My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Florida
Can anyone tell me if it's legal to place a stop payment on a check that is for a contract that says non-refundable DONATION.
I adopted a dog and was told she was heartworm positive and they would pay for the treatment but the treatment process, recovery time, and chance of her dying were completely downplayed. Just a few days after her immune system started showing signs of problems through skin issues and so I returned her. I was initially told she would be a FOSTER TO ADOPT and my check WOULD NOT be cashed until she was given a clean bill of health. The following week when I signed what turned out to be a full adoption, I was told they needed funds for their account and they were going to cash the check after I asked if they would still be holding it. When she started to get sick just a couple of days later, it took me repeated texts, emails, calls over several days to get any response. I finally drove her back myself to expedite the process. I was then told a couple of days later that they had delayed her HW treatment due to what the vet said were skin issues due to ingestion of something. I had had enough of dealing with the rescue and as my check had not been cashed a week later, and I had no dog and no longer felt comfortable dealing with the rescue, I put a stop payment on it. Three weeks later I receive an email from the director stating I owe them for the adoption fee and her (3) $48.00 fees she received as a result of the stop payment. She "nicely" told me they wouldn't ask me to pay the emergency vet fees (which were quite low for an "emergency" vet) for the "third degree burns" that she had. Another piece of misinformation - after being told two times it was ingestion and then it changed.
I just want to know if I was within my rights to put the stop payment. Should I have to pay them anything or should I just offer to pay the returned fees. This entire process was a complete mess I would like to close.
The contract states: "For the non-refundable donation of $200.00 under the following strict terms and conditions: Any fee paid by the undersigned is a voluntary contribution/donation to enable it to continue saving more lives. The donation is not refundable. This is an adoption - Not a purchase."