How do you know that the organisation you support is LEGITIMATE, ABOVE BOARD, and that most importantly in a time when most people are counting their pennies – is your hard earned money being used effectively?
The truth is organisations need to be ADOPTING; and they need to be need to be educating about ADOPTION.
They need to STERILISE and they need to be educating about STERILISATION.
Animal welfare organisations need to be EDUCATING, STERILISING and ADOPTING out.
As the public we need to support animal welfare organisations that are transparent.
Why do they need to be transparent?
Well, let’s just say that if an organisation is not transparent, the organisation you have donated to could just as well be squandering YOUR MONEY on whatever their hearts desire.
How do you know that an organisation is transparent?
You can search for the organisation that you would like to support on http://www.npo.gov.za/ every NPO has to submit financials on a regular basis. If there are no financials you can request to view them. NPO’s and NPC ‘s are public entities and cannot object to the public asking questions about where they spend YOUR MONEY. If they aren’t 100& above board you can report them *even anonymously* on the same site and they will be audited.
You need to see that they are making a difference – how do you do this?
- A good organisation will have no objections to you asking questions. They will be more than willing to indulge queries from the most ludicrous to the most intellectual.
- A good organisation will have a good balance of happy tails and problem areas. The thing with problem areas is that they should be making a visible effort to mend these issues.
- A good organisation tells you what they are spending donations on.
- A good organisation aligns themselves with other good organisations. They certainly don’t cause problems for other organisations whether financial or otherwise.
- A good organisation does NOT BREED. They educate people about sterilisation. The animals on their premises should be sterilised; or in the process of being sterilised. Adoptees should not leave the organisation intact – if the adoptee is too young to leave sterilised; a sterilisation contract should be drawn up.
WHY? Because there are far too many unsterilized, unhomed animals – too many healthy animals are PUT TO SLEEP every year – every month – every week – every day….
Organisations should be seen as entities who are working towards the greater goal of ending this.
- A good organisation operates on a strict, adopt – don’t shop basis.
- A good organisation operates with an adoption fee. An adoption fee, gives the organisation the opportunity to rescue more animals. This in turn should cancel out a portion of needing to ask for donations from the public. This would mean that YOUR MONEY gets put to better use.
- A good organisation conducts home checks. Once again the reason for this is because there are too many unhomed animals. Not only that – organisations need to be certain that animals will be safe and secure in their FUREVER HOME. They need to be certain that their animals will not end up boomeranging back in to animal welfare system again. They need to be certain that their animals will not end up as bait or fighting animals in fighting rings.
- A good organisation does follow up checks. For the same reasons as my previous point.
- A good organisation has approved foster homes. Foster homes are scrutinised as strictly as potential homes. Once again for the same reasons as conducting home checks.
- A good organisation should have no problem with the public spending time with their animals. They should be able to tell the public about their animals’ behaviour. I.e. their animals should be assessed.
- A good organisation knows their limits
Tips to look for on social media:
A good balance of posts:
- NO 1 should be adoptions,
- Happy tails – conquests – good news
- Few pleas for donations.
- Other organisations should be thanked appropriately for their contributions.
- The public should be thanked for their contributions.
- If they break social media rules – are they not perhaps breaking other bigger rules?
- You can’t be serious all the time – there should be a reason to laugh sometimes too.
If you don’t see this happening, either don’t support them or help them on the right path… they should be open to your help and suggestions.
If they haven’t shared this article, maybe you should ask why? Is there perhaps something here that they are not doing?
The most vetoed comment on my Facebook page was by Michelle Raath: She said: “Those that make a difference to the animals and not to themselves personally. Those that help other shelters and organisations. Organisations that give feedback and statistics, are open about themselves.”
Others commenting mentioned the following points about why they supported organisations
- Having the animals best interest at heart
- High Standards
- Caring staff
- Every cent donated goes to the animals
- Being appreciative of all and any help
- Supporting the animals in action and not only words
- Organisations that township outreach programmes
- Exposing animal abuse
- Creating awareness
- Where it is about the animals, sterries, and education
- Those that acknowledge other organisations for the work they have done
- Those who take no salaries
Thank you to everyone who took part! I appreciate every comment made
Please feel free to comment below if you feel I have left something out.
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