Do You Know Where That Dog is Going? thread-this stuff happens and there are also issues with adopting shelter dogs without having met them/without support of a rescue-and that often does not turn out well. So sometimes helping a dog get somewhere that hasn't been vet referenced, neighbor referenced, AC officer checked, and home checked is not helping a dog at all.
Finding a rescue that is reputable may also not be the easiest thing to do either:
Check into them carefully.
I agree with pupresq, as almost (?) always!
When it comes to donating, my money goes to IMOM because I know it will go directly to them, then to the vet office of a specific pet in need-and that all checking has been done by that organization (this is for health issues and not necessarily for rescues-though rescues do get help from them).
What I do, that probably annoys EVERYONE, is ask if people who come out of the blue, or who are here but never been approved to adopt anywhere other than maybe a shelter and say they want a dog, have been thoroughly checked out. Or rescues that are really not known, don't have readily available information, etc. Other red flag things...I try to mention. It's why I don't post so much on those urgent threads sometimes.
I do this after having gone on a number of home checks that have had wonderful vet references, good personal references, and that I wouldn't leave a goldfish at.
I would never help facilitate a dog getting anywhere that wasn't checked out. So if you do home checks in your area for rescues, that may be something that will help dogs in general.
Being an advocate for safe saving a dog is something I believe in.
And again, I think pupresq is on target. And thank you for wanting to help.