June 10, 2012
I was a volunteer first and then became an employee. Believe me when I say, this organization has been taken over by inexperienced opportunists. I chose to leave Pasado's when leadership of the organization was taken over by Matt and Stacey. The absolute WORST thing they did right off the bat was pay themselves totally inflated salaries, as in the 6-figure range. I have known many dedicated animal advocates over the years and not one would imagine robbing so much money from animals who desperately need it. There are buildings on the property that sit unfinished to this day because there is no money to finish them and utilize them for the benefit of ANIMALS. The money is going in manager's pockets. Any qualified shelter manager would know that in this economy, animal surrenders are up while adoptions and donations are down! Animals sit on death row that could be taken in by Pasado's if they allocated more money for that purpose. One thing that is quite common in no-kill organizations is the lack of knowledge when it comes to animal care. People work as animal caretakers because they "love" animals. This is not enough. Disease prevention and daily care is so specific to all species of animals. And any organization that has the money and wants to run an animal shelter properly should PAY to educate and train their caretakers. But all my years at Pasado's showed me that everyone had to teach themselves. This lead to constant inconsistency and even caused illness in some animals. The cat facility (Kitty City) is a perfect example of this. Multiple cats run loose and share space with each other, passing viruses and parasites back and forth. Males fight viciously with each other. I cannot count how many times I saw the same "fighters" with abscesses on their heads and necks from trying to kill each other. What a peaceful place for a scared homeless cat to live huh? This place is in dire need of restructuring but two major things need to happen: A decrease in salaries and new EXPERIENCED leadership. I don't see it happening, I would advise people to donate elsewhere.
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