In the spring of 2000, I rescued a Keeshond who had been abandoned in a rural town 100 miles from me. I felt pretty good about my first rescue adventure, until the dog's first vet visit. He was diagnosed with heartworms. KSRF stepped up and helped; paid in full an expensive vet bill I would not have been able to cover myself. That has been the story ever since. KSRF has been there for me and other foster homes all over the country. I have lost count of the heartworm cases KSRF covered for me and fellow rescuers. I had a foster with mammary tumors in 2003. KSRF held a special auction fund raiser in 2005 to help my blind 4-year-old foster remove cataracts and get implants so he could see and have a normal life. All over the country, there are people who would not be able to foster and rescue if KSRF's help was not available. KSRF has helped countless dogs regain their health and go on to find the loving homes they so richly deserve. I will always remain a KSRF supporter.
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I have been involved in Keeshond rescue since 2002. KSRF has stepped up and assisted with funding the medical needs of rescued Keeshonden time and time again. Their rules regarding funding requests for foster dogs is clearly stated on their website and these rules are strictly followed ensuring that all rescues have equal access to needed funding. In addition, the Foundation will sponsor special fundraising events when there is a Keeshond in need who need funds do not fall within the Foundations criteria or whose needs are so great, outside funding is needed.
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I've had personal experience with KSRF for close to 10 years. They have helped defray costs to our rescue group and our fostered Keeshonden since I've been involved in Keeshond rescue. If it weren't for KSRF, many of the dogs wouldn't have the chance at a fulfilled and healthy life they do today. There have been a few negative comments about KSRF, but I wonder if those people have actually had a dog helped by this foundation. I dare say they have not. They are part of another rescue organization who has been trying to discredit and besmirch the good reputation of KSRF. I say shame on them, and "karma" will truly get them in the end!
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This was once an organization that I supported. I cannot in good faith donate, purchase calendars or bid on auction items again. They are secretive in financial matters and have lied about businesses and people involved in rescue. Very, very sad.
As an officer in a local keeshond rescue organization, we have turned to KSRF over the years when funding was low, needs were high, and a foster had an urgent need. KSRF has always been there and provided us with the monetary support needed to care for our fosters. We try to be independent and do our own fundraising, but sometimes it just isn't enough. It helps us to be able to take in that new foster with special needs when no one else can help them.
The funding criteria used by KSRF has always been published, known, and followed without exception. Even when others may not have agreed with their criteria, they knew what it was and that it would be properly followed.
As in all issues being discussed in social media today, there are extreme opinions on both sides of the issue. I hope the current dissention by a group of individuals currently in conflict over KSRF funding policies, do not irreparably harm everyone's ability to fundraise for this breed.
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KSRF has been and still IS successfully aiding FOSTER parents of Keeshonden dogs all over the US from REPUTABLE rescue organizations. They have and will work hand and hand copacetically for the past 19+ years with these groups. BEWARE there are people and groups calling themselves "Rescue" or "experts" when in reality they may have been recipients of a rescue dog from a rescue org. That in itself doesn't mean they themselves KNOW or have DONE the actual rescuing. Many of the negative remarks here are from people who have a personal agenda for one group of Puppy Mill dogs. They have been secretive about where the numerous fundings are going and have tried on many occasions to by pass rules that have been set many years ago. The people I speak of are running an operation unethically, unprofessionally and irresponsibly. Just because they "helped" to drive a dog a few miles or are sitting on the bleachers cheering others on doesn't make them a rescuer. Many are just parroting opinions set forth by others without actual KNOWLEDGE of what they are speaking of, they may have contributed to one of the many auctions run by KSRF but they certainly have never supported them for all the years they've been doing their great work. Many of these people just learned about KSRF within the last 18 months and still have no clue about the work they've done for the Keeshonden community, many are ruining the good name of these organizations that have worked tirelessly to build successful relationships with trusted organizations and vets over the past 20+ years. ALL KSRF Financials are there for the public to see, no need to hide behind curtains. DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK. KSRF has and has always had a excellent record of integrity and support.
Thank you, thank you, thank you KSRF!!! My two sweet Keeshond babies were able to receive the medical care they needed (treatment for severe epilepsy and leg amputation due to a bad car accident) as soon as they came into rescue. This allowed them to eventually be placed in their forever homes - with me!
I too donated to the NY101 rescue and I am thankful that the funds are safe with KSRF - a reputable and registered 501c3 which is held accountable by federal and state laws.
The Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation (KSRF) is dedicated to providing financial assistance for
the medical expenses of rescued Keeshonden in foster care. KSRF's mission is to help rescuers around the country who take unwanted Keeshonden and give them a second chance at loving homes. KSRF relies on auctions, annual calendar sales and donations for their income. KSRF has been providing financial assistance to Keeshond rescue dogs in foster care for over 19 years. I have donated to KSRF auctions, purchased 70-80 calendars each year for fundraising plus many of our Keeshond rescue dogs have received funding request approval since the establishment of the 'Sunshine Fund'. KSRF is a great organization--they deserve support for their dedication to Keeshonden!
It saddens me to had put my faith and MY MONEYS toward this non-profit..I was more than happy to make said donation to go towards the Keeshonds in the NY puppy mill also known as the NY101. For the breed I love more than life,if my feet could have been on the ground when these dogs where pulled I would have. I could not so I asked what ever could I do to help,,,I bought Kennals and fed-ex them on new yrs eve as I recall. I wrote checks to go toward these Rescued KEES with the understanding it was to be used for these Dogs,under this NY KEES PUPPY MILL DOGS...
I was amazed at the THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of dollars we as a group where able to call upon KEES lovers from across the world.....
Such a great cause,Such a Fantastic RESCUE.
However,it is now CLEARLY EVIDENT the aprox $30,000 dollars of charitable and tax deductible donations that where solicited on behalf of the NY KEES RESCUSE has never been deligated to actual cause where it stands now...
Why is there no transparency or no addressing this grieveice??
As a DONAR I believe I am justified to aggressively inquire as to why these donated funds have yet to be transferred toward the mission they where solicited for.
This is not a PETTY thing to most of us,,,OUR DOGS ARE NOT PETTY TO US...
I would certainly hope as I read the header to this page"GreatNonProfits" I could truly call this organization a great non-profit, sad to say I can not..
And will no longer make or ask my friends & family to make any donations toward this organization....If there was a negative star Id gladly give a -10
YOUR ONLY HURTING THE BREED YOU CLAIM TO CHAMPION....Nothing Sunshine about this.
KSRF has provided funding to all Keeshond rescuers throughout the USA for 19 years. The funds raised through auctions and calendar sales are used exclusively for the veterinary care of rescued keeshonden. With the help of KSRF funding, rescuers throughout the country have been able to rescue our beloved breed and provide the foster dogs with the veterinary care needed to get them healthy and into the safety of a loving adoptive home. I am a long time Keeshond rescuer and supporter of KSRF and will continue to be. KSRF recognizes the fiduciary responsibility it has to its donors to protect the fund from fraudulent funding requests. KSRF adheres to long established funding criteria to ensure the fund remains viable and able to continue its mission of helping Keeshond rescuers with veterinary expenses. Without KSRF's financial support, Keeshond rescue in many areas would cease due to rescuers ' financial constraints. If a 10 star rating were available, I would give KSRF all 10 stars.
Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation has been helping thousands of Keeshonden for the last 19 years. The recent drama is just that, drama from a select few who aren't happy unless they are complaining about something. It's a shame they are trying to damage the reputation of a wonderful foundation who is only there to help the dogs. Keep up the GREAT work KSRF!! Karla Zimbelman
I have both donated to and received funds from KSRF over the last ten years. This is the only organization that I am aware of which focuses solely on veterinarian expenses to support rescuers who foster Keeshonden. In all my dealings I have found the organization to be transparent, honest and to fulfill their stated objectives. As the owner of several Keeshonden, some from rescue groups, and an occasional foster person for rescue, I am very grateful for the work this organization does with integrity each day.
I have been helping to rescue Keeshonden for close to 20 years now and this is the first time I have seen such petty disregard for the dogs themselves so blatantly. KSRO has control of a fund that has been designated to help pay for expenses related to a group of rescued dogs referred to as "the 101". But, for reasons they are not divulging, they are refusing to pay legitimate bills submitted to them in the requested manner and in a timely fashion. I do not understand. Why are they not fulfilling their end of the agreement?
I am a long time Keshond rescuer, currently having my 4th, 5th and 6th rescued Keeshonden. In the years past this organization set the standard in the non-profit world. That however has changed in recent years. Now, KSRF seemingly operates in a manner where transparency does not exist, expenditures of your donor dollars are arbitrarily applied or denied, and specifically earmarked funds for a particular large scale rescue effort have been secretly shifted. Legitimate costs have been covered for one of the specific rescued Keeshonden and denied for another Keeshond from the same specific rescue effort. No legitimate explanation offered, contradictory communications given and a complete lack of transparency seem to be business as usual these days. The general atmosphere fostered by KSRF as of late seems to be they aren't accountable to anyone.
Very disappointing to see the good name and prior great work undone in recent years. You have about $30k of funds specifically raised for these particular rescues. The money is not yours, it is theirs. You are failing to fulfill your mission and failing to manage their money. You should turn the money over to the non-profit they have specified. To my knowledge, at no time did the donors give you their donations. You've managed to pirate the funds and now deny communications.
On more than one occasion KSRF has said the same empty words regarding baseless allegations and that legitimate vet expenses being covered. The only thing apparently libelous is their statement that the allegation is libelous. Material fact: two NY 101 rescues in have had legitimate veterinary issues and required surgical treatments. One dog's treatment was covered completely and the other's has not been covered completely. This is since KSRF has taken control of the NY 101 funds. There is an obvious lack of consistency, lack of transparency and a very debilitating lack of communication.
If the allegations are truly baseless and somehow convoluted, please share. If I'm mistaken or the facts as I know them are incorrect, I'll be the first to publicly apologize and rally all I know to once again support the Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation. Somehow though, I don't think I'll be apologizing anytime soon because your statements thus far have been void of fact, loaded with contradiction and empty promises of a forthcoming full response.
2/18/15 - 0905: I had some info clarified for me regarding one of the dogs. I have edited my review accordingly as I said I would. - GB
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