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RESCUE + FREEDOM PROJECT dba ARME - BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: ARME's mission is to eliminate the suffering of all animals. This goal is achieved by rescuing unwanted and homeless animals and by educating the public of the vast extent of the suffering animals endure in our society. Through its actions and words, ARME advances the freedom of all animals.

Programs: Beagle Freedom Project, Documentaries, Rescues.

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113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Laurie93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with ARME/BFP since 2011. This organization keeps growing and finding new ways to improve the lives of animals. Their passion is contagious and their commitment is unwavering. I'm honored to donate my time and my money to this life changing organization.

1 DogMama55

Donor

Rating: 5

Rescue + Freedom Project is an amazing organization with great people running it. My husband and I have been involved for years. They have changed not only the lives of the animals but also those that have adopted, fostered, or just volunteered for them. They’ve taught us to be deeper and more compassionate with everyone we encounter. I can’t thank them enough for giving these “forgotten” animals a voice and teaching us in the process. We love you, Rescue + Freedom Project!

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1 Christi  A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adore this charity. I was a supporter for a couple of years before becoming more involved. We adopted two animal testing survivors in 2014. Now the staff and other adopter/foster families are like members of our family. After Harvey hit Houston they even sent a team to help local rescues. Rescue + Freedom Proect went above and beyond. I personally saw them administering first aid, cleaning cages and walking dogs, along with the mission of searching for distressed animals after the devastation in my hometown. And if that weren’t enough they have spread their mission worldwide. I love Rescue + Freedom Project!

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Kelly Amanda Haddix G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

SCAM! Make up lies to get your money! Do not donate! Donate to your local shelter.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

RFP/BFP/ARME is a scam. 8/22/18 they made a Facebook post about a beagle found on the side of the road claiming he was used as a "backyard experiment" due to his "mutilated genitalia and horrific scarring." They also claimed his tail was "broken in half by bare hands." Within approximately 24 hours, they gained $23 thousand dollars in donation. However, several hundred people posted that the claimed "mutilation" is actually a genetic defect called canine hypospadias (which is a developmental anomaly where the urethra opens ventral and caudal to its normal anatomic location). Since, the rescue has deleted every single post addressing: 1) the genetic defect 2) the broken tail 3) vet name, vet records, vet bill/estimate, vet address, or any other vet information and 4) anything questioning about their story or asking for proof before donating money. All those that posted the above are consequently blocked. The rescue then posted thanking "vets and vet techs" for diagnosing "from a single photo on Facebook" which is both unethical and enabling fraudulence. However, several other vets and vet techs who also commented about the dog having a genetic defect were also deleted and blocked, so they are selectively using comments to enable their story for donations.

Evidence of the rescue deleting and blocking both correct information and sincere questions are posted and can be searched for on Facebook. One particular situation occurred with someone calling and being left on the phone for twenty minutes (thinking they had hung up). Background laughing can be heard throughout the video. In another, a user had posted asking how they can donate directly to the vet, and the rescue sent them a private message simply stating "You don't." and then blocked them.

Their financial history is suspect as well. In 2016, the rescue made $2.5 million dollars in revenue with less than a million dollars in expenses (with half a million going toward "salaries, other compensation, employee benefits"). This information is publicly available in their IRS "Form 990" for the fiscal year ending June 2017. There is also a public report that can be searched about the founder/director of the rescue for an incident of withholding donated money from another non-profit after doing a conjunct event.

The overall story of this one dog evidences that the rescue is fully prepared and willing to falsify the history of a dog they know nothing about for the sake of thousands of dollars to cover. We know this is fake because: 1) As stated by the rescue, the dog was found on the side of the road so there is no evidence of its history. 2) You cannot diagnose how a tail is broken, by hand or otherwise. 3) Reluctance and active removal of those asking for vet proof (what is there to hide?). 4) There is plenty of information about canine hypospadias. The dog has none of the claimed scarring, and the separation of testes and placement of the urethra is clearly not due to backyard surgery. 5) Half a million dollars set for employee salaries is extremely suspicious for a claimed non-profit organization (for only one fiscal year since being founded 14 years ago).

Overall, this one story and their financial history makes it clear that this "non-profit rescue" has no qualms taking advantage of the public for the sake of money. This is a rescue that is only interested in exploiting an animal's condition to raise money for their claimed purpose of ending animal exploitation.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

DO NOT GO NEAR THEM. Fraudsters. Scamming people calling congenital defecrs abuse and making up stories to get more money, then deleting anything people say ro indicats otherwise.

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1 Deana R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Asking for donations and lieing is a horrible thing to do. Buddy was not mutilated by a human. What caused his issue was a birth defect. Do not give money to such a place that has no problems lieing to you just to make quick cash.

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1 Orla F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This non profit is profiting from sensationalising a dog born with a genetic defect.
They are getting huge amounts of money on Facebook by saying he was mutilated and tortured when it is a condition called hypospadias. They delete every comment from qualified veterinary professionals ( hundreds) who are nicely stating it is a birth defect.
They have turned off Facebook reviews so no one can see the many reviews reporting this.

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1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Posts pictures of dogs with birth defects then claims they are from abuse and solicits huge donations. Deletes all comments that they are a from a not- uncommon birth defect and the dog while unusual is just fine as he is. Makes 2.5M in donations that goes to fund large salaries and not the dogs - uses less than a quarter of its income helping dogs. There are many reputable animal rescues out there, unfortunately this is not one of them :(

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1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This "rescue" Is lying about a well documented birth defect on a dog just so they can rake in money from gullible people

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Literal trash, they’re currently trying to pass an obvious genetic defect as a soppy abuse story for money, and deleting all comments educating that the dog was indeed born like that. I don’t know what kind of sick person can steal from innocent people like that

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Calling a genetic mutation mutilation makes one wonder what else this rescue lies about

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Donor

Rating: 1

They have lied about a dog being abused and experimented on in someone’s back yard to create a sob story to bring in donations to pay their salaries/increase their bank account.

Worse, they continue to lie to generate donations after numerous informed people correctly point out it is a genetic abnormality. Instead of correcting their statements, this group deletes those accurate comments that state the truth of the matter just so they can continue to fraudulently raise money off their false sob story.

I have lost all respect for this organization.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

This charity is lying to it's donors. Most recently is a beagle with a genetic disorder that they are claiming an abuser did disfiguring things to the dog. I agree the dog needs vet care but they are lying saying the dog was purposely injured instead of the truth that he was born that way. If they lie here what else did they lie about to get your money!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "rescue" is scamming people by making up sob stories for dogs. They've raised $16k and counting by lying about a beagle being the victim of "experimentation" when he really just has hypospadias, a congenital defect.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization needs to be investigated. They are posting false stories about dogs they have listed needed medical care. For example stating a dog they FOUND. They said the dog was experimented on having a bad surgery done to it and it's tail broken by "bare hands". The dog clearly has a genetic defect it was BORN with and no way to tell how the tail broke.

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Rescue + Freedom Project in 2012 (as Beagle Freedom Project) when I was considering adopting a Beagle. While watching the video of a former laboratory beagle taking his first steps onto the grass, I quickly decided that this is a charity that I wanted to support. It was within those first few minutes that I made my first donation.

I was immediately taken in by the dedication and perseverance of the staff. I had always known about animal testing - at least in the back of my mind. It wasn’t until I read about the mission of this organization that realized how prevalent animal testing continues to be. I began the switch to cruelty free products which became much easier with the Cruelty Cutter app. The first walk around the house scanning products was eye opening. Most of the major brands that I had been using continue to use animal testing.

I have also supported the related charity ARME. Now that ARME and Beagle Freedom Project have merged into Rescue + Freedom Project, I can make my donations to one place and the money can be used how it is needed. I shop through Amazon Smile and a percentage of my purchases goes to support Rescue + Freedom Project (as ARME.) How great is that!

For several years we had been hoping to be involved in a rescue. Our wish finally came true and we are now the proud adoptive parents of a beautiful 4 year old girl, Molly. She is sweet & loving and every day is a joy with her. I must thank R+FP for the work that they do. I cannot imagine what would have happened to our little sweetheart without them.

The staff members are expert at helping new families through the fostering & adoption process. We received amazing support all along the way and we are now part of a new family of Adopters & Fosters.

The animals rescued from lives in laboratory cages, have provided a painful & frightening service to companies that the public supports. We owe it to them to support R+FP and rescue as many of them as possible so that they can become the treasured family pets that they were meant to be.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beagle Freedom Project (now RFP) has been great! We are in love with our energetic old man, Edison (Eddie), whom we adopted from RFP at 9 years old. They were fabulous with pairing us with the right dog to fit our family, and were very open and clear about communicating the rescue to us every step of the way. He loves his two beagle sisters, one of whom is also a rescue. I am delighted with the way that RFP handled the entire process, from pairing us with Edison to fostering him to adopting him! He is part of our forever family, and we have RFP to thank for their excellent service. Truly above and beyond.
I have included pictures of Eddie’s sisters who love him!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome Charity - adopted my beagle Snoopy from them in April 2016 and it literally changed my life. Snoopy has since passed on and I have adopted from them again. These dogs have so much to teach us and thanks to this organization they get the opportunity to not only live out their lives as beloved companion animals but they also educate innumerable people and open so many eyes throughout their lifetime. I truly love Rescue + Freedom Project and all of the people that dedicate their lives to their cause.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has followed Beagle Freedom Project (now Rescue and Freedom Project) since they began. We have always had beagles, rescued from various places. We finally filled out an application to adopt a couple years ago and now have 2 beagles rescued through R+FP. Harley and Finn have shown us what so much love can overcome, they inspire our family to do better and be better. They have a lot of trauma from their pasts but are working so hard to move past that. They are both just total love bugs.
R+FP has helped us question what we do with our family. Going to cruelty free products and learning to be aware of what is going on in this country and all over the world to animals in labs.
We love all the work R+FP is doing, from legislation, to cruelty free awareness, rescuing and education. I could go on and on about this amazing organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with the Rescue & Freedom Project in early 2018. The more I learned about this organization the more I became inspired to help. The volunteers care deeply for the animals they rescue and the resources they share to educate others regarding cruelty free choices was very impressive. My partner and I applied to adopt a beagle and we were thoroughly vetted to ensure we were the right candidates for a precious rescue animals in need. Now we have a beautiful boy named Tucker who has become a central part of our family. He has become a fantastic ambassador for the Rescue & Freedom Project by being invited to The RI State House to help endorse the vote on the Beagle Freedom Bill and he has been the subject of several rescue stories for on-line news publications. We are grateful to all the folks at the Rescue & Freedom Project for all that they do and for giving us the opportunity to assist in this important endeavor.