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RuralPug   

So apparently Pet Rescue have heard the screams about their donation buttons etc.

They claim to be developing a way for a "Donate to Desex" button to be available on active pet listings (who defines "active"? :shrug:) which will allow donations to go directly to groups. They are hoping it will be active in about 12 months.

I have soooo many questions.

On the surface, it looks great - but the technology is readily available for a button to link directly to a group's website (providing they have money handling facilities in place) so why allow almost a year for development - unless (oops my cynicism button has been pressed) they want to design a way for any money to be temporarily held in PR accounts before being sent on to the group? Nice little earner that would be!



 

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shel   

Submitted without comment. Because I'm actually speechless...

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"All the adorable pets you see on the PetRescue website are desexed, vaccinated and vet checked before they’re made available for adoption. Sometimes these are covered by the pet’s adoption fee. But often these costs, together with food and other vet work, can far exceed the adoption fee, leaving rescue groups out of pocket.
 

Your kind gift today will help support grassroots community rescue organisations right across Australia, by creating a valuable, long-term source of funding to help them cover one of the biggest costs involved in rescuing a pet - desexing!"
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Fine print: "Christmas 2017 donations will go to funding the development of the new directed donation system and launch is planned for spring 2018. All remaining funds, after the button is developed and launched, will be invested in PetRescue’s existing free support services and programs.
 

http://eepurl.com/dcgBEL
https://youtu.be/Cr31AmVP46Q

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stellnme   

I just read this on my email.  Why don't Petrescue let rescue groups do what they do best and they go back to providing a forum to advertise rescue animals.    This hand in the pocket dodgy "donation" stuff would turn me off ever advertising a rescue animal on their site now.

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RuralPug   

Have to agree @shel the fine print is the killer isn't it?

It seems in league with PETA style touting for donations under false pretences. And they are not talking mere pennies either ... :mad

 

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Yep!  Always the $ at PetRescue and very little trickling down. Now they get to collect more donor details by using a button on our dogs. 

 

They raised $30k+ in corporate money for a poorly advertised cat subsidy program this year and spent a pitiful amount reimbursing the groups that actually participated.

 

Fine print there was; if you wanted the subsidy you had to hand over your adopter's details in advance. Not a hope in hell PR. 

 

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Also - why ask for $50k - $100k to build a secure donation system? I mean, what are they taking donations on now? 

What is this? If not a secure donation platform?
https://secure.petrescue.com.au/desexmas/

Also - what is this if not a secure platform?

https://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=180da3fac37065a9753be0008&id=047291aaf6

 

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shel   

Did any rescue able to take donations feel they needed another platform? Aren't rescue groups already processing donations and aren't there already a bazillon tools a group could use to do so?

Also, keep in mind 'donate buttons' do jack shit. Any and all donations processing tools are only as good as the solicitation which accompanies them. Almost certainly they'll build some nice new donor solicitation/management tools for themselves, the rescue donation buttons will hardly be touched, and then will be quietly retired.

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Go NUTS this Christmas and help get the BALL(s) rolling on vital desexing funding for rescue pets! https://secure.petrescue.com.au/desexmas/
Your kind gift will help support grassroots community rescue organisations right across Australia, creating a valuable, long-term source of funding to help them cover one of the biggest costs involved in rescuing a pet – desexing!


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No pets are getting desexed thanks to this campaign. Not a one. It's obscene.

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And something truly awkward in a podcast if you have time to listen to drivel. While JB tries to explain why they want and an exorbitant amount of money, to build a 'button' while not actually rescuing anything. But it's all for our own good you know because they offer a 'bunch of other services' and really work hard with us to help rehome pets. Aren't they wonderful. :angel:

Don't hold your breath waiting for this imaginary money to come rolling in once this gets set up. A truly honest service wouldn't collect every email and hit up every single inquiry we get before we even have a chance to respond. 

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I actually sent an email to them asking how this was going to work and why donations wouldn't be coming to us until Spring 2018.  I think this is very misleading and the Authorities (Gaming Board) might be interested in this as they are saying that the money is going to the rescue groups when it actually isn't.

 

 

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Andrea   

They have always lead the public to believe that the funds were going to the groups and yet they never have!

The button should be on the pages for Christmas this year, they have that ability and the funds.

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1 hour ago, PANDI-GIRL said:

With any donation for people or pets, it's  not likely  you will know  if  it  lands in the right hands.

True except we're talking about 1 entity whose revenue last year was over $1mil (as reported in their financials which every charity must submit).

And they call themselves Pet Rescue. You can be forgiven for thinking the donations go to us because the wording is very clever.

 

BUT

They don't rescue our dogs, they don't pay for desexing and they don't rehome.

 

All they do is run a trading post for dogs/cats to be listed on. This latest 'Desexmas' cash grab of $50k to $100k is to make amendments to their website. None of it goes to desexing a single pet. Not $1.

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stellnme   
On ‎9‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 9:21 AM, Powerlegs said:

What you get if you click through....

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Even if it was genuine, and we know it's not, what a creepy little campaign.

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shel   

The same kind-hearted people who donated to 'The Adoptables' - a solicitation campaign to help rescue pets which ran in 2016 and gave no money to rescue groups, then in 2017 (after being shamed online) gave 1 day's funds to groups - are now being targeted again for 'Desexmas' a desexing campaign where not a single dollar is being spent on desexing.

 

Where will rescue get their funds to care for pets this Christmas when PetRescue is redirecting vital rescue group funds into their own "programs and services" which seem to be nearly entirely about increasing donor revenues?

 
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