I am a 501c3 certified rescue in my state. Over the weekend I had a run in with a young girl from another state. A quick history: there was a stray dog with pups listed in my state, not my county. Our county is handled right now and this dog needs a place to go as she is living under a porch with her puppies and the new owner said he would give the local folks until he moved in to find a place for her at which time he will call AC. I happen to have an available room for this dog, and also, at the time was a little hopeful that the dog and I could help each other. I have five orphan pups in my rescue in need of a foster mother's milk. They are two weeks old, barely. This seemed the ideal situation, if she would take the pups, and if not, well I would rescue her anyway.
I contacted the person who I thought had listed the dog and suddenly get all these forms to fill out from another state. Upon seeing the forms, there was no way I could fill them out as they were asking for sensitive information that we only share with "shelters" and "vets' and the IRS!!! I became very confused at this point and notified the person that first, I would not fill the forms out and second, I could not take a dog from another state without proper health certs. etc. She responded that I had "inquired" about a dog she was "managing," and I would fill out the forms and that they do not worry about health certs as that is just a piece of paper. To make a long story short, I of course backed out of this one. And we did have a dog come into our shelter that had lost her pups, so my orphans are being fed.
BUT, I have received constant messages from the person in my state who is trying to p[lace this dog. Turns out the dog is in my state after all. I am also being bombarded by this person out of state because I refused to fill out her forms. The forms look like they came from an animal shelter.
I have also learned this young girl (22 years) is transporting dogs across state lines with no quarantine period and no health certificates, no vetting. That is scary. Especially since she readily admits to transporting "sick" dogs, and refers to "parvo" pups she has saved as well as sarcoptic mange pups. It worries me a lot since Rabies is very prevalent in our state.
What would you do? I know the girl is working from a place of ignorance, is young and feels important because she has a little info. I was young once and learned from the school of hard knocks. But, still, I have a concern that she may transport sick dogs and spread disease. Things like this make all transports look bad. Further, how many people has she asked for this sensitive info from that may well have given it, not knowing better?
So should I call the Dept of Agriculture in her state and the shelter she named that she volunteers with, and where she most likely acquired the forms from?
What would you do?
Thanks in advance. @Geyhound: Yes, as a legitimate rescue who does not want transport and dog rescue HURT by this, I do have time. And taking in the dogs she said she took in was a task sdhe requested from a woman who had already vetted them and as treating them. But she was not involved in rescue and did not know she needed health certs. She does now. You might feel differently if your dog got sick because the "lady next door...bless her sweet heart" took on a dog that should have been in a vet's office or in quarantine being treated rather than traveling across state lines. When we try to do good, we cannot resort to the tactics we despise. This causes rescues to be shut down. And if you had a child that rabies was transported to, how would you feel? Did you know Parvo can live in soil for as long as 8 years. These people crate animals together and do not think twice about cross contamination. Rescue YES...but use common sense. Nikko, my attorney said the exact same thing Yes...I have proof. There is am independent rescuer in my state who was unaware of the transport laws and she is sick because she allowed dogs to go. She was caring for the dogs and rather than take the healthy ones, the girl went for the sick ones. And our state requires a two week quarantine on all dogs before it can leave the state. It takes two weeks to vaccinate and make sure the animal is healthy, especially pups. I have called the org this gorl cited that she works with. I have been on the phone most of the day and did end up receiving a call from the Depot of Ag in her state. Sadly, the rescue where she works had an outbreak of parvo about a month after the time of the transport of the dogs and lost almost every puppy. She volunteers at the rescue coalition there about two days a week and uses their crates to help them transport to the vet. She is not an accredited rescue and we have learned she is on FB exclusively and charges for the transport of dogs. Seems she has never dealt with a legit rescue because when they see her forms they back away. So she takes sick dogs and holds herself up as a rescuer of the underdog. I felt bad reporting anyone trying to save animals but the fact is, as someone else said, a bad rescue can be worse than no rescue. It gives all of us a black eye.