"Great she pulled through, but it all boils down to anthromorphising animals again which we're so good at."
I don't know if it's anthropomorphising, or a lack of business sense. I do know it's my one big gripe with most rescues. They always want money and they have no one on board to help them prioritize the spending. You see it over and over again, the spending of thousands on an animal that can never be adopted out for anything other than a pasture pet or whose condition is so bad that they end up having to euthanize anyhow.
I raise horses and I breed one or 2 everyother year. When I have a sick horse, I look at it from several points of view. Can this animal be saved? If yes, will he or she be completely sound when I'm done? Will there be lingering pain? How OLD is the animal in question? If I spend XXXX on this one today and another gets sick or injured tomorrow, can I afford to give the same level of care to that one?
So, in my case, if my 32 yo gelding colics tomorrow (touching wood he never does), what will I do? I'll euthanize him. $175 approximately to see he has a humane end vs $10,000 plus for surgery that may or may not kill him anyway.......AND! If one of my younger show horses colicked day after tomorrow, I couldn't afford to spend that money twice.
Do I love my 32 y.o. any less? Absolutely not. I have had him for 30 years, I probably love him MORE than any of my others. It boils down to quality of life vs quantity of life and prioritization of resources.
I'm not saying don't rescue by any means, I have rescued and I will again. I'm just saying don't let your heart rule your head to the detriment of other horses that may or may not yet be currently in your care.
If there was a way to make the ofal that did this to her pay, I'd be all for spending 5X what the rescue spent, just to see these people utterly ruined.