Human, financial vampires prey upon defenseless animals in their time of suffering. These fiends infiltrate social media with false connections to rescue missions. They intend to bleed us dry of our dollar donations.
I was going to write about this. But then I saw this LinkedIn post by someone directly on the front line of animal rescues. Sherie Koontz says it better than I could.
To anyone involved in animal rescue:
I have been in discussions with Mina this morning (she’s currently not able to use her account) about working with only reputable rescues. And truthfully, I have been involved with more good rescues than bad. Rescue is not only exhausting, but it’s expensive.
There are, however, some basic common sense things that we should be doing before we pledge/donate. If you are personally familiar with a rescue then maybe you can be more lenient. By personally familiar, I mean you volunteer there or have a long relationship that has proven they are legitimate.
Reputable rescues should be non-profit. This is only the beginning, but it’s a good place to start.
- They should have a PayPal account associated with their rescue. The PayPal should not be some random person asking for pledges to be honored. They should be willing to provide receipts for donations.
- Freedom pictures should be posted BEFORE pledges are requested or honored. There are many times that the rescue tag is dropped or the dog is mistakenly euthanized. It’s sad but true.
- The rescues website or Facebook page should be updated on a fairly regular basis.
Again, I understand most of these people are generally volunteers that spend their own money and take time away from family to rescue, but transparency is a must.
Transparency is necessary not only to protect the donors but more importantly, the animals.
I, personally, Google the shelter or rescue information then contact the numbers directly. I rarely use the information on a post.
It’s unfortunate that people are using dogs to fund their lives. They are taking pledges without saving the dog, getting the dog and dumping it, and even selling the dog to research labs.
I certainly do not want my money associated with a dog that ends up worse off than before. It’s heartbreaking to hear the horror stories and truly keeps me awake at night.
Again, there are MANY rescues that save countless lives. Please do your due diligence and support the rescues that are transparent and make the dogs the priority!
One final note: There is a difference between a rescue and a shelter. Many shelters are tax-funded. While some shelters are no-kill, others label themselves as no-kill but most definitely are not. Do your research. A 90% live release is NOT a no-kill shelter.
(What type of content should your business website blog offer? Advice rather than product promotion. Be a valuable info resource rather than an irritating source of sales pitches. For example, if you owned a pet shop or veterinary practice, then you might share this type of content. Contact me if interested.)