Message dated July 10, 2012
Some of you may have seen a recent report aired on CNN that made brief reference to Noah’s Wish. This is our response to that report:
The substance of the report was totally unrelated to Noah’s Wish. At the close of the report, for no apparent reason and with absolutely no supporting documentation, investigation or opportunity for us to respond, the reporter raised questions about the work of Noah’s Wish during our Hurricane Katrina Response. We can state categorically, with no hesitation, that Noah’s Wish did in fact provide services to the City of Slidell, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; providing direct sheltering, care and/or veterinary services to 1,976 animals, and providing indirect services in the form of pet-food, water, supplies and assistance to many more families affected by the storm.
We have offered to provide documentation, information from city officials and witness statements to CNN, but as of today that offer has not been accepted. We understand that instead, the station continues to show the same unedited, inaccurate and unfair report. It is true that there was an investigation by the California Attorney General begun in 2006 and concluded in 2007. The resolution of that investigation was a matter of public record, and was extensively covered in the media at the time. Prior to the conclusion of that investigation, Noah’s Wish severed all ties with Terri Crisp, who signed off on the settlement agreement as a private party. Noah’s Wish has fully complied with the terms of our settlement agreement, which expired in 2009. As far as we are concerned, the events of 5 to 7 years ago are old news, and should in no way be used to vilify an organization comprised of dedicated individuals who are committed to the responsible performance of the mission of caring for animals affected by disasters.
Noah’s Wish has never had any affiliation with SPCA International, Baghdad Pups, or any other similar or related organization. At no time has Noah’s Wish utilized Quadriga Art LLC or any other for-profit fundraising organization. In fact, in spite of some significant pressure from passionate volunteers, the current management of Noah’s Wish has absolutely refused to engage in that type of aggressive fundraising or marketing campaign. We recognize the ethical and financial risks of using for-profit fundraising entities to raise money for a charitable organization, and we have not and will not engage in that type of activity.
Noah’s Wish is now 10 years old, we have certainly learned from the mistakes of our early operations. The current board and staff have worked hard since 2007 to ensure that we are operating in a fiscally responsible and accountable manner. Our financial information, including independent audits, is posted on our website. Our budget has been steady at approximately $250,000 per year for the last several years, and we have had a maximum of two paid staff, who spend the vast majority of their time on direct, program-related activities.
We also rely heavily on our volunteers, who attend training and respond to disasters, usually paying for their own expenses. Our fundraising and administrative budget is very small, and we consistently make efforts to ensure that donations are used to perform our charitable mission.
Having to answer, again, for events that occurred so long ago UNDER DIFFERENT MANAGMENT, is disheartening and threatens our ability to continue to support the hard work of our staff and volunteers, who are so committed to the mission of Noah’s Wish. Since 2007, we have conducted disaster preparedness and volunteer training programs in 40 communities and we have responded to 24 disasters.
Noah’s Wish remains the only organization focused solely on the mission of assisting animals in disasters, and we are proud of the work we have done. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com , and please don’t assume everything you hear on a TV show is factual or truthful.