Hi all our feline friends and beans! Thank you, Finny and Buddy, for letting me share the blog (for today only) so I can tell everyone about what is upsetting us.
You may have heard of "Cats With No Name" and/or read Finny's post from last year.
For the last year or so, we have been saving weight circles from our Purina One food to send to CWNN, so they could turn them in for some type of reward. I don't know if it was discounts, product or cash, but I've emailed Purina to find out more info.
In Finny's post, we encouraged our friends to make donations or save weight circles too, and we believe that some of you were supporting them as we were.
Unfortunately, this week we discovered that CWNN's founder, Virginia Kresge Justiniano, is under investigation for animal-related charges -- possibly hoarding, abuse, etc. It's hard to get much info, but if we do, we'll post it.
The Cats with no Name website is down and there is no response to emails or phone calls.
Making Donations - Do Your Research
I should have done some research on this organization before encouraging others to support it, and I apologize if you did so on our recommendation.
Please, if you are approached to make a donation to any organization or group, especially one you've never heard of, do a Google search on them.
- Find out where the money goes and what it's used for
- Make sure they are a 501(c)(3) IRS non-profit organization
- Ask or look on their website for their annual report
- Be wary of "sound-alike" organizations
- Don't make donations over the phone or internet without doing your research first
Check with your state or city's Better Business Bureau and State Attorney General's office to be sure the organization is not under any type of investigation for fraud or had an unreasonable number of complaints against it.
In short, be completely comfortable that you know who is getting your money and what they're going to do with it. Any reputable non-profit will be happy to assure you of their IRS status and direct you where to find more information on their stewardship of donations.
We'll keep monitoring this situation and hopefully we'll hear that Ms. Justiniano is cleared of any charges and can continue doing good work for the kitties.
We hope efurryone has a great weekend and Finny & Buddy will be back posting in a day or two.