How hip are you to where your donor dollars go?

What do you really know about the animal rescues that you support?
Do you really look at the work they do and how they spend all those hard earned dollars that you donate? You certainly want your donations to go where they make the most impact, right?

What would you think if the organization that you support was spending thousands of dollars per year buying “retired” breeder dogs at auction?

At pet auctions animal breeders sell off all their “retired” stock, i.e. dogs that are no longer able to produce the quantity or quality of pups needed to make money. More and more buyers at these auctions are rescue organizations and they are putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into breeders’ pockets.

Yes, rescues. The very people who constantly complain, day in and day out, about dog breeders.

“I’m not going to lie about this: Rescue generates about one-third, maybe even 40 percent of our income,” says Bob Hughes, Southwest’s owner. “It’s been big for 10 years.”  – Southwest Auction Service, the largest commercial dog auction in the United States.

At a single auction one rescue might spend hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars on a handful of dogs. One auction service alone reported revenue of $2.68 million just since 2013.

The majority of the $2.68 million The Post documented was spent since 2013 at Southwest Auction Service, the biggest commercial dog auction in the country, with some additional spending at its smaller, only remaining competitor, Heartland Sales. Southwest originated in Wheaton, Mo., in 1988, and Heartland was founded in Cabool, Mo., in 2003, as a marketplace for breeders. As the last remaining government-licensed auctions, they let buyers and sellers see hundreds of dogs at a time and are a legal part of the country’s puppy supply chain. They are regulated by the U.S. and Missouri Departments of Agriculture and open to the public.  – Article by the Washington post, April, 2018

One Southeast Missouri animal rescue, Mac’s Mission, not only condones the practice, but participates and spent a whopping $32,955 in 2016 alone. All donor money.

 

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While some donors will let a few bucks slide for what might appear to be a noble cause, not all donors are aware their money is being spent in such a manner. There are some donors, while aware their rescue is purchasing dogs,  have no idea of the actual dollar amounts involved.

How well do you keep up with the charities you support?

You might be surprised what you find if you just take the time to do your homework.

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10 comments

  • This is the same rescue that stalked those people who left their dog at the vet. The dog died and she still collects money for it. She should have been arrested for stalking.

    We used to support this rescue. It was the only one in the lower part of the state that appeared to support Pit Bulls. That didn’t last long. Too many Pit Bulls to deal with and not enough money to rake in for it.

    We stopped sending donations when she started importing dogs from out of the country. Why don’t you write an article about that? She spends all kinds of rescue money on non rescue things. Like her personal animals and the latest is her own person tiny house!

    In 2017 my husband and I donated over $10,000 to charities. NONE of it went to Mac’s Mission because of the way Mac’s mom handles money. She is a joke. Didn’t you read about her treasurer stealing $121,000 dollars from the rescue and the owner didn’t even know for a year! The way she goes through cash they should look more into her while they are pulling her treasurer apart.

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    • Seen her broke down today so looks like the mission will be paying for a new vehicle this year. Didn’t she already buy a van? Where is it now?

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  • Well don’t tease us and show the rest of that tax form. Bet those breeder dog purchases aren’t the only thing showing on it that would surprise people. The woman that runs that place is scandalous.

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  • $33 GRAND, no way. That can’t be right. Rescues don’t buy dogs. Do they?

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  • You got to be kidding me. With all of the animals on the street needing rescued and these morons are BUYING DOGS from breeders so those breeders can just buy more bitches to breed. That’s a special kind of stupid if you ask me. What else do these people throw their money away on?

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  • My mom doesn’t know this or she wouldn’t be giving her money. I bet she don’t give her no more.

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  • I really hate to read this. I always thought she did good work. I just don’t believe in a rescue buying dogs from anywhere. I had no idea. Thats just wrong.

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  • THOSE BOUGHT DOGS NEEDED RESCUING BECAUSE THEY WAS IN BAD SHAPE. MACS MISSION IS THE BEST MISSION AND DOES GREAT AND I DONT CARE IF THEY BUY DOGS OR NOT NOBODY ELSE SHOULD CARE ETHER. IT AINT NOBODYS BUSINESS WHAT THEY DO WITH THEREMONEY. I WISH I COULD GIVE THEM SOME.

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  • How do you know where your money goes with any charity? That’s a serious question. How do you know?

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