Have you ever seen these crowdfunding web sites for animal rescues which have proliferated on social media? On daily basis I see a few dozen fundraising requests from rescues that want cash for unanticipated emergencies like a canine that wants speedy life-saving surgical procedure or costly therapies for viruses like parvo and distemper.
These crowdfunding websites are an extremely priceless software for smaller rescues that don’t have tons of cash. It permits them to shortly accumulate contributions from a whole bunch of donors to avoid wasting canine in emergency conditions.
Sadly, some rescues put up funding requests which are at finest deceptive and at worst fraudulent.
Washington Animal Rescue Falsely Claims It’s in California
The funding enchantment appeared on Cuddly on August 20. It stated the rescue wanted to evacuate and discover short-term boarding for its animals from the quickly spreading Caldor wildfire.
The rescue stated it had “a number of animals of their care; not simply cats and canine however pigs, hogs, chickens, goats, and birds.”
That sounds legit, proper?
However upon additional investigation, I discovered a small drawback with this fundraising enchantment – there isn’t any Horn Creek Rescue in Fiddletown, CA.
Horn Creek Rescue does exist, however not in California. The web site opencorporates exhibits that the group was included in February 2019. It’s positioned at 35413 thirty seventh Avenue S in Roy, WA, not Fiddletown, CA.
Two Animal Rescues Registered at Similar Washington Handle
Coincidentally, one other animal rescue is included at that actual handle: Purrsons United for the Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Relocation of Animals (PURRR).
I’ve written about PURRR a number of instances over the previous couple of years.
I first heard about PURRR and its proprietor Diana VanDusen in an article within the Tacoma Information Tribune in early 2015 entitled, “The canine rescuer: Lakewood lady faces criticism for adopting out harmful animals.”
Listed here are a few of my posts about PURRR:
Horn Animal Rescue isn’t simply positioned at Diana VanDusen’s handle. She can also be on the group’s Board of Administrators.
Animals in Fundraising Footage Are From Completely different Rescue
Horn Creek’s fundraising enchantment has a number of photos of cattle that apparently had been evacuated or wanted to be evacuated to flee the hearth. You’ll discover no photos of those animals on Horn Creek Rescue’s Fb web page. In actual fact, you received’t discover ANY photos of cattle there.
So whose animals are within the photos on Horn Creek Rescue’s fundraising enchantment?
Finally I discovered the images on the Fb web page of an animal sanctuary in Volcano, CA known as Kevin Petunia and Pals Hog Heaven. Volcano is about 10 miles from Fiddletown. I can’t provide the hyperlink as a result of the web page blocked me quickly after I “appreciated” it on Fb.
I posted extra photos from Horn Creek’s Cuddly fundraiser with corresponding photos from Kevin Petunia and Pals on the finish of this put up.
Horn Creek Rescue and Animal Sanctuary Related
Kevin Petunia and Pals doesn’t seem to have any lively presence on social media apart from a Fb web page. It doesn’t have a web site, it isn’t registered in California, and it isn’t acknowledged as a 501c3 charity by the IRS.
A girl named Dawna Scheda is the connection between Horn Creek Rescue and Kevin Petunia and Pals Hog Heaven. Together with Diana VanDusen, she is on the Board of Administrators for Horn Creek Rescue.
Additionally, a number of the fundraising appeals for Kevin Petunia and Pals listed Ms. Scheda’s e mail as a contact. And payments for medical therapy and provides on the group’s Fb web page present Ms. Scheda because the contact for the group.
The obvious connection between Ms. Scheda and Kevin Petunia and Pals are the images of her husband Steve on the group’s Fb web page. He clearly does plenty of work on behalf of the rescue, so it’s affordable to imagine that each he and Ms. Scheda run it.
Each Ms. Scheda and Diana VanDusen personally solicited donations to Horn Creek Rescue on Fb.
In case you’re confused making an attempt to observe what I’ve detailed, right here’s a abstract:
- In late August Horn Creek Rescue posted a fundraising enchantment on Cuddly for $4000 to assist transfer animals out of the trail of a California wildfire.
- The enchantment claimed Horn Creek Rescue relies in Fiddletown, CA, but it surely’s truly positioned in Roy, WA on the identical handle because the animal rescue PURRR.
- Diane VanDusen, who runs PURRR, is on the Board of Horn Creek Rescue.
- The photographs of the animals on Horn Creek Rescue’s fundraising enchantment had been truly taken at a spot known as Kevin Petunia and Pals Hog Heaven.
- Horn Creek Rescue’s Fb web page has no photos of animals apart from canine and cats. I discovered no data exhibiting that it saves cattle.
- Dawna Scheda can also be on the Board of Horn Creek Rescue. Posts on Fb record her as a fundraising contact for Kevin Petunia and Pals, and the teams vet/provides payments record her as a contact as effectively.
- It seems Ms. Scheda and her husband Steve run Kevin Petunia and Pals.
Fraudulent Fundraising Attraction?
Based mostly on the proof I’ve discovered, I believe Horn Creek Rescue posted a fraudulent fundraising enchantment on Cuddly.
Horn Creek has no facility in California, it used photos from animals at one other group (Kevin Petunia and Pals) in its funding request, and a minimum of one among its board members is intently related that group.
At this level I nonetheless have a number of unanswered questions:
Why would Diana Van Dusen create one other rescue (Horn Creek) based mostly on the identical handle of her different rescue (PURRR) that has nearly the identical mission?
Why did the funding enchantment on Cuddly declare Horn Creek needed to evacuate animals from a nonexistent facility in Fiddletown, CA?
Did Horn Creek Rescue give the cash from the funding enchantment to Kevin Petunia and Pals? If not, the place did it go?
Why did the funding enchantment for Horn Creek include photos of animals from Kevin Petunia and Pals Hog Heaven?
I hope Cuddly investigates this funding enchantment.
I’ve no cause to doubt that Cuddly is a professional funding platform that gives vital monetary sources for small animal rescues; however the group ought to take fast motion to ban rescues that attempt to elevate cash utilizing demonstrably false data.
Listed here are extra photos from Horn Creek Rescue’s fundraising enchantment on Cuddly paired with the equivalent photos on Kevin Petunia and Pals Hog Heaven Fb web page. The photographs on the fundraiser are clearly deceptive as a result of Horn Creek Rescue has no facility in California.
Horn Creek misled potential donors through the use of photos of animals from one other rescue to assert it wanted cash to maneuver the animals away from the hearth.