Have you adopted a “Rescue” horse, dog or cat? Or have you thought of donating to a rescue or shelter? As we all know there are many legitimate rescues and shelters but there are just as many that would just like to get hold of your money and are playing on your kindness to animals or would be better classified as hoarders playing at being a rescue. How did you go about making sure your money was going to a place that put every dime it could for the animals? Those that know me know I have three horses that I have taken in from private people. Two of my other horses are from a 501(c)3 rescue. I spent a year searching the Internet, narrowing down the rescues that I thought were good rescues and watching their websites. Some had good sites and some not so good. Good site doesn’t always mean a good rescue, just as a bad site doesn’t mean a bad rescue. My best tool turned out to be Google. In this day of the Internet and Google it is pretty hard for the bad ones to hide they are bad or questionable. But it is amazing what people can get away with trying to take your money. Here is my list of things I can do..…
1. Google the name of the rescue and names of people associated with it
2. Read the About Us and see who is on the Board of Directors then Google
3. Look and see if they have 501 status
4. Who do the authorities call on when they need to house animals
5. Are you going to the location the animal is kept where you can see the conditions
6. If adopting are they doing a home visit and seem concerned about where the animal is going
What would you add?