By Bill Piechocki

Let’s detail each party’s role in the process of rescuing pets.

In my experience of approximately 50 years in the animal health and pet industry, I’ve dealt with hundreds of public and private animal rescues, adoption groups, animal control agencies, breeders, veterinary professionals and pet stores. My personal experience has enabled me to advise you on the good, the bad and the ugly. There are superstars as well as the unethical that are only about the money.

First, let’s detail each party’s role in the process of rescuing pets. If we understand this, we will know how to proceed. Let’s define their function in the overall rescue process.

Animal Control, a government, law enforcement organization mandated to enforce laws primarily focused on public health. If their function is public health, why are they overstepping their bounds by dictating the quantity of pets allowed in each household? Why are they looking at homes that have no bearing on public health? If it’s under the guise of animal welfare, is their training in animal welfare or law enforcement? Are they experts in health or medicine? Their job should be to prevent and investigate problems that threaten the public and focus on true animal neglect or abuse.

Rescues and adoption groups should, by charter and mandate take animals from bad places and move them to better places. The Rescue’s job is to create a system to facilitate the relocation of these distressed animals to caring, competent pet owners that will provide love and healthy lives to our domesticated friends. The Rescue’s job is NOT to promote consumables of the veterinary trade. They need to assure that basic needs are met and that newly adopted parents are offered the proper tools to provide the best life possible. Decisions regarding life altering drugs and dangerous procedures along with spaying, neutering, flea and parasite control should be left up to the new owners. Rescues should offer a healthy pet and find it a good home that is not chemically poisoned and physiologically compromised because of medical theories and untrue health services.

Rescues are not at fault as they have been sold a false agenda for years. A great Rescue will train and teach new adoptive parents the proper basics of pet care. They should be educated in providing species appropriate diets, positive behavior, and natural living for the adoptive cares based on science, not marketing. Rescue monies should be spent on education in proper care and not blindly given to veterinarians for inappropriate, life altering procedures and dangerous ineffective preventive drugs. Breeders are a valuable asset in the animal community as they preserve the genetic integrity of our breed pets. They, like the rescues need to be educated & then educate new pet parents. Without them, we would no longer have a purebred poodle, boxer or a collie. You would only be offered mixed breeds. Hundreds of years from now, most will offspring and will revert back to their primal forms as a wild wolf. What happened to the cute Maltese?

We must focus on the functions. Let’s keep Animal Control protecting public health and safety, focusing on the feral, strays and unfortunate animals.

Let’s help the Rescues move animals from bad places to good homes in a truly healthy condition. Let’s empower pet owners with the knowledge to give the best care and health on this planet. Let the veterinarians treat the trauma and acute injuries that can happen to pets as they have been educated. It is time for all pet owners to look to animal health providers that understand natural species appropriate nutrition and utilize the function of the body by natural healing itself with foods and botanicals. We need to provide great homes by being responsible pet owners that optimize the health and longevity of our pets. Cats are designed to live a healthy life of over thirty years, dogs over twenty. Even parakeets can live twenty years or more with proper nutrition.

If we all just focus on these very simple job functions, most of the conflict will go away and our pets will benefit … which is our ultimate goal!

Bill Piechocki, nutritionist and Dr Diane Sudduth, DVM are partners in Fiesta Pet Deli in Pompano Beach. Our 40 years experience in the animal field has provided an unparallel vision and information which we pass to our clients on a daily basis.