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The fight against bogus rescue groups escalates

Meet Daisy, a lovely dog avalable for adoption through Guardians of Rescue.
Meet Daisy, a lovely dog avalable for adoption through Guardians of Rescue.
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According to a recent press release by Guardians of Rescue, there is a serious and disturbing new wave in the world of animal rescue. Dubbed “Pop-Up Rescues,” these organizations incorporate as non-profit organizations and collect donations solely for profit.

It is reported that these bogus charities are notorious for importing puppies by the truckloads from other states in unhealthy conditions, in poorly ventilated transport vehicles, and without proper health certificates. Local dogs are then put at risk for diseases such as canine distemper and parvovirus.

“Overcrowded store fronts, lack of medical paperwork and vetting, viral outbreaks and even breeding dogs are some of the irresponsible acts these alleged rescuers engage in,” said Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “Because puppies are a big sell, overcrowded trucks from the south transport puppies to New York and some groups are even purchasing puppies from puppy mills and saying they are rescued dogs from death row shelters, tagging them with an adoption fee of $500-$600 and sending them out without a bill of health or sterilizing them.”

In response and to fight this abuse, animal rescue organizations of Suffolk County, New York, are banding together to create the Rescue Responsibility Act. This is a legislation specifically to oversee rescue groups and shelters.

There are currently no laws to regulate rescues in New York State. Guardians of Rescue hopes Suffolk County will help to set the standards of accountability regarding orphaned companion animals.

“It is sad to think that people can stoop to a new low on the profiting of animals,” said Misseri. “The state of Connecticut has laws regulating the import of companion animals and so should we.”

What makes a rescue organization reputable?

1. A Board of Directors that oversees the by-laws, mission statement and fiscal operations of the shelter/rescue.

2. Corporate officers, including treasurers that report to the Board all fiscal management.

3. Current tax returns that are displayed on websites and are public information.

4. Money spent saving pet lives due to illness, injuries, spaying, neutering, microchipping and general care for the animal for months or years.

5. A reputable rescue or shelter will screen applicants, require references, and do home checks to place the pet responsibly. They will take the animal back if there is ever a problem in the new home.

Guardians of Rescue believe shelters and rescues have moral, ethical and financial obligations to each and every animal they take into their care. Creating an awareness of “Pop-Up Rescues” is just another way they are helping to support animal welfare everywhere.

Guardians of Rescue is an international organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. Visit their website to learn more.

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