Country's Only Cage-Free, No-Kill Animal Shelter Needs Your Help

There's no question that in today's tough economic climate, many worthy causes are facing trouble.

After it was broken into by a drunk man, the country's only cage-free, no-kill animal shelter, The Saint Francis Animal Rescue Center, has gone into tailspin and needs your help:

Now, with almost no volunteers and two staff members, the shelter might have to consider permanently closing its bashed-in doors.

"It's just been horrible," said shelter director Charlene Rodriguez. "My assistant and I have been using our own funds, and I don't mean trust funds, but as in paycheck to paycheck.

"It's been extremely difficult." - Thanks Jill!

According to Amy Lieberman of ZooToo Pet News, you can donate to the Saint Francis Animal Rescue Center through their paypal email of

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I volunteered with a Rescue group locally and it seemed whenever they got a little money they just turned in into more Animals to rescue instead of helping the ones they already had. They had a hard time realizing that you can save them all. But the ones you can save should at least be given proper care. Don't overwhelm your volunteers, it makes them not want to volunteer ever again.
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violet and Brammi hit it right on the nose.

Non profit organizations are suffering right now, which is to be expected. Fine. But when one is basically drowning in its self made puddle of mismanagement, then there's little point in offering support. If they haven't been able to manage their funds before now, what makes anyone think that they will just because they get enough money to stay open a little longer.

I also suspect that they can't keep staff/volunteers for a very good reason.

There are better run facilities a person can back and have some peace of mind in knowing that their money is actually making a difference rather than prolonging the life if a shelter that probably shouldn't even exist.
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The part where they claim to not be able to get and KEEP volunteers is what raised a red flag for me.

Nothing screams "mismanagement" and "hostile work environment" like a cage-free no-kill shelter full of lovable kitties that somehow can't secure volunteers at a time when volunteer organizations are bursting at the seams with jobless folks looking to do a good turn.
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@scotchdrnkr: Sure, at this point it's a vicious circle--no volunteers, so too overwhelmed to go rally the community, so no volunteers, so--but the point is that something has to give.

If I had five bucks to send, which I don't, I would still feel like I might be tossing it into a bottomless pit and not really effecting change because there's no organized plan in place to switch the scene from Helplessly and Perpetually in Need to Using Our Resources to Create a Framework for Sustained Success.

It's kind of like how I don't feel like there's much use in handing over my spare change to one homeless person. He's not got much of an action plan, and so the act is an isolated instance of giving but not an effective aid. I donate services to those who have a systematized effort going to help homeless people with beds and clothes instead. Teamwork.

I'm not saying that abandoning these people is a great choice, but pouring money into an ill-managed endeavor is not effective just because the principle is correct. It's like when somebody with a great idea asks for seed money to get his invention off the ground. I want to see the business plan.
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