“Easier dead then fed” is an unspoken motto at some/many animal controls all over the country as illustrated at the blog post at the link below:
A excerpt from the blog:
Boulder City Animal Control Officer Ann Inabnitt told police that Frazier, her supervisor, didn’t want to provide medical care to Lotus, an abused 11-week-old pit bull suffering from shattered teeth, a swollen head and a broken left hip. Frazier’s reason, her co-worker told police, was “we don’t spend money on pit bulls and because I’m just going to stick her anyway,” according to the detective’s affidavit to support an arrest warrant. […] Frazier refused to put the pit bull on the veterinarian-recommended diet of soft food, records show.
The police investigation reportedly found that Frazier had personally killed approximately half the animals who were impounded by Boulder City AC since being promoted to supervisor in 2006. She instructed staff not to advertise animals for adoption online. The Boulder City pound was never at capacity and animals were killed while cages sat empty.
People may be apathetic and say “that’s just what animal controls do and what they have always done” and although that may be true at some animal controls where the apathy and de-sensitizing to killing animals is running rampant, more and more animal controls are in fact trying to do things differently, the taxpaying public is following through caring about what is happening at animal controls that their taxpayer money finances and they are expressing they don’t want to be a part of their money being spent killing healthy animals.
Now we turn to the “dirty little secret” in donation-funded animal rescue:
exactly what is a donation-funded animal rescue to do when the primary players at the rescue don’t have jobs outside of rescue to support their rescue efforts and have made “rescue their career”, they keep getting in more and more animals from various places including on seizures and “rescue raids” in “partnership/collusion with animal controls (they sometimes/often “troll” neighborhoods for victims and/or have their cult-member True Believer followers do it for them and call in complaints on animal owners), at sales and auctions, etc, they take the animals home that emergency/crisis rescue fundraising donation dollars paid for rescuing and are also supposed to pay for vet care, maintenance, etc, they “sort” the “new merchandise” animals, decide which ones can be sold on “adoptions-for-a-fee” aka SELLING, and for the ones that don’t “make the cut” as adoptable so-to-speak because of physical and/or behavioral/training issues, every penny of sympathy/pity donation money is squeezed out of them and they are then either euthanized or disappeared into the realm of broken merchandise animals.
No one will ever say that all rescued animals are going to go on to live wonderful lives after they are rescued.
Sometimes they DO in fact have physical/medical issues that can’t be repaired and are truly causing extreme pain and suffering whereby the animal doesn’t want to live and needs help passing on due to the lack of any quality of life whether having received palliative care for an on-going chronic or terminal issue, or it is an acute condition that cannot be helped.
However, in those cases, it should be EASY for the primarily, or entirely donation-funded rescue to provide the actual veterinarian reports that donation-dollars are being asked for and received to take care of that animal on designated fundraisers and people can read those veterinarian reports and euthanasia reports written by a LICENSED VETERINARIAN and determine if reasonable measures were taken AND if in the opinion of the attending veterinarian the animal truly was suffering and couldn’t live a decent life even though they couldn’t be used for anything.
Red flags fly when DONATION-FUNDED animal rescues ask for and receive crisis designated donations for animals to have them under vet care, maintain them, etc, but then the public is told the rescue “had to put them down” and they post long drawn out flowery heartstring-tugging and sympathy evoking posts of “why” they had to put the animal down but they REFUSE TO POST ANY VET and/or EUTHANASIA REPORTS.
THAT makes people wonder WHY ARE THEY THE MOUTHPIECES FOR THE VET?
Doesn’t their vet know how to write reports that can be posted for the public to see?
Or is what the primary players at the “rescue” are SAYING is “wrong with the animal” really isn’t the case, they are exaggerating and embellishing (as narcissists are known to do A LOT!) and the animal could live a comfortable life even if they can’t be used for anything?
Even vets that are “partnering” and/or in collusion with animal dealers posing as animal rescues draw the line somewhere and won’t write false info that could and would be scrutinized if it were posted publicly because they may in fact be jeopardizing their licenses if they are caught helping a retail rescue commit nonprofit fraud against the public if they are constantly making things up and saying an animal MUST be euthanized because there is no hope for even a reasonable quality of life even if the animal can’t “do” anything for anyone other than just live their lives in whatever phase of life they’re in.
Then there are also the animals that a donation-funded “rescue” rescues that people may hear something about for a week, a few weeks, or maybe even a month.
But then its as if the rescued animal vanished off the face of the earth and are never heard about again.
Some people may pester the rescue for a while asking about certain animals, but when enough excuses are made, the rescue may get aggressive with the questioner expressing concern for the animal that they also may in fact have donated to the animals rescue, they are blocked, etc, MOST people unfortunately simply walk away and its as if the animal never existed at all.
The retail rescues/flippers/animal dealers COUNT ON THE FACT THAT MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT FOLLOW THROUGH REGARDING IDENTIFYING WHERE ALL OF THE ANIMALS A DONATION-FUNDED RESCUE ASKED FOR AND RECEIVED DESIGNATED DONATIONS TO RESCUE AND MAINTAIN THESE ANIMALS REALLY ARE WEEKS OR MONTHS AFTER THE RESCUE AND IF THEY ARE ALIVE OR PERHAPS DEAD AS CAN BE – yet another victim of “convenience killing” that MANY RETAIL RESCUES ARE GUILTY AS SIN OF DOING OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER AGAIN.
People may ask “why” primarily, or entirely donation-funded rescues don’t let people know about all the animals they rescue, even when the animals may have been euthanized.
Here’s one HUGE reason they aren’t “transparent” with the public:
because some donation-funded rescues are what are called “retail rescues” and they “are not in the business” of providing sanctuary or hospice care for animals that can’t be sold, or even given away for free for that matter, they “convenience kill” just like lazy, insensitive, sociopathic people at animal controls do because they simply don’t have a use for that animal and they often have things they want to spend designated donations they took in on their own personal animals, themselves, their kids, etc.
Their shoddy, despicable business model is based on volume turnover of animals that are considered merchandise.
So when they get in new animals “rescued” using other peoples donation money they are constantly asking for, as explained before, they”sort” animals, determine which can be adopted out relatively soon because they aren’t in bad shape, continue to collect “sympathy/pity” donations on those that are in less than optimum condition that may or may not be candidates for selling once fixed-up, and the ones that can be fixed-up are, and those that perhaps have chronic physical conditions that will render them unsellable are killed or disappeared when their donation-value dries up.
For the animals that may look good but also *may* have some training/behavioral issues observed and the rescue either doesn’t have the skills to work with the animal from a behavioral/training standpoint, or its just too much work when they have other animals that are far easier to sell, they deem the animal “dangerous” (in other words, what happens a lot is that the people at the rescue can’t train their way out of a paper bag and rather than someone else getting the animal that may in fact be easy to train and would make the retail rescue look bad, they label them “bad” and its a done deal) and rather than try to secure a home at a sanctuary or with people that take in those types of animals, they kill or disappear them.
By just keeping some simple counts, many of these DONATION-FUNDED retail rescues should have 100’s of animals at their facility, in foster care, out for training, etc.
The problem is that they DON’T.
All one has to do is keep track of how many “they say” they are rescuing, keep track of how many they are euthanizing, keep track of how many they say are in foster care, how many they are adopting out, and a rough estimate can be arrived at.
But because of the VAST LACK OF OVERSIGHT IN DONATION-FUNDED ANIMAL RESCUE, rescues are not required to answer questions from mere mortals in the public sector.
Then there is the other problem of a public that is apathetic, they love to get caught up in dramatic rescuing and in the social aspects of being a follower of a chatty, cutesy rescue that praises them for their support, but these people can’t be bothered to really care about all of the animals and refuse to make sure regarding what is happening to all of the animals a donation-funded animal rescue using donation money to operate is DOING WITH THOSE ANIMALS AFTER THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN RESCUED –
IT ISN’T RESCUE WHEN HEALTHY ANIMALS, OR WHEN ANIMALS THAT WANT TO LIVE, ARE INSTEAD KILLED OR DISAPPEARED JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN’T OR WON’T DO ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT FOR ANYONE. – THAT IS CALLED FRAUD, IT IS NOT ONLY UNETHICAL, IT IS ALSO ILLEGAL TOO.
If an animal rescue is primarily, or entirely SELF-FUNDED, then what they do with their own money they use to operate their rescue efforts is their business because it is their own money and not donation-money.
However, when animal rescues base their business model for operation on receiving donation money whereby other people are literally “paying them to rescue” based on the stories they tell people about their exploits in “rescue”, in order to be ethically responsible and transparent, that rescue should be forthright and accountable regarding what is happening to ALL OF THE RESCUED ANIMALS in order to be entirely transparent and so the supportive donating public know that their donated funds are not being used to KILL OR DISAPPEAR animals the rescue discards like broken furniture just because they don’t want to spend money taking care of them, etc.
People also want to know that their donations are not being misappropriated and spent on non-rescue related things.
And there are A LOT of people in rescue-land that ARE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT OR SEND MONEY TOO “rescues” that are killing 10, 20, 30, 40 or more animals a year without showing vet reports, euthanasia reports, and other evidence besides “what they say” regarding why the animal “had to be” killed or why the animal disappeared.
The rock bottom line is that if many of these “retail rescues” that are donation-funded were to disclose to people exactly how many animals they KILL, that they DISAPPEAR”, that they shuffle around hither and yon, here and there playing the shell game with, and that get misplaced and go MIA, the DONATING PUBLIC WOULD BE APPALLED AND WOULD NOT PARTICIPATE BY SUPPORTING THESE RESCUES AND SENDING THEM MONEY FOR THE WHOLESALE KILLING AND DISAPPEARING OF ANIMALS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE RESCUED.
Interesting investigation done on a rescue at the link below:
Finally, some journalists and reporters that don’t just write “fluff pieces” and/or simply print fictional press releases and/or go by “what the rescue say’s” when they write their stories.
They actually listened to concerned citizens in the public sector regarding some hinky and questionable stuff occurring at a dog rescue – sadly, this same stuff is happening at DONATION-FUNDED ANIMAL RESCUES all over the world since social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, InstaGram and others have made fundraising FREE AND EASY FOR ANYONE.
The only reason this dog rescue was “outted” is because a handful of volunteers DID NOT have short attention-spans and they followed up no matter how long it was going to take regarding getting to the bottom of what was happening to ALL OF THE RESCUED ANIMALS, where was donation money going, why ere people bullied, harassed, stalked, and attacked if they simply asked questions, etc?
If more animal lovers would simply follow-through regarding how DONATION-FUNDED ANIMAL RESCUES are operating, why aren’t concise numbers of animals that are rescued using donation money being disclosed, why aren’t concise numbers of animals that “had to be” euthanized disclosed COMPLETE WITH VETERINARIAN AND EUTHANASIA REPORTS, and why is the rescue rescuing more, and more, and more animals when they aren’t capable of maintaining the ones they’ve already “rescued” without killing the “unworthy of living” ones with “issues” because they only are able to operate based on free money donations consistently coming in?
For anyone that does really WANT TO KNOW what’s going on with donation-funded animal rescues that are OFTEN ALSO ADOPTION-BASED (leaving the door wide-open for common animal dealers to get a foothold in animal rescue where they can “flip” animals with relatively few questions asked they are required to answer), send them the one-page information sheet and questionnaire below and see if they fill it out and return it to you.
Then you can base your conclusions about the donation-funded rescue based on information you can verify and fact check that was sent to you by the actual animal rescue.
And if they ignore you and refuse to fill it out and return it to you, you’ll have all the unspoken answers you’ll need, won’t you?
Short Form Information Page and Questionnaire For Animal Rescues