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If you are donating money to this rescue, you need to read this. Do you know what your money is being used for? As a foster, I had to come up with over $300 for a vet bill that this rescue should have paid. So what's happening to the money you are all donating?
I decided to help foster a cat that Floss had found because all the reviews online said this was a great rescue and they were doing such good work but that's not the experience I had with them. I ended up having to come up with over $300 to pay a vet bill for this foster cat even though Floss had okayed the procedures and said the rescue would pay for them.
Really, I should have seen the signs that this may not be a legitimate rescue. Let me tell you why so you don't make the same mistake
There was a call out for anyone that could act as a foster for some animals in Towaoc. Since I already fostered for LPCHS and had space, I checked the rescue out online and after reading the reviews said I'd help out. I contacted Floss and we agreed to meet in Cortez (2 hours away from my house). I didn't mind driving that far because it was to help an animal.
I met Floss and she handed me a cat in a carrier and said thanks for helping. FIRST RED FLAG: She never checked my background. For all she knew I could have been someone looking for free bait animals.
She said "You can find a vet near you that will give us a discount to help get the cat vaccinations and get his health checked out." She also told me the cat was a female and to just let her know if I needed anything. SECOND RED FLAG: The cat was very obviously a male. His testicles were huge. There was no way someone with animal knowledge could mistake him for a female.
I brought him home with just the kennel. THIRD RED FLAG: No supplies given to the foster. LPCHS usually gives food, litter, toys, etc. out to the fosters so they are not spending a lot of their own money on feeding and providing for the cats, but I figured I could probably swing some extra cat food and litter for a while. I checked out some local vets and found one that would give a discount to the rescue. I got permission from Floss to bring him there. He was neutered, got his vaccinations (first set) and had his ears cleaned because he had a severe case of ear mites (so bad he was trying to scratch his ears off). They gave me meds to give him for 3 weeks (which actually took 5 weeks because his ear mites were so bad). The vet sent the bill to Floss.
When it was time for the cat's booster vaccinations, I again contacted the rescue and they asked if I could go to Tractor Supply and get them from there so they didn't have to pay the vet again. No problem I have experience giving cats and dogs vaccinations. She said I'd be reimbursed for the cost. FOURTH RED FLAG: The vet called and said the bill still hadn't been paid. Now I was beginning to wonder if I would be reimbursed too.
FIFTH RED FLAG: When the cat was healthy and ready to be adopted out, I asked Ramona to put his information up on their webpage so people knew he was available. I even wrote up a description and sent them pictures. I asked them to put his information up 3 times and they NEVER did.
I brought the cat back into the vet several months later for a visit (no cost) just so they could see how he was doing. They were all impressed how healthy he was and how great he looked compared to the first time they saw him. SIXTH RED FLAG: They again told me they had been trying to get a hold of the rescue to pay the bill but they were being ignored and the bill was still outstanding.
I tried contacting Floss and Ramona again. They cut off all communication. I haven't been able to get in touch with them for months now.
Therefore, I had to do a fund-raising campaign to come up with the funds to pay the vet. The vet did the work in good faith and she should get paid for what she did. It took me several weeks but I was able to find enough people to donate to cover the cost. I also put in the work to find the cat a great forever home.
My questions for you are: If the foster people are paying for food, supplies and vet bills and for each animal adopted there is almost a $100 fee, where is the money going that you are donating? It's obviously not going to help the animals. So, is Denkai Animal Sanctuary a fraud? Did I just get unlucky enough that I'm the only one that has been through this with this rescue? (I doubt it is only me).
If you are fortunate enough to be able to donate to an animal rescue, I recommend skipping this one and finding one that is actually using your money for the animals. A few I've worked for that are definitely legitimate are La Plata County Humane Society and Paw Placement they both do excellent work! Put your money where it is actually helping animals instead of going to who know where (maybe Floss and Ramona are taking a nice vacation in Jamaica with your moneywho knows?)
BEWARE THIS RESCUE. Donate elsewhere.
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