Why rescue in Australia is burning out

Council pounds...

... who don't rehome pets, or only work with the most adoptable pets, or who operate with insufficient capacity, or a lack of proactive programs... direct their pets into rescue. While the pounds have a paid workforce and government employee benefits, most rescues are based on volunteers (foster care).

Rescue's are expected to take these pets for free. They may even have to pay for the 'privilege' of rescuing these pets from certain slaughter. And the rescues are expected to pay for all vet work for pets.

Pounds who use rescue in this way are able to claim accolade for reduced 'kill rates' - even when they may not adopt a single pet themselves.

Charity pound providers...

... are paid by local government agencies. They are also able to solicit for financial support in the valuable donor and bequest space. More than $240 million dollars is generated in revenue every year by these groups. But their 'kill rates' have still been notoriously awful.