Originally Posted by artgecko
It just goes to show that no matter what "charity" (religious or otherwise) you support, you should do your homework and make sure that 1. your views really aligne with their core views (not just their window-dressing) and 2. that the money that is donated actually goes to where it's supposed to.
Everyone knows that they should be a "smart consumer", but you should also be a "smart donator" as well. I have not, to date, donated to any animal-related charities, but if I do, I will most certainly put the money into my local resuce groups and shelters where I know it will go where needed and not to ad campaignes or funky causes.
That's a really good point and very much worth a mention.
You have to be careful where you put your money and of course I believe we should all give to charity if we can, and I do, but I agree that local shelters very often are overlooked and really, really struggle, and that's where my money goes for animal charities.
Often the local shelters will hold raffles etc at our shopping centres. I never buy a ticket, because I think that the prizes kind of dip in to the money they make that might go to their shelter, but I always just give them money. They need it, they deserve it, they do wonderful things. Often I will buy pet food and give it to them as well - from the volunteering that I used to do, I remember that providing food used to be a huge strain on the the shelters all the time.
And they are so grateful for it. I just picture all those poor desperate animals and don't understand how anyone could neglect them they way they do.