Granted I don't say I rescued my dog I say I adopted her but she's a rescue. She is from a rescue organization,
This was exactly my point. You didn't rescue the dog, you adopted her. Yes, the rescue ORGANIZATION rescued her, but when you adopted her, she was safe. I understand that it freed up a kennel so they could go get another dog. My big beef is people adopting from a rescue and claiming the rescue. The horse was in no danger, they didn't rescue they adopted.
I have a problem with rescues going to auctions and buying horses and claiming a rescue. They didn't rescue, they bought the horse just like anyone else could have, took it home fed it up and are now sending it on with a sob story. I can do the same thing every other Monday night at our local auction. I can go in, buy by the pound, bring the animal home and feed it and train it and sell it or give it away. That's not a rescue, that's a purchase. The horse may be skin and bone, but I outbid the other buyers to get that horse.
One of the last 2 horses I bought was a skinny, stunted 2 y.o. that was ridden into the ring and it made me so mad I paid $1000 for that sorry excuse of a filly. I didn't care what happened, she was coming home with me to get fed up, time to grow and THEN in a year or so, put back under saddle and we'll see what we got. I bought her, I didn't rescue her. She's not skinny anymore and she's growing. She's also as sweet as pie. The 2nd horse I bought that day was in good flesh, had been well cared for and handled, she just had the worst case of juvenile warts I've ever seen. I paid about half of what I paid for the first one. Go figure.
To me, a true rescue is because you saw someone beating the animal and stepped in to stop it, or you saw that a horse was starving and you stepped in and got it away from the folks who weren't feeding, or Animal Control or a Rescue Organization gets called in on a seizure of animals from a cruelty investigation. Those animals are all in danger IN THE MOMENT and a person or organization steps in to stop the danger. Once the animal has been brought to a facility, vetted, fed up, dewormed, had the farrier out to do teeth and has been receiving training, that animal is no longer a rescue but an adoption.