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Let’s Make Animal Rescue Transparency the Goal for 2016 — 14 Comments

  1. I think part of the problem is the public can’t comprehend rescues just getting an animal out of the shelter, collecting the pledges then either abandoning or killing that animal. People are a different kind of mean these days. They think nothing of animal life, especially cats. There are some really horrible people out there these days. It’s just difficult proving it and then convincing others it’s the truth.

    • ELisa, you seem to be saying that the bad behavior of some rescues leading to unnecessary deaths is accepted because the life of a cat is not worth a lot really in the eyes of some people involved in cat rescue.

        • Yes, Jan, it does seem that way. I can understand how it gets like that but it is inexcusable though. The more a shelter kills healthy cats the less value they place on the life of cats and vice versa.

  2. I think there should be a data base by state on all animals pulled by rescues. This should be accessible to all rescues and shelters to view. It should list the animals pulled by date and the name and location of the rescue that pulled. Anyone, at any time, should be able to contact the rescue and ask for disposition of the animal. The rescues should have intake information on each one taken in, whether from a shelter or an individual. Fosters should have applications on file and be available for contact on any animal in their care. The pulling rescue is accountable for the animal no matter if in foster. It comes down to keeping thorough records and a documented trail on each rescue from intake to adoption.Any cat that enters the data base for Princeton’s has a record from intake until adoption. Records on adoption are kept for the life of the animal. Once a Princeton’s kitty, always a Princeton’s kitty.

    • I thought the shelter had to provide that disposition of the animals info for the state already along with their euthanasia data already?

    • Every shelter should be able to provide an annual recap by rescue organization as to the numbers of animals pulled. But whether county run facilities actually care about the ultimate disposition of the animal or not, is another issue. We have learned the hard way, there are worse situations than humane euthanasia. But the caliber and mentalities of shelter management needs to evolve beyond the statistical concept of “safe”; and with checks and balances in place. Even with a well established foster base, it is very unlikelihood that any rescue could financially support anywhere near 500 animals annually, without being stretched to the limit. And the paper trail for each animal goes without saying; the respectable rescues will ALWAYS insist on an infallible open door return policy for the duration of their animals’ natural lives. And in the end, if we are not going to enhance, preserve, and protect the quality of the animal’s life, that we are saving, then what really is the point ?

  3. Elisa You said find most pull/rescue 200-300 a year? Wow I guess we have always been slack. Our biggest year in last 10 years was 3 years ago with a big TNR project resulting in 28, 5-7 week old kittens. But we do help the local shelter in many ways, it would kill us if we found out something happened to animals sent out. After the incident JW we follow up the pulls ourselves. We also help TNR fund raising and Spay it Forward fundraising for spay/neuter.

    • That’s for well established rescues. Princeton’s Meow pulls a lot for Cabarrus County in NC, Columbus Paws and Purrs pulls a lot in Georgia and Saving Southern Kitties and Foster Paws pulls a lot for GCACS. They pull at a small but steady rate and we see a lot of adoptions. I feel sure rescues who pull from major metro areas are more likely to hit that 300 mark. SSK said they pulled around 200 in 2015 and that’s using Petsmart and a team of good fosters.

      • I thought we were well established 20 years worth LOL. AT one time e had 16 fosters but now we have scaled back considerable. We always take photos with the adopters and the cat they have adopted. We post them to our pages if the people are agreeable to having their photo on FB or web some do not want their pictures on FB especially their kids. But even if we do not post we get a adoption day photo for the adoption record. And we have all their phone numbers with the cats name saved so we can check back in the initial adoption time frame. So adopters are great about sending us a picture on the kitties birthday (adoption day) Christmas etc. We try to be very interactive with adopters Many will contact for cat advise and we encourage that. Yes Princeton’s has a adoption of fosters and a adoption center they have pulled probable 60-70% of t cats coming out of Cabarrus. I do not know what effect the changes at Cabarrus and the county re-taking over operations will have on that.

  4. I am very glad you are doing this. In the past year I have seen the rescue wars on Facebook and have fostered for several rescues. I have been doing research on what is required by the state Agriculture boards in northern states. Did you know that the state of Connecticut requires an exam by vet in their state within 48 hours of arrival from SC? $500 fine per animal if not done! State Licenses are not required by GCAC for pulling animals. 501c3 is merely a label used to acquire donations. The good, the bad, and the ugly of animal rescue needs to be documented and published, and I can’t think of anyone better than you to do it. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

    • That’s the problem because I don’t want to bring down any rescue with an article. What if I’m wrong? But I don’t want to help them either. All I can do with a clean conscious is tell people what to watch for. Rescues need to be encouraged to grow but they really need to study the legit successful ones and know what they’re doing.

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