There are a lot of humane societies and rescues that are still struggling with some of the same issues that were being dealt with twenty to thirty years ago by dog breeders: how can you best, in an honest and open manner, confront bad practices and players so you can solve some of the many problems that they have created and, at the same time, keep the example they are putting forth from defining the whole group?
On one side of the coin, the task faced by the rescues and humane societies is easier than when the breeders face the same problems because there are no organizations, movements, or ideologies that are determine to destroy them. On the other side of the coin, though, the job can seem harder because of the times we live in. We see headlines regularly that announce “Scandalous!” “Inhumane!” “Shocking!” and other such things that are linked to organizations that exist to help animals and are what click-bait is defined as. It can be easy to sensationalize stories when it is something that people have an emotional investment that is strong in. It only makes it worse when there is dishonesty or hypocrisy of a supposed authority that should be beyond moral corruption. To top that off, there is also a highly vocal, large contingent that is within the shelter and rescue community that sees any kind of criticism that comes their way as an attack that must be squashed or deflected instead of something to be discussed.
So is this a hard and complicated task to move forward in? No doubt. That does not mean that humane societies and rescues should remain silent about how some of their animals are being moved around and placed in homes these days, though, in a way that is inhumane, without much oversight, and irresponsibly. We applaud and humane society or rescue that is willing to stand up and listen to the concerns that are made then work to do something about them.