Due to the high level of volatility during the worst (public) phase of the Bubba Case, we had to cancel several of our largest fall fundraisers.
The few we did allow to happen, we didn't feel safe conducting public promoting of any kind. The "bad guys" threatened volunteers, sponsors and location hosts. One recent event "the bad guys" showed up with bull horns chanting that we stole Bubba.
This is roughly what they would have generated:
Pugapalooza - $2500
NYC Halloween Party - $3000
Pugs 'n' Pints - $1500
Annual Calendar Contest - $10,000
This doesn't even take into consideration the day to day operations and efforts to raise funds that we normally do. All of our energy has primarily been focused on this since Aug!
We recently retained counsel - in addition to the many pro-bono lawyers who have been helping us. This initial fee is $2500.
Our operations have come to a grinding halt. The "bad guys" spammed our intake, adoptions, and inquiry email addresses. We stopped intake. We only have provided medical care for dogs currently in our foster program and have successfully adopted them out.
We do not want the "bad guys" to win and take down Curly Tail (which is what they have been trying to do relentlessly since this all started.)
Curly Tail has suffered a loss of over $17,000 in our normal fundraising efforts and currently have over $14,000 in outstanding medical bills. That is a lot of money for a rescue of our size.
People have been asking if this is all worth it for one old man of a dog. We at Curly Tail started this organization b/c of the life of one little angel pug b/c we do believe that EVERY SINGLE ONE is worth it.
persevere through this on-going ordeal.
Luna's Last Days
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sonya and I am the Intake and Foster Home coordinator (among other jobs) for Curly Tail Pug Rescue. You may or may not have heard of us, there has been a bit of a kerfuffle lately regarding an elderly, emaciated pug that we took in after a good samaritan picked him up wandering in the street in Holbrook. Alleged owners were located but they were unable to communicate with us in a constructive way and so now there is an ongoing legal investigation (on both sides) as they were unable to prove ownership or proper veterinary care to us. It reminds me very much of the current situation you have with Dorothy/Phoebe. What sad shape she is in! My heart broke when I saw the pictures.
The reason for my email is that, obviously, there is a LOT of he said/she said going on between supporters of both sides. I get it. People who are friends of the owners would understandably jump to their defense, especially if they had not really heard our side of the story (the relentless phone calls, the threats, the slander of an organization they know nothing about). However, I would not have expected volunteers of another well-known rescue group like yours to attack us without knowing any of the facts of the situation. We _______ that Christina Driscoll Macuska created or at least administered a Facebook page called Bring Home Bubba which existed almost solely to attack and 'bring down' (their words) Curly Tail, in addition to trying to get Bubba back to his owners. Names and personal cell phone numbers were posted on this page for several days (including mine) Once the wildfire started, those of us involved on the Curly Tail side began to receive even more calls/texts/messages/emails from the supporters. We were also accused via this page of 'using Bubba for fundraising' which is not at all true. We have not asked for one thin dime toward the care of the dog.
Christina appears to have been assisted by another of your volunteers named Paige Capace. The two of them went to great effort to routinely attack Curly Tail and our supporters for the past few weeks. In Christina's words "The owner is doing everything she can by working with the Suffolk County Police Department. As her friend who also volunteers with a legitimate animal rescue, I am doing everything I can to shut down the money grabbing scam that is Curly Tails Pug Rescue." If one of our volunteers made a public statement like that about another rescue and I knew about it, I can assure you that we would take appropriate action to make sure they understood that this is NOT acceptable to our board or our senior leadership in any way.
At some point this past week the page was finally taken down. However, I thought that perhaps you would want to know about the conduct of some of your volunteers. Frankly, it deeply saddens me that volunteers from different rescues would attack each other in this way. Do we not have enough to deal with? I certainly would not judge your organization by how these two women have conducted themselves but they certainly saw fit to attack us repeatedly without knowing any real details, only believing what they had heard from a woman who changed her story every hour regarding the dog.
I realize that these two women were very likely doing all of this 'on their own time' and perhaps you feel it's none of your business, or you have bigger fish to fry (don't we all?) but as one rescue person to another, I just thought you should know what had been going on for the last few weeks.
I sincerely hold no ill will toward anyone about this situation. We've lost so much precious 'rescue' time and resources already, I can't really dedicate any more energy to being negative or fending off negativity. We at Curly Tail are trying very hard to let it all go and rise above so I hope you don't view this as an attack. I have attached a few screenshots of the various FB posts and conversations. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
I hope you are able to work things out regarding Dorothy/Phoebe.
Curly Tail Mourns the Loss of Robin Williams
We at Curly Tail deeply mourn in the loss of the great Robin Williams.
Robin was a fearless actor and comedian, but also an adoption advocate and pug dad!
Robin was TRULY committed to rescue & working with Curly Tail for several months, with the adoption in the works since that November. In March 2010, the puppy, now Leonard Bean (pictured here), joined Robin at home and was officially adopted.
We are so thankful to Robin for his unforgettable creative work, but also for his generous heart, and for opening his doors to a rescue pug.
Thank you Robin! We are eternally grateful. #adoptdontshop
Many of you would remember our most recent case, Isobel. She was in a terrible state when Curly Tail took her in. After months of dedicated foster care and mostly holistic treatment, she is finally healed enough to go home. Isobel met her forever family. This is a very happy Curly Tail ending!
Isobel AFTER Curly Care
After losing Sophia, it turns out that this year has been one of an exploration on love.
Love in it's purest sense is beautiful and magical and makes life worth living. It's darker side, with pain and hurt and fear, is what we bring to the table. By practicing acceptance and letting go, I am able to feel love truly at it's deepest, purest level.
I can accept love and let go of hurt and fear. I can accept the loss of Sophia. I can accept the pain and grieving that comes w that loss. But I do not have to bring excess hurt, suffering and fear into the mix. I can grieve freely and be filled w love.
By truly letting go, even if only for moments at a time, I can be filled w love in it's purest sense and Sophia shines brightly in my heart. I can deeply smile,
even through tears, w love for her that will always exist. A love that will radiate into the lives of those around me & her bold, little spirit who lives on forever within me.
I give the gift of love freely today, and try to every day, by practicing acceptance & letting go. And in turn I can live in love and not fear, and Sophia lives on.
- Save those that would have been forgotten.
- Provide care others say is not possible.
- Find the reason when others say it is not worth it.