Animal care: ‘beware fake fundraisers’

2013-01-25 00:00

WILDLIFE rehabilitation centre FreeMe has warned people to be careful when donating money because other organisations could be using its name to raise funds for themselves.

The organisation, which runs a 24-hour emergency call-out service to collect injured, orphaned or sick animals, said some fundraisers were using its name to collect money from Pietermaritzburg residents for a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Port Edward.

FreeMe manager Roz Marais said they would be forced to close the centre if this continued as they relied on donors for running costs.

Marais said they had noted a big drop in revenue in the past two months.

A Pietermaritzburg woman said she unknowingly donated R500 to a centre in Port Edward.

However, a fundraiser for the Port Edward centre, whose name is known to The Witness, denied the accusations.

“No one can mislead you into writing out a cheque to the wrong person. If they make out a cheque, only the organisation which it was made out to will be able to cash it,” he said.

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