A call for full disclosure from animal rescue groups

3 Feb

As a committed animal transporter,  I volunteer for a lot of rescue runs,  and I’m always impressed with what great work the coordinators do.  And I always know who the coordinator is — name, email, phone number.

Sadly,  that doesn’t seem to be the case for some rescue groups — the foster and adoption operations,  especially those  without a brick and mortar presence.

I usually try to do due diligence and check out the rescue where my transport animals are going. I want to know who they are,  how they operate,  who are the people behind it. I want to make sure the dogs and cats that I transport are not going for medical research,   or to be sold on Craigslist.

The rescue center that I work with locally is a stand-up operation and the name of the director,  email and phone number are right out there for all to see.  It’s brick-and-mortar,  and they encourage you to drop by. It’s called the Pet Placement Center,  in Chattanooga.

I know that some rescue operations are foster-only, with no central facility where you can go and see the dogs and cats available for adoption. They conduct adoption events on weekends. I’m OK with that, especially when I know that my transport coordinator has checked them out.

But I do get annoyed when a rescue group offers only a web site, and an email address. Seems to me if you are going to do this kind of wonderful work, you should at least stand up and let the world know who you are. Not every individual foster,  I’m not saying that. But whoever is running the operation ought to be up front about it. Yes,  I know it involves lots of phone calls and emails. Comes with the territory.

But it also helps to assure me that you are a legitimate animal rescue and adoption agency.

And put your adoption fees up front. Nothing is more annoying than not being able to see what it will cost to adopt a dog or cat, and what you get for your money, ie, a neutered pet, shots, microchip, worm treatment, etc. If your fees are high, tell me why.

And, are you a true no-kill operation, or do you euthanize, at least on occasion? Hey, I’m a realist,  I understand that some dogs are sick or just not adoptable — and usually it’s because some human along the line made them that way. But do let me know. Don’t hide it.

Lastly, in the interest of full disclosure, my name is Beth Cox, from Signal Mountain, TN.

I transport almost every weekend.

Email: tnpetrescue@aol.com

Phone: 423-886-2950










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