When people complain that they don't hear from a group member about accepting an owner surrender or pulling a certain dog out of a shelter, etc, they don't realize this isn't the only dog we see. I don't know how our director does it. I know she's always overwhelmed with emails and phone calls imploring her to take every last dog that needs a home on a daily basis. The problem is, we just can't. We don't have the volunteers to house the dogs and even if we had 100 more volunteers, we wouldn't have the money to cover all the vet bills. So when these emails go out, especially right now, they're pretty tough to look at because if I don't have space at my house and I know our group doesn't have space ... I can feel utterly helpless.
I am lucky in that I am only exposed to a small percentage of the emails. Some that come across my inbox are sent to the group at large and some that are sent individually between us. It is so disheartening to see these emails and to know the number of animals that need a chance. Knowing it's not even a drop in the bucket when you get an email listing 30-40 dogs and cats. To say it's overwhelming is just to sugarcoat the feeling it brings up in me.