Concerned citizens are demanding an investigation today after troubling reports emerged that Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, may have violated the rules of the organization by posting links to personal ChipIn accounts using the official Facebook Pet Pardons application. As some concerned animal lovers have noted, this is not allowed.
As Michele Diane Radics Sherk notes, “Pet Pardons site does not ask for monetary funding for animals … There are many … (unfortunately) with not so pure intentions & take peoples money without actually helping these poor babies!” Teresa Thomas added, “some sick people are mis-useing [ChipIn] and have created false accounts and/or taken the money without actually saving/helping the animal it was created for… it’s really sad!”
Concerned former members of the group “100,000 strong to ban Nathan Kotylak from the Canada Olympic team” have noted that Jeromie appears to have directed people interested in donating to Pet Pardons to donate instead to his personal ChipIn accounts, which appear to be commingled with ChipIn accounts to support his personal website, and to support a proposed rally at Water Polo Canada so that Jeromie could get back onto Ezra Levant’s show on the Sun News Network (now featured prominently on Jeromie’s CV on his site).
Note that, although these events are “organized by Animal Action” and are also hosted at Jeromie’s account at http://animalaction.chipin.com, they have nothing to do with Pet Pardons.
Concerned readers of this blog have also noted several apparent discrepancies between the amounts raised through Jeromie Williams’ ChipIn accounts, and the amounts he actually donated through Pet Pardons Canada. For example, a ChipIn account set up to assist puppy mill victims raised $3,544, but only $3,000 was donated:
A concerned citizen, who does not wish to be named given Mr. Williams’ recent threats, asked: “Where did the other $544 go?” Particularly given Mr. Williams’ promises that “This money will go directly to the animals and to the shelter they are currently housed in.”
In another case, Mr. Williams raised $2,777 for a certain dog through a ChipIn account, but may have donated as little as $1,600. Noting this discrepancy, Liz Schiavone asked that people donate directly to the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing animals in California.
- “WARNING: please be careful of fraud being committed online using ChipIn. Unless you see a ChipIn being promoted on a legitimate website for a legitimate charity, do not give them your money. There are many people who are circulating ChipIns on Facebook and saying it is for animal rescue when really it is just to make money preying on unsuspecting animal lovers. If a ChipIn is not connected to a legitimate charity, be careful!”
- “Chip-In’s are the new scam of the internet predator, BUT not all chip-in’s are fraudulent, you must do your homework, donate ONLY to a trusted source or a 501(c)”
- “As I have said before unless you know the rescue, or the chip in goes directly to a vet, it is never a good idea to donate, you never know who these people are and she is an example of the underbelly that seeks to steal your money, and let down these dogs! Very sad!”
Concerns have also been raised in light of Jeromie’s recent behaviour, which has been exposed on this site in the past week, including his history of fabricating events, people, and even witnesses in his articles for months in order to get on TV (for which Jeromie was fired from his position at the Examiner).
For example, given Jeromie’s many fake online profiles, concerns have been raised about whether profiles such as “Deborah”, who have urged others to donate to Jeromie’s ChipIn accounts (“Is there someone that we can trust to do the right thing with the donations to send it too? … Jeromie would be my pick.”) are, in fact, actual people, or merely “sock puppets” of Jeromie Williams.
Concerned citizens have also noted the irony that the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, which ordinarily saves animals from shelters, has also threatened the beloved pet dogs of the creator of this blog, Kim Johnston:
Until this investigation is completed, we urge concerned animal lovers to donate directly to legitimate animal charities, such as the Humane Society, and to avoid the ChipIn accounts of Jeromie Williams.