Save A Pet, Inc.

Rating: 2 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Animals, Sports

Location: 67600 18th Ave PO Box 602 Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 USA

Mission: Since our begging in 1985 Save A Pet,Inc has grown considerably. To date we adopt over 1000 animals a year, so another 1000 a year come in. We have built a private vet clinic for homeless pets to insure all are spayed before adoption and to care for the City of Desert Hot Springs sick and injured strays. We also provide a place where the city can have it's animals fixed. This co-operation with the city of DHS has resulted in 0% of all adoptable pets killed due to over population. Two years ago it was at 75% to 80%. Our goal is being met. We are a volunteer organization and have Disabled children from Riverside County School District walk, pet, and brush our lifers. On alternate days the foundation for the Retarted come and interact with counselors to supervise the children's smiling faces.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I noticed on the Attorney General of California Website under the charities section that save a pet registration # 056811 City Indio has submitted their RRF-1 in July of 2012 and that it was rejected because no 990 report was attached and an independent audit was not done. On the RRF-1 fiscal year ending December 31 2011 it states that save a pet has total assets in the amount of $1,949,995.00 and that the gross annual revenue is $4,099,847.00. An incomplete form notice was sent to save a pet December 7th 2012. According to the law State governments typically regulate the independent-audit requirement based on income – whatever the source. For example, in Pennsylvania, nonprofits that receive more than $300,000 in funds must file an audited financial statement with the Department of Revenue. In California, gross receipts totaling more than $2 million carry a similar requirement. Some states require an audited statement simply by virtue of fundraising there, regardless of where an organization’s headquarters may be located. WHY SAVE A PET DOES NOT KNOW THIS REQUIREMENT IS QUESTIONABLE OF A NONPROFITS ABILITY TO HANDLE THEIR AFFAIRS PROPERLY. This nonprofit was in the news just a few months ago regarding a break in on their property and asked for donations of food that was stolen and got other things donated. They played the public and had a lot of money already to take care of their affairs. If they had so much money why did they not put in security cameras after their first break in on their property. Also the review about lend a paw concerns me that a director at save a pet is involved with the mess of over $400,000.00 embezzled from that group. Save a pet needs a audit committee and maybe some new board members that know what they are doing especially with that kind of money involved.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Thom Davis the old director and the accountant were let go from save a pet in February of this year thank god. Thom Davis also has a felony record as the Yahoo reviews reveal. Also Thom Davis family members still work at save a pet. I hear that one of the director's their at save a pet is involved with another non profit Lend a Paw that is missing $409,000.00 as is stated on their 990 IRS report. (public record). I wonder were that money has gone?

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I hear that they still have Thom daves family members working at save a pet and I wonder why the review from Lepold says otherwise. I would like to know how much money was received by the woman in Palm Springs last year millions I hear and read about? I see that the place was investigated by several agencies according to the yahoo local reviews. I see that Thom Daves and his accountant may have been let go and why? These questions should be answered and there should be no secrets about what happened. I could change my mind about the way I feel if I get answer on this site.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

All of these reviews are out of date. Tom Daves and his family are no longer at the shelter. The rats left when he left it was an easy fix for the new management. This is an old shelter that had to be extensively improved, and has been done so. The remaining staff are kind and dedicated to the animals. Save-a-Pet quietly does much good work un- announced and rescues many animals from the city kill shelters. 400 dogs and over 200 cats found loving homes last year. It has been 30 years a no kill shelter, and now implements a low cost clinic for spay and neuter and a feral cat program. There are many thousands of animals that owe their life and happy home to this shelter. It is so easy to criticize.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I feel that the veternarian board investigation and code enforcement investigation have been justified. The vet board did cite save a pet and Dr. Bohn (public record) There is still a open code enforcemnet case. I feel that with Thom Daves felony record (drug charges) and with all the mismanagement of this nonprofit that Thom must be removed from the board. I don't think it is appropriate to have his family there working and making money. I looked back on save a pets 990 reports and it appears that Thom Daves did not get paid from 2005 all the way up to 2008. I was told by others that he was geting paid cash all those years. Thom Daves did finally report his pay in 2010 stating he was paid over $41,000.00 for the year 2009. I also don't agree that loans should have been taken by Thom Daves and Robbie and that loans are supposed to be approved through the attorney general. This is not right and I pray for save a pet and the animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Complaint

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

REMOVE THOM DAVES FROM THE BOARD AND HIS FAMILY.

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9 people found this review helpful

I used to work for save a pet last year and know that there were rats inside and outside of the buildings. I still talk to a employee there and was told that the Vet Board has been there and that now the rat problem will be taken care of. Thom Daves was hardly at the shelter when I worked there and Thom Daves favored his family which was innapproriate. Thom Daves let Kevin the kennel manager verbally abuse other employees. I reported Kevin to Thom Daves but he would just excuse things. Some of the dogs had flystrike and it was left untreated to the point that the ears became bloody and infected. The dogs were hardly walked and became lonely. I don't think that Thom Daves should be running save a pet as well as having alot of his family working there. This is like a family bussiness and should be run like a non profit. GET SOME BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY. If you have chosen new board members tell the public who they are. The 4 MILLION DOLLAR DONATION that is being recieved is great for the animals and I know that Ann Woods said on KMIR that they are not receiving the money for 6 or more months from now. I wonder why it is taking so long to get the money?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the neglegence

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

GET NEW BAORD MEMBERS

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I just don't understand how Thom Daves can be a Voting Board member along with his wife and I know that from other reviews on Yahoo local that they have there friend Robbie Phillips on the Board. Should they have a larger Voting Board I say yes and from my opinion I don't think Thom or his wife should be voting members and maybe not Robbie Phillips due to a possible conflict of interest. I don't think it is appropriate to have family control on the Board as well as alot of employees that are family. I know of other organizations that do not have family members on the Board. I hope that they get a new Board and post the information regarding who there Board members are as well as officers. (see Yahoo local reviews)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See yahoo local reviews

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

would chose all new voting Board members and hire a executive director to help the organizations day to day operations.

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