If I had a dime for everytime I heard "you have my dream job".....I would be a gazillionaire. But truth be told and after 30 years of this life...I would rather stick a needle in my eye than hear those words. The world of animal rescue is brutal. It is not all "unicorns and puppies and kittens." You actually see more sadness than happiness. Truth!
So it is not surprising when those that want to "save the world" from the sanctity of their livingroom just do not get the scope of what is really involved. Thus was the case of self-proclaimed, "Pit Bull Guru", Steffen Baldwin who was actually arrested in July of 2020 on too many charges to count. Stemming from animal cruelty to theft and fraud, all of them were related to his "training and rehabilitation center for Pit Bulls."
Stories of dogs being killed and volunteers being mauled by the very dogs on his property have been rampant throughout the canine world. Claiming to be a "savior" and "miracle worker" for specifically Pit Bulls with aggressive behavior, one has to wonder....how did it get to this point?
I completely understand that wanting to save a dog from death in a shelter can become emotionally charged. Or being a shelter worker....nobody wants to euthanize dogs. You can't blame these people for wanting to save these dogs. But, at one point (if there is one) are we turning a "blind eye" and pretending that "everything is going to be just fine" and the situation that Steffen Baldwin created was Xanadu.
In this episode, I am going to go deep into the emotions of what an animal rescuer goes through on a daily basis. Does there become a point when we too are responsible for "feeding the monster" and putting dogs into harm's way as opposed to walking away and realizing that "you can't save them all."