Pasados is about giving a voice to the abused and neglected animals. I am proud to support this charity that helps so many animals
I spent a few months this summer as an intern at Pasado's, and I absolutely LOVED it. As interns, we worked half the day directly with the animals and half of the day with Dana as our manager. I learned an incredible amount and loved the variety of tasks I was able to help with. All of the staff were very caring and helpful, and Dana especially was wonderful to work with. She set clear expectations and was available for questions if necessary. I would definitely recommend Pasado's to future volunteers and interns!
There is something deeply, deeply wrong with this organization, and I will no longer be giving my time and money to this place. Animals are being neglected, staff is being threatened, and Pasado's continues to take in donor dollars to pay the ridiculous salaries of the inept people in charge. I recently learned that the ENTIRE animal care and vet staff (eight people!!!) has left over the mistreatment of the animals. This sounds like a heck of a lot more than just a couple of disgruntled former employees to me. Something does not smell right at Pasado's, and the stench is not coming from the barns. I regret giving my time and money to this place, because it was used so inappropriately.
LOVE Pasado's! I volunteer every Saturday and look forward to my shifts! Pasado's is a great rescue and wish I could volunteer more often! I highly recommend volunteering here!
The BEST decision I've made in a long time is my decision to volunteer at Pasado's Safe Haven!
I have been thoroughly impressed with the level of professionalism and knowledge of all of staff members that I have had interaction with - including, Dana, Sarah, Dani, Carolin, Heidi, and Brooke. When I am at the sanctuary I can easily see and feel the love the staff has for the animals and think that is phenomenal!
I have been volunteering for Pasados since fall. I fell in love with the work and dedication they have for all animals. My first experience with them was over a year ago when my family and I adopted Trooper a dog that was rescued and dying from Parvo. They saved him from death and now he is healthy and amazing. That is what brought me back to Pasados but this time I wanted to give my time and do what they did for my dog and that is cleaning, playing and just caring for the animals. I have started out my time with the cats at Kitty City. I met the cat lead who was amazing and did a great job showing me what I needed to do to help the animals. As a volunteer we don't always have the most fun jobs. But if you know having animals isn't always fun. They need the litter changed, clean beds, clean water, a clean floor. I don't mind doing this work because it helps the other workers and care givers have time for responsibilities that we as volunteers cannot do. I was even taught how to take the blood sugar on a cat who has diabetes because I come in as early as 6 before the care takes can do their rounds. I was taught this because I was there one morning and he was throwing up and I was worried. I was able to reach the lead and she was minutes away. She then showed me what to do if I found him doing this or other symptoms she described and if it was at specific levels what to do at that point. She did a great job helping me be able to help the cats if an emergency happened and I was they only one in Kitty City. I was shown the ER number that I was also instructed to call at that point in time as well.
I was trained to help with a new program that she started for the cats that needed special attention with socializing, I loved this because I learned about animal behavior and how to gain their trust. I saw a cat that has been at Pasados for a few years and would never come to a human, blossom into an amazingly affectionate soul. He just surprised me. Also a cat that has a very special personality got adopted!!!! That is amazing because I thought for sure she would never get a family and home because she was not your typical lovey cat.
Pasados is running their rescue and sanctuary on a small staff and volunteers. They need more help and I can see that some people may think they can do better. Here is the thing, they are doing the best they can and those animals have clean beds, water, and attention and a home with people who love them. They receive medical care and yes I wish there was more time for love to spread around. I think if we looked at this as we are here for the animals then we would see it differently. These animals have a shot at life and love.
I do know that Pasados tries to educate people on the way animals are treated for dairy and slaughter. Because isn't that what they do, they love and save all animals they can. I am not a vegan and I have never been told or made to feel as though I am a bad person or I cannot be there to help. The cat lead who is now the animal care giver has never made me feel like I was unwelcome to help or has tried to make me vegan.
I think the current animal care giver is trying her hardest to make everything work. I will have you know that back a month or so ago that they were understaffed and trying their hardest to do everything they could for the animals. Their mission is to provide these animals with a beautiful life. They are doing their job, but they need help! Help from volunteers and donations.
I have been grateful to have been able to see what these people do. I have witnessed the result of animal cruelty and the love and care the animals get from being saved by Pasados.
Now for everyone who likes to nitpick others for their hard work I would like to say to you. Try working together as a team and create new ideas of how things can improve because we all know that there can always be improvements in what we do. We are not perfect, mistakes are made (by all), and forgiveness and team work needs to happen.
Lets get back to what we all want and that is to help and make a difference in animals lives. For those of you who want to sit in you negative thoughts that is your choice but I will always live to fight for those who can't. Not just animals but people who are being bullied by others. I feel as though a lot of the negative comments those have to say are very much bulling.
This is hard work and it isn't always glamorous, but it makes a difference to those we see when we go and clean, love on and play with at Pasados. Passion and determination for them is what should be in our hearts not being petty and bulling others.
I've been volunteering at pasado's for a few months now and I liked it when I first started. I really enjoyed coming and spending time with the animals, but I never knew what I was supposed to be doing. I could never find any of the caretakers and when I did they always treated me like I was a nuisance or like I was bothering them. I heard that most of the caretakers and the animal care manager left and ever since then I feel like I'm actually learning things and starting to be able to help more. I met the new animal care manager in kitty city and she was very helpful and friendly and told me exactly what I could do to help. The new caretakers are much more friendly and helpful. Overall I really like volunteering at pasado's a lot more now.
As a donor to Pasado’s Safe Haven I am deeply distressed by recent events. It is disingenuous to take in animals when you don’t have the resources and staff to care for them. Inadequate and untrained staff are not a part of the mission statement.
I have toured Pasado’s in the past. I was impressed by the hard working and conscientious care givers. The facility was well maintained and the animals clearly attended to. Management has changed, and clearly priorities have changed as well. It has become more important to dictate the dietary requirements of the staff on site then to ensure the needs of the animals. As a manager of nurses I clearly do not see the logic in this. What someone eats does not effect their ability to be a compassionate and caring animal caretaker. If you went to a hospital and only wanted vegan nurses you would not receive the optimal care you deserve. Caregivers should be evaluated on skill, honesty, experience, qualifications and ability to work as a team member.
This is an unfortunate and sad event for Pasado’s. I will no longer be contributing to Pasado’s and I would encourage others to do the same.
Linda LaMar 02/13/2014
Dear Discouraged54, Thank you for sharing your concerns. I am glad to hear that you have toured Pasado's and that you went away with a favorable impression. I can assure you that priorities have not changed. We are not dictating the dietary requirements of staff, we are requiring that animal food products not be brought to the sanctuary. This policy has in fact always been part of Pasado's philosophy and the website has carried the following statement under our employment opportunities section for years: "Knowing Pasado’s Philosophy: To be able to work cooperatively, we like to know that we all believe in the same things. For instance, we do not believe in “selective compassion,” meaning that we work for the welfare of all animals. Our kitchens are “animal-free” zones. Our coat racks are “fur free.” If something can feel pain, we believe in defending it, not eating, wearing, or being entertained by it." We hire the best qualified candidates for our positions, we do not discriminate based on dietary preferences and we provide an exception process for employees who have specific dietary requirements. As you suggest, caregivers should be evaluated on "skill, honesty, experience, qualifications and ability to work as a team member". I can assure you that this is the criteria in use. However, It doesn't make sense to us to spend donor dollars rescuing & rehabilitating farm animals who are destined to be food, while consuming products made from those same types of animals in their new home. As an employee of an anti-cruelty organization, a commitment to not consume animal products while on the job, is part of an overall program to raise awareness amongst all employees on the cruelty issues that meat and dairy consumption represent, as well as to explore and be knowledgable about the many alternative foods available. We recognize that food choices are personal and that people can be animal lovers while landing anywhere on the spectrum from vegan to omnivore. I hope that you will reconsider your decision and come back to the sanctuary again. Our animals need your support. If you have any other concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at LindaL@pasadosafehaven.org.
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As a donor to Pasado's, I am excited to see the organization aligning to its core mission of ending animal cruelty - in all its forms. I know there have been some staffing changes as this alignment takes shape, which I think is healthy for the organization and at the end of the day is the best thing for the animals. I know that the employees who remain at Pasado's are excited about where the organization is headed and are focused on the important work at hand. Keep up the great work!
Pasado's Safe Haven is dedicated to ending animal cruelty - in all its forms. I applaud work the organization is doing to align to this mission - including ensuring that all staff are onboard as well. I've seen really positive changes at the organization over the last 6 months and I like the direction it is headed. As a donor and a volunteer I can say that this organization has a lean and dedicated staff who are always looking to make things better for animals. I feel good about contributing both time and money to Pasado's and will continue to do so.
I am very disappointed in Pasados. It has a good mission and idea but has completely messed up in the follow through. The people in charge of the overall decisions are completely out of touch with the day to day running of the facility and expect the caretakers to do more work than is physically possible in a day. Because of this some of the animals are kept in substandard conditions. The office staff and board of directors need to come to their senses. Hiring more staff would be a step in the right direction, but they need to hire people who actually have experience working in this field, not just people who care about animals in the abstract.
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Like many people, my experience with Pasado’s started off positive. I was impressed with the passion for animal welfare shown by all of the staff, and by how well the animals appeared to be cared for. However, as time went on, I became disenchanted with Pasado’s for many reasons. The number one reason for my disenchantment was the lack of follow through in the life of an animal once it was brought to the organization. All of the focus was on the immediate rescue—the glory of removing an animal from a terrible situation. Once the animal was on the property, however, it was forgotten by everyone except the caretakers who took care of it on a daily basis, often at the cost of taking time and care away from other animals. The caretakers were the ones who had to watch as animals suffered due to inadequate care because there were not enough resources or time to take care of everyone properly, despite putting in hours and hours of overtime every week. Despite being constantly short staffed, animals continued to come in, against the protests of the people who actually knew and worked with the animals every day. Conditions continued to worsen as the number of animals increased and the number of caretakers decreased.
Another reason I became disenchanted with Pasado’s was the enforcement of the vegan policy, even when it led to a direct negative impact on the animals. While already two caretakers short staffed, a perfectly capable and qualified caretaker was “let go” for storing a non-vegan item on site. There were no intermediate steps in the process—no verbal warnings, no written write-ups. She was just fired. How on earth does firing a skilled caretaker who took exemplary care of the animals benefit anyone? In all seriousness, can anyone explain how any animals, onsite or out in the world, benefitted from that action? Is the “mission” of being vegan really more important than providing care for the animals that Pasado’s has taken responsibility for?
The final, and most pressing cause of disenchantment for me, was the promotion of a completely inexperienced, unqualified individual as the Interim Animal Care Manager. As a caretaker, she had already proved herself to be inadequate by failing to provide appropriate care to the animals for which she was responsible. She was not experienced enough to know how important it was to inform the veterinarian that a cat (Harvey Dent) was vomiting and had diarrhea for three days, which resulted in him not being treated for Panleukopenia (kitty Parvo) until he was already critically ill, and very nearly died because of it. She never actually learned how to take care of all the animals on the property, despite the fact that she is now responsible for making decisions about the care of every animal at Pasado’s. Her so-called “managerial experience” supposedly qualified her for the position, but she did not prove to be competent in that area either. She neglected to inform multiple caretakers, on multiple occasions, that she switched their days off, in addition to scheduling people to work six, seven, or even eight days in a row without consulting them first. If she doesn’t know how to take care of animals, and clearly doesn’t know how to manage people, why is she still in this position with a strong potential for a permanent promotion? The only reason I can see is that she is vegan, and therefore “more aligned with the mission” than any of the other caretakers (who all had more professional animal care experience than her,) who are not vegan. Pasado’s may as well put an addendum on all of the new job postings that says, “Non-vegans (no matter how well qualified) need not apply,” because that is where the organization is going.
In addition to the Interim Animal Care Manager having no animal care experience, the Executive Director also has absolutely no experience with running an animal shelter. How does the Board of Directors rationalize putting people with no knowledge of animals into power? What right do they have to make decisions about animal care when they have no notion of the consequences of their choices? Their lack of understanding has already led to a dramatic decrease in standards of animal care, and I can only imagine that they will continue slipping.
Don’t just take my word for it—please take a look behind the pretty picture that Pasado’s paints on its website and on social media. The reality is a much darker image than the one presented to the public.
Linda LaMar 02/10/2014
I applaud the fact that you have transparently voiced your position. I regret that before resigning simultaneously with three of your team, you made no effort to air your concerns with any board member. Instead, you chose to anonymously lay down a screed of non-contextual, false and misleading information after leaving the organization. To address some of your points- Pasado's seeks to hire the most experienced and qualified candidates possible for the care-taking roles. A positive, team oriented attitude is also an important attribute for these and all employees because rescuing and caring for neglected and abused animals is difficult, unpredictable work. The vegan policy is one of many policies that are in place at the sanctuary, it is not more or less important than any other policy. We do not require employees to be vegan. Our policy to disallow animal foods is limited to the sanctuary premises. The Interim Animal Care Manager has stepped up under difficult circumstances and is hard at work putting together a qualified experienced care-giving team and training plan. Laura Henderson is a highly competent management professional with a deep abiding passion for animal welfare. Her goal is to put together the best possible team to execute on the mission of the organization and to manage donor dollars responsibly and effectively. As you have also suggested, readers are warmly welcomed to visit the sanctuary for a first hand view of the hard work that goes on there and to visit with the animals. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at LindaL@Pasadosafehaven.org
Pasado's is a great rescue and far exceeds my expectations. I would give it a 10 star if I could. It's unfortunate that Beaarthur hasn't had the same experience that I've had at Pasado's. I've had the pleasure of meeting Matt McNaughton, Stacie Martin, Joan Eads and Laura Henderson. Their hearts and minds are in the right place; none of these people are ruthless or not care about the animals. Regardless of previous employees, it's time to move on and continue the rescue work at this amazing sanctuary. Just because one employee leaves, doesn't mean we should discontinue the rescue. I can't take the exemployee or exvolunteer, Beaarthur, comments seriously because this toxic person is only hurting herself and the animals. Beaarthur continues to attempt to poison the well in various media ways and try to bring down Pasado's, which is just plain sad. So her good friends no longer work at Pasado's...that doesn't mean that Pasado's is doomed to fail or should stop rescuing. Beaarthur hopes Pasado's won't exist, and what a sad state of mind to be in. Pasado's started for reason and it continues its mission because of the public. The public, the donors and the people all over the country believe in Pasado's mission and work. And why wouldn't they? This rescue has placed numerous of abusers in jail, convicted and won many cases and has been a safe haven for thousands of animals. Everyone is welcome to tour the grounds and meet the animals. Life is about loving, caring, laughing, smiling, forgiving, helping, and more loving. Life is too short to try to bring the good down. Choose to help those who cannot help themselves (animals, children, the planet). Choose to be a positive influence, not a negative nelly. Choose love. We have one life to live---live it wisely. I choose to help rescue animals at Pasado's safe haven. It's worth it. Pasado's and its animals are inspirational. Come see for yourself and be apart of something awesome.
My husband and I think so highly of Pasado’s Safe Haven that we recently took an out of town guest to see the facility. Our guest was impressed (as we knew she would be) by the level of care that these animals receive and the professional standards of the sanctuary grounds. We are inspired by what Pasado's does and how effectively they do it and we will continue to donate to this worthy organization.
I am a volunteer and donor at Pasado’s Safe Haven. I am so thankful that there is such caring and effective non-profit in our area that takes in and cares for all of these abused and neglected animals. They do such amazing work with a lean, but dedicated staff. I know that Pasado’s depends solely on donations and the help of a whole lot of volunteers to do the difficult work they do, and I am more than happy to do my part.
I recently learned about Pasado's in the media last week and was blown away by their activism and compassion. I followed their Facebook consistently for the donkey basketball game and so relieved that they cancelled it in Anacortes. I hated that game when my school had it in the 90s. The donkeys were not enjoying themselves. Thank you Pasado's for standing up and going against the norm. These donkey basketball games have gone on for TOO LONG! I continue to follow your Facebook page everyday and will be ready to write to the next school to cancel donkey basketball. I'm so impressed how much money Pasado's was able to raise in a small time for the food bank. Great job! Keep up the amazing work for these animals and informing the public about them.
Donate here it's worth the cause.
My students and I visited Pasado's Safe Haven twice in October and November for our Volunteer Service Day. The coordinator at Pasado's was very generous to let a second group tag along because their nonprofit organization backed out at the last minute. The 2nd group of kids wouldn't have had a Service Day if it wasn't for Pasado's. The kids had a blast while we scooped poop and cleaned pastures. Thank you Pasado's for the wonderful day! We will be back in January of 2014!
Volunteer for 1 year. Volunteer coordinator has never been disrespectful to me or other volunteers that I’ve seen her talk to. She is always smiling and polite to the volunteers, staff and animals. I don’t know what Anonymously is seeing and probably isn’t volunteering at pasado’s anymore. The VC and staff are phenomenal. I will continue to support and volunteer at the haven. This organization is the most amazing rescue I have ever volunteered for.
Please see remarks under suggested changes. Volunteer of 3 years. Some animals have been there since I began volunteering (some up on a steep hill, in a dirty yard, with little social interaction). Volunteer Coordinator is disrespectful and unprofessional to volunteers.
I have been volunteering with Pasado's for 13 years. They are the only group in Washington State who has enacted animal welfare legislation. They are the only group with staff members dedicated to following up on reports of animal cruelty and neglect. The organization has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years, but I have stuck with it because I believe in the mission.
I am proud to have worked with Pasado's for 12 years. My years volunteering there inspired me to quit my teaching job and go to veterinary school so I could help animals in a whole new way. Thanks to this organization there are multiple anti-cruelty laws on the books in Olympia; none of those would exist were it not for this organization. Pasado's is the only organization in the state that works to rescue all domestic animals, including pigs, llamas, goats, sheep, ducks, turkeys, and chickens. Pasado's is the only organization in the state with full-time animal cruelty investigators who respond to reports of animal cruelty. Pasado's is the only organization in the state who has mobile spay-neuter clinics to offer low-cost or free sterilization to underserved or low-income areas. It is thanks to our devoted volunteers, staff, and donors that we are able to provide these services for the animals and pet-owners of Washington State. For every controversial euthanasia that has occured, Pasado's has exhausted every legal route to save and protect those animals. The thousands of animals who have been spared unneccessary cruelty thanks to anti-cruelty laws should be a testament to how much this organization cares about aniamls.
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“I am proud to be a volunteer and donor for Pasado’s. Pasado’s take on tough cases that others often won’t. They have a dedicated team that works very long hours and are always trying to make things better. I am so grateful an organization like this exists to help the animals.”
I am so impressed with all of the caring help and love that the Pasado's staff gives to the animals that they have rescued. There are many wonderful organizations that give help to neglected animals such as dogs and cats. The thing I love about Pasado's is that the organization is committed to taking in all types of animals that need rescue and help - from dogs to hogs to chickens (yes can be subject to terrible treatment just like any other animal) to sheep and horses. I love that I am able to support such a wonderful and successful organization.
Pasado's has made great strides to get back to being a viable organization. According to our 2012 990 over 80% of a donor dollar goes to the cause - rescuing animals. Fantastic, amazing people helping a fantastic, amazing cause.
This organization is a joke. The BOD don't have a clue. The executive director is overpaid! She makes over 100k. that is insane! Why would they pay her that salary? She's not worth it! The other employees don't get paid even 1/3 of what she makes. They stopped rescuing animals and use donor dollars to pay the 100k salary employee. The head honchos Linda and Laura brag about being vegan but never jump in to rescue animals. Two faced. Sickening. This place is sadly not what it used to be. Wake up Pasado's. Put your money where your mouth is! Don't donate here!
Thank you for caring for animals in need, and educating the public about animal welfare issues! Keep up the good work, you really are a GREAT nonprofit!
I've worked for Pasado's for a year and a half and have witnessed the organization make enormous strides in that time.
Pasado's is a wonderful rescue organization and sanctuary. They really put the animals first and have done so much for so many animals and people.
I am an employee with Pasado's and I feel honored and grateful every day for the gift of being able to come to work in this beautiful place, with these amazing animals and the people who care for them.
I see the staff's care, concern and skill with the animals that we all work to save, and the volunteer's dedication to the animals living areas and enrichment activities and I am humbled every day and uplifted at the generosity of the humans who try so hard to be more like the animals we serve. Resilient, enthusiastic, caring and accepting.
In 2010 I had to put down my beloved 16 year old Border Collie/Black Lab mix dog, Sadie. It didn't take long for the for the despair of missing a canine companion to set in. I knew that I must get another dog. It was during my search for a new "family member" that I discovered Pasado's Safe Haven. There was one dog in particular who caught my eye - - and after going back to the website several times, I submitted an application to adopt my sweet Buddy. Buddy had a long and tumultuous journey before ending up at Pasado's. Buddy's story (and his journey) was chronicled in an article written by Tracy Campion - - and I know that many lives were touched by this sweet "happy ending" story. When I went to visit Buddy for the first time, I was simply amazed at the wonderful facility. The dogs had "cabins" that they lived in, sleeping on cots (with blankets)....and the radio turned on for them at night. It was very obvious that the animals in the care of Pasado's are truly loved by all involved with them. Even though Buddy was a senior dog, and I only had the pleasure of having him in my life for two years, I will forever be grateful to Pasado's for the love and care they gave him. I've always said that the staff and volunteers at Pasado's are angels .
February 2010 Pasado's Safe Haven helped my husband and I with a our war dog, Oso, who was rescued from Afghanistan. They rolled out the red carpet for her from the moment she was picked up in her cushy Pasado's "chariot". All of their staff treated her with such love and care. They understood how much she had been through to make it out of the country and how much she meant to our family and the soldiers who saved her life as a very young pup. They gave her a thorough health check, even testing her DNA for serious diseases you find in Afghanistan. They housed her in her own private, heated cabin for her quarantine for rabies. All of their volunteers and staff were beyond caring and loving. They will forever be in our hearts. We have been back to visit and volunteered there once a couple of years ago and they have a great volunteer training and education that was such a joy to attend. Lastly, I have witnessed all of the animal areas and their vetting center and they are marvelous! The vets they have on staff are compassionate and love to help you learn. The living quarters for all their animals is superb, clean and nurturing. I can't tell you how much I love and appreciate Pasado's.
Pasado's is such a great sanctuary with happy, healthy animals! It's a truly admirable organization!
I remember the story of Pasado and how Pasado's Safe Haven came to be. Pasado's Safe Haven has been a household name for many years. It is one of the few places that will take most any animal in need, saving them from cruel and inhumane conditions, treating their wounds, healing their spirits. They find homes for those who have been rehabilitated while others are allowed to live out the remainder of their lives at Pasado's. They work with the public and law enforcement to insure that those who abuse and neglect animals are prosecuted. They travel the country to assist in the rescue of animals in need during natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. Pasado's Safe Haven is indeed an amazing organization.
Pasado's is one of the only places that truly sees farmed animals as the sentient individuals that they are! Promoting veganism and educating people, saving animals from cruelty and neglect and doing low income and free spay and neuter!! This place is wonderful!!!
I was amazed and touched by your organization. Thank you for everything you do for the animals. Keep up the amazing work. It is an inspiring place.
Pasado’s Safe Haven is awe-inspiring in its committment to ending all animal cruelty and suffering, rescuing animals in need, educating the public about animal welfare, and finding forever homes for the animals it's rescued. Pasado's is driven by a dedicated team of compassionate staff and volunteers, whole-heartedly advancing an unrelenting vision of a future free of violence towards all animals. Being involved in the movement alongside Pasado's is incredibly powerful and life changing. Pasado's has saved countless lives and will continue to save countless more. I'm lucky to continue to be a part of the journey!