Portage County Animal Protective League
Rating: 2 stars 1 review
Location: PO Box 927 903 E Lake St Ravenna OH 44266 USA
Mission: The Portage County Animal Protective League is a private non-profit organization that provides humane officer services, a shelter operation and low cost spaying and neutering for all abandoned, abused, injured and surrendered cats and dogs in this mostly rural community. We receive no state, federal or local funding and rely on the generosity of our donors to fund our efforts. We are operated by an all-volunteer board and all funds raised are utilized to pay our shelter staff and humane officer. Our current facility is in horrific condition and we have spent the last six years attempting to raise the $750,000 we need to build a much needed new shelter, all the while taking care (medically treating, housing and spaying or neutering) all of the animals that pass through our doors.
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I am a long time volunteer with the Portage Animal Protective League. The PAPL has been helping animals for the past 50 years and they have been very good at using both material and financial donations, and working with volunteers until about three years ago. They now hoard and then sell donations, cancel very well supported fund raising events, have a very poor volunteer program and no longer participate in local major community functions. They recently threw away thousands of dollars worth of donated food/treats due to it going bad and being extremely past its expiration date, there was also an infestation of rodents and insects causing damage to non food donations which were also discarded. Staff are not allowed to use any donations for the PAPL animals without have permission from the management. Staff members who have been there for years are leaving, the remaining ones are treated like they are incarcerated.
The management and people in position of authority have no respect for volunteers or fellow staff members and if a problem is brought to the managment or Executive Directors attention you are told it is not your place to say anything or you are ignored and nothing becomes of it. If you speak to a board member about your concerns the Executive Director chastises you, a volunteer, and states that she is the only one who decides what the board of directors needs to know. They also feel that as a volunteer or employee you have no right to tell people in the community, the ones supporting this organization with their time and resources, what is going on and your personal experience with the PAPL. Many volunteers have left and have gone to other organizations. Their volunteer program is basically non existant.
In the past three years (2010, 2011, 2012)( 2013 documents are not yet available as of 11/2013) their revenue from donations are down by tens of thousands of dollars even though similar organizations within a 5 county area have maintained their revenue and support from previous years. Unfortunately the PAPL has alienated many of their supporters, private individuals, commercial businesses, and other non profits, due to their mismanagement of donations, refusal to participate in major community functions and their attitude toward people in the community.
Edited 1-1-2015 : The 2013 financial statement for this orginazation is FINALLY available, one year after the end of 2013. I am extremely disappointed that it took so long for them to file this statement. Why would anyone want to financially support an organization that isn't forth coming with their financial documentation in a timely manner?
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Terminate the employment of the employees who are in positions of authority. Hire qualified and experienced people for these positions, and a qualified veterinarian technician to oversee the medical care of the animals. Replace the current BOD with those who truly care about the welfare of animals in the community and not their business profile. Require ALL board members to volunteer once a month. Respect and appreciate the volunteers and staff and use donations as intended.
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