When supporting any rescue of your choosing we recommend and encourage that you do your research first. It is imperative and crucial that you thoroughly investigate them. Otherwise, you could wind up enabling fraudulent individuals, where proceeds do not contribute to animal’s well being.
The How To:
If said rescue has a facility, make sure someone can investigate the facility in person. If you think of sending an animal there, including if you are sending pets there – it is your right to make sure that your pets will be treated well and safe before their new guardians adopt them.
Calling local animal control and other rescues in said area to get references, while also making sure the rescue of your choosing isn’t banned from pulling, is a must. Speak with the Founder or Representative of the rescue you are choosing, ask if they spay and neuter all animals before adoption. If they do not you may as well be contributing to a “breeder”. A rescues goal is to prevent the breeding process that creates unwanted litters, it is the basic part of animal rescue to spay and neuter.
Ask for vet reference and very they spay or neuter. Ask to see a copy of the adoption application and ask if they do home checks.
Google is everyone’s friend at times – Research the rescues name, director’s name and any email addresses/phone numbers that may be associated with said rescue.
Not allowing anyone to visit their facility
Does Not spay or neuter all animals before adoption
Becomes angry/agitated/defensive that you are asking questions and or researching them.
They post on Facebook, Myspace or other social platforms that they can’t afford vet care, yet are still taking in more animals.
They have threatened to close their doors in the past.
They have animals in boarding yet are still taking in more animals.
They are banned from pulling
They support hoarders, flippers or use “Craigslist”.
They don’t vet pets upon intake or spay and neuter.
They don’t do home visits or have adoption applications.
And if No one has ever heard of them.
When they are not licensed or a non-profit, you can verify that with the IRS or Open Records.
Remember these red flags and remember to do research so you are not fooled by the fakes.