By Kay Stout

Animal rescuers CARE – a lot.

a man in a white shirt hugging his pet pug
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Compassion for abandoned animals doesn’t mean volunteers can’t agree on common goals.

Their passion/compassion saves lives and fuels the adrenalin they need to save the abandoned, scared dog or cat in front of them. That same zeal can all too often can stand in the way of working together as a team or when making decisions to collaborate to reach a goal.

In my 10 years of experience working as an executive director for nonprofit rescues, I have seen colleagues strive to save lives, find homes and foster sick or lonely animals who have been dealt a bad hand.

I have also seen progress come to a screeching halt because two or more rescuers chose to not meet in the middle – resulting in fewer lives saved. This outcome hurts because all the shelter/rescue animals want is a home. It may not be the perfect home by someone’s standard, but a home where they are fed, loved and become part of the family!

One of the biggest challenges is finding the money to keep rescues going, because at the end of the day, I believe nonprofits should be run like a business partnership focused on common objectives and goals.

Feedback and opinions are appreciated that add value to this blog post. There are too many sites where agitation runs rampant, but this is not one of them.

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