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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

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoyed attending the Fall Tour, learning about and taking photos of all the animals Pasado's helps, and seeing the sanctuary. I'm not vegan or even vegetarian, but I understand why they support that.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We’ve been volunteering here now for about a year. We just wanted to say every person who works/volunteers here is fantastic! What you guys do here is so heroic. Everyone’s selflessness here amazes us. The animals all just have their own, great personality (even Marlin :)). Every animal (dogs, cats, donkeys, birds, llamas, blind ponies) at Pasado’s didn’t have the greatest start to life. But of course, every animal anywhere deserves a great life! I believe they get their life change the minute you guys rescue them. Pasado’s never ceases to amaze me (in a good way!) and has honestly changed the way I view things in life. Even at school, I won’t stop talking about all these precious animals. My friends have to tell me to hush! Anyways, we just wanted to let everyone know that y’all are the kindest and most generous people I have ever witnessed in action. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to do it with you.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love seeing the animals everyday when I volunteer. The staff are fantastic and passionate about what they do. Ive made some great friends both 2-legged and 4-legged. My experience has been amazing so far at Pasado's. I read a few other reviews & I have not witnessed any of those complaints that others have described. They are missing out on the great things that Pasado's is doing. I am following the awful Stevenson cruelty case of the blown up dog. Way to go Pasado's for stepping in & fighting cruelty!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so grateful for the time I spent during my externship at Pasado's Safe Haven. The animals and people are amazing. I did my externship for only 18 days and it truly inspired me. The workers get up get up at the crack of dawn everyday and dedicate their lives to making the world a safer place for animals. They welcomed me and my other three friends from high school with open arms and welcome baskets when we got to the intern house. Dana the volunteer coordinator made sure we had transportation, food and the necessities when we arrived. She let us use her truck which was great because we were able to explore all of Washington and visit Seattle. I'm going to miss all of the animals so much. I will always remember this safe haven. I recommend doing an externship here

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Pasado's Safe Haven with my son because his school requires him to do community service hours. What a dedicated group of people. If we only had more people like these in our society. Dana Bell was great and very gracious as she took her time to put together a mini document for the volunteering work. My son did very well and even made me proud that he worked hard and caught the chickens, hens and roosters for their checkups and deworming. The experience for both of us was outstanding. We are going back again soon, as I promised them that I would look at some of their chickens for potential fungal infection. I am planning to take my microscope next trip. After working with the chickens and hearing all the horrible stories, my son and I will try not to eat chicken. My son told me he will continue to eat beef until he works with the cows etc. then he will become vegetarian completely. It had a tremendous positive impact on him (as well as on me!).

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for over 3 years and the changes to this rescue in the last month are phenomenal. I was skeptical when some of the key staff left the organization such as Stacie Martin and Virginia Becker. Now, it looks like Pasados is turning around with the new staff and changes. The volunteer coordinator is the best staff change I have seen at Pasado. She is positive, supportive, communicative, and direct. I hope Pasados continues on the same path its on right now.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent charity. I participated in the Starbucks team event and we had a work party here. It was the best team event I ever went to. I learned a lot about the animals and health and the history that Pasado's has in changing the animal cruelty laws on the tour. I wish I could volunteer here on a regular basis but I live too far.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue and their mission is amazing. I visited the rescue last saturday for the first time and my expectations were exceeded. I left the farm feeling satsified with the work I did and the animals I impacted. The staff is hardworking and the animals are well cared for. It is worth your while to get involved with them and help the animals. I told my friends about my experience. Two of them are going to the next volunteer orientation.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I requested to volunteer with my son but he is too young... unfortunately many animal charities don't allow young kids to volunteer so I figured this was going to be an issue because he is only 10 years old. but he wanted to do something with animals for his school volunteer project. luckily, the volunteer coordinator emailed me back the same day and said that my son could help in other ways such as collecting donated items and having a work party at the facility. I emailed my neighbors and they wanted to help too. we now made it into a fun gathering for my son and our friends, something I never thought of. We look forward to meeting the animals and helping in any way we can. We will be there on May 11th with the donated items. Thank you Pasado's for your hard work and this wonderful opportunity for my son and neighbors. I mailed in a check yesterday

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to a volunteer orientation yesterday, and I was pleased with what I saw. I'm shocked by all of these reviews that I just read because I didn't see any of those issues or problems. The staff were very friendly and all the animals look happy. I believe in their mission and what they are doing. I don't know their history but it looks to me that Pasado's Safe Haven is a well-run and well-managed organization now. I'm thrilled to be a part of their rescue and help the animals. The animals deserve it.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I recently discovered Staci Martin is no longer with Pasado’s. I attended many work parties that she had organized. I know anyone as passionate and as dedicated to this organization as she was would never have left, so what happened? That now brings the total to three in less than a year. Three highly qualified and placed women within this organization that for some unknown reason have all left without an explanation of why. These women all were passionate and dedicated to Pasado’s, and none of them would have quit. So what caused this?

Pasado’s board members and the people running this organization need to heed the words of George Santayana; "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. A lot of people feel they are going back down the same slippery slope that the original founder took them down.
The people running Pasado’s don’t know what the founders wanted for this place and even if they feel they do, they certainly are not following it.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The last time I was at Pasado's was in 2011, and I was interested in donating my time and money but decided not to due to poor management, disorganization, and sour staff members. I visited Pasado's Safe Haven last week, and the volunteer coordinator gave me an informational tour of the sanctuary. I am impressed with the changes made thus far. This organization has come a long way in the last 2 years. Most importantly, all of the animals looked happy and safe. The changes are remarkable and positive. I'm going to put my donor dollars here to help them rescue more animals.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If I was rating the animals I would give 5 stars- sadly, my recent visits to the sanctuary have been unnerving when it comes to contact with some of the people. I originally went on a tour about a year ago with several people from my company, after a woman from Pasados had presented at the school of a co-worker's child. We were so impressed, heard sad stories with happy endings and everyone was friendly there. Our tour guide presented truly inspiring stories of each animaI we visited. I have returned 4 times since and have seen a gradual declined in the attitudes of people who work there. The most disturbing was overhearing very hateful and even inappropriate comments about a couple of people there and offensive comments about religion.This was around the holidays and I was downstairs where volunteers sign in. More recently I heard a young man who works there joke about a rooster found dead and full of lice. He made a crack about being itchy. I decided then it was my last visit. This is not the same place I first visited last year.

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Donor

Rating: 1

When I first got involved with Pasado's, I was impressed with their mission and what they had accomplished, I still am. I wanted to be a part of saving neglected and abused animals and help bring starved and beaten animals back to life. I wanted to keep all those unwanted dogs from being murdered by kill shelters and find happy homes for them. Originally I thought this was what Pasado's was all about.

And it is to some degree. But after watching the organization struggle for months, I wish I could still say I want to be involved. This place needs strong leadership to get them back on track, an Executive Director with animal rescue experience and experience leading and managing people. The Interim Director has been there far too long and the board is far too inexperienced. Pasado's lacks common goals and teamwork. It lacks board members that are able to raise money and new donors. Pasado's does not do a good job of spending my money!!! (Just look at the Whidbey Island debacle.)

Please, Pasado's, wake up. Please don't waste this chance to save animals. I can't donate to you until there are changes made and the animals come first instead of your stupid egos.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Effective May 7, 2012, Pasado's Safe Haven is under new management. We are fortunate to have an Interim Executive Director with 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector now leading the organization. Joan Eads is experienced in assessing organizational structure and culture while bringing focus to effectively align resources to our mission. Pasado's has been through a long and difficult transition; a fact that is reflected in many of your comments. As Interim Executive Director, Joan will assist the Board of Directors to determine what course of action will ensure Pasado's future as a premier animal welfare organization. Those who wish to provide input into the process please contact Joan at JoanE@pasadosafehaven.org or LindaL@pasadosafehaven.org.

Sincerely,

Linda LaMar
Board Chair
Pasado's Safe Haven | www.pasadosafehaven.org

Review from CharityNavigator

10

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a volunteer first and then became an employee. Believe me when I say, this organization has been taken over by inexperienced opportunists. I chose to leave Pasado's when leadership of the organization was taken over by Matt and Stacey. The absolute WORST thing they did right off the bat was pay themselves totally inflated salaries, as in the 6-figure range. I have known many dedicated animal advocates over the years and not one would imagine robbing so much money from animals who desperately need it. There are buildings on the property that sit unfinished to this day because there is no money to finish them and utilize them for the benefit of ANIMALS. The money is going in manager's pockets. Any qualified shelter manager would know that in this economy, animal surrenders are up while adoptions and donations are down! Animals sit on death row that could be taken in by Pasado's if they allocated more money for that purpose. One thing that is quite common in no-kill organizations is the lack of knowledge when it comes to animal care. People work as animal caretakers because they "love" animals. This is not enough. Disease prevention and daily care is so specific to all species of animals. And any organization that has the money and wants to run an animal shelter properly should PAY to educate and train their caretakers. But all my years at Pasado's showed me that everyone had to teach themselves. This lead to constant inconsistency and even caused illness in some animals. The cat facility (Kitty City) is a perfect example of this. Multiple cats run loose and share space with each other, passing viruses and parasites back and forth. Males fight viciously with each other. I cannot count how many times I saw the same "fighters" with abscesses on their heads and necks from trying to kill each other. What a peaceful place for a scared homeless cat to live huh? This place is in dire need of restructuring but two major things need to happen: A decrease in salaries and new EXPERIENCED leadership. I don't see it happening, I would advise people to donate elsewhere.

6 Linda79

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I've volunteered for many animal welfare groups over the years and there are always difficult people and things that you would like to see done differently, so when I began volunteering at Pasado's in 2009, I knew there were problems but decided to keep an open mind. What I hadn't experienced before was the incompetence and (as a previous commenter mentioned) opportunistic behavior of the people running the place. For the salaries paid to two people with pet food and low-end perfume backgrounds, they could have hired Wayne Pacelle from HSUS or another very high profile animal welfare non profit leader. Stacie and Matt ran off so many dedicated and passionate people - passionate about animals that is, not money. Then in late 2011 they ran off many long-term volunteers for trying to save Rio, a blind and deaf dog, from execution at their hands. I guess Pasado's is a Safe Haven for opportunistic D-level players trying to double the salaries they'd be able to earn in the private sector; not so much for animals.

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6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

the posted reviews of psh are extremely disconcerting! in the past i contributed financially to this organization although after visiting psh several times i had an uneasy feeling that the place served to realize the founders' dream of becoming "famous" and living the good "country life" more than helping animals. the salaries of the current and past "administrators" are simply obscene and show again that homo sapiens is the greediest and most untrustworthy of all animals.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven for almost 2 years before I was banned for expressing my disapproval of euthanizing a dog that I believed was neglected by caretakers. I had offered to adopt him, yet they decided to euthanize him instead. From the beginning of my volunteering, I watched as the farm wet downhill. In my opinion, the animals were not being cared for properly. Pasado’s owns several large land parcels that were not being used for animals. Instead they threw animals onto small areas of land that were insufficient to meet their needs. They used to let the goats and llamas down to a large area of land everyday to get exercise and stimulate them. They moved their cows from their large roaming land to this area, which took it away from the goats. The goats were going stir-crazy not being able to graze and wander and were crowded into a small area with 4 other llamas. The cows that were moved to this area were starting to suffer. No one would trim their hooves, and in fact, they sent a certified letter to a former employee who was the only one able to do this task, telling her that if she stepped foot on the property again, the sheriffs would be called. The cows were and still are standing in at least 6 inches of mud. A couple of volunteers (now banned from the farm too) and I offered to host a work party to fix their living conditions. I was told that it had to go through management first and that management might decide for us to do something else. We were not allowed to request where we would like to work. After months of offering our help, I was told that the cows’ area would be done by Pasado’s Safe Haven. In acquired about the status last fall and was told by a caretaker that it was never done and that the cows were still living in squalor conditions. I again offered my help to gather a work party and I later received an email requesting me to pay between $5000-15,000 dollars to have this done. This is ludicrous considering that Pasado’s has a net worth of over 5 million dollars. It is also inappropriate to request this kind of money from a volunteer when in fact, Pasado’s should be paying to make sure that their animals are taken care of. The work has still yet to be completed. In the fall, the dog conditions were alarming. Dogs were locked in small cyclone fence kennels for months at a time, with no shelter from the cold, rainy, wet, sometimes snowy elements. The dog yards and houses are meant for packs of dogs, yet there were many yards that housed only one dog while others lived in horrific conditions. While these yards were almost empty, dogs who could have been rescued, were left to die in the shelters. One of the dog yards and house, contains cats owned by a volunteer. It houses no dogs. Why one might ask themselves, isn’t this area being used for rescuing more animals. I recently had the chance to view pasado’s 2010 990 form. I was utterly shocked. How can the living conditions and lack of rescuing more animals be null while the salaries of the executives were nearly doubled from around 600 thousand to 1.2 million in one year!!! I could go on and on about what has happened in my short time volunteering at Pasado’s. I implore you, as a donor, a volunteer, or just an animal lover to take a long, hard look at the present Pasado’s Safe Haven. A once stellar organization is collapsing I am afraid. I am afraid for all the animals that are involved and am afraid that one day, if management keeps running things the way they currently are, that Pasado’s Safe Haven will be no longer.

7 Lesley F.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Well, I have to differ with you when it comes to Pasado's as being a great place for their animals. I volunteered for almost 2 years and started to slowly notice that things were not the same and the care of the animals became 2nd to making a high salary. They sell themselves as a no kill shelter but they killed a young, vibrant blind and deaf dog named Rio in Dec. He had been at Pasado's for way too long and not much was done with him except for a few dedicated volunteers who paid him attention. He was wanted and there were adoption requests but Pasado's was afraid of liability because he had bitten a few people. He was frightened, left alone way too much and he needed something major to help him adjust. They hired a trainer but for a short time and it was too little too late. Several volunteers suggested Best Friends Animal Sanctuary,where they have amazing one on one intense training for dogs in need. Pasado's never even called them for help and then lied about it and said they contacted them. The CEO Matt and his friend and board member Stacy Martin stuck together and decided to put Rio down. The volunteers received a letter on a Friday that they were going to put him down and through out the weekend several of the volunteers tried to stop this and wrote to Pasado's and told them there were 3 adoption requests and they should not do this. Pasado's said they would give it more time but on the following Thursday without warning ,they killed Rio, scared and alone. At least 8 volunteers have been banned from the property. While the CEO makes $175,000 a year , the care for the animals have gone down hill and the adoption rate is nill. They still have the same dogs they have had for months on end with not prospect of a home. No mops were provided to clean the cabins after asking several times. I used my feet and towels with the cleaner to clean the floors but Matt makes $175,000. Salaries went up over a 1/2 million from 2009-2010 and revenues went down over 1 million. They are selling land and have several other locations now in Pierce County, Whidbey Island and an office in Clinton, WA. Why don't they take care of all the animals at the Sultan location? Shame on you Pasado's. I fund raised for you, did adoption events and helped in the office and with the dogs. I am now with another wonderful organization that just adopted out 16 dogs in One Day. Now that is impressive and the dogs and the new owners are happy. How many adoptions has happened at Pasado's, not much if any. I feel for the dogs and animals left behind. Do not donate to this organization. Do your research!!!!!!

9 Guilbault Carol

Volunteer

Rating: 1

PASADOS SAFE HAVEN FINALLY RELEASES 2010 990 Form. Corruption at an animal sanctuary, bilking donor dollars to support salaries! Who in their right mind would give them a dime?
2009 spent $674,181 on salaries and 2010 they spent $1.217,292 million on salaries, $543,111 more in salaries!
Revenue: 2009 2.307550 million 2010 1.403346
Less animals, Less Revenue and More Salaries
Overall they lost almost $660,000 for 2010 but they filled their own pockets nicely.
Cant wait to see 2011 reports. 990 located on their website, or you can simply google pasadossafehaven 2010 990 form and it pops right up.Also people should know they have very few animals on the property and the 10-15 dogs they do have on the property have been there for over a year....I just pray they don't try to take anymore innocent animals...I wouldn't let my dog spend the night there!

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have donated both our time and money to this outstanding organization. I have visited Pasados Safe Haven a number of times and I am always impressed by the great care, love, hard work, and dedication that I see from the staff and volunteers. The animals are very well cared for and loved and that is evidenced by anyone who takes the time to pay a visit to Pasados. I believe in their mission and what they have achieved and continue to achieve. They are an incredible organzation and I am so grateful for all the positive things they are doing to protect the animals. We need more organizations like this!!! My family and I will continue to support Pasados and all of the great work they are doing, I encourage anyone out there looking to get involved in an animal welfare organization to choose Pasados! Whether you can donate your time or money, or both, Pasados could use the help and you can rest assured you are donating to a truly amazing place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a long time supporter of Pasados Safe Haven. Each time I am there, I leave feeling thankful there really are good people out there devoting love, time, patience, hard work and dedication, to animals that have been so hurt and/or neglected by humans. Over the years our family has adopted 2 dogs and a cat from Pasados, who would not be part of our lives had Pasados not stepped in to save them. We are forever grateful! I have been extremely happy to see the positive changes made over the last couple of years, as the world evolves, so must places such as Pasados. There is a heightened sense of urgency to get things done and to do them right. The overall feel there is that loose ends have been tightened up, with clearly laid out proceedures to follow when on the farm, clear goals they are looking to achieve, and strong management. I feel my time and dollars are going to a 5 star non profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a regular volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven for over 10 years. I personally observe the wonderful care the dedicated staff and volunteers provide for these special beings. The management is dedicated to rescuing abused domestic and farm animals. They have worked tirelessly to prevent animal cruelty, and have gotten several laws passed in Washington State. I have seen so many animals arrive who have been very abused or neglected, and are so frightened. Fortunately, with all the loving care from the staff and volunteers, they begin to trust their human caretakers, and seek out their attention. The sanctuary also provides continuous veterinary care each animal. Pasado’s is also unique because they care for rescued farm animals, who would otherwise most likely be euthanized. Pasado’s Safe Haven is truly a safe haven and voice for those who cannot defend themselves. It IS a 5 star charity!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I recently joined the board at Pasado's. I joined because in the animal welfare arena, Pasado's is uniquely focused on a strong anti cruelty charter for both companion and farm animals. I met Stacie (COO) over a year ago when I first toured the farm and I continue to be impressed by the passion and dedication Stacie brings to her job. Pasado's employees work in jobs that demand round the clock access and urgent, practical solutions to the harsh problems posed by the hardest forms of animal rescue work. These people are unrelenting in their commitment to better the lives of the animals in their care, and through legislation and good example, protect the lives and circumstances of countless others. The recent expansion to Whidbey has enervated dozens of skilled volunteers who, in a very short time, are already becoming a voice for the animals in Island County. The new board president is an exceptionally competent, professional leader who will partner with the board and the management of Pasado's to creatively and effectively problem solve. The current staff at Pasado's has done an excellent job preserving the safe haven that is promised to every animal that comes through the gates. I look forward to serving with and for these people and the animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a journalist who covers the work of many environmental and animals rights organizations. I knew Pasado's Safe Haven when it existed as just a piece of undeveloped property...a dream. It's a magical place where abused, abandoned, or lost creatures can live out their lives being cared for in a loving environment. While there are many cat and dog shelters, Pasado's stands alone in this region as a place that takes in other domesticated animals such as llamas, cows, turkeys (!) and more--animals that would've been put down because there's no where else for them to go. I have served as a donor, volunteer, advisor and overall cheerleader for what will always be a 5-star charity to me!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have visited Pasado's 3 times and donated both money and supplies for their cat area. Additionally, I have worked with several of the Pasado's management on a project related to animals and kids. In all of my experiences, I have found Pasado's Safe Haven to be a professional organization full of people who care tremendously about the welfare of animals. The amount of good they do for animals and our society in general is impressive. My wife and I have a list of about 20 organizations, mostly animal welfare and animal rights groups, that we donate to; Pasado's is one of our favorites!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pasado's is a wonderful organization whose mission to be a voice for the animals is brought to life each day by the dedicated and caring employees and volunteers. The commitment to ending abhorrent acts of animal cruelty, the mobile spay/neuter station that provides free services to those in need and the warm, secure environment at the sanctuary provide invaluable resources for animals of all kinds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pasados Safe Haven is a fantastic organization. Adopting Suzie Q and being able to volunteer with the warm hearted famliy at Pasados has been a life changing experience. Virginia Becker is a Super Star who works tirelessly to be a voice for the animals and make a difference.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Having worked at Pasado’s as an independent contractor from May 2011 to January 2012 I’ve spent a lot of time around the staff and have always found them to be positive, friendly, professional, extremely dedicated to the mission and to the animals at the Sanctuary.

Lauri O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It all comes down to the animals. Pasado's is the only non-profit, animal welfare organization in the state that investigates animal cruelty and collaborates with law enforcement to ensure prosecution of neglect and cruelty cases. Pasado's is the largest farm sanctuary in the state of Washington and houses many special-needs animals while they await their forever homes. Pasado's has brought other non-profit partners on board to more effectively manage feral cat colonies through a unique and collaborative TNR task force. Pasado's has initiated most of the animal protection laws that exist here. Pasado's was recently awarded a grant to open a cruelty-investigation and education center in Pierce County and now has a store front on Whidbey Island. Pasado's staff are competent, passionate, and committed people and are overseen by a professional and engaged Board of Directors. This charity has overcome a great deal and under the new leadership is thriving and poised to help even more animals in Washington state. Which is, after all, what Pasado's is all about.

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7

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am a volunteer who was banned from the farm and all future events because I, along with several others, were enraged regarding a dog named Rio. A blind and deaf dog who, because of their neglect and the in-actions of Greg the caretaker to get Rio's needs met, was put to death on Dec 21,2011. He has been removed from the website but some of us have pictures of him. A trainer had given instructions on how to train Rio and there is a video showing that Rio was able to "get it". But the training did not continue..nor did the items get ordered by Greg..although he said they were coming from "Australia"! I was at the farm almost every Sunday for over 5 years. I adopted a dog from Pasado's. I started to notice "changes" about 2 years ago...No more "real" dog pack...dogs separated in isolation for WAY too long..no training, cats left in cages, dogs used only for the funds they could generate (see Nadia), things going downhill. I began to ask questions and found out that there was a new board of directors. I have seen ahorrible video of cows left in awful conditions at another site. PLEASE DO NOT DONATE TO THEM. The salaries of the CEO and admistrator are reasons enough to NOT donate. This is the truth, it can all be checked. We are not disgruntled employees. We were volunteers who saw this beautiful place decline.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Please consider donating to another organization that uses your donor dollars for the animals NOT their salaries. Pasados Safe Haven new management has destroyed what Pasados was meant to represent. Not only the money issues should questions, but in my opinion the animals are not being cared for, and I would never want my dog or cat or farm animal in their hands! I was a volunteer there for 8 yrs up until Dec 21st 2011, I along with 7 others were banned for asking questions and trying to save a dog Rio who had several homes willing to adopt but they refused our help creating lies about him being vicious and instead killed him.
2009 spent $674,181 on salaries and 2010 they spent $1.217,292 million on salaries, $543,111 more in salaries!
Revenue: 2009 2.307550 million 2010 1.403346
Less animals, Less Revenue and More Salaries
Overall they lost almost $660,000 for 2010 but they filled their own pockets nicely.
Cant wait to see 2011 reports. 990 located on their website, or you can simply google pasadossafehaven 2010 990

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7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If I could give this charity/rescue zero stars I would. They have a long history of fraud. Fraudulent spending and fraudulent fundraising. The founders used donor money to build a 530k home for themselves. They used the Hurricane Katrina disaster to solicit funds from the public and grants from HSUS and ASPCA. Once they had the money the dumped the dogs in Alabama with a hoarder named Tammy Hansen, where many of the DIED. When they cannot get what they want, or are exposed they use threats and intimidation. When the Everett Shelter would not give them dogs after the Renee Roske Puppymill bust, they conducted an all out smear campaign against the Everett Shelter. The Everett Herald has done a bang up job of investigating and reporting on their shenannigans. The WA State Att. General spent 16 months investigating Pasado's and forced them to pay 75k and reorganize their accounting and fundraising practices. Yet they STILL remain an issue. Harassing people. False reporting. Theft of Intellectual Property. 40% of your donations go to the animals while the other 60% goes to pay the enormous salaries of their CEO. Read more here about these money grubbing media whores.
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090517/NEWS01/705179943



http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20101029/NEWS01/710309957/-1/RSS01



http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090517/NEWS01/705179943



http://www.animalliberationfront.com/News/2005_10/PasadoLies.htm



http://www.forpitssake.org/ednah.html

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Pasado's for about 3 years and would like to add my thoughts to all the negative comments you might have read or heard about in the news or the internet.

First and foremost, all animals are cared for with the utmost care and attention. If people could see the ill health and abuse some animals have suffered through when they are rescued by Pasado's and how these same animals are nursed and loved back to health, the same people would be less quick to pass judgments. The small staff and dozens of volunteers do their best to create a healthy, safe, happy and practical environment for all animals to either be adopted out to like-minded people or to live out their lives with as much dignity and comfort as possible.

As for management, there has been some problems. Some Staff and Board members have been replaced or have quit for a whole variety of reasons that are not as bad as seems to be put out there in the public's eye. The biggest change is that Susan Michaels no longer has any influence or control of the day to day operations at Pasado's Safe Haven. No one has as much passion for animal rights as Susan, and she will be missed for this. Staff and the Board now control daily operations and ALL these people are dedicated to one thing...the welfare of all the critters on the farm and the respect and thankfulness to all the volunteers who are so necessary to run an operation this big.

Yes, there have been problems in the past. Some from growing too fast to meet the needs of the community. Some from poor judgments with finances and hirings. Corrections and changes are happening all the time to keep Pasados as an A+ animal rehab and rescue facility with super caring people donating their time, their love, and their energy.

I would invite anyone to attend the Open Houses, or better yet, become a volunteer and put your energy and love where your negative thoughts are. Find out what it is really like before anyone passes judgments on the past. Come give love to the critters, come dig ditches, come shovel horse manure, come fix fences, come help fund raise, come feed chickens, come and make a difference.

Mike Pagan

Review from CharityNavigator