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Unfounded Negligence Complaints Plague Cat Rescues — 39 Comments

  1. Chrissy has always replies to any of my emails, when i have asked for her suggestion ,or told her about a cat in need, and never has she ever said no she wouldnt take a cat if we couldnt find someplace else for him or her.. Chrissy and Rick are amazing what they do. I care for 10 feral’s and my inside cats, and that is alot, what they do is 100 fold and should never had to go thru this, but at least it proves what a great job they do..

  2. I have never physically been to Puffy Paws, but I’ve supported them for years. Rick and Chrissy go above and beyond to show the people that are helping to support them where the money goes and how things are operating. They post pictures of the money orders they use to pay for the food, pictures of the supplies they buy, information on cats going to the vet, etc. I believe that a lot of the BS that they have to put up with is simply out of other people’s hate. I also think that in places where there is more than one rescue there is a lot of competition for funds and that some people are not above using underhanded tactics to try to harass other rescues.

  3. I have first hand knowledge of this happening to two different people I know and both times was proved false. It seems a lot times it is a vindictive owner from a FB welfare group or auction page who acts as “concerned” for the welfare of a persons or a rescues animals to tug at the heart strings of their members to raise more funds for themselves. It sometimes can get the FB group members of the vindictive person to report to animal control for them and do all the dirty work. It seems justifiable in their eyes what they are doing by slandering another person like that. Someone are only thinking about getting revenge on someone and not what they might be doing to the animals in the long run. They are also manipulating their own groups members to believe THEY are the savior and to make themselves look innocent when they are In fact calling the animal control on them is just a sick way to extract revenge for wrongs they are accusing the other person or individual of doing to them. It’s a sick misdirected way to get back at somebody. I think any person who reports these things falsely to authorities should NOT be able to remain anonymous when they do so. I really believe people should be held accountable and charged with false reporting and slander themselves the same as falsely reporting or pranking the police would.

  4. It is amazing thank you so much for trying to help me! This won’t be easy to get over but with a great support system and lots o’ love from the kitties I’ll and they will be alright. Thanks again Elisa Taylor!

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    • Regina just follow my advice and show vet receipts and photos of the kitties lounging around in a clean home and adoption photos. A lot of animal advocates are spooked when nothing is shown that the cat is even around. There are rescues out there who take the money then turn the cats loose. I’ve been warned of them, but no one is naming names at this time. The key to success is transparency and right now you’re doing it.

  5. And if we can’t trust animal control or the Dept. of Ag to determine a rescue is bad, then who can we trust? They’re the ones who can shut them down. To my knowledge no one else can. Unless they’re harassed out of rescue, which has happened to many rescues this year. Greenville has almost no one to pull the cats there now. Either rescues are full or the ones who did rescue have gotten tired of the drama. Hope the people who do this for spite are happy when they see all the cats killed because of them.

  6. I met Rick about 6 years ago when Me and my husband moved to Florida. All he ever talked about was the cats he was helping. My husband even went to puffy paws and helped out there a couple of times. He said that when you walked in you didn’t even know cats lived there. I think that they are doing a wonderful job and there should be more no kill shelters around the country. We are now back up north and I don’t know of one no kill shelter in my area. Rick and Krissy keep up the great work and try to forget about the haters. Miss you guys

  7. Absolutely these rescues are being attacked out of spite. Most “bashers” of rescues in my own experience are folks that have been denied adoptions of rescued dogs or cats (you only get denied if you have proven that you are not a suitable match ie; unsecured yard, small children etc…. People also get very hateful if your rescue cannot take in their unwanted pets…. It is a labor of love and people to just need to be mindful of others and the bigger picture (which is that animals are killed by the thousands in shelters and nearly every one I know who rescues animals does NOT get paid and most often are paying for food and vet care out of their own depleted wallets).

  8. I think that concerned individuals should report suspect rescues. There is not enough oversight as it is. Many concerned people have asked different Animal Control’s to investigate possible hoarding or rescues who have 2 or 3 different homes with hundreds of cats sitting in cages… and still AC does nothing. Too many people (individuals) are acting as “rescues” and they are scam operations who take away the support a great rescue could get instead. Many kind-hearted and good-meaning people on FB give in the form of pledges without knowing who they are really giving to. With that being said, many rescues are operating at a deficit and take in new animals to fund previous animals – is that ethically sound? The pledges/donations are meant for specific animals, and then those animals do not get the care they deserve because they are overwhelmed with other animals who have no funding and are “in line” before the new animal with pledges comes in? One of the rescues mentioned above works closely with two other rescues in NC owned/founded by felons. They support each other and protect each other. That is not where my money will be going to. Did you visit Funny Farms mentioned above? Have you visited any of the locations you write about to see for yourself? AC is not the end-all, be-all to potentially bad situations as they are understaffed and overwhelmed in many situations. Some go to other states because they are DNR in their own state…In the L. Hamer case, her family asked for years to have AC come out to stop her and they would not go to her house (and guess what, she is collecting again and does not vet them). Answer me this – Would you keep 70+ cats in a 1200 sq. ft. place or have 60+ cats living in a trailer in cages? Probably not but these “suspect rescues” do just that and they are making money off the backs of the vulnerable animals and they use intimidation and threats to control those who really know the truth. They know how to manipulate the truth to protect themselves.

    • I know for a fact that there are MANY great rescues out there (and BAD ones) and yes absolutely there should be some scrutiny over all. I in fact do not know of these rescues personally and cannot vouch for them. I am glad that they were looked at after complaints but in my experience it’s mostly disgruntled ex volunteers, or unqualified adopters. Its forever an uphill battle as most people think animal over population is not their problem…

    • That’s why I said I wasn’t basing the article on anything other than the police/animal control reports. I can say that about every rescue I’ve ever tried to help with a fundraiser gets me messages that money is being pocketed, used for drugs, used for bail money for a family member, etc. It’s hard to know who to trust these days. I believe bad rescues should be reported. I also wish there was a system where a rescue was checked with a surprise visit once a month so the rescue doesn’t have time to clean up. It’s the turning in rescues without cause stemming from a personal vendetta that I have a problem with. Perhaps it would be best for those who plan to donate to pay a visit first or have a friend in the area pay a visit before any money changes hands.

    • Regina says she has 40 cats and 70 records on her cats but I’m not sure of her amount of space. Rick Kingston has 200 cats at his and Chrissy’s rescue. They’re the founders of Puffy Paws and have faced opposition a lot for taking special needs cats.

    • Amen! Any and every single cat that comes into my home once it is 12 weeks old its straight to my vet to be spay or neutered if they are old enough when I receive them they go the following Monday to be taken care of. I vaccinate all on my own, I buy them in bulk and keep at least 25 on hand just to make sure,I deworm them, give them antibiotics for 10 days so that just in case he/she has uri it’s not spread and that he won’t catch it if 1 happens to have it already then it won’t spread to him. They are quarantined for 3 days while at waiting to see of they will break with uri if not then they will join the rest of the kitties. Also automatically treat for ear mites and parasites. I work 3 jobs to support my rescue efforts, I do not expect nor do I hound ppl to send me donations, they see/hear & or told about me and CHOOSE to help me either financially or with products!! Thanks again Elisa Taylor!

    • I would love for u to come to my home (1300sq) and watch me do what I do, and how I am. But I am not what ppl think I am. But word of mouth from know it all ppl who listen to someone who is MAD!

  9. We have had the Missouri Dept of Agriculture and Kansas City Animal Control show up at our place – unannounced – as people have called them about us. We have passed all inspections with flying colors. Those complaining knew we would pass. Just done to cause a problem for us. This kind of behavior takes away from those agencies from investigating real problems.

  10. Most people would do it out of spite. There are a lot of animal haters. If only people would visit these rescue places..they would see how many animals are saved. The real crime is people getting animals…not getting them fixed and them dumping them or hurting them. Please understand Animals do have feelings…they do get very afraid …hungry..lonely …these animals want love and in return will give all their love to you. people are the problem ..not these poor little cats and dogs.

    • Amen! Any and every single cat that comes into my home once it is 12 weeks old its straight to my vet to be spay or neutered if they are old enough when I receive them they go the following Monday to be taken care of. I vaccinate all on my own, I buy them in bulk and keep at least 25 on hand just to make sure,I deworm them, give them antibiotics for 10 days so that just in case he/she has uri it’s not spread and that he won’t catch it if 1 happens to have it already then it won’t spread to him. They are quarantined for 3 days while at waiting to see of they will break with uri if not then they will join the rest of the kitties. Also automatically treat for ear mites and parasites. I work 3 jobs to support my rescue efforts, I do not expect nor do I hound ppl to send me donations, they see/hear & or told about me and CHOOSE to help me either financially or with products!! Thanks again Elisa Taylor!

  11. Every single rescue article I’ve done I get feedback that the rescue is pocketing the money, the money is being used for bail for hubby, or the money is being used for drugs or the cats are being saved from shelters and turned loose to fend on their own. It’s hard to know who’s legit and who’s not anymore. Yes, there are bad rescues getting away with too much but there are also good rescues being harassed. It’s very hard to trust any of them to be honest.

    • How many cat rescues pocket donations for personal use? Is this wrong anyway? They have to pay themselves something don’t they?

      How widespread is this sort of thing amongst small, independent animal charities?

      • I think any money pocketed must be documented in some way. A rescue owner can’t just decide to keep what money they need. Perhaps someone with the knowledge of this can reply to it.

  12. Regina just messaged me and said she had 70 vet records but only 40 cats. People really should support new rescues instead of beating them down. She always has help and someone available if she has to run errands.

  13. This can only be pure maliciousness from the sort of person who is a troll on this website and other websites where the domestic cat is praised. Perhaps their objective is to have these successful cat shelters shutdown thereby jeopardising the lives of unwanted cats so that they are killed. Other than that the only other reason behind it is competition from other cats shelters. Is it possible that another cat shelter could deliberately try and undermine the efforts of one of their competitors? Although they’re not really competitors. It just seems so mean and nasty. I suppose it is not a criminal matter at all to make a false allegation against cat shelter. However, perhaps it might come under “wasting police time”. There is a crime in the UK whereby a person can be prosecuted if they waste the time of police. I wonder if there is a similar crime in the USA and whether it could be invoked in this case.

    • There is a law against making a false police report but it’s very hard to press charges when the accusor lives in a different state. There are people on the west coast complaining about Carolina rescues. I stay in an ill mood from all the bickering.

      • To me it is mad to complain about a decent cat rescue. America needs them. They provide an important service and when they are excellent they should receive a lot of praise and encouragement not malicious criticism.

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