SHARK is in dire need of your help right now.
Monday morning, our team left on a mission which included SHARK's Sprinter van, a specially equipped vehicle that has crisscrossed the nation more times than we can count since 2012. About a hundred miles out of town, warning lights came on, and we had issues. Unfortunately, we've had a lot of issues with our Sprinter over the past year or two. Now it is stuck in a repair facility, and we had to rent a van, which can't hold half the equipment, to complete the operation.
• We've logged hundreds of thousands of miles on our Sprinter and pushed it to the point that we can no longer count on it. We need to purchase a new vehicle in order to maintain operational effectiveness, meaning that at any point we are ready to operate on land, on water, or in the air. This one vehicle is equipped with drones, numerous kinds of cameras, an inflatable boat and a generator (for charging drone flight batteries), as well as a large amount of support equipment. It is equipped with spartan quarters for both work and sleep, and a small refrigerator and microwave to minimize stops for food and lodging.
The Sprinter holds more equipment than two vans and gets better fuel mileage than two would. The Sprinter can also tow our boat, the Bob & Nancy (see below), or either of our hovercraft for disasters. No other organization has a vehicle like this, because no other organization does the scope of boots-on-the-ground work that we do.
A replacement vehicle will cost roughly $80,000, and that is money we don't have.
Only a few weeks into dealing with cockfighters in Kentucky, we had them on the run. Then the birds began molting, and the fights were suspended. Now the fights are restarting, and we need to be after the cockfighters not just in Kentucky, but nationwide. The few pigeon shooters that are left are on the run. Rodeos are under pressure because of us, we are exposing factory farms and our drone footage is being used to push laws against the breeding of beagles for experimentation and testing. We can't lose that momentum.
Please forward this alert to everyone you know, especially those who have money to invest in compassion and ending cruelty. Send them our 2020 Year-End video, 2019 Year-End video, 2018 Year-End video and our 2020 Year in Review mailer so that they can see for themselves how highly effective SHARK is for the animals. Year after year - decade after decade - SHARK gets the job done.
SHARK saved tens-of-thousands of lives this past year with our campaign to shutdown canned hunts that violated stay-at-home orders, and just as many lives by shutting down five major cockfighting locations in Kentucky. We also preemptively exposed five other cockfighting locations and stopped them from starting back up. That's only part of what we've done.
We must have a travel van for our work for the animals. This is a necessity - not a luxury
You will find no better value for your dollar than with SHARK. Help us now, and the lives we save will be the lives you save.