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You become responsible forever
for what you have tamed.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- 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