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Re: [furries-290] Rainfurrest Charity 2013

From: user 1.
Sent on: Sunday, November 25, 2012 1:20 AM
You may be thinking of another shelter, their policies are clearly stated and in the many years I've been volunteering with this shelter the only animals euthanized have been for humane quality of life reasons. I've seen many unadoptable animals and difficult to adopt animals live out their years happily there regardless of age, health concerns, socialization issues,  or 'bathroom habits' that would have them labeled as unadoptable and killed other places. They even have an entire building set aside for feral, FIV, leukemia, elderly kitties, and others with chronic and incurable health concerns. 

All euthanizations are quality of life based. 

It may have been a year pr two since my last visit, but I have all confidence and faith in this wonderful sanctuary and would invite anyone with questions to visit in person or thoroughly explore the website. Or call. :) 

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On Nov 24, 2012, at 8:59 PM, Greyscale <[address removed]> wrote:

Feel free to call them and ask about their policies. :) I'm not trying to be rude, just pointing out they are a high-kill shelter. It will not say on their website, but you call everyday after 9am untill 6pm.

On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM, Noli <[address removed]> wrote:
I'd like to throw another name out there for possible charities, is a wonderful no-kill, non-profit cat shelter in Arlington.

They take in all cats in need (old, feral, HIV, de-clawed, all kitties!) and provide medical care, loving homes, and a safe place to live out their days should they be unadoptable. I've volunteered there many times in the past and they're a great organization.

They also provide spay and neuter services and education to help combat overpopulation and put on several events throughout the year including the Black Cat Ball and the Average Joe Cat Show.

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On Nov 24, 2012, at 3:20 PM, Sharako <[address removed]> wrote:

Hey Everyone,

Being one of the people who helped create the original Rainfurrest Anthropomorphics International.(R.A.IN.), the parent organization that puts on Rainfurrest (RF), the convention, the bylaws, they are not specifically detailed besides the fact that the organization (R.A.IN.) gives money to charitable 501c3 organizations it deems worthy. R.A.IN. then facilitates this charitable donation through RF (the Con). RF does not have strict bylaws. How the con is run, is generally left up to the con chair. 

The charity department was not made into a department until I took it over 2010 and started laying the foundations. Talking with Gene, the (R.A.IN.) Board President, a no kill policy was something he felt that was very important for us to have. I agree with him. The procedures I put down are the same procedures in our Wiki. We have always had these guidelines in place. 

Before this gets out of hand, I will note that the procedures are not going to be changing. The point of this discussion is to see what kind of charities our con goers would like to see.

Being the charity lead. it is my job to see which ones fit our guidelines. I then bring a hand full of suggestions to the staff. The staff then vote on the charities, and are then put in an order of most popular to least popular. Charities not chosen are then put onto a list for future years. From there, I call the charity and tell them who we are and inform them that we wold like to help them in their cause. If they would like to be our official charity for the convention, it is a fairly set deal. Some times a charity might not want to be one of our official charities. if that happens we select out runner up.

If you have other ideas or disagree with any policy, you are more than welcome to come to one of our many RF staff meetings.

Here are the next meting dates and times. ( Subject to possible change)
December 8th 2012 Second Meeting, Overlake Round Table 1:00p.m. -4:00 p.m. 15025 NE 24th St., Redmond
January 12th 2013 Third Meeting, Overlake Round Table 1:00p.m. -4:00 p.m. 15025 NE 24th St., Redmond
February 16th 2013 Fourth Meeting, Seatac Hilton 1:00p.m. -4:00 p.m

If you want to know more Visit our website
You can volunteer here
Or ask us questions here

I hope this clarifies things for everyone.


2013 Charity Lead

From: Christofur <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, November 23,[masked]:42 PM
Subject: RE: [furries-290] Rainfurrest Charity 2013

Please provide some background on these statements.  "We Do Not take any Kill Shelters. We feel all animals have the right to live."  It is not clear if this is part of an unreferenced Rainfurrest charter or is the opinion of current, valued staff members.
Considering this year's attendance figures and those of us that have attended every Rainfurrest,  we should be careful dictating an agenda.  Rather, the rank and file should be respected and polled.
I am trying to take the ethical temperature of the above position.  Can someone tell me if the boutique shelters listed below accept every animal brought to them and if they rehabilitate and place them all?   If not, wouldn't that be acts of omission?
- Christofur
From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Crystal
Sent: Friday, November 23,[masked]:40 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [furries-290] Rainfurrest Charity 2013
On 11/22/[masked]:24 PM, Sharako wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had an awesome 2012 con and are having fun with the holidays. I know I have been settling down after an exciting Rainfurrest. I am back again this year running charity. Whoo! I am so excited to be back and doing this again.

So where do I start with this. First off, I would like to share what we look for in a charity. Then I would like to show you what has been suggested as charities in the past, and ask for more suggestions from you our con goers. If you work for a charity, what charity is it? What charities have you heard of? What causes do you think we should help?

This is a rough outline of what we want in a charity.

The charity Must be a 501c3
We would like it to be animal related I.E. seeing eye dogs for the blind, Cougar Preservation (Rainy gives it two claws up!) Wild Life Rehabilitation, Save the animals who are lost after a natural disaster Etc...
We would like it to be within the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, B.C., Alberta) can be outside as well.
We would love our charity to be able to come to our convention.
The donation should make a difference for the charity.
We Do Not take any Kill Shelters. We feel all animals have the right to live.

Here are charities we have had in the past

Previous Charities

2007 Sarvey Wildlife Arlington, WA 98223
2008 Washington Ferret Rescue and Shelter
2009 Critter Care Wildlife Soc. - B.C -
2010 Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center -
2011 Love A Mutt -
2012 Rabbit Meadows - http://

Here are our current charity suggestions list.

Human Charities

Delta Society -[masked]th Ave NE, Suite 101 • Bellevue, WA 98005 U.S.A. -

Animal Charities

House Pets

11th Hour Rescue -


Australian Shepard Rescue - New Castle PA -
BC Siberian Husky rescue - Surrey, BC -
Valhalla Dog Rescue - Graham, Washington -


Meow Cat Rescue - Kirkland, Washington -

Rabbit/Ferret/Rodencia/Small Animalls

Small Animal Rescue Society BC -


Pacific Northwest Raptors - Vancouver Isl - ... sland.html
Sardis Raptor Center - 7472 Valley View Road Ferndale, Washington 98248 -

Wild/Zoo Animals

Cat Tails - Spokane -
The Clouded Leopard Project - P.O. Box 2311 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 -
Wild Cat Haven - Sherwood OR =
Felidae Conservation Fund - Building 1062 Fort Cronkhite Sausalito, CA 94965 -
CARE Center for Animal Research and Education - 245 County Road 3422 Bridgeport, TX 76426 -
Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue -
Sara's Sanctuary -
The Defenders of Wildlife
White Wolf Sanctuary in Tidewater, Or
Wildlife Images in Grants Pass, Or
Wildlife Safari in Winston, Or

Farm/Petting Animals

The Funny Farm - Monroe WA -


River's Wish Animal Sanctuary in Spokane, WA -


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