My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Pal Animal Sanctuary, Apple Valley, CA, USA
PAL Humane Society I will admit is a great concept, it may seem like everything is great there but that’s what people think until they get closer to its director. Cathi Schlintz is a manipulative control freak that does not know how to run a business properly. I volunteered at PAL at twelve years old in their Explorer Post 156. At first it seemed awesome because this was the only animal shelter that I could volunteer at, not to mention the only no-kill shelter in our area. But this program was not run properly at all, it was disorganized, and disappointing. How is this a no-kill shelter when Cathi euthanized the remaining dogs they had in their care that were deemed, “unadoptable.” There is no such thing as an unadoptable animal! The rest were sent to a shelter on Zooney Road, which they had where the dogs had three days to get adopted until they were euthanized. My parents took over running the Explorer Post that allowed kids to interact with animals cleaning cages, training the dogs, playing with the animals, and walking them. We had to go through all the regulations first, of course but after several children were finished with the training, including me, all we got to do was clean up after the animals. I am a strong supporter of the motto “poop time before play time.” But when would we get to have our much deserved playtime? We cleaned cages, scooped litter boxes, swept floors, and cleaned windows. When it was time for us to be able to play with the dogs, or pet the cats they told us that we weren’t allowed. Every day after we had our meetings we vacuumed the floor of the office we were using, picked up the chairs we used, cleaned the windows, and dusted. But in the mornings when we arrived to have our meetings, there were chairs and tables out, and the desk was always a mess. We cleaned up after ourselves, but when the other people who worked there used the room they always left it a mess.
My parents were trying to get the Explorer Post on track and they were doing an awesome job. They got us through all our training but every time that they tried to do something to get us up and running, Cathi fought them every step of the way. They were accused of stealing money from the Explorers. Although every time they needed to make a purchase they sent them to the office.
We adopted three animals from PAL Humane Society, one cat, and two dogs. The dog we had fostered, he is an extremely sweet dog. But Cathi hadn’t even tried to find him a home all she did was use him for their “Prison PAL Program.” Which is a good program, it uses dogs from the shelter that live along side in-mates and they have to take care of the dogs and train them. But we had to keep taking him back to PAL, where he had to stay overnight. Every time we grabbed the leash for him to go in the car he ran and hid. It was very sad for us, because every time we grab the leashes the dogs we had before we got him lost their heads because they knew that they got to go for a car ride. So we decided that we couldn’t do that to him anymore and adopted him.
We kept fighting and fighting with Cathi. Cathi just shut down the Post without any warning or notification. All the kids were extremely disappointed, because we went through all the training, rules and regulations for practically nothing! Yes, we at least got to be around the animals, but doing what? We were picking up poop, scrubbing floors, sweeping, and cleaning. Like I said I am an extremely strong supporter of poop time before playtime. But we earned our play time, what happened to it? PAL Humane Society is a good concept, and it could be more than a good concept if it were under different direction. But as long as it is under the rule of Cathi Schlintz, it will be run down into the ground.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
To give volunteers what the organization promised volunteers, the leadership, and location.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Yes, I did meet some new friends and I was able to learn how to handle animals a lot better.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Some what good, at least I was able to make animal's lives a little bit better. But mostly my experience made me angry at Kathi.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?