Pet Expo spends rescue money

So the Pet Expo has been going on for years. All pet related businesses and non profits purchase booths. Now think of this, rescues do get a discount (approx $1200-1600)) for the booth I believe but why do they?

Why would they spend this money when all we see is requests on social media, in stores, from word of mouth that these rescues are in desperate need of funds all the time. What a waste of donated money. Pay off your $1000’s of vet costs please….

Please continue to support the responsible rescues who chose to not spend this amount just to gain more exposure. There are other means to gain exposure and way way cheaper by far.

Look into their paperwork, how do the rescues spend their donations and if they are following government guidelines. You have the right to ask, check into them and see their financial statements.

We have had bad rescues in the past and we still do. Saving animals is hard work, very emotionally and physically draining, I commend those who do this daily non stop. Thank you for helping the animals. Please use your supporters’ donatations the right way, 100% for the animals.



23 Responses

  1. Megan Bielby Megan Bielby says:

    You’d need to look at how many animals were adopted because they saw them or the rescue at these events and applied when they got home. They also need space. They need to adopt out pets so they can bring more in.

  2. It is quite possible that the rescue booths were sponsored and not paid for with rescue dollars.

    I volunteer with a local rescue and there are certain annual events that are paid for by volunteers or sponsors. Without being directly involved with each rescue and being privy to their financials, it’s impossible to know if attending Pet Expo was an irresponsible use of funds.

  3. Ruth Chalk Ruth Chalk says:

    You clearly have no Idea how these things work. Why not talk to Adobe of the rescue groups

  4. You have to spend money and time to receive money and time from people. Plus when you are looking to volunteer it is great to actually be able to go and talk to other volunteers to see the vibe of the group. The pet expo is wonderful for that.

  5. I’m part of a rescue that fortunately is able to pay off our vet bills monthly. We also attended Pet Expo this past weekend (as we have the last few years). The last two years we have made back the cost of our booth with merchandise sales and donations at the event. Pet Expo is great for gaining exposure for the rescue group in general and the animals in our care. There’s always people that come by our booth saying they have never heard of us before, or they aren’t too familiar with how rescue groups operate.. it’s a great opportunity to educate the public on who we are and what we do. We gain new volunteers and foster homes as well as new supporters every year, and have a high successful adoption rate for animals that attend the Expo. While I don’t necessarily disagree that it might not be the best event for every rescue group, there are a few of us who find it quite beneficial.

  6. The opinionated person probably has no idea how rescues work. She probably didn’t see paper work or anything else. Probably never even volunteered at rescue before.
    You don’t even know if these rescues are spending money in booths? Who are you to make accusations like that? Where is the proof. I will donate to who ever I want when I want. I don’t need the likes of judging people like you to tell me otherwise.

  7. Northlands is the most expensive venue to rent a booth at.

  8. Also, couldn’t these shelters/rescues use the booth payment as a tax write off? I’m not sure if registered charities even have to file taxes, but since they usually have to provide tax receipts for amounts over a certain denomination, I could see a write off happening.

  9. Lisa Wood Lisa Wood says:

    I think your anger is misdirected. You might want to ask the organizers of Pet Expo why they charge such exorbitant fees, specifially to non-profit rescues who are trying to do their best for animals in need.

  10. Blane Klack Blane Klack says:

    The Pet Expo brings in a lot of money for rescues if they’re selling merchandise, doing fundraisers like raffles, etc. Which I believe all were doing there.

    It also gets their name out, show cases animals and always gets animals adopted.

    They spend the money because it ends up paying for itself and then some. It’s an investment that pays off for them & the animals in their care.

  11. Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

    If a dollar can be made then a scam will be played…

  12. Because sometimes it costs money to get these animals out there so they can get a home. That’s the end goal, to get them adopted, and educate the public.

  13. Broader audience = more donations. Awareness = more audience. Seems like a good strategy to me.

  14. Wow! I work in a vet clinic and the rescues we deal with pay their invoices monthly. Some members pay out of their own pockets to help people with their pets. It’s too bad people constantly focus on the negative instead of the positive. These rescues save so many animal lives and for you to be bitching and moaning because they spent money to be part of a pet expo to get exposure, educate people, get volunteers, adoption applications and fundraiser says more about you then it does about them. Don’t like their cause or spending, don’t donate to them! Don’t bash them for being there for animals others have turned their backs on.
    Hats off to the rescues and all their volunteers!

  15. I don’t think -people should be able to comment on this site anonymously. Great responses from rescue people who actually understand the value of doing this.

  16. I am sorry but Breeders are well represented at pet Expo and I think responsible rescue should be represented too.

  17. Seems like money well spent. It takes money to make money.

  18. As a volunteer who was at Pet Expo with a rescue, there are so many benefits you are not considering. Animals being adopted, foster homes signing up, volunteers joining the rescue. It takes a village to save these animals and your analysis is in no way complete. Try volunteering for a rescue before you put them down.

  19. Gabrielle Foster says:

    Not for profits get a deep discount actually and I can tell you one of them doesn’t pay a dime for the booth.

  20. After the experience I have had with a couple rescue agencies in the last 12 months, I trust NO rescue agency.


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