At the link below is a decently written blog post that addresses the “why’s” of why some animal owners get into a situation whereby they are unable to perhaps take care of their animals as well as they would like to:
An excerpt from the blog post:
“The thing all these scenarios have in common is that no one asked for help. Humans don’t like being seen as weak or failing. Most horse people pride themselves on being independent and resourceful. And then, if asking for help wasn’t hard enough, it can be hard to accept the help offered. Humans are complicated.
Once we ask, things can start to move. Family and neighbors step up. There are community resources like hay banks that offer help. Even deputies will lend a hand. I have such respect for people who humble themselves in deference to their animal’s welfare. It shows character.”
and then there is this excerpt:
“The other common statement that I hear is that someone just can’t be involved in helping because they love horses too much to look at the pictures; that hearing about it would just hurt them too much. Like somehow their love is just too pure to hear this kind of ugliness. Could you possibly think that those of us sitting in court are there because we love horses less than you do?
Do horses a favor; instead of loving them too much, love them just enough. Enough to offer help to a neighbor in need or enough to make the call to the authorities if necessary. Enough to be part of the solution. If you can’t take time off from work, then write letters to the media. Donate money, but if you don’t have a dime to spare, sign petitions, join groups, be informed. Love horses enough to bear witness. Love them enough to make positive change.”
It was a good read until the end where the question is asked and statements are made somewhat chastising animal owners for not “asking for help” from their community, from an animal rescue, from a food bank for animal feed, etc.
While this particular rescuer might not ever in a million years go on the attack on animal owners just to pull in thousands of dollars in donations, acquire free animals she could sell for a profit, make herself look heroic at other peoples expense, there are in fact thousands of so-called rescuers that have literally infiltrated donation-funded animal rescue because of the vast LACK OF OVERSIGHT by agencies vested with regulating nonprofit animal rescues/sanctuaries/hospices that do those things, and even worse than that because they are unethical, narcissistic, sociopathic scammers and pathological liars out to make money and also a name for themselves in animal rescue.
And until honest animal rescuers are aware of what these “retail rescues” are doing operating in the rescue world running their con-games USING lies, innocent animals and gullible followers to do it, they should not be surprised to find out they will be painted with the same broad brush as the scammers in rescue UNLESS they are willing to “police their own” and “out” and “expose” the criminals operating in donation-funded animal rescue.
There is also the attitude in the blog post linked above that people that have no clue what’s going on with someone’s animals, they have no idea if someone’s animals are just plain old, or they may have chronic or perhaps terminal health issues that renders them less than optimum looking, or any number of other things that are occurring, it doesn’t necessarily mean that someone’s animal/s need to be, or even want to be euthanized (think of your frail or decrepit Granny that still wants to live even if she’s skinny, tottering around, can’t “do” hardly anything at all anymore, etc but your Granny doesn’t want to be dead because of her age or aulments), are supposed to “contact the authorities’ ” and/or “the media” which in the current day rescue world can start a feeding frenzy of attack, bullying, and threats of bodily harm from strangers in the public against often innocent animal owners that are being portrayed as the worst kind of abusers and neglectors even when its not true.
Like many people that have perhaps been rescuing animals for several years who seem to be honest, compassionate rescuers, the reality is that the author of the blog post linked above may truly be the nicest, forthright, honest and giving rescuer someone would ever want to meet.
And they may well be willing to offer monetary help, or volunteer to do manual labor if someone is sick and/or injured and perhaps needs some help with their animals for a period of time.
However, MANY wonderful animal rescuers are completely unaware of how many “retail rescues” are operating in the new age rescue world of the past 10-12 years since the Internet and social media platforms attracted many people that are “opportunists” taking advantage of the free money making opportunities in animal rescue.
Those “opportunists” are not honest, they are not compassionate, and their bottom line is all about achieving money, accolades, praise, power, and control over other peoples lives and those of animals too.
The worst part is that they rally MOBS of people to attack perfect strangers on the Internet and on social media, they incite THEM to make phone calls to government agencies, the media, the humane society, spca’s and anyone else they can get to attack for them – and when a “seizure scam” attack goes down, it ruins innocent peoples lives, has animals being literally stolen from their owners, the animals are then “sorted” like sorting new merchandise, and then some animals that have issues which have brought in as much as possible on “sympathy/pity donations” that cannot be adopted-out (SOLD) are in fact killed or “disappeared” and NONE of them were really “helped” at all, nor were they owners that may have asked for help, but got attacked and destroyed instead.
As for the animals that are seized/stolen that don’t have any issues, they are OFTEN adopted-out (SOLD) within mere days of being seized because they didn’t need “”help” in the first place.
What MANY people are unaware of, including long term honest and compassionate rescuers, is that quite often, the form of help being offered by “retail rescues” is for them to come in and do what’s called “cherry picking” whereby they choose the nicer animals without issues they can adopt-out (SELL) fairly quickly for a profit, leaving the animals owners keeping the decrepit “animals with issues” to take care of because those animals are often useless for anything.
Make no mistake, although the “retail rescue” tells people they “offered to help” the animals owners, their type of help is pretty much an extortion attempt of “let us choose the animals we’ll take off your hands, or else we’ll go public with your situation and we’ll take ALL of your animals no matter what condition they’re in. You will probably be arrested by the time we get done smearing and trashing you, and the mobs of complete strangers we incite to attack you on social media and message boards will help us do it after we post photos and videos of only your animals that are old, sick, chronically or terminally ill. So either let us take the ones we want, let us still trash you to an extent, or we will RUIN YOU”.
Don’t think this is how it goes in many of the instances of “retail rescues” offering their brand of help?
Well, it does happen this way, and more and more animal owners that are getting attacked on “seizure scams” are audio and video recording the extortion attempts, and in some cases, they got the extortion attempts in writing too.
When an animal owner is the target of attack, things happen very quickly, most people have no idea what is happening to them, they are being swarmed and assaulted by mobs of people on the Internet, they can’t think straight because they are being terrorized, so they don’t think to get things in writing and/or record things for proof of what was happening.
The whole “seizure scam” or “rescue raid” attack is so unreasonable and crazy, intelligent, honest, trusting people can’t wrap their minds around what is occuring because its so convoluted and out-of-control and there are no right answers when being attacked by complete strangers with no facts and who are attacking others based on what a “rescue” has told them or shown them.
Not even honest, compassionate, ethical rescues and rescuers realize that people that are scam-artists are running cons in animal rescue and making a very nice living from it even though they are often breaking the law and committing fraud, money laundering, misrepresentation, misappropriation of funds, and even racketeering (organized crime).
Unfortunately, with social media making marketing free and easy for anyone, those opportunists that are perfectly willing to lie, cheat, embellish, bully, threaten, and perpetrate Animal Enterprise Terrorism “seizure scams” and “rescue raids” on animal owners and also other rescues that perhaps take in the “animals with physical and/or behavioral/training issues at their rescues/sanctuaries/hospices are taking over the rescue world, and they will stop at nothing, and mow anyone or anything down in order to get the aforementioned rewards for the CAREER they have built for themselves in “animal rescue”.
At the link is a story done by John Stossel regarding “rescue raids” written in 2005 in the first wave of the rescue racket occurring:
People that “ask for help” are very often targeted for attack by scammers in animal rescue, and because there is little-to-no- meaningful oversight in animal rescue that requires donation funded animal rescues to say exactly where all that free money they’re receiving in donations on “crisis rescues” (designated fundraisers wnen they run “seizure scams” or are importing animals they “say” need “rescuing” from other states or countries), or even WHERE exactly do all of the animals they are rescuing using others peoples money are ending up, animal dealers have infiltrated animal rescue and MANY animal owners are TOO AFRAID to ask for help because they may end having their lives destroyed instead.
Many animal owners that have the old granny horse that isn’t ready to be put down even though she may be tottering around, doesn’t have all her teeth, is looking a little “rugged”, but is still schooling the youngsters and she doesn’t want to be dead yet, are scared spitless they’ll be targeted for attack and ALL of their animals get seized, including their horses that are excellent for adopting-out/SELLING for a good PROFIT.
These scammers at “retail rescues” also run an “impound fee” racket where they vastly inflate boarding “management fees” fees”, vet fees, farrier fees, grooming fees, and whatever other made-up fees they come up with, to the point where even when owners that are found innocent of ANY wrongdoing are unable to pay the fees exorbitant fees to get their horses or other animals back and the rescue than keeps them.
A case-in-point that is just one of MANY happening around the country and the world is the situation with Joshua Rockwood, a small sustainable farmer that had some animals seized last spring.
You can read about his story here:
So although there are still some good rescues out there that can and do help people down on their luck, who are ill, who have lost their job, etc, there are many more “retail rescues” popping up every day that are running scams, and trashing and destroying peoples lives, and also the lives of their un-useable animals that are seized and then killed or “disappeared” after their donation-value is exhausted.
Its basically hard to trust anyone because trusting the wrong people can and does lead to destruction and death for many animal owners and their USELESS animals that can’t be adopted with or without a fee and retail rescues aren’t “in the business” of caring for and maintaining animals they can’t “USE” for anything.
Animal owners that simply needed a little help from what they thought was an animal rescue that turned out to be animal dealers posing as a rescue are ruining peoples and animals lives every, single day.
Because so many animal owners are being attacked all over the world, there are Facebook pages formed to tell the other side of the story of animal rescue:
People For Pet OWNership is one of them at:
Even Dr. Don Henneke issued a statement before he passed away in 2012 regarding his weight assessment scale being misused by horse rescues seizing owners horses unjustly:
There is also The Cavalry Group that was formed to provide a defense attorney for their members if they are targeted on a seizure scam attack:
More and more victims of attack are also going on the offense after being attacked and are filing civil lawsuits against their attackers regarding defamation, extortion, threats of bodily harm, cyber bullying, etc.
Most people think that they could never be the victim of an attack by an animal rescue “partnering” with animal control.
But if you as an animal owner ever fall on hard times and are unable to find homes for your beloved animals because some of those animal may have “issues” of one kind or another, be very careful which rescue you ask for help from because you could very well end up being a victim of a seizure scam with all of the essential hoopla, excitement, media attention, and frenzy of what are called “crisis rescue” that bring in thousands upon thousands of FREE donation from the public that thrives on the DRAMA and EXCITMENT provide them with.
Retail rescues are also brilliant at lying and embellishing in order to ramp-up MOBS on the Internet to attack for them because that is a huge component for a successful seizure scam.
In closing, no one should ask for “help” from a rescue or anyone else BEFORE asking them some targeted questions FIRST.
And no one should ever join a mob attacking complete strangers and/or joining in assaults over the Internet until they FIRST ask the rescue, the animal control, the humane society, or an spca some targeted questions FIRST BEFORE you help them, support them, or donate to them.
Some targeted questions to ask can be found on this 1 page information page and questionnaire located at the link below.
If the rescue and/or government agency the rescue is “partnering with” refuse to answer simple questions, DO NOT support or help them because you very well could later on find yourself on the receiving end of a civil lawsuit when you join in the attack of people you don’t even know based on information you were fed by a retail rescue up to no good for the animal owners, or the animals they profess to want to help.
Short Form Information Page and Questionnaire For Animal Rescues