Resolved Fairytails Adoption — Will not adopt or donate
I was looking for a 2nd cat to add in my home. Specifically, I was looking for a senior cat as I currently already care for one (15 years). I have a good job, own my home, and plenty of space for another kitty. After searching through Petfinder, I came across a picture of a senior cat about 9 years old that I was interested in. After looking through Fairytails website, there was not much information regarding the adoption process (i.e. How much is the fee?) or the details about this cat so I gave Donna a call using the only phone number (cell) listed on the website. She responded that the cat was adopted recently. I was in disbelief as this is the 2nd time this is happening when I called a rescue about a senior pet and I was told he or she was adopted the same day or the day before. After volunteering in animal shelters myself for years, senior pets had always been one of the most difficult pets to place. As I sat there surprised by the news, but glad at the same time that 9-year old kitty found a home, Donna mentioned something over the phone which I did not hear clearly. Still thinking about the adopted kitty, I commented, "Wow, I can't believe he found a home this quickly". Rather than asking whether or not I heard her, or maybe even misunderstood what she said, her response to me was, "If you won't answer my question, I am just going to hang up." That I heard very clearly and my desire to want to adopt or donate to her immediately fled my mind.
After reading her website thoroughly, something smells funky and it's not the animals. If you check out the Fairytails website, she stated, "We are sinking and we need your help!!" Specifically, she asks for personal donations and items for the animals. Unlike other shelters who uses fundraising events to raise money, there are no such events listed on her website. In order to volunteer, you are REQUIRED to pay $10.00 for a Fairytails shirt before you are allowed to help her. Yes, that is right, you have to pay to help her. In all my years of volunteering in various non-profit organizations, if I had to pay something up front to volunteer, it is usually because it was necessary and the organization did not have the budget to cover for volunteers (i.e. paying a $8.00 fee to process a background check to tutor children). This is not one of those things. This is a T-shirt, with you advertising her company, that you have to pay $10.00 for.
Rescues like this one is why some people are turned off from adopting or donating.