People In Rescue: We Need You!
This St. Brigid's Day, we're conducting a survey to research the personal, physical, mental, emotional and financial effects of rescue work in today's climate of crisis. We also use this St. Brigid's Day to celebrate the amazing work of women in rescue!
Ireland has an ongoing animal welfare crisis. Authorities have been slow to take action and the situation is only getting worse.
Shelters, and their resources, are being crippled by the sheer numbers of dogs being surrendered every single day in the wake of the pandemic pet-boom. This, combined with the unrelenting intake of cats and kittens that have not been neutered as well as cruelty cases and abandonment involving horses, donkeys, dogs and cats - equates to a perfect storm that shelters all across Ireland are struggling to weather.
Despite this intense pressure, rescue work continues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This unrelenting work comes at a cost. But what exactly is that cost? And who is paying it?
Take The Survey!
Our survey aims to investigate the impact that this vital and intensely demanding work is having on the people in rescue.
Please click here to access the survey, or scan the below QR code on your phone
Please do share this with any individuals or groups it may apply to!
The survey is open to anyone who is regularly working or volunteering in rescue, in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, including those who provide support services such as fostering, fundraising, admin or transport.
The survey will be anonymous and all data will be held in compliance with GDPR regulations. The results will be shared with participants and used for further research and to inform submissions to government departments and also the media. We look forward to sharing the results with you at a later date.
IF YOU COMPLETE THE SURVEY AND WOULD LIKE UPDATES AND THE THE RESULTS SENT TO YOU - PLEASE DROP US AN EMAIL AT email@example.com .
AND NOW TO THE WOMEN OF RESCUE...
Today, St.Brigid’s Day, we would like to highlight the largely unacknowledged role of women working in animal rescue in Ireland.
For decades, the responsibility of day-to-day animal welfare matters across the country has largely fallen on the shoulders of women involved in rescue, both as individuals and as rescue groups. This is not in any way meant to downplay the contribution of men involved in rescue, but the lion’s share is undoubtedly done by women, and more often than not, done for free! THANK YOU ALL YOU WONDERFUL WOMEN.
You are wonderful, inspirational humans and we'd like to thank you on behalf of animals and people everywhere for the life-changing work you do every day.