full responsibility for the impact on Linda and others like her, and want to share this information with other Corgi lovers. A dedicated breed rescue network does exist, and they have valuable ties and contacts from years of experience. They’re the go-to people if you know about a Corgi in a shelter, especially with the current economy ( = more dogs in shelters).
If you learn of a Corgi in a shelter and want to help, there is a list of rescue groups by region at the Corgi Rescue page. Please contact one of them directly:
There is also web page for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Rescue Trust:
These links are permanently posted on The Daily Corgi’s Rescue and Adoption page, which can be accessed at any time by clicking the link on the right sidebar of the blog’s home page:
If you have any questions, comments or feedback you’d like to share with me personally, please feel free to write:
I’ll be posting more about breed rescue work going forward. It’s relevant and valuable information.
Thank you for reading this, and for being a part of The Daily Corgi community. I’m glad to have you here as we grow, learn and most of all celebrate the joy of the charismatic Corgi!
Founder & Editor
The Daily Corgi