Patrick, the now well-known dog who was starved to near death, then scooped into a plastic bag and thrown in the garbage, is in good hands now. The guardians now watching closely over him, Garden State Veterinary Specialists, believe he stands a great chance of pulling out of this. For a dog that should weigh around 50 pounds to be down to a paltry 20 pounds, he undoubtedly has a way to go yet. His story pulled at the heartstrings of so many around the country, the world, that GSVS has been inundated with donations to help offset the cost of his care.
|Photo source: GSVS|
They state that they have received plenty to ensure Patrick's care. Further, they suggest that those wishing to donate to instead direct their funds to local organizations. It's not often you see anyone, individual or business, turn away donations!
Kudos to GSVS! What Garden State Veterinary Specialists is doing, though, is wise. And for those who wish to do something for the plight of animals in dire situations, it is also wise.
Very often, when we hear or see a heart-wrenching story about an animal, we're quick to run and donate to what is usually a large organization that is broadcasting this animal's plight. There is nothing wrong with large organizations, at least in general. But very often, most of the money you send them will never make it to the animal or animals you intended - if it ever sees the light of day in the first place. It might very well get snatched up in the business-end of expenses in that organization.
Some organizations and groups are notorious for spending most of your donations on "operating expenses", a nice and fancy euphemism that could represent just about anything. Larger businesses in particular are in a position to work some very complicated footwork in their accounting practices. Not so with smaller organizations; their sheer lack of size makes them more transparent from the start. And the larger organizations have so much more in opportunities for promoting the stories they are involved with. You may not hear about the ones smaller groups are working on even though they may have the same stories to tell.
So what do you do when you see a story about animals that makes you want to donate, to help change their circumstances? If you recognize that their story is but one of millions, that they are in effect a symbol or poster-child that represents so many, many others - look up a local organization, and donate to them. Most even allow for donations to be given in the name or in honor of someone. You could donate to them, on behalf of the animal that brought you to want to give in the first place.
All animals in need deserve our attention and help, not just the famous ones. And Patrick, dear sweet boy - we're all rooting for you! xo
Not aware of Patrick's story?
Further links about Patrick:
Patrick's Shutterfly site
The Patrick Miracle (on Facebook)
Garden State Veterinary Specialists Patrick Update