We are getting ready for the 2023 Open Arms Challenge! We intend to have our entire staff sign off on the Removing Roadblocks Pledge, but we want to be sure that we understand each point entirely. One point is:
Not Undermine our own efforts by saving animals who don't need to be saved.
Exactly what does this mean? We want to be sure that we understand everything we are signing off on!
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I really like the way you've framed this - "not to undermine our own efforts"! You're making it easier for your team!
Thanks, but I really didn't make this up. This is actual wording from the Roadblock Pledge! I'm trying to get an understanding of what this really means. Thank you so much.
@Amber Eby It looks like Carol is referencing this "Roadblock-free Pledge" that Best Friends has shared as part of our resources for the challenge. Does anyone have any suggestions on what that bullet in the pledge really means?
Hey! I'm so sorry Carol and Charlotte! I read Carol's post a little too quickly. I take this to mean that by being open and inclusive, we can truly be more open minded and realize that some pets who we might think need saving (ie - outdoor cats who are thriving, dogs who live outside but are loved and taken care of, other pets from people who don't provide the same type of care that the organization may recommend but with a little help could be able to, pets belonging to our unhoused neighbors, etc.) are actually doing fine. Instead of separating those pets from their homes and loved ones, we can focus on pets who really do need our help (former indoor cats hanging out with colonies, lost animals, pets whose people have passed away, etc) and spare ourselves the time and effort on trying to help an animal who is actually OK where they are. Why create more problems when these animals are OK?
Does that make more sense? And anyone else reading this, please let me know what you think.
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