In the instance of donation-funded animal rescues fleecing the foolish public however, it’s too often the ‘rescued animals’ that are often killed, or disappear, because no one cares enough to follow-up on precisely what happened to the animals that donated funds actually paid to rescue.
There are several horse rescues in California that use the threat of horses going to slaughter in Canada or Mexico if a kill buyer buys them at the sales, so every week and every month they beg for donations to “save them”.
Most of the rescues that attend the sales know exactly who the kill buyers are, some interact with kill buyers in social ways, and some do deal with them behind-the-scenes where their gullible and downright dopey followers will never know the dirty dealings that go down, see the money changing hands, see where some of the horses they sent in money to “rescue” are bartered, traded, and sold like feeling-less used cars.
The problem with this however is that horse slaughter dealings have been banned entirely in California since November 1998.
The kill buyers know it, the sale yards know it, the people that haul horses out of the state and the US for slaughter know it, and ALL of the donation-funded horse rescues know it too.
The primary reason the rescues won’t launch a campaign to get horse slaughter dealings in California shut down entirely as per the law is that a huge portion of many of the DONATION-FUNDED horse rescues monthly income stream relies to a high percentage on using the “kill buyer threat” to get people on social media to send them “emergency, crisis or sympathy donations” so they can “save horses” USING other people’s money.
They can also look like the big hero’s and continue with the lifestyle they have grown extremely accustomed to that foolish people in the public facilitate for them.
But a crucial and critical problem with this is that after they collect the donations numbering in the thousands of dollars for each horse rescued so they can supposedly cover transport, veterinarian fees, maintenance costs, training, and other things, many of the horses disappear to places where no one can see them because they are most likely dead.
For many horses, this happens because they can’t be sold-adopted for high $$$ and the dealers in rescue don’t want to spend money on horses they can’t get rid of easily and quickly.
Some horses also might have some issues that limit them being adopted with or without money changing hands, but the issues are not life threntening and the horse doesn’t want to be killed.
A few rescues admit they kill a lot of rescued horses.
This is so they can make room to bring in more horses under the guise of yet another emergency or crisis rescue (that really gets their followers adrenelin pumping and loosens the purse strings) to keep the horse or horses from getting into the hands of the evil kill buyer that is not supposed to be operating in California at all for the past 19 years.
These are often healthy horses that are shot because they have no more donation value and they are pretty much a black hole money pit for ‘rescues’ that don’t want to spend money on them because there’s nothing in it for them at that point.
One of the rescue-dealers also does their own chemical euthanasia.
Word on the street is that some veterinarians fearing they were going to be investigated for euthanizing so many healthy horses have refused to keep up the production-line cruel killing of horses that are being misrepresented as having been “rescued”.
Some horses are taken to big cat and wolf sanctuaries where they are shot and fed to the sanctuary animals.
That in itself is cruelty to healthy horses that are supposed to be safely in rescue.
However, it’s also cruelty to the big cats and wolves who are being fed what is often drug tainted horse meat (deworming chemicals, vaccinations, insecticids, bute, banamine, and other commonly used products and drugs that stay in the horses system long after they were given or applied) that the operators of those sanctuaries would only know the horses have in their systems if they did blood draws to test for drugs, something it is doubtful they do.
Some horses are allegedly being back-doored to the very kill buyers the horses were supposed to be rescued from and the horses go to slaughter.
Mind you, many of these horses are healthy, but might not be adoptable for a big enough price, so the rescues don’t want to have them hanging around using up the crisis donation money they brought in that the rescues refuse to account for every penny of donations that come in and also what it’s spent on.
They also never show veterinarian reports (well, to be fair, some rescues occassionally show a token vet report to settle down the restless natives in their villages) of the horses being evaluated and treated by their vet as they said they were going to use some of the donated funds for.
They also won’t show euthanasia reports and body disposal bills so the donating public can see why they kill horses, how many horses they kill (that don’t appear on their “Rainbow Bridge” pages on their websites) and how they kill horses.
This cycle of begging for emergency donations repeats over and over again, sometimes on a daily basis.
These rescues use paypal, go fund me, and other unregulated means of collecting thousands upon thousands of dollars for what are usually “emergencies” or “crisis” because those are the “flash-bang” things that naive people in the public donate to the most.
It caters to people that want to be entertained, that like reality show shenanigans, that have short attention spans, that like to “play” at rescue, that like to tune in and tune out of rescuing when they want to.
They can do all of their rescuing from the comfort and convenience of their home computer, their laptop, their tablet, their smart phone, and liven up what must be boring lives through watching the clownish, narcissistic antics of actors in rescue whose income depends on their ability to provide entertainment that brings money in via their social media presence.
But no one seems to care all that much what happened to the horses (or dogs, or goats, or rabbits, or cats) after the emergency or crisis is done with and the mundane task of caring for rescued animals begins.
The only cure for the horrible apathy of people not caring about animals after they are rescued is for people that do care enough being willing to go the extra mile and turn in complaints when the rescues refuse to respond to their questions regarding specifics, have these rescues audited and investigated, and hold them to account for where the animals they’ve rescued are and also where is the donated money.