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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Working to end animal cruelty.

Target demographics: Pasado's Safe Haven works to end animal cruelty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: animals by investigating over 415 cases of neglect and abuse. We successfully performed over 3,000 spay/neuter surgeries to income qualified households and provided over 5,000 lbs of dog and cat food to local residents. Over 150 domestic and farmed animals call our sanctuary "home" on any given day

Geographic areas served: Washington State and beyond

Programs: Spay/neuter assistance to low income households, pet food bank programs, cruelty investigations, animal rescue for both farmed and companion animals, and outreach and education.

Community Stories

147 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ashley165

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Pasados is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done. The grounds are amazing! Each and every animal gets the absolute best care when they go there. Each dog gets its own cabin and yard! The kitties have hundreds of toys and multiple catios to choose from. The farm animals have fields to roam and play in. Pasados truly is the definition of animal sanctuary. I feel so honored to be apart of something so amazing with a group of people who truly love animals and enjoy spending their time helping them and loving them.

Stacey58

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at Pasado's began at a tour during the holiday season. I was so moved and inspired by the work they do, I just had to be a part of it! When I am able, I enjoy every minute on the farm and never regret joining the volunteer team. ☺️

1 Kyle35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Kyle Nelson, owner and operator of Kyle's Dog Training. I have been a volunteer at Pasado's for over 3 years and it was because of my experience with the dogs there and cruelty investiagtor Kim Coon, dog lead Caroline Milleson and many others that I found my true passion in life: working with dogs. Pasado's is a top notch non profit organization whose staff and volunteers work tirelessly to save dogs, cats, chickens, donkeys, horses and cows from cruel situations, puppy mills and hoarders. My experience volunteering there has been an amazing one and I know they will continue to do the exceptional and inspirational !

2 Elise6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pasado's is such a magical and inspiring sanctuary. There are so many rewarding volunteer opportunities and I never leave without a huge smile on my face. The staff and fellow volunteers are all very welcoming and the adorable animals of all species can teach you so much about love and compassion and forgiveness. What can beat saving animals with stunning mountain views?

2 Robin153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pasado's is a haven for such a range of different animals. So often, charities focus on animals the public sees as pet-worthy, and forget particularly about those considered 'food animals'. Whilst I'm not strictly vegetarian or vegan, the levels of abuse on factory farms concern me greatly and I appreciate Pasado's thinking of any animals being mistreated. Also, they are often first responders in emergency cases like the terrifying rape and hanging of a dog in WA recently. They help witness to local authorities the concern for animal abuse going on out of the public eye and a need for vigilance. They are also a haven for a range of volunteers - whether you have experience or not, you only need a compassion for innocent creatures. Knowing Pasado's exists helps me to sleep at night, in a world so filled with greed and the mistreatment of innocent creatures. Thank you, Robin Sanders.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with animals for 12 years. When I came across Pasados, I loved their mission and wanted to help. I've been a volunteer for almost 2 years now and can't say enough great things. They are dedicated and truly care about their animals. They go above and beyond to make sure the animals are happy and taken care of. I'm so happy that I chose Pasados as my happy place. I go every week because it makes me so happy to see how happy the animals are. Thank you Pasados for being so amazing!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering some time at Pasado's Safe Haven, and the first thing I noticed was how clean the facility is, and how concerned they are, not only with the animals health, but their mental health also. The male goats they saved were all loving, gentle animals, well socialized not only with humans, but with other goats. I'm very impressed with this facility.

1 Christi10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Pasado's since Feb 2015. I love the open and welcoming atmosphere at the sanctuary. Everybody is there for the animals and no matter their job title, they are more that ready to help with whatever needs to be done. I have learned a lot and made some great friends.
Pasado's Safe Haven is a leader in animal welfare. They educate the community and fight tirelessly for the animals.

1 Samantha83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is samantha and I've been with posado's for a over 2 and a half years. I work with the dogs and cats. My time here has been amazing,eventful,and truly a blessing to get to know the staff and the animals here. My time with them has changed the way I see things and how I could help in ways I couldnt.

1 Melody13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a low income senior. Recently I adopted sweet little poodle who WS retired young , because she ate her pups. When I got her, she was intact. Pasados wZ able to spay her microchip her flea treatment and worm meds give all her shots And a little cone this ngfor her head. Oh, and pain meds. For 40.00. 7 days in and my little poodle is feeling great. I could not afford to give all of this for the prices my regular vet charges. The pet food bank and rescue and rehome, as well as the feral cat fix And release, are done so well, the patients are treated well, and the pet parents don't feel a stigma About being poor. Special consideration was given to me be cause I am hearing impaired. This will be my legacy, to support such a wonderful organization. I my not have much, but what I have will go here.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

**** SHADY ORGANIZATION****

Not so safe haven.!!

I feel so bad for the animals left at Pasados, they are total control freaks and the Executive Director Laura Henderson has NO animal background or experience to run an animal rescue facility PROPERLY! She cares more about looking good in the public eye and scrutinizing and browbeating people to be vegan then what's important like actual rescuing animals in need, adoptions and proper care of the animals.

**** Fraud, intimidation, trespassing - Pasado's has a long history of fraud. Fraudulent fundraising and fraudulent use of money. A long history of slander, bullying, intimidation and harassment. Why do you think the Attorney General keeps a close-full watch on them??

Do your research before you give this group money! It goes to the Executive Director Laura Henderson & Director of Rescue and Investigations Kim Koon's over inflated salary!!!

A lot of people HAVE had concerns about this place for a long time.
If people questioned them they would be told with a quickness Pasado's would sue them. Or better yet fire them if they were an employee wanting better care for the animals, Laura Henderson has done this on many occasions.

Laura Henderson hired a Victoria Secret retail employee who had no prior sanctuary, rescue or Animal Care Management experience to become the Animal Care Manager to oversee all animal care.

This person was responsible for a diabetic cat named Ian to receive Insulin at certain times or he would go into diabetic shock & have seizures, Ian under the Animal Care Manager's supposed supervision relapsed and almost died many times because of her not getting up in time to give Ian his insulin ! MANY caregivers came to Laura about concerns that the Animal Care Manager was not giving several animals their medications on time and or at all Chester the blind pony for example was supposed to get his medication yet, there were many occasions where he did not causing him to become sick and be in pain. Their outside Equine Vet who is very credible has these "Lack of care issues" written in her notes that she gives to Laura Henderson- The vet was very concerned that Chester was not getting his medicine and stated as such!!

**** 5 Animal Caregivers soon quit because of lack of animal care that fell on deaf ears thanks to Laura Henderson not having any animal care experience or knowledge.

**** Whalen the newborn calf that was brought in through Monroe Animal Control NEVER did see a vet while he was alive at Pasado's only after when he had already died- he rallied for 3 or 4 days suffering yet NO vet was ever provided!! Why??

Isn't Pasado's supposed to help animals?
After all isn't that why Pasado's even exists is to help animals?

Law enforcement and animal control in Snohomish Co. refuse to work with Pasado's due to their ineptness. There are plenty of other worthy and HONEST charities and rescues out there who would use your money wisely. This organizations is not one of them!!!

Do not support Pasado's they are money grubbing media whores. Not much of your donations go to the animals' ACTUAL care.

****The horse supplements have been cut out as the Executive Director Laura Henderson has no concept or knowledge of animal care and feels that's an expense that is not needed , all of the horses have issues so the supplements are NEEDED, their own outside equine vet has told the Executive Director -Laura Henderson that cutting out the supplements was a bad idea. While the rest go to the enormous salaries of the Executive Director-Laura Henderson and her inept Director of Rescue and Investigations- Kim Koon who couldn't catch a clue even if it was her own dog's name!

**** The Executive Director Laura Henderson & board President sent out emails to ALL employees & Volunteers that they had to write good reviews on guide star to boost the ratings and make Pasado's look good while burying the bad reviews. Isn't that fraudulent right there?? The so called "good" reviews are biased and written by staff, if they want to keep their jobs of course they will write good reviews.

**** The Executive Director- Laura Henderson won't pay for critical medical care of dogs older then 9 years old, she has a $300 dollar limit on older animals. Why take them & promise the Donors the animal's will get the best care in their last years,months or weeks?

I'm sure the DONORS have no idea of this going on !!

****They buy animals ( goats, pigs, fowl) for tours to fill up the yards to look good for donations instead of actually going out and rescuing animals in need. Yet they spin it as a rescue, it's pathetic, yet it's much easier for the Director of Rescue and Investigations Kim Koon to purchase an animal then do her job of actually investigating and taking animals out of dire situations.

Stay away from this organization it is shady and misuses funds!! Pasados's needs to be shut down and the animals rescued from this so called "safe haven

Review from Guidestar

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 13 years and a recent addition to the Board. I have had first-hand experience with PSH on many levels including the activities around rescue, cruelty investigations, tremendous attention to the well being for animals in their care on and off the premises, legislative efforts and the admirable stance on engaging with the public to strengthen all of the above as well as to foster awareneness of the truth in sanctuary for all life.

PSH has my support in their efforts to grow what I feel is a strong foundation with significant potential to be an even greater force in caring for lives while maintaining a leadership roll in the work to end all cruelty and suffering.

1 Kim_W

Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful place where farm animals as well as cats and dogs can live in comfort while recuperating or waiting to be rehomed. The staff here is so dedicated and compassionate. A small organization that does a lot!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I rehabbed 3 of the Fox hounds rescued by Pasado. These beautiful animals might have been put down without the wonderful job PSH did to get them the help they needed. We were able to find 2 of the fixies great homes. One, we fell in love with and adopted!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted one of the Chehalis fox hounds from Pasado's. This dog was so damaged from the hoarding environment he was saved from that even now, after almost a year, he's still extremely shy of people - but he's learning what a dog does. The quality of care at Pasado's is second to none - I know that Dooley (our bundle of joy) has a special bond with the Pasado folks that looked after him - and he's building that with my wife (it's more slow going with me).
I've been to Pasado's a good number of times and have never, ever, regretted the middling-large sums I directly donated or enabled the donation of to Pasado's.
Pasado's staff, in personal acts of good will, have also helped us incredibly in bringing Dooley around (and I hate to say, caring for him when we left town - life savers!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first got introduced to Pasado's through a co-worker so when I wanted to adopt a dog I immediately thought of Pasado's. At that time Pasados still had many of the rescued foxhounds (they were rescued from a sever hoarding case) available for foster or adoption so I signed up. The staff was excellent and helped me with any and all questions. They were very frank with some of the things I could expect to encounter with one of these special dogs as well as making sure I didn't have any unrealistic expectations of what these dogs could handle in the beginning. When I went to look at the dogs the staff was very helpful in helping me pick the right dog for me and my situation. I went to look at one dog but, after speaking with the staff, I ended up with another. I thank every person involved for helping make that decision. I started fostering Truman and, after 5 months, adopted him. He is one of the best decisions I have ever made and I know that he would not be in my life if it wasn't for Pasado's and all of the help and guidance I received from the staff. I continue to support the organization and fully recommend anyone looking for a new animal start there. The staff will be honest with you and will make sure that you do not go into it without knowing what you are getting into. Thank you Pasado's for helping me find my hound - he makes me smile every day and life would not be nearly as enjoyable without him.

Susan399

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I started out fostering a foxhound that came from a hoarding situation. Our dog was one of many that Pasado's helped rescue from horrible conditions. The staff at Pasado's were so helpful giving us much needed advise and guidance before and after bringing Chuck home, we could not have done it without their support. We eventually adopted Chuck, there really is not a day that I don't feel grateful having this guy in our lives, he makes us laugh, he makes us proud of the dog he has become. I can't imagine what his life could have been without Pasado's.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am disheartened to read some of the previous negative reviews about Pasados. I have been working with their organization for the past 3 1/2 years and have found their people to be caring, compassionate and very dedicated to helping animals in need. While volunteering for another organization I was approached by a man who had been observing a travel trailer parked on a street with around eight cats and two dogs confined in it. I checked out the situation, contacted one of Pasados animal abuse investigators and they responded immediately, worked with the local police, and removed the animals. They do a fantastic job removing animals from abusive situations, rehabilitating them, and then finding appropriate loving homes for those animals.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pasado's Safe Haven is a well managed, efficient organization fighting animal cruelty on four fronts with separate programs. I got involved when my daughter started volunteering on Saturdays. My exposure to the animals at the sanctuary and the incredible staff compelled me to get involved.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

While on the Pasado's tour, my son said "I didn't realize animals were so funny, or had personalities."

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Do your research on this organization! They have a very sorted past! They are corrupt and are masters at veiling the truth.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The financials are public now, and the executive director makes just $50,000 a year. My husband and I have been volunteering at Pasado's for over a year and love everything about it, from the way they treat the animals to their message about animal welfare, including veganism. It's a beacon of hope in a world of factory farming. Thank you, Pasado's!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Pasado's mobile spay/neuter clinic intended to assist the low income residents of King County. There is also one for Pierce County. I have extensive experience with medical care for animals from working at a vet and owning a farm, so I thought I'd try out offering some hours as a volunteer. My supervisor/trainer is very sweet and very good at dealing with the public, I have learned so much from her and am very thankful for each opportunity I'm given. The amount of patience she has is astounding because I normally dislike working with the public. It can be very nice when you are thanked and appreciated but when you are on the receiving end of rudeness or someone doesn't listen to instructions or what have you, it can really bring you down and make you want to quit. Yet the employees continue on with their life's passion. I have no doubt that they could be making more money with a different medical facility but I have to admit, it 's kind of fun assisting with surgeries inside the back of a custom mobile home, so there are perks!
So I've read some other reviews including negative ones and wanted to tell others of my experience with this organization. I have worked with only educated, intelligent professionals that are caring and helpful. If there is any comment to be had of volunteer turnover, it is only that it is the nature of volunteers to come and go. It is amazing how our volunteer coordinator can schedule that many volunteers not truly knowing if they might flake out and not show up. She deserves a medal!
As to any comments about the earnings of board members or whatever, considering the amount of work it takes to run a company - let alone, a nonprofit, several animal medical clinics, rescue facilities, and forge then KEEP relationships with other animal welfare services and donors.. they deserve a hell of a lot more than $63K or even $100K, whichever it is in 2015.
I look forward to many more hours volunteering with these great people at a great nonprofit. Thank you to everyone there and the other volunteers that give their time, as well as those who cannot offer their time so they offer monetary donations instead.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this wonderful organization, Pasado Safe Haven. If anyone deserves higher salaries it is people like them.They bear witness and is a voice to animal suffering, they take action to end it forever, and send out an energy field of love and compassion to comfort these Farm Animals. I support them because what they do must transform the hearts and souls of those who support the cruelty of all animals. I donate when i can, because i am humbled for the work they do.

14

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Just some quick, but important clarifications, for previous posters:

The $63,000 figure you report was the salary of Pasado's Interim Executive Director; if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that the organization's current Executive Director makes over $100,000. Not quite as comparable with other rescue organizations...

As a past insider, I can assure you that the vast majority of employees were not "pushed out" due to the organization's vegan policy. Although this policy remained somewhat contentious among the staff, the mass exodus of employees from late 2013 to early 2014 stemmed from animal care failings and management wrongs committed against fellow employees--the type of people who recognize that equality campaigns lack tenacity and integrity if lacking inclusivity (i.e., that the humans involved in the campaigns must also be treated with respect and fairness), often refuse to continue working in environments that have not yet grasped this fundamental concept. And, even those who overlook this hypocrisy, simply cannot stand by and watch rescued animals receive sub-par care from an organization that claims to and can afford to do right (in fact, goes so far as to claim itself a "premier" national animal rescue organization).

Finally, I think it's unfair to claim that those critical of this organization have an "axe to grind". This site is about bringing to light things that those outside of organizations would not know, which, unfortunately in the case of certain non-profits, are ugly; but that doesn't make them less true and, by some accounts, makes them even more important to voice. It's great for you if you're a supporter of the organization, but reporting false information and directly relaying the hollow words of current management, while criticizing those who have important information to share, doesn't help the animals or support the purpose of this webpage...except from Pasado's perspective, given management's adoration of easily-achievable accolades that require no proof of fitness (like the "Great Nonprofits" stamp, earned by positive comments from unidentifiable members of the public, who are too often current employees and their family members).

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Linda LaMar 09/24/2014

If you would like to have an above board, productive conversation about any concerns you have with Pasado's Safe Haven, past or present, please contact me at lindal@pasadosafehaven.org.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before starting to volunteer at Pasado's, I read about the trouble its founders (no longer there) had with the state and found that its new CEO's pay ($63K/year) was the same or less than that of other sanctuaries this size. I also saw a few negative comments here and so read further. It seems the new CEO pushed out some people who insisted on eating animal flesh and secretions while on the grounds of a sanctuary that's attempting to save animals from that exact fate. Good for her! So I started volunteering -- and I have loved it and seen the new management make the most wonderful changes for the animals in terms of space, the expertise and passion of employees, and the overall quality of care. I'm surprised the critics continue to grind their axes here. Very selfish. I hope they'll move on, for the sake of the animals.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in Kitty City for about a year-and-a-half. Great place! I only stopped because of time constraints (It's a 45 minute drive each way for me). I miss it.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Years ago I found Pasados online by accident. It quickly became a place I wanted to visit in person! As a resident of Washington State I am thrilled a place like this exists here in my own back yard! I finally got to go attend one of the tours and was treated to a joy-filled afternoon of visits with the animals who are lucky enough to call the sanctuary home. Each and every person I met who was employed there was professional, friendly and had so much information to share. They shared the animals stories of rescue and recovery, they were compassionate and absolutely devoted to the welfare of animals everywhere. In the last several years I have called them for resources when I've seen or heard of abuse in my community and they call right back if you don't get them on the first call. They were willing to share whatever information they could help me with and never act like its an imposition. The facility is clean, the animals very happy and well taken care of. Its such a beautiful place and I cant thank them enough for their zero tolerance to animal abuse. They don't just say that - They embody that. They work for the animals and work very hard. From life saving help to educating the public, providing food and mobile spay/neuter services for low income pet owners *these folks never rest. I am so thankful for Pasados Safe Haven. ♥

Alison Meyer

3 Sharon115

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know one of the staff members of Pasado's Safe Haven personally, and cannot think of a better advocate for animals. There is an extremely high level of integrity and professionalism at Pasado's, or my friend would not work there.

4 Elaine J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pasado's spade my dog free because I am low income senior. While they had her out they noticed she had some puppy teeth that hadn't fallen out and her new teeth where coming in. So they extracted them. That was very nice Thank you.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were wonderful a very helpful getting my cats fixed. I could not have gotten them fixed any other way. I appreciate their help very much.

2 Auntie2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I knew the donkey named Pasado who used to live in peace at a farm near a city.
I was outraged at his senseless death, but inspired by the group who took his name and changed history.
I am so proud of the ceaseless, selfless work that this non profit has done for my state of Washington. Crimes against animals are now punishable by real jail time, removal of the abused, and fines to hit places like puppy mills hardest.
I understand completely Pasado's use of the media to spread news of abusers; I am impressed by the Spay Station and ALL volunteers. They get the farm work, educational tours, rescues, court appearances and, fostering, spaying and neutering DONE. DAILY. Dedicated and deserving of any award.

2 Kelly131

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

14 years ago I had the opportunity to volunteer at Pasados Safe Haven with the veterinarian I was working for. Their care, compassion and concern for the well-being of the animals was exponential and impressed me then. They continue to do great work by advocating for animal welfare and to educate the public. Pasados has helped to fill a void that is badly needed, a mobile spay/neuter/vaccine service for people who cannot afford basic veterinary care for their pets. I believe in what they do.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watching the work done by the members of Pasados is astounding. They care deeply for the neediest creatures on our planet. They do a vital service not just for the animals in their care but for humanity.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adore Pasados. I volunteered during the Katrina disaster. While there, I had the opportunity to meet the leaders, staff and other volunteers. The work they do there is solid and with the highest ethics. They truly are a voice for those who have little or none. I only wish I could continue to commit time to volunteer.