“Prevent A Rescue”

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The vocabulary of a cause is the blueprint used to communicate its philosophy. The role of a glossary is provide a list of terms associated with the blueprint along with:

  • Providing a concise context and meaning to a term
  • Bridging a new context of a term to an existing context of a term. This bridging expands the vocabulary of a cause in order to purse concepts or ideas.
  • Facilitating understanding of the foundation, structure, and design of an organization

Below is a list of terms associated with symptom-based and solution-based organizations and terms associated with animals.


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Advocacy Skills –These skills can be broken into three categories: problem solving, communication and leadership. Problem solving skills include identifying a problem, developing realistic solutions, and creating surveys/engagement data and analysis. Communication skills includes verbal, written, and videos/pictures. Leadership skills include a call to action, empowering others, and collaboration.

Architect – An architect is a person working in an organization who is collaborative by nature and is driven his/her own vision for a cause. These collaborations, along with the knowledge of the architect, form the basis for the development of non-profit’s architecture used to purse a cause.

Architecture – This more nuanced approach to describing a non-profit has the following blueprint:

  • The foundation Is the organization’s vision
  • The structure is the organization’s mission (purpose and strategy) 
  • The design is the organization’s objectives and goals

This blueprint creates a three-dimensional building block from which a non-profit is conceived, organized, and executed. Additionally, the foundational and structural building blocks become the core from which other organizations apply different designs: by building on top of  the work of other non-profits, this approach is a more efficient and effective model to addressing a cause. This building block approach is the basis from which science and medicine has historically addressed problems.

At-Risk – This term, in this document, applies to children/young adults and Thoroughbreds, for whom absence of certain life/foundation skills places them at a high risk for greatly underachieving or failing in our society. This group is the focus of solution-based rescue organizations: by providing this population the needed life skills, we can prevent individuals from needing to be rescued.

Body Language  A nonverbal form of communication. This includes facial expression, body position, along with the “energy” projected through these expressions and positions. Body energy can be considered the same as the tone and volume components used in verbal communication. Thoroughbreds, due to their spirit and sensitivities, are great mirrors of human body language. The breed provides a good interspecies model to learn and understand non-verbal forms of communication.

Collaboration – Exchange of ideas, co-development, and/or content sharing provided by volunteers, staff, or other organizations. These collaborations are done under the shared goal of advancing the cause of the organization. 

Culture  A group environment created through shared value(s) or belief(s)

  • Rescue Culture – The environment created through the shared belief of saving animals or people. This environment facilitates compassion and empathy but does not address any root causes that created the rescue.
  • Hoarding Culture  The environment created through the shared belief of “volume rescuing.” Due to the large number of animals needing to be saved in today’s society, this culture is the natural evolution of a rescue culture: a hoarding culture utilizes the same philosophy of a rescue culture but just in larger  numbers. This culture is also driven by people that find a reward in “volume rescuing”. Unfortunately, this approach ultimately creates poor if not dire conditions for the rescues.
  • Prevention Culture – The environment created through the shared belief of developing solutions for existing problems. This environment facilitates inventive thinking as well as encouraging collaboration and is driven by people who are personally rewarded by solving problems. Due to the large number of animals needing to be saved in today's society, this culture is the most logical evolution of a rescue culture because it decreases the volume of animals/people needing to be saved. Rescuing, in this culture, is  seen as a safety net, not a solution.

Guiding Principles – These principles include the vision, mission, objective, and goals of an organization. The vision is the utopian outcome, the mission is the purpose/desired outcome and strategy to attain this purpose/desired outcome, the objectives are short term outcomes created by the mission, and the goals are the long-term outcomes created by the mission.

Horsemanship – Humane Education for horses. Providing horses with life skills, especially thoroughbreds, greatly reduces their “at risk” status.

Humane Education – This term was originally defined as the use of education to nurture compassion and respect for animals. The term has expanded to include the development of life skills in “at-risk” populations: by drawing on our innate sense of humanity to resolve animal and human welfare problems, we can prevent the suffering a rescue. From this context, Solution-Based Rescue derives it’s core Humane Education message: “The Greatest Humane Act Is Prevention.”

Humane –The quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals.

Life/Foundation Skills – Those core or essential life skills horses and humans need to engage successfully in work and life. For humans, these skills include self-awareness, respect for self and others, communication, self-restraint, empathy, and the ability to reason. For horses, these skills include understanding boundaries and the ability to calmly process and adapt to a variety of situations and environments.

“Passion and Emotion” Approach – A passionate approach to welfare through saving individuals. The emotional satisfaction of saving individuals along with compassion for the animals provides motivation for people to work within this approach.

“Passion & Logic” Approach - A passionate approach to welfare that focuses on preventing rescues. Applying logic to solving problems along with preventing suffering of rescues provides the emotional reward that motivates the people that work within this approach.

Rescue – An organization that saves individuals from danger or distress. By changing the culture of the rescue world, our goal is to have the definition redefined as follows: An organization that prevents and saves animals/people from danger or distress.

  • ·Symptom-Based Rescue – A traditional type of rescue entity characterized by a “passion and emotion” approach to animal welfare. The approach has a vocabulary that focuses the culture on saving animals only. Overall, this method helps the individual animal but does not resolve the problem that created the rescue: we are treating a symptom of a disease without addressing the root cause.
  • ·Solution-Based Rescue – A comprehensive approach to animal welfare problems that emphasizes prevention. This method utilizes a “passion and logic” approach and is designed to  resolve problems by focusing its vocabulary  on creating solutions. Saving individuals is integrated into this approach as an important safety net for the individual, not as a solution. These rescue and their journeys provide an emotional basis for the Humane Education programs of a solution-based organization.

 Self-Empowerment – Taking control of our own life, setting goals, and making positive choices. Self-Empowerment is a key concept of Humane Education because when one truly knows how to help themselves, then they are in the best position to provide compassion and help to others, animals or humans.

Welfare – The health, happiness, and fortunes of a person, group or animal.

Thoroughbred – Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit. Predominately associated with racing in today’s society, the breed was used widely as ranch and show horses in the past due to their athletic ability, endurance, and versatility. The passionate and kind nature of the breed, combined with their strong spirit, makes the Thoroughbred ideal for Humane Education programs.

Thoroughbred Ambassadors – Thoroughbred horses who embody key characteristics of the breed. They serve to revive the relatability and relevancy of Thoroughbreds and the sports they represent.

Unwanted Thoroughbred – An animal welfare issue that is analogous to other “at-risk”/needing to be rescued populations in our society.

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where
its people come from and where they are going.”

-Rita Mae Brown