How do you go about deciding whether you’re possibly being scammed?
Do you ever see an abused animal on Facebook or another site and your heart feels like a fist is squeezing it?
And do you find yourself donating food or money to help an injured pet showcased on a website or social network?
Well, I sometimes do just that. I can’t seem to help myself.
The stories break my heart. But how do know if the money actually goes to help that pet?
Well, I guess I don’t. I just have to hope that my donation goes where it says it does.
In the back of my mind, I wonder if I’m being “had” of course. But then again I will look at the image or read the story about the animal and feel such anguish.
I often look for reviews and complaints about the organizations online and hope it is accurate.
How do you come to a decision about whether or not to donate to a cause or pet?
- Donating To Animal Charities
- Items To Donate To Your Local Animal Shelter
- How To Detect And Report Pet Adoption Scams
- How To Spot And Avoid Charity Scams
I rescued Ivy from a local shelter when she was five months old. It was a small rescue organization, so there were only a handful of cats.
As I drove home with her in the crate I worried about the cats left behind. I couldn’t stop thinking about Ivy’s brother. I couldn’t adopt him because I couldn’t have more than two pets at my complex.
I’m so glad I adopted Ivy. I love her to pieces.
Once about twenty or so years ago, I volunteered my time at an animal shelter.
It wasn’t two weeks before I brought an older dog home who had been returned over and over again due to its anxiety.
The dog was frightened by all the noise. And I simply couldn’t bear it. One day I went home, leaving the dog, and I cried and cried.
The next morning when the shelter opened, I was standing at the door waiting to adopt Pepper.
Pepper was 7 years old, all black, and a chihuahua mix. He was the sweetest little dog. And he lived to be 13 before illness took him.
I decided that I couldn’t volunteer at a shelter for animals because it was simply too hard. Later I signed up as a volunteer for Meals On Wheels.
Animals Have No Voice:
My heart goes out to animals because they have no voice.
When I was a child we had lots of pets and lived in the country. Those pets were my friends, as no children lived nearby.
I seemed to have more in common with the elderly than with children my own age. One woman I would often visit was 105 years old.
Scammers & The Elderly:
Deciding Whether To Donate:
- Charity Navigator.org
- Fraud Watch Network
- National Association Of State Charity Officials
- Charity Watch.org
- Federal Trade Commission
We all want to help out. Sad stories tug at our hearts. But that sometimes means we are targeted.
How do you decide whether or not you’re being scammed?