March 11, 2013
I cannot speak to the abilities of the Werners to care for the animals. I can, however, speak to the incredibly inflated salaries - well over $300,000 between the two of them. I am a 27 year nonprofit CEO who has worked in organizations with much larger budgets - and I have never earned what he is paying himself. As a lifelong animal welfare advocate, this truly saddens and appalls me - no one goes into these fields to get rich - and while I wholeheartedly support the mission, these people are totally outrageous in their compensation, and I will not give to their organization as a result. Guidestar does annual nonprofit compensation surveys, as does NonProfit Times, and as do others. The NonProfit Times guide for 2012, for the record, suggests that for organizations with budgets ranging between $2.5 million - 4.9 Million, the CEO averages $119,167; the median is $110,500.
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