Someone suggested in the comments that this is all some sort of scam. It’s an ugly thought, but we let the comment stand because it’s a legitimate concern on some level. All I can say is that there are far easier ways to “scam money and get famous.” Losing a family member isn’t one of them.
We never intended this website to last more than a few days. It’s become a place to distribute news but also to share our fears and thoughts about Mari. The fact that she is still missing is breaking my heart. And while some of you might think donations are pouring in, they aren’t. We received more than enough to cover the first day of tracking and are waiting to see if we need to track again — we are trying to be as strategic as possible with these funds.
The bigger truth is at this point we need help getting the word out more than we need donations. I initially posted the donation link when we hired a tracker dog ($100/hr). I pulled it because I was incredibly surprised at how generous people were. I put it back because several people asked where it went.
Still, I’m really quite troubled by the thought that anyone thinks this is a bid for money. Consequently I’ve pulled the donation link from the front page, but I’m going to leave it in this post.
*** I took down the link again because we haven’t needed to spend much money lately. I’ll put it back if we run low, but mostly we’re just waiting, and waiting, and waiting -AS ***
Every bit helps, but please only donate if you can afford it. We will use the money mostly for funding tracker dogs and our PI, which adds up fast. If we have anything left over it will be donated to Sato (PR Street Dog) rescue organizations. A complete accounting will be published here. THANK YOU!!