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Animals gruops, stop arguing to attract funds
Courier editorial
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Animal-rescue groups from Liberty County and surrounding areas, while working for a very noble cause, are slowly tearing down their own credibility. The infighting among these groups is hurting their reputations and, possibly, turning off potential donors.
Each group regularly publicizes its funding struggles and appeals to the community for donations. There’s no doubt the organizations need help. They are in dire financial straits, but that’s not the issue.
The issue is the perceived animosity between them. A potential donor may find it difficult to justify helping any of the rescue groups given their open conflicts and tendencies to air dirty laundry.
The members of each organization are all working to accomplish the same objective — to save animals, but at times it seems they regularly insult one another. The unrest makes the animal-rescue groups look unprofessional and it’s doubtful anyone with money to spare would hand it over to organizations run by people who, to be honest, seem to be consumed with finger-pointing and making accusations.
Bickering aside, these nonprofits have their work cut out for them. Their members and employees face the arduous task of trying to make a difference in an area overrun with discarded pets, strays and feral animals. Such a challenge requires dedication and endless hours of labor — not to mention the emotional toll the work must take on the admirable people who provide these services.  
The local animal-rescue groups are absolutely necessary and the functions performed by their members should not be taken for granted. The organizations’ survival is vital to keeping our community’s unclaimed animals safe and healthy.
Yes, each group has its own way of handling its affairs, and each leader/president runs things differently. But different does not necessarily mean wrong. If each organization does the absolute best it can to save animals, the volunteers and employees can take solace in knowing they’ve done their jobs to the best of their abilities.
There’s no need to slander neighboring groups or point out perceived inadequacies. Worry only about yourselves and focus on the tasks at hand. When any organization appears to be a tightly run ship, there’s no doubt its appeal to would-be investors increases greatly.
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