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When not caring for our 25 animals, I spend a lot of time networking animals and advocating for animals, especially on Facebook. It is very disturbing to discover there are some  illegitimate rescues and some people prospering by pulling on the heartstrings of others. So, how can you protect yourself when you decide to donate to animal charity?

First, just because an organization is huge and well known, don’t assume they will spend your donation wisely. Many people are deciding to give to smaller organizations in hopes that their hard-earned donation money will do more good and not be spent on corporate offices, high salaries and national advertising. However, now you must decide on how to find worthy, smaller organizations when you decide to donate to an animal charity.

This is what I would suggest you do when investigating an animal charity:

1-Do they have 501(c)3 status, or are they, at least, registered in their state as a non-profit corporation?

2-Are they willing to disclose their yearly financial reports? Is most of the revenue spent on actual caring for the animals- ie: food, veterinary care, needed supplies to make the animals comfortable?

3-Do they pay salaries, or are all the workers volunteers? You may not mind if salaries are paid, but you may want to see how much is being paid.

4-Are you welcome to visit the facility? If you can’t visit, do they post photographs and videos so you can do a virtual visit? Is the organization willing to speak to you by telephone to answer your questions?

5-Do the animals look happy and as healthy as possible?

6-Does the organization have a veterinarian willing to make a positive reference?

7- Feel free to ask for references from others- other donors, the feed store, the neighbors…

8-Does the organization have the proper permits to operate? I have seen quite a few “rescues” in a panic, needing to get rid of many animals, because they were not “legal” to begin with.

9- What is your gut feeling about the organization? If something seems “fishy”, investigate more. They may be legitimate and worthy of donations, but do your homework, so you can be sure and feel good about your choice of an animal charity.

There are many small animal charities in dire need of help. JERAS gets daily emails and calls wanting us to take in more animals, but we are not getting enough funds to do so right now. We have recently taken in 3 burros & a horse, but 2 of the burros came with sponsorship. We are getting a grant to install shelters, fence and a hay storage shed, but money to purchase feed must come from donations. We have a county kennel license and are a licensed Equine Rescue with the state of Arizona. You can visit out “Kudos”page for references, too.

http://www.jersanctuary.org/about-jeras/kudos/

I work 16 hour days to care for 25 animals and do the office and computer work. I know other people who work just as hard running their small rescues. We need your help, so please don’t be afraid of supporting us….just do your homework beforehand, so you can feel you made a good decision when choosing to donate to animal charity.

Knickers, won't you sponsor a horse?

 

 

 

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