A lot of cat lovers want to help those felines who are less fortunate. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this but there are a lot of charities who use your love against you. It is important to realize that not all charities take your donations and fully invest them into what they say, especially ones with animals. When you are in the giving mood, keep these 5 simple questions in mind before you hand over your money!
Where Are They Located?
This is something not many people consider. Just because you see it on TV doesn’t mean it is a legit, non-profit charity. Many of the ones you see on TV take a small, to even a large percentage of what they receive from their donations. It is always best to donate closer to home. Never donate overseas!
How Did They Convince You To Donate?
Many charities will approach you by saying why they need the money and what the money will help fund. Then you have charities that will guilt you into donating. Showing pictures or images of abused animals to make you feel horrible so you are more likely to give. If a charity has to resort to making you cry, don’t trust them.
Do They Only Accept Money?
There are plenty of ways to donate and help out each other, but what about animals? You do not need to only donate money. Many local shelters accept food, clean water, toys, treats, and cat litter. You will also know that your money was invested to feed and help care for starving animals with no homes or those coming from abused ones. Giving money is still okay but be sure you know what they are using it for. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
When Were They Established?
You want to be careful with new charities, especially if they are not local. A lot of people in this world find pleasure in scamming people through churches and charities to profit off of their apathy. If you are donating online, be it Go Fund Me or a singular charity, use your best judgment. Look for buildings, pictures of real people, check to make sure they are not stock photos, and always check fine print and detail if they do not have a contact number and contact e-mail, don’t risk it.
Is The Charity Registered?
Checking if a charity is registered is something you should do. Not all charities will be registered, especially if they are locally based or offline shelters. You want to check any that are solely ran online. These ones are the most likely to scam you and get away with it. You can check charity registry here.
I am not writing this to deter anyone from helping out the well being of animals. I am writing this in an effort to make sure your money is going to the right places and for the right causes. It is important that we help when we can, especially for animals and children who can’t ask for help. Always listen to your heart but do your research first.