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You become responsible forever

for what you have tamed.


--Antoine de Saint-Exupery




Chapter Summary



  • Rescuing helpless animals is much more than saving the life of a cat or dog.
  • Over the past forty years, I have saved thousands of animals, and have watched as rescue work has saved the humans who do it.
  • There is much to be learned about humans in doing animal rescue.
  • Children from all walks of life work together to rescue a helpless animal
  • At-risk youth find a purpose in life
  • At-risk youth learn empathy
  • Young people learn responsibility, job and life skills
  • Rescue animals give much needed love to abused and neglected children
  • Interaction with animals activates the release of brain chemicals such as oxytocin and dopamine known as feel-good hormones
  • Rescuing animals is a self-function that helps create and maintain a healthy self
  • Animal rescue creates human mental well-being
  • Animal rescue can become addicting
  • Being part of a rescue group can create group cohesion
  • Emotional sharing happens within a rescue group
  • Long lasting friendships can develop from doing animal rescue
  • Animal hoarding is a recognized mental illness
  • Animal rescue can relieve the grief of losing a beloved pet
  • Saving an animal from death can alleviate the guilt of euthanizing a family pet
  • Adopting animals from a local shelter or rescue can benefit the community and environment
  • Addicts benefit from doing animal rescue


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