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  1. 'The Adoptables' is PetRescue's major fundraiser for the year. It features the stories of special needs pets who are without a home.In 2016 no donations went to the rescue groups who were caring for the featured pets.In 2017 thanks to community criticism of a campaign collecting donations for pets who did not receive any of those donations, 19 groups received about $3,000 each ($55,000) for participating.Rescue groups who did not allow their animals to be used for the purpose of fundraising for PetRescue, received no financial support.While PetRescue banked over $180,000 in donations for themselves. Recently, PetRescue has; Promoted pets as PetRescue 'success stories' which they played no part in rehoming, including Sandrino, Sketch and Steve. Built and launched a new, custom made portal to help them manage their donors. Given their two Executive Directors generous pay raises and wages of $140,000 each per annum. Won a fundraising award for their efficient donation acquisition efforts. Run a donation solicitation at Christmas asking for donations for desexing, while not giving any of the monies ($50,000) raised, to desex animals. Boosted their team to 15 full-time and part-time paid staff. Run a national media campaign based on a dare that the Executive Director would put his testicles in ice-water. Joined a corporate campaign featuring Dr Harry Cooper, a well-known commercial breeding advocate and patron of the Pet Industry Association of Australia. Claimed a donation to PetRescue was superior to a donation directly to rescue groups. Moved to a new office with an annual rental and expenses bill in excess of $60,000 a year. Changed their website's privacy policy so all adoption applications are automatically captured and put on a heavy donation solicitation schedule. Hired the Executive Director’s brother as their CFO and Bequest Officer. Emailed all rescue group members (on the eve of the Easter public holiday) detailing a list of complaints about their performance. Captured over $300,000 in animal care donations and redirected them into web development. And banked over $1 million dollars in revenue; while being over 50% donation funded. Allowing PetRescue to continue to swindle the public into believing that a donation to them helps save and care for pets, using your rescue group's animal stories for 'The Adoptables' campaign, is harming all rescue groups; you, your peers and the sustainability of rescue into the future. How will rescue groups continue to save the lives of pets, when donations are primarily going to PetRescue? See also: PetRescue addresses the concerns of rescue groups
  2. PetRescue's Annual Report submitted to ACNC said the two directors ("Key Management Personnel") - one full time, one part time - earned between them, $255,609 in 2016/17. (Probably) making their base pay rate $140k pa. We also know that in February of this year, JB hired his brother into the role of Chief Financial Officer/Major donor, bequest officer - which we can only assume is a senior management role with a similar pay grade. PetRescue is now over 50% donation funded. Meaning rescue groups are the ones losing the animal care donations which are now funding PetRescue's generous self-reward programs. But if you ask them, they'll tell you that the only problem here is that I keep talking about it.
  3. At Tax Time (June) 2016 PetRescue pitched to build themselves a new website and to add a bunch of new features to the site; "The Matchmakers Project". Rescue might have asked themselves if PetRescue even needed a new website, but for this discussion, we'll play along. PetRescue rebuilt their site and it was launched in May 2017. In Tax Time (June) 2017, PetRescue's pitch was again for the "new features" on their website. They banked nearly $180,000 for this project, same as the last project. In December 2017 another "new feature" pitch (Desexmas) was made and the organisation banked another $50,000. It's now the end of March in 2018 and regardless of our feelings about these new features, they're banked and paid for. So where are they? Over $300,000 is a huge amount of money for a web project. So far, I think most rescues would struggle to identify a new benefit to their experience. The next big solicitation - Tax Time (June) 2018 - is rapidly approaching. Will the current projects be finalised before PetRescue again puts their hand out for more of the community's resources?
  4. The final fundraising total was just shy of $50,000, meaning we didn't have to see a "tasteful" video of JB dunking his nuts in ice-water.
  5. "PetRescue affiliated groups" https://www.petrescue.com.au/library/articles/mich-and-blue
  6. Someone got a promotion - to CFO! Must be nice to have enough resources to employ your siblings into senior management positions...
  7. PetRescue is looking for rescue group volunteers to staff their corporate relationship building event 'the National Pet Adoption Day'... http://mailchi.mp/petrescue/npad-get-involved?e=[UNIQID] ... just a few short weeks after they used the "Desexmas" campaign to take money earmarked for animal care, from rescue groups and direct it into web development and staff wages. To add injury to insult, PetRescue would also like rescue groups to lend their time, pets, and adoption stories for the media. https://jb32.typeform.com/to/tFfRoG PetRescue might be presenting this event as an "opportunity" but it is actually very much a FAVOUR being asked of rescue groups. Which is fine. As long as groups feel PetRescue deserve to be offered such a favour. But given there has been absolutely no 'mea culpa' on Desexmas, they seem to think they've done no wrong. Which should give everyone pause as to how many more favours they're willing to do to help PetRescue secure and keep their corporate paycheques.
  8. And it's not even relevant anyway, because the lady was asking about a very specific set of wages - that of the two directors - not the wages of the entire office. Which, for a public company, should be perfectly justifiable for the public to ask about. Especially given that PetRescue wants rescue groups to support them this coming February, by volunteering their time to attend a corporate partner's adoption event (The PETstock National Adoption Day).
  9. 15 staff members? I mean, wtaf?
  10. The inconvenient truth for PetRescue is, it doesn't cost all that much to run a website. When you actually look at the annual spend on the actual website, it is only a fraction of their income. $204k per year according to their calculations. So in order to justify the massive amounts of money they're raking in, now they've implemented aggressive fundraising solicitation strategies (including misleading donors into thinking these donations are going into animal care) they're emphasising that: (highlighting mine) Rescue need to decide whether they want these programs. You can't say no... then take the food or money or attend the event, because then you're signalling to the donating-public that you are one of the groups supposedly "relying" on PetRescue's programs. You have to recognise the short term gain of some flea treatment, or a cheque, or a hyped adoption day, will absolutely lead to the long-term pain of the loss of your financial supporters and bequests. It's also worth noting that the two directors ("Key Management Personnel" One part time, one full time) are boasting wages for the 2016/17 financial year of $255,609 More than half the entire PetRescue wages budget. PetRescue claim to be a representative for rescue groups, but are now paying their two directors (probably) $140k pro-rata'ed each year. (http://bit.ly/2D3T65u) Their last three hires have been outside the rescue movement; a non-executive director who is a venture capitalist, a web-developer to work on their "Matchmaker" donation platform and a paid, bequest/fundraising manager (who is also the Director's brother). PetRescue is telling rescue groups EXACTLY what their strategy is moving into 2018 and it ain't taking less money from you. Even if you can't give up the website, step away from the Pedigree.
  11. Thanks for reaching out Anne! There is definitely a load of grunt work still to do. I'm flat out with kids and school holidays, but will touch base in the new year. Thanks again x
  12. The rebranding of PetRescue: "To realise our vision of finding a forever home for every rescue pet, we deliver a whole raft of amazing campaigns, marketing and programs. We also run a website..." http://savingpets.com.au/blog/a-new-years-resolution-for-savvy-rescue
  13. "PetRescue has over 950 rescue group members relying on our vital free support services..." PetRescue is a very good website... http://savingpets.com.au/blog/petrescue-is-a-very-good-website
  14. Should totally be trusted to self-appoint to run a major donation platform on behalf of rescue. There are no red flags here. None.