INPUT NEEDED. And, a second installment of Shelley Paulson’s photography of ODYSSEO!

Hello Readers… I need your help.

It is about the March Bucket Fund.  (In case you missed it, it is linked here.)

You see, generally, the first day of a Bucket Fund has huge donations.  But, today, the first day of Adella’s Bucket Fund, donations were off by 75%.

Hmmmm.  I’m feeling badly and I know that I need to figure it out.  Maybe I didn’t choose a favorable charity horse for this month, or perhaps I didn’t write her story very well…  Since this is such a huge deficit, I’m figuring it has to be something.  Either the subject matter, the way I depicted it, or my writing.

I’m in the dark here.

So, I’d like to know your feedback.  Really.  Something is obviously up and I’d sure like to know what it is since I feel responsible to you readers and to you donors as well as a responsibility to the charities.  I don’t want to let anyone down.  I’d like the Bucket Fund to be as successful as it could be.

I’m totally open to comments.

Please give me your feedback so I can improve the Bucket Fund.

All responses will be read and considered deeply.  THANK YOU for helping me improve.

Please feel free to email your responses to:

To be absolutely clear, HABITAT FOR HORSES (the charity that cares for Adella) is thrilled with anything they receive from us.  They are perfectly happy.  So please don’t hold them responsible for my desire to fix this for Adella and for the future.


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11 comments have been posted...

  1. dawndi Post author

    Kris: You are smart… I agree totally. There are many bad people out there preying on animal lovers.
    In this case, in defense of the Bucket Fund, I did contact the vet hospital as well as people surrounding this case. I have procured updated photos with date stamps that were taken this week of this mare. And, as always, I will post the Pay Pal receipt for our donation to Habitat for Horses at the end of the month.
    I suppose it is possible that I could be sucked into a vortex of lies at some point, but my screening is rigorous (just ask some of the people on the other end…).
    I try to only align with reputable and proven groups or individuals. I’ve taken much caution in building the Bucket Fund and would never choose to be careless with its integrity.
    Again, you are correct to be wary.

  2. Kris

    I have seen this photo making the rounds on FB for a while now. It is an emotional, horrible photo and story, but seeing so many different groups using it makes me question it’s validity. I am also aware of at least 4 seperate “rescues” that have proven to be fraudulent in the last few months. I personally, would rather spend my money in ways that I know for sure will help. I have no faith that any money I send to any of the big groups using this story, will actually help an animal.

  3. nancy

    Her story is heartbreaking.

    For my own part, I feel guilt. My own old horse got caught up in barbed wire and ran and ran against it until he was practically severed – I saved him but have never quite recovered from the guilt of that experience or having barbed wire on horse property. On a financial level, I can’t give every month…I wish I could!!!!

  4. Fran

    Hi Dawn, Adella’s story is heartbreaking – just looking into her eyes in the photos is enough to make one weep – and her plight is just as appealing as any of your bucket funds, in my opinion. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that lots of us are feeling less than wealthy this month? Anyway, I will be making a donation when I have a spare moment!

  5. Sharon Weishaar

    Hi Dawn,

    There is a lot of focus being put on cleaning up from the aftermath of the tornado damage in the Indiana/Kentucky/Tennessee area with little or no internet. Hopefully donations will pick up soon. It is very sad to see any animal suffer at the hands of a human.

  6. Jeanne

    Hi Dawn,

    I could not get the Paypal link to work. It kept ending up at my account. I am not clever enough to figure out how to donate from there. I thought I would try later in the month with the hopes that it would link normally then.


  7. ~ cheryl mendenhall

    Dawn – For me it was just poor timing on my end – February was super busy, expensive and went too quickly. Adella’s story was definitely touching (and horrifying), but my contribution will have to come a bit later this month.

  8. joyce pearson

    I feel your donations may be down due to the fact that so many people are reaching out to all the horses and families that were hurt and killed in Ky due to the twisters….lots of ads telling and showing where they were needing help because families being killed and horses running feel…whole families dead, mothers fathers grandparents because they lived close to each other due to family farms….no one knowing where the horse owners are if in the hospital, or dead. The Adellla story was very touching and she is in need, but you are looking at one when they are saying many are hurt. My friend lost her whole herd! She has shown AQHA and had her best this year. That’s what I think may be what happened.

  9. horse care courses

    Hi Dawn, I think your site might have been down for a while – anyway it wouldn’t load yesterday in the UK. Will re-blog the Adella story for you later in the week.

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