Local Station WHO TV was searching for a "feel good" story. And we just happened to have one on our website. The "Bag Kittens" story is one that is heartwrenching and heartwarming, with the media focusing on the hero, Reagan, a yellow lab who despite her desire to rip everything to shreds, chose to gently carry a feed bag from the highway to her owner's home, saving two 3 week old kittens lives! It may sound unbelievable, and we must admit we had a lot of questions up front.
But after researching the facts, we discovered that it really was possible. So we told the story. After all, a DOG's discovery, a woman's persistence and a rescue's determination, brought us all together and two little lives were saved because of it. That's pretty cool...or at least from our point of view it was!
But with all good things that happen in this world, there are always those who have to find the negative in something. Well here it is...we knew it would come!
Today on the Animal Rescue League's Facebook Page a poster commented about information printed in one of the many online news media articles. Read the Facebook Page below.
The Poster wants the ARL to set the record straight. They are obviously upset at someone for what they perceive as false information. Or is it? Well, we'd be happy to help set the record straight. After all it is our story.
Here are the facts:
- The original article on our website states: "...pleas for help were unanswered or ignored by several local animal rescue organizations." It does NOT say or state how many shelters/rescues or the geographical location. Perhaps something to remember is that a woman was sitting at her day job on little or no sleep after spending the evening up all night frantically trying to save two little lives. And she was worried about them, because she knew they would starve to death if she didn't get them immediate help. And the gruesome site she saw when she reached into that bag the night prior, was still etched in her mind. Perhaps she was a bit frustrated because there wasn't immediate help for her. Can you blame her? We sure can't...especially when lives are hanging in the balance. In fact, we applaud her diligence and persistence to find someone who would help her.
- Second, Can an organization that takes in over 18,000+ animals a year really remember every call? We doubt that the ARL can honestly remember if they did or did not offer to help this woman some form of assistance, that's assuming that they were one of the places she called. But that doesn't really matter. They weren't mentioned by name or geographical location.
- Third: It's very hard to believe that the ARL was "not aware" of this story that swept the internet on CNN, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, HUFFINGTON POST, LIFE WITH DOGS, and numerous other local papers and such, especially after it went viral. Most of know that the ARL is usually the prime focus of the media. So is this perhaps a disgruntled supporter looking for something negative because someone else received media attention? We have to admit we love the ARL's response of: " Interesting....hopefully the reporter just got the facts wrong vs. being told that incorrect statement. Thanks for passing it along!" Are we in third grade here? I mean really, thanks for planting THAT seed ARL facebook guru!
- Fourth: If you compare all the articles, there seems to be an error in every one of them. For example, Reagan, is a "female" not a male. That she is an indoor dog in Des Moines, Iowa, when her location isn't anywhere near that. And our favorite is the one local online paper that led their story with "Raccoon Valley, Iowa" as the location! We were thrilled with that one...having our own town!
And had the ARL not banned RVAS from commenting on their wall back in August 2010 when we asked one (yes, just ONE) question about how many cats were captured, destroyed and distributed during the Story City Hoarding Case, we wouldn't have had to take yet another 30 minutes of our day blogging a response to set the record straight to someone who, it appears, would rather create problems, rather than be part of the solutions!
When people ask, why organizations don't just work together? Because sometimes, people just get in the way. In the meantime, it is important to note that the ARL and RVAS recently worked together in saving a cat's life...well...at least they called us...And for that, we are grateful!