This is a “buffet-blog-post”; read small portions and come back for more……or don’t……… your choice.
Step 1 has already been covered in this blog in previous blog posts.
Step 1 is asking non-accusatory questions of the primarily, or entirely donation-funded animal rescue organizations and expecting answers that should be easy for the primary participants at the rescue to answer if they are legitimate.
The blog post at the link below covers Step 2 if and when answers to simple questions are not forthcoming from the actual animal rescue organization that *may* actually be a “retail rescue”/animal dealers posing as an animal rescue.
Remember: Questions, even ones that are not accusatory, asked of “retail rescues” are what kryptonite is to Superman or water is to the Wicked Witch of the West: it exposes and destroys them.
Refusing to answer simple, non-accusatory questions does make them suspect because answering simple questions should be easy:
Examples of some questions that should be asked are on the questionnaire posted at the end of this blog post and on several other blog posts written on this topic.
One of many sure signs of suspicious donation-funded animal rescues is their evasiveness in answering simple, non-accusatory questions.
Because of so much evasive, suspicious behavior of refusing to answer simple, legitimate questions that go-to their “transparency”, animal owners must wake-up and realize an Animal Enterprise Terrorism (AET) attack aka “seizure scam” perpetrated on them by a donation-funded animal rescue could happen to them, and they will be tried in the court of “public-social media opinion” without the facts!
The organizers of these type of attacks, always a donation-funded animal “rescue”, humane society, or spca that very well may be in collusion with your own handy-dandy local animal control/shelter, are neither operated by animal welfare nor animal rights people – they are “opportunists”, with a “pinch” of “caring about animals” in their own ($$$$) way (they must sprinkle in at least a few good acts because the most gullible people would eventually catch on to the fraud), taking advantage of an opportunity they’ve created, like the Wizard of Oz behind-the-curtain pulling the levers, manipulating and sensationalizing events for a bored public.
However, they do inflame “do-gooders” in the public on social media forums and message boards that often are animal rights and animal welfare people that don’t check facts but can be counted on to “make noise in numbers” that every opportunist needs in order to pull-off a “crisis rescue” and a “seizure scam”.
They get the “social media madness mob” to do their dirty work for them, add in mainstream media that rarely fact-check anymore and take the bait of a sensationalized story to run on their local “news”, and all they have to do to keep the “enabler-groupies/cheerleaders” inflamed is “stir-that-pot” with more inflammatory rhetoric as part of their carefully planned domestic terrorism attack on an animal owner.
Check out this blog post on YesBiscuit regarding a non-profit “animal coalition” (“rescue”) vested with the operation of animal controls/shelters and their horribly cruel treatment of animals there (its a disturbing read; sensitive people may not want to read the YesBiscuits blog posts describing it), manipulating the numbers of animals “adopted” and killing them instead – same thing far too many donation-funded adoption-based “rescues” do and that is a primary reason they won’t reveal concise counts of animals they have “rescued” and what’s become of them:
Quote from the blog at the link above:
“A Guilford Co pound volunteer told the Rhino that Davidson Co, the more recent contract awarded to UAC, was under greater scrutiny than Guilford Co. In an effort to make Davidson’s numbers look good quickly, UAC set up a racket whereby dogs from the Davidson pound were sent to Guilford for killing and counted as adoptions on their way out of Davidson. Hey, they went out the front door, technically. I guess they were “adopted” by Fatal Plus at Guilford.”
Steps 3 and 4 of how to identify and ‘out’ “retail rescues” to follow shortly because that’s the direction many primarily, or entirely donation-funded rescues are forcing it to go.
This is an International problem and all animal owners are at risk of having an Animal Enterprise Terrorism (AET) attack aka “rescue raids” or “seizure scams” perpetrated on them by a donation-funded and often adoption-based animal “rescue” aka “retail rescue” that are believed to be animal dealers, traders, brokers, or “flippers” posing as animal rescues.
These “opportunists” and scammers are aggressively operating in the “animal rescue industry” (as many of them call it) because of the vast lack of oversight.
This is especially true if an animal owner has elderly, frail, acutely or chronically ill animals, or even animals with a moderate amount of arthritis and/or other age, use, or old-injury related issues, co-existing with “the good and healthy animals” because it makes the owner a target for abuse, neglect, and cruelty accusations from those who are “up to no good” and are certainly not wanting to “help the animals in place” where they live as honest rescues do.
Having “good condition” animals co-mingling with the “not-so-good” animals opens the door for a “retail rescue” to “cherry-pick” someone’s good animals they can sell, and also take (under the guise of “helping”) animals that are great for getting in “sympathy/pity donations” that brings in ALOT of $$$$ and then those animals are often killed or “vanished” when they have exhausted their “donation-value” because they can’t be “adopted”/sold because of their “physical issues”.
In the topsy-turvy ass-backwards “down the rabbit hole” unreality in “rescue-land”, its as if no one thinks it through and acknowledges that just like with humans, animals can and do have physical and/or health issues related to a multitude of conditions, age, illness, etc. Illogical/ignorant people think that all animals are always going to look just dandy. But when the people acting aggressive and making a bunch of noise about the way some animals look is combined with an agenda that most people don’t yet understand, it creates the “perfect storm” for a “crisis rescue”, with donation-money flooding into “the retail rescues” coffers that “the rescue” currently doesn’t have to account for.
Often heard from the peanut-gallery-mob are the words “why didn’t those people (the animal owners) ask for help?” or “they should have asked for help!” – that is like inviting the fox into the henhouse if “the wrong rescue” that specializes in “seizures” and “crisis rescues” (that bring in a lot of donations) are asked for help.
Retail rescues are not in the least interested in doing “behind-the-scenes” “no-fanfare” rescuing because that kind of real rescuing of helping the animals and animal owner right where they live doesn’t have a big pay day. In fact, they usually have to spend money they don’t want to spend in order to really help without trashing the animal owner, involving the media, ramping up ignorant “noise and numbers” mobs, etc.
Some animal owners have seen what happens when some of these “rescues” are asked for “help”, so if an animal owner needs help, a “rescue” is often the last people they’d ask for help because of the fear of being attacked, dragged through the mud, having animals seized, being arrested once the sensationalized story, photos, posts, comments, etc are plastered all over the Internet, mainstream media, etc.
So its basically “too bad, so sad” if an animal owner is taking care of an ill, old, or less than optimum condition animal that isn’t suffering and wants to live because:
- if and when your nasty neighbor that doesn’t like you sees them and they use tax-payer-funded animal control as a weapon against you to call in a “false report”,
- and/or someone that’s “with” a retail rescue trolls by your place and observes an unhealthy-looking animal, or maybe more than one, but certainly not all the animals you own (and you’re not trying to “hide animals” from anyone because you’re not doing anything wrong and are taking good care of all of your animals), mixed in with “sellable” animals and that self-same “rescue” let’s animal control know they’re “there to help with a seizure or animal surrender”,
- the next thing the animal owner knows, they could have tax-payer-funded animal control combined and in collusion with a publicly-donation-funded “retail rescue” harassing them and trying to get them to surrender animals.
- Or, they may just seize all the animals and then charge the owner exorbitant “impound fees”,
- And a million counts of “whatever” the weasels can think up that will cause the most harm financially and emotionally to the animal owner
- so they are confused, scared, and too broke to be able to hire a decent attorney to defend them against the seizure scam attack.
One more huge problem; most defense and civil lawsuit attorney’s, DA’s, Judges, and law enforcement agencies don’t even know or understand what these attacks are all about.
This is why it’s up to animal owners to be pro-active and educate the legal system and law enforcement on what retail rescues and AET attacks aka “seizure scams” and “rescue raids” are before it happens to the animal owner because then it is mostly too late to educate anyone.
In other words, if an animal owner has acutely and/or chronically ill animals, older more frail animals, “special needs” animals with defects, deformities, conditions, animals that have picked up diseases or conditions the animal owner is addressing, etc, inform your local animal control and other branches of city, town, county government agencies so there is no appearance of “trying to hide” anything.
More up-coming in future blog posts regarding the steps animal owners can take in order to be pro-active, be prepared, and also defend ones-self and go on the offense if they are targeted by a donation-funded animal rescue as the next victim of a “crisis rescue” and “seizure scam”.
It’s high-time scammer rescues are not only run out of the animal rescue ranks, but also investigated, prosecuted, fined, and even jailed.
The only way this will happen is if the public stays focused, stays on-point, and is relentless in asking primarily, or entirely donation-funded “rescues” questions and expecting answers.
Too many animals that are supposed to be “rescued” by these people are instead used for their “donation-value” and when that is exhausted, they are “de-valued” and convenience-killed rather than take care of them, maintain them, and let them live peacefully.
And do not be surprised in your pursuit of truth that some of these scam-artists you’re asking questions of may try to befriend you (kiss-ass, brown-nosing) in order to make you stop – don’t buy it, for it is the classic survival-behavior of narcissists/sociopaths trying to save themselves – alas, as soon as they feel safe from you and you’ve fallen for their creepy “friendship”, they will revert back to their in-grained behavior of “working it” and using people and animals.
Similar to these lines in the movie Terminator describing cyborgs:
“It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”
Nearly a spot-on accurate description of some “people” involved in privatized (it’s all about the $$$$ – the celebrity – the control – the praise – the publicity – the power) donation-funded animal rescue.
“Retail rescues” modus operandi (MO) is to identify an animal owner target first (good-looking animals mixed in with animals with physical issues i.e. old age, fragility, acute illness, chronic illness/conditions, etc), researching them to an extent and trying to be as sure as they can be that the target will probably NOT be able to afford legal representation on the defense and/or the offense.
In other words, they wouldn’t attack Donald Trump or Oprah because “the rescue” would be mashed in a heartbeat into the legal-ground-zero-zone and would be destroyed.
Once they have identified their target, “the rescue” will often attempt extortion first by “telling” their target “we want to help” (yeah right) and they “won’t go public” if the animal owner gives up animals of the “rescues” choosing (cherry picking”).
But whether the victim complies with their demands, or refuses to be extorted and tells them to “take a hike”, or deals with “the rescue” in other more intelligent ways, the results are the same.
NOTE: since MOST animal owners have never experienced the domestic terrorism phenomenon called “seizure scams” or “rescue raids” that privatized donation-funded animal rescues have a lot of motivation – $$$$$ – to perpetrate on animal owners, most animal owners have no idea how fast this can turn into a mob-attack, swarm and witch-hunt on social media, with posts, comments, emails, phone calls, PM’s being fired off to government agencies and the media “telling” them they need to “do something now”. Reasonable people do not immediately take it seriously because it seems so unreasonable and ignorant. They usually find out very quickly how “down the rabbit hole” and whacked-out these attacks ARE, and how terrorizing and potentially life-ruining it is.
At the helm of many donation-funded rescues and “retail rescues” are individuals that may well be narcissists, and also sociopaths, that literally “believe their own press”, and are “addicted” to being the center of attention and will seek that attention, and also money and control over others, via many avenues which include embellishing, lying, playing the victim, back-stabbing former friends and associates, using other people and animals as props and pawns, and even breaking the law.
So in order to move the scam forward, “the “rescue” “goes public”, gets media involved (a primary element of this scam), they ramp-up “social media madness mobs” (another primary component of the scam) to cyber-attack the victims and bombard local, regional, and state government to “do something”, and since law enforcement, DA’s, AG’s, and other government agencies want to appease the frenzied, ignorant hoards, and they also aren’t usually up-to-speed regarding what these “rescue raids” and “seizure scams” really are, they often go after their own tax-paying citizens, and arrest, investigate and often prosecute them.
Even without the prosecution aspect when investigation proves there were no illegalities present, the “retail rescue” has reaped the benefits, gotten thousands of dollars in free money donations, gotten free material goods and supplies, gotten free animals they collect donations on and then sell or kill the “useless animals with issues”, and they got “the Big P” – free publicity.
Precluding prosecution, the innocent victim that was not breaking the laws for the county, city, or state, either owes thousands of dollars of vastly inflated impound fee’s to “the rescue” and/or their animals have been sold, or they were “euthanized” and/or “vanished” by “the rescue”.
The animals they kill or “vanish” couldn’t be sold or given away because of physical and/or behavioral issues they had. The rescue however refuses to let the animal/s live because they don’t want to spend money on “broken merchandise” animals and/or because the animal will always look bad because of physical and/or medical issues they have and these “rescues” boast a high rehabilitation rate, so no cruddy looking animals that can’t be rehabilitated are allowed to live that might sully their sterling reputation.
Case in point of an unjustified attack on an animal owner and the exposure of “the rescue” charging vastly inflated impound fee’s:
Quoted from the blog at the link:
“His horses were taken to a nearby horse rescue farm, the same farm that was present during the police raid. To even consider getting his horses back, the rescue farm is asking for $7,500 in boarding and administrative and medical costs for the first 30 days alone. Since they have been on the rescue farm for nearly three months, it may cost him more than $22,000 to get his three horses returned, even if he is found innocent of all of the charges.”
The animal “rescue” makes out like a bandit and has thousands upon thousands of donation-dollars they don’t have to account for pouring into their rescue accounts because of the massive social- and mainstream-media coverage they whipped-up in mere hours.
Then its “on to the next” attack, or the next fictional-fantasy sob-story “rescue” where the whole story is never told told.
This kind of stuff happens when there is a lack of meaningful oversight of primarily, or entirely donation-funded animal rescues that collect free money donations, free material items, and free animals they either “adopt”/sell or euthanize if the animal is “useless with issues”.
These types of “animal rescues” are not rescues at all. They are simply your garden-variety “opportunists” taking advantage of an “opportunity” in an unregulated industry called “donation-funded animal rescue” that has little-to-no-oversight.
There is no scrutiny of their financials, and just as important, there is no scrutiny regarding what happens to all of the animals they “rescued”.
They are similar, if not the same, as generational welfare recipients/families running long- and short-cons that “work the system” for years and years, obtain free money, free material goods, other free items (animals in the case of “retail rescues”, calling the other free stuff “donations”), and then they can sell those free items and/or spend their free money any way they choose that they received under the guise of “we are poor”, “we have children to feed” (“the hook”), “we’re disabled and can’t work”, etc.
“Retail-welfare rescues” do the same thing using animals as “the hook” to “sell” people on “helping” them.
And the primary reason they get away with their schemes and scams is because of the vast lack of oversight by those vested with over-seeing registered non-profit donation-funded animal rescues at government agencies.
The fact is that most people lose interest in pursuing filing complaints because they feel they are wasting their time and/or they don’t want to become a target themselves of these ruthless opportunists, that frequently are narcissists/sociopaths too, that wreak havoc with peoples and animals lives without a second thought regarding the emotional and financial destruction and ruin.
These types of “animal rescues” may as well be high kill rate animal controls/shelters considering how many innocent animals they collect “sympathy/pity” donations on and then kill or “vanish” to only-they-know-where.
Calling themselves “a rescue” allows them to wheel-and-deal to their hearts content because they do not (currently) have to answers from the supportive donating public if they don’t feel like it.
Additionally, the government agencies vested with over-seeing them are out-of-touch with the various scams and schemes they are running that are targeting the donating public and animal owners and using animals as props and pawns.
Many “rescues” also have unlicensed, unregulated transporters hauling animals hither-and-yon that may, or may not have the correct commercial insurance to cover accidents such as this one at the link:
Please Share this blog post if after reading this post, and others dealing with this tragic problem in animal rescue, you agree that legitimate animal rescues that will answer questions, animal owners, Attorney General’s, District Attorney’s, and other government agencies and law enforcement need to unite and put a stop to “retail rescues” “workin’-it” in the unregulated animal rescue “industry”.
Remember, this is all about the donation-funded rescues “showing and not just telling” people what they feel like telling, and also about the supportive public being bamboozled by scam-artists diversion tactics too.
Accountability and “transparency” are key in separating the legitimate, honest rescues from the “opportunists” and scammers operating in animal rescue for their own gain and profit and killing and “vanishing” animals after they’ve callously used-them-up.
The questionnaire below gives some ideas of what questions to ask your favorite rescue, a rescue you are contemplating supporting, or perhaps a donation-funded animal rescue you are suspicious of because of their evasiveness in answering simple questions, or because their true believer enabler-followers attack anyone that does ask polite, non-confrontational, non-accusatory, legitimate questions publicly, or people that ask questions become a target for harassment, bullying, threats, false reporting, etc: