This is what I was talking about last week folks....questionable "rescues" on Facebook. In the past two days, two groups are under the microscope. Here is what we know :
On it's Facebook page, a group going by Storm's Animal Allies is requesting donations to assist four dogs that "Give A Dog A Second Chance" rescue claim to have rescued from a Peterborough home. In addition, the group states it is working together with Give A Dog A Second Chance Rescue. The second group has faced accusations for quite some time, and you can read the facts here (I recommend a thorough read, as the blog demonstrates how these "rescues" change their stories, and even their names, all in the hopes of deceiving donors). In fact, it's founder has an outstanding warrant for animal cruelty charges in New York.
Here is where I draw the line : DO NOT DONATE DIRECTLY TO ANY RESCUE GROUPS UNTIL YOU HAVE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK!!! A couple days ago, people began questioning Storm's Animal Allies. When they requested information as to which vet is supposedly looking after the animals, they were told the information was confidential. It was not until today when some serious backlash began that the group posted the vet's information and said that people could donate directly to the vet (they had previously only accepted donations to their own account). By the way, when concerned individuals called the vet this morning the vet informed these people that Storm's Animal Allies had never even contacted them. It wasn't until this fact came to light that the group frantically called the vet about the dogs.
When a group solicits YOUR money with a panicked request, as Storm's Animal Allies did on their Facebook page....
if you have ever donated to any organization and feel that you have been scammed, report it to the OPP fraud department.
You can read my previous post on this issue on this page, and you can read even more on Tailspin. I highly recommend Tailspin, it's always thought provoking.