1. The shelter environment was crowded and chaotic. It was difficult to determine who was in charge (which can be perfectly understandable in this type of organization).
2. I was allowed to foster and then adopt my dog unaltered, with only a contract to spay, which I feel is unacceptable knowing of the serious overpopulation problem. (I was a responsible adopter and did the right thing but I don't think it shows enough of an effort on their part.)
3. Their no-kill philosophy sounds wonderful, and is certainly something to strive for, but unfortunately they house many animals with what I would classify as serious behavior problems, etc. for very long periods of time in a stressful facility.
4. They have a beautiful website and are registered as a 501(c)3 but beyond information about the founder, there is a lack of transparency about who the board of directors is, etc. Upon questioning various volunteers I learned that their board of directors are all family members, some of which are paid salaries. (This was the biggest red flag to me even though it could be perfectly innocent).
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I wouldn't trade the dog that I adopted for the world. Rescued animals are the best!
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
1. Add a touch of professionalism and eliminate some of the disorganization. 2. Incorporate an active rehabilitation program and alternative housing for the animals that aren't getting adopted. 3. Definitely more transparency is needed for donors to base their contributions on.