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6/14/07 at 11:36am
|5. Solicitations – TheCatSite.com does not encourage or promote solicitation of money from our members. We will help in every way possible with our knowledge and support, but as many of us have multi-cat households and work with local rescue groups, monetary support is not always possible to causes or people we do not personally know. Members are allowed one posting in the SOS forum for each organization. Repeated postings for the same cause or organization will be deleted.
The needs of rescue workers are great and we recognize this fact. To care for multiple cats, find suitable homes, good vet care, food, etc. is costly. From time to time you will see some posts come up to ask for donations for a cause. It is YOUR responsibility to check out these solicitors to the best of your ability. More often, you will see pleas from individuals asking for money to be sent directly to them to assist with veterinary bills. Some come up with slick websites, others just have heartwrenching stories. In each of these cases, the poster is allowed ONE thread, to be placed in Cats SOS.
In either case, if you feel compelled to donate money ask for references, phone numbers, call around the area and find out if this is a legitimate cause or a scam. For personal pleas, get the veterinarian’s contact information and send money directly to the veterinarian to help with bills for that particular cat. If that information is not available, you have the answer if the plea is legitimate or a scam.
Be very careful before you send any money: no matter how effective the plea is, check it out first before opening your wallet.
As a matter of policy, here is a copy of Rule #5:
Thank you for taking on these cats, even if it means having to scrape together the funds for the necessary care.
Just a suggestion, but people may be more willing to donate their hard earned money if it could go directly to a vet you will be using for the surgery, so that they know for sure that is where the money will be used. There's just way too many scammers on the internet who use our heartstrings to pull money out of us...