Can we trust the kittens that help animals?
The online prize pools aiming to help dogs and cats in trouble are more and more numerous to bloom on the Web. But is it really a good idea to give them a gift?
The common pot, Leetchi ... these names are probably not unknown: in recent years, these online kittens are growing more and more, and animal owners often use them, especially for expensive veterinary care. An unforeseen accident, a disease that we hoped to never see happen... No one is safe from the vagaries of life. In a complicated financial situation, some owners therefore rely on the generosity of anonymous to be able to provide for their animals.
And generally, it works. Upset by the story of an animal in distress, it's hard to resist a call for help. Especially since we can quickly feel guilt ... That's why we usually end up with his credit card or checkbook. This profoundly united act is also a marvelous testimony of humanity beyond the virtual.
Solidarity and generosity have their limits
Nevertheless, we must be cautious. While some crowdfunding sites are secure and require validation of a very complete file to be online, others, on the contrary, do not check anything. In other words, anyone can open a kitty under any pretext. One can pretend to be another, invent a dramatic story, and raise money for oneself. Some malicious people do not hesitate to abuse the credulity of surfers who, under the influence of emotion and already devoured by guilt, do not be wary of anything.
To avoid the scam, ask yourself the good questions
As a potential donor, we must be doubly vigilant, and always have a certain perspective on the story told to us in the description of the pot. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:
- Does the story seem plausible?
- Do I have enough material in my possession to judge the truth of this story?
- The creator of does the kitty have any evidence of what it advances (testimonials, various documents, radios, veterinary bills or reports...)?
- The sum requested by the creator of the kitty seems to me realistic, or on the contrary, overpriced?
- Many people have already given?
- What will my donation be for? Who are you going to
Ask for proof and check them
To avoid being abused by an evil person, you need to have as much evidence as possible of what you are saying. Demand documents : attestations from veterinarians or lawyers, photos, videos...
When it is an official document signed by a professional, do not hesitate to contact the latter in him explaining the situation because papers can be falsified very easily. For example, if you are given a veterinary certificate, call the clinic from which it came: "I saw an online kitty to help Max the dog, which according to his master would require expensive chemotherapy, and you signed a veterinary certificate, so I wanted to learn more about this animal to know if I could donate. " Of course, if the vet tells you that he has never seen this dog, you can go your way, and even complain. The same is true if the author of the kitty is unable to provide you with any proof.
Attention to the recipient
Finally, be very careful when the recipient of your donation is not directly the owner of the animal. We can make you think that this is a relative who collects money to help another loved one... But what do you really know? To limit the risks, is better to go directly to the person who needs help , rather than to an intermediary who could easily appropriate all the funds raised.
Finally, keep in mind that some people are ready to invent fake stories of animals in distress to make the buzz . This is an opportunity to talk about them, attract the media, and enhance their image by posing as a person / body sensitive to the animal cause. Make sure you give your money to a stranger!
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