I thought GARD had dropped the “application fee” which comes up as a “donation” in PayPal. A family member decided to check that after seeing the comments on yesterday’s Facebook post about “Punky Brewster” in which an admin said there was no application fee.
Surprise! The fee still exists as of 11:24 pm August 1, 2020.
GARD is raking in the cash with their fee/donation scheme considering they’re keeping the same animals up “for adoption” long enough to get multiple applications per dog. When one wants to try for a different animal it’s another ten dollars.
As I said yesterday, application fees aren’t necessarily a scam provided care is taken to prevent multiple applications for one animal and fees are refunded if the applicant is refused. GARD’s scheme doesn’t come close to that standard.
Talk about a get rich quick scheme, all couched in “rescue.” These sorts of shenanigans cast a deep pall over real rescues.