Firstly i would like to introduce myself, my name is Andy and i have been private messaged on another forum to come on here and reply to this thread by DollyDiver.
She has posted that she has Pm'd the Vice President of Dingo's Dog Rescue to visit this forum and confirm that it is actually a charity. I have to admit that i am not sure if i am actually Vice President as yet as the forms were only filled in two weeks ago to give me that position and authority but if not then the paperwork is being processed and i soon will be so i feel i am more than able to answer your questions.
Dingo's Dog Rescue has been around for years, Phil has land on the hillside, technically above Alcala and also Playa de La Arena as it is in the middle.
To the best of my knowledge Dingo's is a registered charity with the Canarian Authorities although i have to admit i haven't seen the papers to prove it but tomorrow i will be asking to see them, i know they exist as when Dingos was set up as a charity it was done so with the help of Eugenio at Live Arico, now i am sure you know about him, i also have to query if this was him organising a raffle would you be so hasty to complain?
Also two years ago i used to own my own business in Puerto Colon and we had a Dingos collecting tin with a registered charity number on there.
Phil asked me to be President as he wanted someone he knew well, had known for a long time and also someone he could trust, i was honoured to accept.
Phil has worked closely with K9, Live Arico, Friends of the Animals and many others in recent times and i am sure a phone call to any of these people would put all your minds at rest that this is a genuine rescue.
Please feel free to search Dingos on www.tenerifeforum.com
and see all the posts from "Tia, Suzy Q, (both of live arico) Pat the Cat (K9) all offering support and help in any way they can, look closely you will find one from Tia, who is actually Karen from Live Arico offering to run a Live Arico & Dingos joint charity fundraising night. In fact Karen from Live Arico donated the first prize in the raffle of the horse riding for 2.
Now i am sure if Karen from Live Arico doesn't object to Dingos raising a little cash to help support the dogs up there then you lot shouldn't as well, after all they have 180 dogs of their own to feed.
As for borders for fundraising what are you trying to say? K9 should only raise money in San Miguel? Live Arico shouldn't encroach past the border of Amarilla Golf? This is absolute rubbish and you lot know it, Dingos is about 5 km from Gigantes are you saying that 3.5 miles is too far away to raise money to feed and care for the dogs? That's like saying Cancer rescue should only stand in Cancer wards!
People have a choice, nobody in Los Gigantes had to donate if they didn't want to, nobody was forced at gunpoint to buy tickets, everybody was happy to buy them and a good night was had by all who attended, and if the Santiago del Teide rescue had asked Tipsy terrace then i am sure they would have accommodated them and probably still will although the threat to dump stray animals there might have ruined that for them.
As for the Slur on Alex saying about some 15 yr old collecting money, Alex worked her socks off to do this and if you check the other forum i mentioned earlier you will see why, for personal reasons they are returning to England, they can't take the dogs back for six months until the rabies injections are cleared, Dingos is boarding the dogs for six months for free and Alex wanted to do something for the Rescue in order to repay them. Her user name is "dolphinbabe" as i am sure that some of you will be petty enough to do this.
All the monies raised from the Raffle can be accounted for, it has been spent on food, 20 x 20 kg bags from the Mercadona in Playa de la Arena, which they delivered and we have a receipt for the purchase and most of the remainder spent in the Ferreteria in Chio for fencing and other Materials to improve and secure the rescue.
Phil kept everything legitimate and even has all the unsold tickets available for inspection if required.
The reason that the website has no charity number on it is that it was donated and done for free pretty much without Phils knowledge by another TenerifeForum member "polar1920" who did it as a goodwill gesture as they are animal lovers and impressed by what Phil does up there but these people wouldn't know these details.
This guy doesn't get the help and support that the other rescues do, he does it all on his own with his friend Leigh, he works on the rescue all day and then walks 4 km to the bus stop, busks until the early hours of the morning then collects food from the hotel bins which gets thrown out and put to one side for him, sometimes 100kg or more but sometimes nothing and pushes it back in his little cart gets the bus home at 6 a.m and walks the 4k back to the rescue.
I have to say that i find it disgraceful that a rescue with about 80 dogs on it organises one charity night in god knows how many years and there is all this furore about it when K9 and Live Arico are having two or three a week yet you say nothing, or is that ok as they haven't penetrated your little bubble that is Los Gigantes?
Recently the Rescue has been having lots of problems with people throwing poison over the fence and has lost a number of dogs to this, this has been investigated by the Guardia Civil, (you know who i mean, the serious police in green, the ones not to be messed with)
Phil had to prove to them that he was legal and endure an inspection in order for the case to go to court, it is in court in the coming weeks in Santa Cruz, so i am sure that if he can prove to the Guardia he is legal then you lot are small fry in the scheme of things.
If this doesn't convince you so far then any of you are free to PM me and make a time and a place to meet and i will gladly take you to the rescue, show you round, introduce you to Phil, let you meet the 80 dogs and see how he lives in order to do what he does for them, the guy lives in a cabin made from pallets and so does Leigh and i tell you something it will shame you it really will.
I will post the required details on here in the next few days and i really must stop writing now as i am biting my tongue and getting to the stage where i will start to write what i really think about this thread and what i hope is the minority of the community Los Gigantes!