Officials asks residents to verify before donating to animal shelters

Officials asks residents to verify before donating to animal shelters
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare wants animal lovers to make sure they validate that a rescue will actually make a said donation before opening their wallets.

This comes after animal advocates alerted the shelter of what's believed to be a rescue posing as one accepting donations for the shelter, which was not the case.

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"There was the potential that there were some individuals attempting to raise funds for animals that they probably were not pulling from the shelter," said Richard Havens, Director of Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare. "We were not able to verify this, so what we ended up doing is just doing an educational awareness post."

The shelter said the goal of the Facebook post was to let people know to verify before you donate to any cause.

They're more than happy to validate which rescues they work with.

"There's a lot of amazing people in this community that want to help and it breaks our heart that anyone may attempt to take advantage of that," said Havens. "We just want people to be educated and do their due diligence before they open up their hearts and wallets. If someone had actually donated to a scrupulous cause, it could take away donations from legitimate needs that this facility and other great organizations have."

When you do donate to the shelter, it's going to the Tumbler Fund, which is named after a dog they rescued who was left in a dumpster and then crushed in a truck with trash and taken to the shelter where he recovered and was adopted.

"The funds are set aside and those goes to any animals that have exigent injuries and circumstances that have needs that our budget doesn't cover," said Havens.

The shelter said this fund will hopefully lend more positive outcomes like Tumbler's.

"A little kitty that we're going to be posting about that has a substantial leg injury that's going to require amputation," said Havens. "The individuals that donated to help Tumbler have now helped this cat as well."

If you're interested in donating to Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare, the shelter says it's more than happy to validate which rescues they work with.

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