How to Ensure Your Animal Donation Goes to the Right Place!
This is going to be a fairly short article, as I don’t want to delve into the world of fraud and people who look to take advantage but I have been noticing a sad trend lately.
I think we, as animal lovers, tend to wear our hearts on our sleeves.
We want to save animals, and help people and their animals when they are in distress.
But I think, it has gotten to the point that the fraudulent world of corruption has also noticed this about us.
Especially, since social media makes it easy to become “friends” with people we may think we know or pleas to groups of like minded pet people.
Recently I noticed a “Go Fund Me” plea for people to send money to help a dog get a much needed surgery.
The problem, that I noticed, having been a vet tech and knowing some things about health and veterinary medicine is that the person in question was asking for funds having never stepped foot in the veterinary office for diagnosis.
The person “assumed” having googled the symptoms that the dog had a specific aliment.
The problem being that only a veterinarian can diagnose illness.
And on further review, this particular person had set up several accounts over the years.
However, most people want to see the best in people and don’t do their research.
I started and used to run a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to take adult dogs from shelters and train them to assist children and adults with disabilities at no charge to the client, so I know more about charities and donations than most!
If you want to donate
Find a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
The difference between a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a nonprofit corporation is that the 501 is given tax exempt status by the IRS, meaning that donations made are also tax deductible. Whereas nonprofit corporations is a state entity that does not automatically come with tax exempt status.
And, to gain a 501(c)(3) status the organization must publically show all donors and the government how much money is made, how much the charity is worth and where the money is spent.
If you do your research you can see exactly how much of your donation is spent on the animals vs. operating costs and salaries.
I like knowing exactly where my hard earned money is going to go; and for the most part I don’t want to donate to groups who have huge salaries and operating costs.
But, again, most people don’t know that they can look into the organizations financial records or they don’t take the time to do so.
Find Someone You Trust
If a friend, that I know personally, is going through a hardship or needs a little help with an animal emergency I am happy to help.
But, I don’t want to help someone buy a new boat or pay their bills when they aren’t working and aren’t willing to work!
I think some of these donation sights have gotten out of hand, and sometimes pray on unwitting, and kind people via social media.
I believe we should all make a difference and do something for those charities that we love, but I also think that we should do it through research and let knowledge and reason win over the initial reaction of our good hearts!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.