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MUSTANG-SPIRIT
March 13, 2011

What an awesome place! I have been volunteering at Mustang Spirit for the past few months. Tania and her husband do such a wonderful job caring for unwanted/abandoned/abused horses. The success stories are heart-warming. The way these animals look at Tania with complete love and trust is nothing short of amazing! You can see that the love she gives them is truly appreciated by these magnificent animals and very much returned! Thank you so much for the work you do!

The Great!

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I volunteer weekly at Mustang Spirit and have witnessed the love and patience given to the horses in their care.

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

I see no changes that need to be made other than to raise the awareness for the need of this rescue.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteer.

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PAL ANIMAL SANCTUARY
February 10, 2011

When I first was hired at PAL, I was so excited to be working for such an awesome organization. I thought I had finally found a place to work that shared my love for animals. The concept of PAL was great, however, I soon found out that things were not as they seemed. The entire organization is based on lies. PAL continually asks the public for donations to fund programs that no longer exist. The “Education Program” was a joke. PAL boasted about having the first Explorer Post of it’s kind, however the kids were never given a chance to learn what the program was intended to teach themand then it was eliminated. The “Prison Program” at the juvenile detention center and at the Federal prison was supposed to rehabilitate the inmates by teaching them to train the rescued dogs to make them more adoptable. This program was only started so that PAL would be eligible to obtain grant money and the dogs never benefitted from the program itself since many times PAL’s own therapy dog and even employee dogs were taken into the facilities. PAL also receives a grant each year from the Herdina Fund, which is supposed to be used solely to help low-income seniors with the vet care that they may not otherwise be able to give their pets. For a year and a half, people who requested the vouchers were lied to on a daily basis when they were told that PAL was out of funding for that program, but in reality, the funds had been spent elsewhere. Staff and volunteers were treated horribly. Donors and board members were/are kept in the dark about PAL’s finances and were always shown unrealistic budgets that were false.
If PAL is the only “no-kill shelter in the High Desert”, why were all the dogs put down when they moved to the new facility because they didn’t want to house them there? And if PAL is in such bad need of funding, then why are they hiring a larger staff, when they are far less animals now since they no longer house the dogs? The only two services that brought an income to PAL (grooming and training) were cut out. Why? The staff went for weeks, and then months without pay, but continued to stay at PAL because of their love of the animals there. But they were berated daily and expected to do twice the work without pay. If they questioned Kathi about their pay, they were given the “oh well” attitude and brushed off. Kathi (owner/founder) has continually falsified documents to hide the truth from everyone. Any staff member or volunteer that got “too close” mysteriously got “let go”. As you can read from all the previous comments, the public needs to take a serious look at PAL and how it is ran. I think the owner has a few questions to answer!

The Great!

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person

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

close the facility

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & ex-employee.