To Adopt (an animal), Or Not to Adopt, THAT is the Question…..

 

 

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The billboard in the photo above is now on I-70 near the Denver Dog Show Venue…..

Adopt-for-a-Fee?:
“Adoption for a fee” with many donation-funded animal rescues is actually “buying under contract” and being held hostage by the contract after you’ve put hundreds or thousands of dollars into your adopted animal, but have to give the “rescue” first right of refusal to take the animal back before you can give the animal away, or sell them as personal property animal owners are allowed to do, no matter how long you’ve had the animal, no matter what training you’ve put into them, no matter what ?…….

And although we’re all for adopting from an animal control, animal services, or animal shelter, and have done so many times over the past 45+ years, some people just really want a purebred dog, cat, or even a horse and/or they want a history on the animal they will be BUYING.

Adoption Contracts and Agreements:
Many people also are not “into” adoption contracts if they get an animal from a rescue.
The rescue may have just “pulled” the dog or cat from AC, or perhaps just forced an animal owner into a surrender of animals, or there was a seizure of animals, because of a “social media madness mob” let loose on the animal owner, perpetrated and orchestrated by a donation-funded rescue “into” doing “crisis rescuing”, collecting bushel barrels of donation money, and getting animals entirely for free, so the “rescue” has little, or no history on the animal being offered for adoption.

Then there are also the high adoption fee’s many rescues charge for the animal, and when the high adoption fee is combined with little or no history for the animal, it leads many people to just buy an animal from a breeder and not a animal trader/broker/dealer posing as a “rescue”.

Legitimate Breeders and Local, Regional, State, and Federal Licensing:
Consider also that a legitimate dog and/or cat breeder also has to “jump through a lot of hoops” in terms of licensing and inspections because not all dog and cat breeders are considered equal.

Additionally, breeders who under the regulations of their city/town, county, or state may not be required to be licensed by the federal government may be required to obtain a license and have an inspection by their local municipality. Each town, county and state is different.

These  breeders, who are often breeding for fewer litters, will also have periods of time where no breeding occurs that spans years sometimes, thus the reason they are not required to be licensed with federal agencies.

An observation from a dog owner who is not a dog breeder:

In many ways, buying from a breeder versus a shelter is like buying a new car or home versus used. If you must buy used, you’ll generally get the best deal straight from the owner, rather than through a broker.
The Realtor simply cannot know all the details about a house that an owner who has lived there many years does. The car salesman, if he does know of prior damage or faults, will often try to hide or sugar-coat them, or just play ignorant.
Usually, an honest owner will divulge things that could probably use attention or repair.

It’s the same with an animal. The owner who has raised the dog nearly all its life will likely have old vet records, actual birthdate, and probably even the dog’s favorite toy or blanket to help make the transition a bit less stressful. Toys and blankets and favorite foods simply get trashed at a shelter, and it’s rare that any shelter dog comes with papers of any sort, other than a brief checklist the person surrendering the animal filled out.
If the person “found” the dog or only had it a short time, that checklist is not much better than a birdcage liner.
Shelter dogs so often are plagued with diarrhea, due to the in-attention to previous diet and an immediate change to the shelter’s preferred feed (usually the cheapest available). Then you take the dog home, and they don’t bother telling you what they’ve been feeding, and you feed yet another brand… Bingo- diarrhea again!”

Serious, responsible dog and cat breeders also know their animals lineage forward and backwards, they know the characteristics and traits of the animals they breed, they do NOT do what we call “fad breeding” (we see this a lot in horses too) which can and sometimes does negatively impact a dogs conformation, their disposition (because some of this fad breeding changes their conformation and they begin to have physical issues at a younger age which can change their temperament because they are in pain), the way they move and travel and what they can do physically, etc.

These breeders ARE taking good care of their dogs, they follow the rules and regulations, they are open to surprise visits from animal control and other agencies inspections if they are licensed, and although they may not have the “showplace” some dog breeders have, their property IS in compliance with their licensing requirements, it is functional above the basic requirements, and these breeders are doing nothing wrong, and probably are doing most everything right other than satisfying some peoples image of “what” a dog breeders, or any species-specific animal breeders, property *should* look like.

It is also ludicrous to think there can be “across the board” standards regarding what a property or facility “should” look like, and it can vary widely in different regions in the same state, and certainly in different states around the country regarding what is a critical need for the animals, and what is just for “show”, “image”, and “first impressions”.

“Seizure Scams” and Getting Purebred Dogs (and other animals) For FREE:
All it takes with the money, power, control, and accolade-hungry donation-funded ‘rescue’ (term used loosely) is for them to get some photos that they KNOW will NOT measure up to “the standards” (whatever they are, but these ‘rescues’ KNOW how to “push the right buttons” to ramp their supporters into an emotional equivalent of piranha’s feeding on a body in the water) of their followers who may, or may not have dogs, if they do have dogs its usually a few that they bring in the house and they sleep on the bed, they have never dealt with dogs with “issues” that perhaps do NOT want to be house dogs (we have a few of those that have to be given Bach’s Rescue Remedy when we bring them in the house if the temps drop too low), etc, and they incite them into aggressive behavior.
This begs the question: are we as human beings really all that ‘civilized’, or is all it takes is a master manipulator/swindler at a “rescue” (and since we don’t have any background information on most of these rescues founders and primary players because they refuse to answer questions, and they also tell so many stories to different people that are fictional, this is why questionnaires MUST become a requirement) to play to their emotions and they are “de-civilized” into their baser human nature?

The breeders that are most often attacked by donation-funded “rescues” are those who do NOT have a super nice place, it may even be a bit ‘ramshackle’ but it still meets the requirements set forth to be approved for, and maintain their licensing, and the ‘rescue’ knows they can ramp up a “social media madness mob” very easily.

Make no mistake however; their bottom-line and goal is to TAKE those dogs for FREE, use the churning-with-indignation-and-furious anger-mob and thousands of dollars in FREE donation money to do it, and then they “sort” the dogs (calling it “evaluating”), kill the ones who have exhausted their “sympathy/pity-donation value”, and blame it on the owner that the dog was “neglected” and “we had to euthanize them”, even when they were NOT neglected at all.

The other purebred dogs are SOLD under the guise of “adoption for a fee”, the rescue pockets the money (and since they refuse to publically post ALL of the vet reports, we can only assume at this point that the dogs are often NOT being looked at by a vet at all, and they ARE pocketing the money).

THIS SCAM is exactly why we need accountability and full disclosure requirements to become a REQUIREMENT for ALL primarily donation-funded rescues that are also usually adoption-based too, because as long as it’s not, these “rescues that aren’t” will continue to profit GREATLY in what is supposed to be NON-PROFIT.

HELP As a 1st Course of Action by Rescues:
Instead of harassing people into surrendering their animals, or doing seizures, (and a REAL rescue, even one that is primarily donation-funded, will always try to offer HELP for the animals and their owner right at their own property as a 1st course of action), how about if these donation-funded rescues take in every free dog, cat, horse, or whatever animals are being offered on Craigslist because things may not turn out too well for them unless a rescue takes them in? Why don’t they do that? BECAUSE that is not a “crisis rescue” and the collection of free donation-money is not ENOUGH by a long shot.
And although they can feel good they did a nice thing for some animals, for many of the donation-funded adoption-based rescues, their bottom line is the collection of FREE $$$ like the good (NOT!) little “welfare rescues” and pan-handlers they are, and even though the  accolades and warm cuddles’ are the icing on the cake, or the cherry on top, they don’t pay the bills, or buy material things that are of ultra importance to many of these “retail rescues” that are donation-funded, and can only operate from the generosity and kindness of others from the collection of donations, material goods, and least we not forget, donations also help them “freshen-up the merchandise” with the acquisition of more and more animals they can sell that they would NOT be able to take care of with their own money because most of the founders, and many of the primary participants with these types of ‘rescues’, do NOT have jobs “outside of rescue” and “rescue IS their job”……good work if someone’s willing to be a swindler that will NOT answer questions because they don’t (yet) have to.

Back to the ‘Rescues’ Often PREPOSTEROUS Adoption Contracts:
And besides the sometimes very high adoption fees, the adoption contract and agreement are so intrusive, long-reaching into the future, and some are even downright condescending and treat potential adopters like they are imbeciles, they are unbearably ABSURD in MANY cases because they FAVOR the ‘rescue’.

Accountability and Full Disclosure Questionnaire to Weed-Out the ‘Players in Rescue’ (and also the publics willingness to send it to rescues and get answers):
Before anyone donates or “adopts” (buys) an animal from a donation-funded adoption-based rescue, please send the accountability and full disclosure questionnaire located to them to find out if they will voluntarily answer questions and send the completed questionnaire back to the sender.

Here’s the questionnaire: Accountability and Full Disclosure Questionnaire-A Necessity

Most of these types of rescues will not even fill out only Page 2 which pertains to basic information about the rescue that they should have NO PROBLEM disclosing if they are “for real”.
And answering the actual questions on Pages 6-10 has only a miniscule chance of being answered and returned to the sender.

Whether they fill it out or not is really NOT the point however.
The questionnaire is simply a starting point to build a case for the AG’s office that it needs to be a REQUIREMENT and NOT voluntary.
And it also serves the purpose of EXPOSING those ‘rescues’ who will NOT answer QUESTIONS.
If they will not answer SIMPLE questions when asked, what intelligent person would send them money and/or support them?

If on the other hand the donating public and also supporters and followers of rescues can’t be bothered to at least ASK questions, then when you find out your “favorite rescue” is in fact simply a bunch of scammers and a den of thieves who treat animals as “merchandise” to be bartered, sold, and often killed if they are not useful and useable anymore, you have only yourself to blame for not being more pro-active because you were afraid to find out the truth, you didn’t want to take the time to send a simple file to a rescue, humane society, spca, or animal control that “partners” with one of these entities, you didn’t have time, or “whatever”.

As it is now, its nearly impossible to know which donation-funded rescues/organizations are on the up-and-up because there literally are no requirements besides filing their tax forms to the IRS.

The much more important questions of exactly WHERE are all of the animals they have rescued using donated funds are, the public posting of the vet reports seeing as most of these donation-funded rescues make it sound like they either are taking animals to the vet everyday, or in the case of large animal mobile vets, it sounds like the vet must sleep on the couch at the “rescue” so they can get an early start of examining and evaluating horses.

The BIG problem with this picture is that MOST rescues show very few, if any, vet reports, even when asked to in PM’s, emails, or public comments on their Facebook pages. They show very few, if any, euthanasia reports. They show few, if any, vet bills, and on it goes of them only doing “photo op’s”, “staged photos”, they write their more fiction than fact posts, but the important information never sees the light of day.

“Dialing for Donations aka “Panhandling for Dollars”:
Then there’s also the problem of them constantly begging and panhandling for donations from the public, they bring in more, and more, and more animals all the time, but their adoptions, their euthanasia’s don’t even come close to how many animals they’ve “rescued”, which then begs the question “where in the hell ARE ALL of the animals”? We want a list of WHERE all of the animals the “rescue” has “rescued” in the past year ARE at this very moment, and we want it NOW.

Introspection for the Public and WHY They Help Rescue:
Perhaps some introspection will cause people to think long and hard before they complain about the “who”, “what”, “why”, “when”, and “where” in relation to donation-funded animal rescues. Unless you ASK the questions, even knowing and anticipating the questions will not be answered, it puts you a step ahead when filing complaints with various government entities including the AG’s office, the IRS, the FBI, the Taxation Board, etc because you will have factual PROOF you did ASK questions and the rescue would NOT answer.

Most people will not offer the answers on their own, no matter how NOT transparent and NOT accountable they turn out to be, or how transparent and accountable they surprisingly are once the questions are asked.
They are actually PROUD to be the good gals and guys in animal rescue, doing the tough job of real rescue, and they will answer questions posed to them in order to win the publics TRUST and set themselves apart from other “rescues that aren’t”.

And before anyone thinks you’re being picked on, you actually are if you’re not willing to be the sleuth and detective at least asking for the whereabouts,  and inquiring about the well-being of ALL of the animals that are supposed to be “rescued” but often are not rescued at all because the rescue killed them if they had “issues” that made them unadoptable with or without a fee, and they had also run-through and exhausted their “donation-value”.

Are many of these very public and very vocal donation-funded rescues/organizations making a boatload of money? Yep, some sure are, and its important to find out if they will post their financials seeing as they have a chance to list they will pay themselves and others salaries when they file with the IRS, and if they didn’t  that way, then the public they are always asking for money from is entitled to know where every penny of that money is being spent, on WHO, on WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE.

So why doesn’t the donating and supportive public get on the same page, ask questions without combativeness, and if these rescues/organizations ignore you, or if they won’t fill out the information that is being politely asked for and instead they go on the attack on the sender of questions, then ALL of that can be posted publically, as well as sent into the AG’s office, the IRS, and also the taxation board, seeing as some of these animal rescues are actually *also* breeders and/or sale consignment facilities where they sell animals on a commission basis. THAT can be a CONFLICT of Interest, very well could have funds being co-mingled, and that is against the law.

Please be proactive in at least asking the questions as a starting-point for accountability and that way it can be proven the questions were asked, but the rescue chose NOT to answer, and that looks very shady indeed.

Why People Don’t Ask Questions; And Why They Should If They Are An Animal Lover:
People often don’t ask questions because they may be ignored by a rescue they support and/or have donated to, or they are afraid of the answers they may get not being true when fact-checked and verified. THAT would be a huge hit to a stalwart supporters trust and faith in the rescue, so to avoid the disappointment, some people become what are called “true believers” or “enablers” instead. Without knowing the facts and truth of their favorite rescue, they instead prefer to staunchly defend them, harass and threaten people for them, and sometimes even find themselves in court because of them regarding committing defamation, libel, slander, cyber-bullying and harassment, etc.
In other words, their defense of the rescue, or going on the offense/attack for the rescue, can have much farther reaching repercussions than they might have imagined.

With social media marketing being entirely free, non-profit animal rescues have p in record numbers. Unfortunately, some, perhaps many of the donation-funded rescues are nothing more, and nothing less than two bit con-artists fleecing the public with the help of “enablers” who will not ask questions.

So unless the majority of the public make time and put in some effort to ask questions and get answers from any and all primarily donation-funded rescues, the swindlers in ‘rescue’ will ride their gravy train as far and as fast as it will go, and in the end and ultimately, it is ALWAYS the animals who suffer because of the negative human nature traits of greed, over-blown ego’s, selfishness, low morals, and a lack of honor and honesty.

Retail-Welfare Rescues and WHY Their Founders and Primary Participants Do What They Do

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This blog post is in relation to the article at this link:

http://animallegalresourcesblogsite.com/?page_id=54

And this link at #4 explains the tax benefits for rescues and animal shelters:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2015/02/06/pets-tax-deductions/

The article at the 1st link above is a very good one, and should be read and remembered by ANYONE that has animals because you may find you need the information it contains in the near future since Animal Enterprise Terrorism attacks aka “seizure scams” are occurring in epidemic proportions in the United States, and all over the world.
And even if you thankfully never find yourself needing it, you perhaps may know someone who does and/or will need this important information.

However, a few important factors were left out of the article in the 1st link regarding the MAIN reasons that the Founders and Primary Participants with many animal rescues do the things they do with ramping-up “social media madness mobs” to attack animal owners under false, not illegal pretenses.

Here are two of the primary reasons they do what they do, but there are less significant ones that play into their “rescue racket” scam they’re running too that will be addressed here at a later date:

1. Free donation MONEY coming in by the bushel barrel-baskets to these “retail rescues” aka “retail-welfare rescues” (called that because they live off the kindness and naiveté of others) via animal lovers from across the country and around the world because of FREE “social media marketing” being “real time” and simple and easy to do.
The donor animal lovers send in thousands of dollars in donation money to help with the constantly manufactured “crisis rescuing” and/or “sympathy rescuing” for animals that often do NOT need rescuing at all, but are often animals that can be sold on an “adoption for a fee” (selling) aka “flipping” scam that is a great money-maker for these “rescues that aren’t”.
And once the founder and/or primary players in the “rescue” turn loose the hounds (their supporters and followers) to harass, threaten, attack, and stalk their targets, many of the tax payer-funded government agencies in towns, cities, and counties “roll-over” to their demands to “look like they are doing something” even though they have already investigated the complaints and found little or nothing wrong.  Then there are also the politicians in charge in these cities, towns, and counties who “circle the wagons” and in order to look good, get re-elected, etc, they literally throw their tax paying resident that is being attacked “under the bus” and they too go on the attack using tax payers money, and with the “help” of a vicious donation-funded “retail rescue” saying they will take-in the animals (often peoples family-member animals).
At that point, the targets are so over-whelmed, terrified, etc, they either surrender animals hoping to stop the attack and avoid being arrested, having their kids taken away by CPS if they have minor children, and prosecuted (and sadly, the attacks don’t usually stop at all and THEY are blamed if animals die even if that was actually the choice of the “rescue” to euthanize.

Retail-rescues often kill so-called “rescued” animals that have no more “donation-value” left, and when they had/have “issues” which made/make them worthless in an “adoption with” or even without a fee, because these “retail rescues” are NOT in the business of letting animals hang-out and live with other animals because, hey, THEY are a “retail rescue” and only keep “merchandise” that happens to be animals around that are “useable for something”, so they kill them once their value is exhausted), or they have animals seized because the target does not have enough money to hire a knowledgeable attorney to help them.

2. Since many of these retail-rescues have founders and primary participants that are not truly animal lovers and only are “into” rescue as their latest swindle because of the money-making opportunities available (really terrifying is that more and more animal control officers are going “into” rescue because “retail-rescuing” pays much better than being an ACO ever will, they have the control and power with no accountability from the public being required  – yet – and they bring their “culture of killing” animals that they “de-value” with them into “rescue”, and also their ability to lie with no remorse and cheat with no conscience)  when they “play to their audience” of real animal lovers and play on their emotions of animals NEEDING rescue.
Many of these people are sociopaths and/or narcissists, and have bottom-less pits of needing ego-strokes, so the perfect vehicle to not only make FREE donation money, other free material possessions, and also not have to work in a “real job”, is to become a “rescuer” where they will also get tremendous amounts of accolades, praise, pats on the back, be called “hero’s”, etc.
They actually NEED their egos to be fed on a daily basis, so in order to do that, and also because they are often sociopaths and narcissist’s, they will say or do whatever it takes to portray themselves as self-less advocates and rescuers of animals, they lie, they commit fraud, they incite “social media madness mobs” to attack people they don’t even know, and many other things.

The FACT however is that it is EASY to have a nice facility, its EASY to rescue animals, its EASY to portray yourself as an expert because “look at what a nice place I have” and “look how many animals we rescue” and “look how many followers and supporters we have from all over the world” WHEN the swindler is operating solely off the kindness of real, honest-to-goodness animal lovers that donate $$$, and they use little, if any, of their own money because they DON’T HAVE JOBS and could NOT “do” rescue without other people funding it.
Many of these crooks are also collecting disability payments even though they are not disabled, many are simply horse traders, animal brokers and dealers POSING as animal rescues and rescuers, but they have found their beautiful niche in animal rescue where they sham the public out of their hard-earned money, get material goods such as property, vehicles, equipment for “the rescue”, and also get lovely accolades and praise about how “wonderful they are”.

The need for ACCOUNTABILY and FULL DISCLOSURE has become a NECESSITY because THAT is the only way to bring people like this down; ASKING QUESTIONS and not DONATING and SUPPORTING them until the answers are forth-coming. Oh, and a REALLY IMPORTANT question that is asked in the questionnaire and NEEDS to be answered is “exactly WHERE are all of the animals they have rescued”…..alive? Dead? Who-knows-where?

Fraudsters tell so many lies to get what they want, they are incapable of remembering what lies they told to which people, so asking them questions and expecting answers that can be FACT-checked and VERIFIED before money and/or support is offered, will blow these swindlers right out of the rescue-arena, and then the real rescues who will be happy to answer any and all questions, but who are not “show-boaters”, who don’t lie in order to get what they want, and who usually do the “no fanfare” rescuing that is often too “boring” for some people who are “addicted to crisis rescuing” will get the support from the public they could really use.
However, there is no way for honest people to compete in animal rescue with those who are off-the-charts with their lying, “posing”, cheating, and lack of conscience, honesty, honor, integrity, and morals and is the difference between writing a book of fiction claiming it is all fact…..absurd, but the naïve public believes these con-artists in retail-rescue, and animals are being stolen, people are having their lives destroyed, and the criminals are making off with sometimes millions of dollars, just as many animals are killed, they disappear, but the short-memoried animal loving public doesn’t seem to care at all.

Many people think they would never be the victims of an Animal Enterprise Terrorism “seizure scam” attack.
The FACT however is that if YOU have animals, and if YOU have something these scammers posing as rescuers want, YOU could be their next target and victim of an attack when they get their vicious hooks into YOU, and although YOU may say “they’ll never take my animals away from me”, the other unfortunate FACT is that when YOU are attacked and it goes VIRILE and YOU have “social media madness mobs” bombarding the town, city, county you live in with phone calls, texts, PM’s, emails, faxes, etc, and the politicians decide they have to look like “we’re doing something” in order to appease the “social media madness mobs” that are mean, blood-thirsty, self-righteous, and relentless,  YOU could be left crying, arrested, booked, and fighting for your freedom while your family-member animals are who-knows-where with someone else, “disappeared” in various ways never to be seen or heard from again, or KILLED, and it is all blamed on YOU.

Here’s the link to the Accountability and Full Disclosure blog post explaining why accountability and full disclosure for publically operated, donation-funded animal rescues is a NECESSITY NOW.

The post contains a link to an Accountability and Full Disclosure Questionnaire/Checklist that can be sent to donation-funded rescues that operate publically:

https://4graceandtruth.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/accountability-and-full-disclosure-questionnairechecklist-for-animal-rescue-organizations/

And if animal owners don’t send out accountability questionnaires and insist they get answers, and if they don’t do something to stop these “retail-welfare rescues” in their tracks NOW, don’t be too surprised when YOU have animals these fraudsters and criminals want for free that they can then sell, and YOU and YOURS will be destroyed, your beloved and/or valuable animals will be sold into new homes, some will be killed and you’ll be blamed for it, and some will simply disappear, and no one will believe you at all when you tell the truth because what people really think is that “the ‘rescue’ wouldn’t have taken their animals if everything was O.K.” and YOU will be painted as the villain and animal abuser all over the country, and perhaps all over the world too.

In closing, no one should get the impression that just because an animal rescue is only able to operate from the kindness of the donating public that they are greedy, selfish, ego-maniacs, etc. Many people in the public DO want to help, and sending donations and being supportive of animal rescues is one way in which to do that.

However, WHEN a primarily donation-funded rescue puts themselves out in the public-eye, WHEN they ask for and receive donations from the animal loving public, and WHEN they orchestrate public scrutiny campaigns against animal owners, then THEY have a responsibility and a DUTY to the supportive, donating PUBLIC, whose kindness and generosity provides them with the funds and ability to perform rescue operations, to demonstrate accountability, full disclosure, transparency, and answer questions they are asked that go to operating in the public-domain.

When they are also doing “calls to rescue” and utilizing massive numbers of people in the social media realm to be their own militia to “reach out” and contact law enforcement, neighbors of their “target for scrutiny”, do “drive-by’s”, etc, they should not have the options to either ignore or go on the attack of the folks asking questions whose answers can be fact-checked and verified for accuracy and truth.

In other words, they “can’t have their cake and eat it too”, and should NEVER be allowed to operate and collect money in the public-domain and choose when they want to be a public entity, and then choose not to be operating publically and NOT be accountable and transparent; it is NOT up to them to choose one or the other based on their whims and fancy, so if a questionnaire is sent to a publically operated donation-funded animal rescue, they should be more than happy to answer questions…..and if they won’t, something that stinks is going on most likely, and it will be left up to the AG’s office to sort it out when complaints are filed.

The Un-United States of America in OUR Open Range States? – Our Loss of OUR PUBLIC Open Range

Below is a comment in regard to a story at the link here:

http://www.8newsnow.com/story/27989073/i-team-finds-serious-problems-in-public-land-report

We live out surrounded by federal and state land, and also vacant privately owned land out here in the desert in an “open range” state and have been writing for 12-15 years that ANYONE and EVERYONE that utilizes OUR public land for hiking, biking, riding quads, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, etc NEEDS to, ALL BAND TOGETHER and keep our federally protected free roaming wild horses and burros FREE ROAMING as mandated by the 1971 Protection Act.

If they are eradicated, the fences will go up faster than what we’re even seeing happening now, and then the public that is stuck paying for maintenance of our public land, and also the killing (called “sanitizing”) of thousands upon thousands of animals that are either predators to the cattle and sheep and/or compete for the forage and water, will literally continue to pay in order that private businesses, mostly corporations, can operate their businesses on OUR land, but we will get absolutely nothing in return because we won’t be able to utilize OUR public land.

Right now, the federally protected FREE ROAMING wild horses and burros are the only individuals standing between every person in the public sector that utilizes our unfenced public land (and it has to stay primarily unfenced OPEN RANGE while the wild horses and burros are out there because they MUST be allowed to ROAM FREE in their VAST Herd Management Areas (HMA’s) and cannot be inhibited from doing so, but by God, the factions that want to fence and control OUR public land will just not stop until they get what they want unless the majority who ARE the public tell them “stop it!”, and while we do understand ranching is generational in families for many, many decades and centuries, the corporations have even taken over and been sold the “mom and pop” ranches that have the very valuable grazing and water rights, so it would behoove the remaining “mom and pop” ranching businesses to JOIN with other people interested in having the federal public land remain unfenced because otherwise they will be pushed-out by corporate interests who do HAVE the money to do it), and the private businesses who will fence it off once the horses and burros are gone and won’t let ANYONE use it without either paying a “User Fee”, or if we go onto our fenced land anyway, we’ll probably be fined and/or arrested for trespassing on our own damn land we pay to maintain.

If people from various walks of life who currently utilize our public land, or even people who just love the wild horses and burros from afar and want them to remain free roaming, can’t figure out how to BAND TOGETHER and support our wild horses and burros remaining FREE ROAMING, the wild horses, the burros, and anyone who utilizes the land for recreation will be sh*t outta luck once those wild horses and burros who are preventing the fences from going up everywhere are eradicated, and no one should whine about it later because there are people like us, George Knapp, and others who have been trying to rally people for years on this issue to stop it.

And unless someone lives in an Open Range state with a lot of rural/remote federal land, its pretty much impossible to absorb how much ranching, mining, and development DOMINATE our states.
Another thing; in speaking with ranchers quite often out in the “wooly-wilds” of the Open Range desert, one thing we’ve noticed over the past 22+ years that never changes with them is their intent to get rid of the federally protected free roaming wild horses and burros. They know that once they are eradicated, it’s “game over” and the fences and control is all theirs.

They are also, to a man and/or woman rancher, all pro-commercial horse slaughter too, so we know precisely what will happen to the captive-wild horses, “the pure meat” so-to-speak if they get control of them……they will be slaughtered because they ship their own breeding stock horses, their used-up ranch horses, etc to slaughter all the time because for ranchers, horses ARE livestock, and they are food-chain animals, even the baby horses 6+ months old (sometimes they are younger when they are shipped if they “look” at least 6 months old, but are not) which are considered a delicacy in foreign horse meat eating countries and is called “filet of foal” or “veal” by people in the commercial horse slaughter business-industry.

However, when we have a state like California, that is very liberal and animal loving and passed a ban on any horse slaughter dealings back in 1998, that has kill buyers at every, single sale and donation-funded “horse rescues that aren’t” collecting donations to “outbid the kill buyers” instead of helping the AG’s office with enforcement of the LAW that has only been enforced 1 TIME in 16+ years, it really appears that this is always all about $$$, even for people who are supposed to be on opposing sides of the issue (and yes, donation-funded “retail-welfare-rescues” are in the BUSINESS of making money from “the threat” of bad things happening to animals, and in the case of horse rescues that attend sales in CA where they “outbid kill buyers”, they are not only witnessing crimes at all the sales, they are “enabling” them to be committed so they can collect thousands of $$$ in free donation money to “rescue” horses from the sale that should NOT be in jeopardy of going to slaughter from CA because it is ILLEGAL and the law needs to be ENFORCED, but that is not a money-maker for them, and would stop a main source of free money donations to them instead), and THAT is disgusting.

So if we can’t even get that law enforced in a liberal, horse/animal loving state like CA, how in the world does anyone think there is a prayer in hell that a law like that will pass in states that are DOMINATED by the livestock industry that is across-the-board pro-horse slaughter.

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If we can’t band together soon, we will lose our public land we taxpayers will still have to pay for, and the wild horses and burros will lose their lives……tragic indeed but it still could be turned around if we act soon, and people from various backgrounds and interests who don’t normally interact organize, band together, and protect the free roaming wild horses and burros that are rightfully on the public land, and are legally mandated to be PRIMARILY managed on the UNFENCED public land in their HMA’s, many of which have been zeroed-out for them, but cattle graze there now, and mining operations run full bore where wild horses have roamed for decades and centuries.

Put our differences aside, and we can still win this one for the majority that is the American public who don’t benefit monetarily from our federal public land staying unfenced, but we benefit greatly in other non-material ways, and we will join together to have a “seat at the table” when decisions are made regarding OUR PUBLIC LAND and OUR wild horses and burros.

Accountability and Full Disclosure Questionnaire/Checklist for Animal Rescue Organizations

As promised, here is the Accountability and Full Disclosure Questionnaire/Checklist for Animal Rescue Organizations.

It is designed to be sent to donation-funded animal rescues and/or other animal rescue/welfare organizations before donations are made to them. It speaks to the matter of accountability, transparency, honesty, ethics, and integrity.

Accountability and Full Disclosure Questionnaire-A Necessity

When rescues are willing to complete the questionnaire, provide the information asked for, and will follow-through with publically providing the information they assured the sender they would provide, there is a greater than average chance that they are an inspiringly REAL rescue, and they either find homes for animals and/or provide sanctuary/hospice care, rather than disposing of un-useable animals in various ways, and animals disappear without a trace. And if the rescue sadly has no other choice but to humanely euthanize an animal, when documentation is provided, and there is no lack of evidence of humane euthanasia being the only course of action, then it is clear this decision is not what is known as “de-valuing” and “convenience killing” as many “rescues” whose hearts are NOT true appear to be doing nowadays.
Most people would know and agree it is the kindest and most peaceful of choices after viewing concise and factual information and documentation, even when a difficult decision to make, sending the animals’ spirit to The Rainbow Bridge; there is solace in knowing it was the only choice, and not merely the “disposal” of an un-useable animal that no one wanted to feed or maintain anymore after they had no more “donation-value”, or any “monetary or material value”.

Supporting rescues that have no hidden agenda in their rescue efforts is life-saving. It is not the gullible and naive lining-of-the-pockets and monetary and material enrichment of people who don’t care about ALL animals, and are mostly interested in animals that are good for collecting “crisis” and/or “pity” donations on, or have value in re-selling in an “adoption-for-a-fee” “retail-rescue” transaction.
Many kind-hearted, compassionate people are unable to do “hands-on” rescuing of animals for reasons that are emotional, practical, or financial.
However, many people do want to participate in rescuing animals, and their help is offered by monetary donations, materials for the care of the rescued animals, professional services, etc to primarily donation-funded animal rescues/organizations.

With non-profit animal rescues operating in record numbers all over the United States in the thriving animal rescue “industry”, and with the help of “real time” “social media marketing” making it simple and easy for small-to-medium size rescues and organizations to market themselves for free instead of having to have large marketing budgets, verification and fact-checking has now become a necessity to help prospective donors, foundations and organizations that offer grants, and followers of the rescue decide what rescues and organizations to “help” and support.

Currently, people ask questions, with the primary question heard most often being “WHERE are ALL of the animals residing 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after donation money rescued/bought them?”

Asking questions and receiving accountability and full disclosure from many primarily donation-funded animal rescue/welfare organizations has historically been difficult at best, people are often disrespectfully ignored, and asking simple, non-intrusive questions of PUBLIC donation-funded animal rescues frequently becomes combative and threatening at worst.

This questionnaire/checklist is a useful tool that allows the rescues and organizations who are truly transparent to demonstrate that they can be trusted and they have no problem showing all types of written, photographic, and video documentation (not just “staged photo-op’s” many “rescues” do) proving they are honest and forthright. Public trust is important to them as they do the often difficult task of rescuing, and full disclosure can lead to support from the public which helps more animals.
With so many rescues springing-up, the donating public also wants to know if they are instead dealing with “retail-welfare rescues” who are really nothing more than animal brokers/dealers/horse traders and “opportunists” who profit from the kindness of other people, and animals are often mere “props” and “merchandise” used to collect money, material goods, and also those accolades and “pat’s on the back” that are so important to narcissistic people.

Taking care of animals, whether the animals are useable, or perhaps “not so much”, has priceless value; the rescuers who will be happy to fill out this questionnaire sent to them asking for information also KNOW in the deepest part of their soul that every animal teaches them about life and living, and often “the rescued” becomes “the rescuer”, and that is the difference between seeing dollar signs when one looks at an animal, or God’s perfect creation in each and every animal he has brought to them to care for.