August 20, 2012
I live in Grass Valley, CA, the town where Animal Save is located. I was told that although they receive grant money to provide food for animals in need that they are charging people for it. As the woman said to me, if "I had $5 I could buy food myself". So I decided to investigate a little further. I read the forms they are required to file with the state of California and found out that they are spending 1/2 their income on salaries. That is unacceptable. This is a small organization in a relatively small town and they are spending $100,000s on the salaries of a small number of people. Legitimate charities would not do this. They also hold fundraising events that raise little or no money because the donations are sucked up by the cost of the event. (Again, see their filing with the state). I recommend to anyone considering donating to this organization to investigate them before doing so.
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