Surprise Surprise
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Surprise Surprise

It is amazing how one disgruntled person, who asked for a return of his donation over two months after donating and who was immediately given his refund despite our not being legally obligated to do so can do so much harm.  We are trying to figure out what the state has done with our paperwork as we have paid out a great deal of money to get our 501(c) 3 status completed.  While this is not necessary to be a non profit it does give our donors the ability to write off their donations on their taxes.  We actually do not make enough to require this for any other reason.  This same person was able to accomplish what we could not do despite many months of pleading with various entities to do. We had a different story we wanted them to address. They managed  to secure a TV station to attack us prior to contacting us and asking for our verification of the facts and our side of the story.  Upon arriving home tonight I was met with a TV reporter and a cameraman who had a very bright light he shone in my eyes.  The began asking questions rapidly and asking for paperwork and documentation of  things I  was not even aware of.  We had returned Disgruntled Donors money several weeks ago and thought that would be the end of things.  They also asked some questions based on partial truths told them by our local shelter which again was far from the entire truth.  The photo on our page the person referred to was on our Facebook page and was a cross post as many rescues and shelters do for each other.  We always include the information of the original poster so that they can receive the help they are looking for.  We post our rescued animals and adopted animals on our website.  The sick/injured cat that we were accused of denying care to was a very wild feral kitty who we were giving what care he would allow.  He was receiving antibiotics in wet food and that took some doing to get him to accept that.  We had tried to trap him several times, but he was very wild and old enough to not trust people at all.  We were trying to get him tame enough to eventually get him to the veterinary for care.  After the local shelter demanding we trap/ catch him immediately he was sacred enough to not eat the food with the antibiotics and to pretty much disappear into the nearby fields where he had come from.  This is the kitty I was fined for denying care to.  There is more to the story, but that is a summation of the facts that the animal shelter person was referring to.
As I told the reporter if they wanted to sit down with me off camera first I would present all of the answers to his rapid fire questions.  In a meeting scheduled at a reasonable time so I could be prepared to present documentation for whatever he was asking.  I said this on camera, but it did not get into their story.  For the record I am Asperger's / Autistic and could never do a surprise interview no matter what the topic and to have someone walk up to me at my truck and stick a microphone in my face along with a camera was beyond terrifying.  Then add in rapid fire questions without any knowledge of what they would be so I could answer them was impossible to deal with. 
 So, folks, that is the rest of the story.  Will post more when we figure out what the state did with their paperwork with regard to our application and such. 

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Jan Patterson on Friday, November 08, 2013 8:32 AM
I've donated small amounts to Last Chance Critter Rescue - always receiving an immediate confirmation of my donation. One person can start out with one small goal: to help a single animal in need. Then the need seems to take on a life of its own and before long that person finds herself or himself in above their heads in paperwork. Add to that a disability such as Asperger's/Autism and your problems are compounded exponentially. I've visited with Susie Rae Ray via email several times and know of the problem with one donor, who's donation was refunded. One donor can do so much harm. The Gentle Barn in Southern CA had a disgruntled person also try to defame them but they have many influential, well-known backers so they can defend themselves more professionally and monetarily. Let's all give this organization a chance, as she's given so many animals a chance. Remember that Temple Grandin, also with autism, does remarkable work with animals and instead of trying to shut down an organization who's cross-posting has saved many animals from euthanasia, give her a television interview in a quiet setting that is professional and worthy of being broadcast as a good piece of television journalism rather than an exposé and witch hunt from one man.
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autumn frizzell on Friday, November 08, 2013 9:11 AM
THIS is why I love animals more than I could ever love people. Keep your heads up and keep plugging along, helping all you can.
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Janice King on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 2:56 PM
I feel for you and know your frustration. I have been the victim of attacks from people who you simply cannot satisfy. After returning the money and postage to a 'customer' on Ebay who refused to return the merchandise, they still filed complaint after complaint about me until I finally asked Ebay what I was supposed to do, commit suicide as that was all was left. At that point, Ebay threw the complainer off as I was just one of a list of vendors she was complaining about. It happens in every field, not just animal rescue. I do not know what is wrong with the people who do this except they like to inflict pain and there is nothing you can do that will satisfy them. As to the media, animals make good text, abused animals get everyone weeping and they will pursue a story even when they know it is false. I will suggest plugging this guy's name into GOOGLE and see what comes up. You are probably not his first victim and you won't be his last. Considering how effective he is, he has done this before. I have gone so far as to search property tax records to finally discover who one of my attackers really was and brother, was I shocked. I'll leave it at that. The second thing is to get a lawyer that will let you be billed by the complaint or letter he/she answers. Once you are no longer available to torment, they tend to crawl back under their rock. That is what I have done and it works. Lastly, beware of PETA. They will send someone in to 'help', find one animal with a minor problem and call whatever authorities they can to shut you down and then all your animals will be killed. They have done this in Florida. Over a 100 cats, all neutered and spayed and living healthily were killed and the man's property destroyed. The beautiful little shelters he built for them were smashed. It was heart breaking. As anyone can see from the high kill rate, most shelters feel dead is better than healthy and living outside or with other animals. Of course, dead is more profitable for them. Another thing people might want to check out. Any way, hang in there. There are just mean people with nothing else to do but make people miserable for no reason.
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