If you get an email that someone has been evicted from their home and desperately has to find homes for their beloved labs Cookie and Coco, don't hop on your computer and contact everyone you know. It's a hoax.
How do I know? Let me tell you my short tale.
Yesterday my boss told me that he'd forwarded an email to me about an evicted couple that was trying to find a home for their two labs Cookie and Coco who were totally attached to each other. They only had until March 5 because the apartment they were moving to would not allow dogs. My boss couldn't take the dogs because he already has a very needy dog, a cat and a new baby. But he was worried.
So, I read the email and there was a contact and everything. I have 5 cats and 3 hamsters, but still emailed my husband asking if we could take 2 labs. It was a very effective email and so believable. So many people are being evicted and my boss received the email from someone he knew so it had to be true right????
Luckily, I have a coworker who volunteers with Seattle Purebred Rescue. Before I did anything else, I went over to ask for suggestions.
Apparently, she had received the same email from someone else and she had contacted Seattle Purebred Rescue to speak to the Lab rep for help. The Lab rep told her that the email was real...but TWO YEARS OLD. They had rehomed Cookie and Coco and they were fine. She was being inundated with calls in the meantime by concerned rescuers.
Later in the day, we found out that the message is surfacing as far away as ENGLAND. It morphs in dates and circumstances to make it sound like a local rescue. People are wasting a lot of time with this.
Apparently someone is responsible because someone is responding to the contact email.
Why would someone do this?
It boggles the mind. There is no money to gain. Some rescuers think it's simply a dog-hater. Who knows? But what a stupid, idiotic thing to do.