This morning the CBC broke a very disturbing story involving the Director of an unnamed local animal rescue. We would like to reassure all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters that Manitoba Underdogs Rescue was not the organization involved. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this situation (particularly the innocent animals).
Running a rescue is hard. There are thousands of animals in this province without homes, some in truly heartbreaking situations. Being a rescue Director may be the hardest job in the world. They need to find a nearly impossible balance of a thick skin and soft heart. They have to understand that you simply cannot be everything to all of the dogs all of the time. Sometimes they have to make the decision to say no when rescue resources simply cannot support more animals. As an organization, we can’t always help the animals that need us, and it’s the director that often makes this difficult call.
We have no doubt that the story detailed by the CBC this morning came out of a situation which began with the best intentions but spiraled horribly out of control. We hope that the individual involved gets the help and support that they need, and that the animals in their care find loving homes.
Animal rescues in Manitoba are unregulated. They are most often groups of individual volunteers who are trying to do the best that they can. Manitoba Underdogs Rescue goes to extreme lengths to make sure that our rescue is providing the very best to our animals. Foster families and adoptive families go through rigorous checks prior to being approved by our organization We visit their homes and hold extensive interviews to make sure that they will provide a loving home for our pups. We will be reviewing this process even further going forward, and making sure that there are no gaps in these procedures.
Thank you to all of our tireless volunteers, fosters, donors, and supporters for loving MUR and allowing us to make a difference in the lives of Manitoba’s unwanted animals. With your support they become beloved, safe, happy family members. You allow us to make a difference, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
– Jessica Hansen
Manitoba Underdogs Rescue Executive Director