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Pasado's Safe Haven
February 12, 2012

Well, I have to differ with you when it comes to Pasado's as being a great place for their animals. I volunteered for almost 2 years and started to slowly notice that things were not the same and the care of the animals became 2nd to making a high salary. They sell themselves as a no kill shelter but they killed a young, vibrant blind and deaf dog named Rio in Dec. He had been at Pasado's for way too long and not much was done with him except for a few dedicated volunteers who paid him attention. He was wanted and there were adoption requests but Pasado's was afraid of liability because he had bitten a few people. He was frightened, left alone way too much and he needed something major to help him adjust. They hired a trainer but for a short time and it was too little too late. Several volunteers suggested Best Friends Animal Sanctuary,where they have amazing one on one intense training for dogs in need. Pasado's never even called them for help and then lied about it and said they contacted them. The CEO Matt and his friend and board member Stacy Martin stuck together and decided to put Rio down. The volunteers received a letter on a Friday that they were going to put him down and through out the weekend several of the volunteers tried to stop this and wrote to Pasado's and told them there were 3 adoption requests and they should not do this. Pasado's said they would give it more time but on the following Thursday without warning ,they killed Rio, scared and alone. At least 8 volunteers have been banned from the property. While the CEO makes $175,000 a year , the care for the animals have gone down hill and the adoption rate is nill. They still have the same dogs they have had for months on end with not prospect of a home. No mops were provided to clean the cabins after asking several times. I used my feet and towels with the cleaner to clean the floors but Matt makes $175,000. Salaries went up over a 1/2 million from 2009-2010 and revenues went down over 1 million. They are selling land and have several other locations now in Pierce County, Whidbey Island and an office in Clinton, WA. Why don't they take care of all the animals at the Sultan location? Shame on you Pasado's. I fund raised for you, did adoption events and helped in the office and with the dogs. I am now with another wonderful organization that just adopted out 16 dogs in One Day. Now that is impressive and the dogs and the new owners are happy. How many adoptions has happened at Pasado's, not much if any. I feel for the dogs and animals left behind. Do not donate to this organization. Do your research!!!!!!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer