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Old 11-15-2012, 06:20 PM
Location: Connecticut
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that are on the up and up. I am finding this a very disheartening situation.
Today I got an email from mod cut a rescue organization. The email wanted another donation and they mentioned a West Virginia case which according to them helped put this animal abuser and crimninal in jail. So with nothing better to do I googled mod cut the name mentioned in the email. Numerous articles came up from various newspapers, not just one. mod cutNo where in any of the numerous articles did I find any mention of this organization at all. I am beginning to think these organizations are capitolizing animal abuse cases they in fact had nothing to do with.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:47 PM
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Check out Best Friends Animal Society. WWW.bestfriends.org . They run the largest no-kill sanctuary in the country and are on the lead charge to end to puppy mills and switch over shelters to an effective no-kill model. They are also a sanctuary of "last resort". In other words, they take in the animals that everyone else is turning away. Yes - they also took in some of the Michael Vick dogs. We have adopted dogs from Best Friends. A visit to the sanctuary in Utah is almost a spiritual experience. Incredibly well run and filled with people that LOVE their work. Take a look at their website and google some of their other activities so you can see for yourself. Its an excellent organization.

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Old 11-16-2012, 04:24 AM
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Folks, please hold your comments to whether or not you believe there are any good orgs left. This is not the place for consumer complaints or debates over certain organizations. Let's proceed carefully and not get into bashing. Thanks.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:04 PM
Location: North Idaho
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Don't donate to any national organization. Walk into your local animal shelter and ask them what they need.

Money, food, blankets, dog grooming, whatever it is your donation will go directly towards caring for homeless animals and none of it spent on advertising or political lobbyists.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:08 PM
Location: North Idaho
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In fact, if you really want to help animals, locate whoever gives the local low cost spay/neuter and donate to them. Maybe even to the people who trap feral cats and spay neuter all of them.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:28 AM
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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I work with ARC. They helped me with a hoarding case in my county a while back. Good people doing good work.

The big groups are good. But keep in mind that when you donate to them, you're basically donating for paychecks and costs associated with legislation. And legislation is VERY important. They're the ones fighting for tougher laws to keep our animals safe.

That said, if you want your money to go directly to animals, as in medical bills, food, etc., check your local shelter or a local rescue group. If you go to rescue route, Petfinder is a great way to find them in your area but please call their vet reference and confirm they're a good rescue and spay / neuter and vet every animal that they have. Petfinder tries very hard to only list reputable rescues, but some breeders and hoarders so sneak in.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:53 AM
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I'm interested in supporting both- shelters, individuals tilting at windmills (the two women starting a humane movement in South Korea/the one animal shelter in Kabul). But I want to support national legislation efforts, too. Of course, there are different groups for different animals- like Humane Farming Association to support more humane treatment of food animals (and they do not expect the country to go vegan all together). I am still trying to decide what I think of HSUS and its national legislative program- I think it's the biggest and most prominent, even while there are controversies about some of their stances.
Animal League Defense Fund is national, and is involved in cruelty cases of different animals and cruelty legislation, like trying to make animal cruelty a felony everywhere (as is HSUS).
Best Friends took, I think, 22 of Vick's victim dogs. A couple of them were ordered by the judge to live their lives at B.F., and the others are being rehabilitated or have been adopted. They have a whole special area for pittie rehab and research, and I'm told that volunteers don't go to that area. Vick was ordered to pay, I think, a million dollars for their care and keeping.
I look at charitynavigator.org and Guidestar for some reviews of financial effectiveness. Of course the groups are primarily the larger ones.
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