There are so many joys in being a volunteer intake coordinator for a foster based rescue. Meeting awesome animals. Meeting awesome foster homes. Meeting awesome shelter staff and volunteers. Getting to walk a dog (or carry a cat) out of the shelter, and into the arms of an excited foster home waiting for them. Seeing adoption updates, showing how happy that animal is in their furever home. It gives me joy.
But it's not all butterflies and rainbows. The hardest part about being an intake coordinator is having to say "I'm sorry, no. I can't help."
As the animal rescue landscape is changing with fewer homeless animals being killed for shelter space each year (um, YAY!), that means the animals "left"... the ones who need the help of rescue groups ... are those that have needs outside what the average adopter can handle. That can include behavioral needs that are best rehabilitated under the guidance of a professional trainer (which costs money), or medical needs that require extraordinary vetting (which costs money).
With each year we are seeing operational costs rise much faster than their offsetting adoption fees, which means we rely on monetary donations to help cover the gap. And what happens when the gap isn't covered? I have to look the shelter partner - and the animal - in the eye and say, "I'm sorry, no. I can't help." I have people willing and able. But I don't have the funds to cover the cost of care. It is the most painful message I can deliver.
Please, help me change this. Help me say "yes". Make a donation of any size; collectively it all adds up. And that creates life saving opportunities for animals who otherwise have no hope and no options.