Quoting 8 til Gwen:" I wonder if the people who are so against this and think you should get rid of pets if you fall on hard ... [snip!] ... pretty asinine to me to be outraged over private funding in preference of sadder circumstances that DO use taxpayer money...."
This is what I was thinking. Both of my dogs are rescues and before I broke my foot, we did some volunteer work with the shelter I got my last dog from. I'd much rather see a family get some free dog food for awhile then see an older dog dropped at a shelter. At the shelter I volunteered at, they would try to give people free food and pet check-ups to talk them out of dropping off a pet.
I don't think privately funded charities like this are a bad idea at all. Sure, I wish that there was a way to guarantee that these families would fix their pets and be responsible, but you can never guarantee that. County shelters, though they try, just are not good places for animals.
I'm a sucker for animals and kids.