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Posted by ghardin on April 23, 2003 at 21:38:47:
In Reply to: MO Press: once pets, are becoming rehab and rescue crisis posted by W von Papinešu on April 23, 2003 at 20:29:53:
Just off the top of my head...
1. Promoting propaganda like that certainly must encourage more than a few new keepers to go out and purchase a sulcata. A giant tortoise...cool. Think about it...
2. Where are all theses 'rescues' that are facing this great crisis? I looked for over a year before I finally gave up on adopting and purchased.
3. A couple 'rescues' wouldn't even consider me because of my geographic location (even though I can prove that I can provide a good home). In fact one of them was mentioned in that article. Surely living in the midwest is better than burdening a 'rescue' with their overwelming prescence?
4. Maybe the 'rescues' should turn people on to the KS classifieds. Sulcatas sell here all the time. Someone willing to pay for one would probably be a little more devoted to it's care than someone getting one for free. At least in theory. How long would an ad last for an "adoption + small fee - you will be quizzed on the needs of a sulcata" in the classifieds here? And at least the classified cruisers know they can get help in this forum so they're at least a half step ahead.
5. Count me in. I'll do my part. I'll take 3. Any size. Any gender. Needing a little rehab is fine, I have a great vet. Shipping won't be a problem because I'll drive wherever needed to pick up in person. I'll gladly subject myself to any 'quiz' you'd like to give so you can be sure I know what I'm doing. Visit my house, talk to my vet, ask for pics, etc... I will provide whatever you need. I have a few friends that would also be willing to do the same.
6. What kind of numbers are we talking here? As in, how many sulcatas are out there in these 'rescues' waiting to go to good homes? Not the number that have been placed. The number that actually are causing such a problem for the 'rescues'. I'd be interested in hearing how many it takes to consider this such a great crisis.