Sad, but true, I see this sort of thinking all of the time in animal welfare. Shelter and rescues make policies based on what MIGHT happen. They are held hostage by their fears, instead of looking at the research and basing decisions on logic and common sense.
These are just few examples of what makes me beat my head on my desk daily. I'm sure you can think of others:
- We can't adopt out pets as gifts because they MIGHT be returned.
- We can't adopt out black cats at Halloween because they MIGHT be used for evil purposes.
- We can't do same day adoptions because people MIGHT have buyer's remorse.
- We can't post pictures of found pets on our Facebook page because people MIGHT try to reclaim a pet that isn't theirs.
- We have to do home visits because people MIGHT have unknown dangers lurking in their household.
- We can't adopt out barn cats because people MIGHT think that means it is okay to let cats outdoors.
- We can't post our adoptables on Craigslist because people MIGHT use them for bait or research.
Nine thousand animals per day die in our animal shelters in America. The greatest risk to companion animals is not what MIGHT happen if you take a chance on trusting the public. The greatest risk to companion animals is that they will be killed in an animal shelter.
Be bold. Merge onto that freeway and see what is possible when you stop being held hostage by your fears. The animals are depending on you.