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.
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.
Pasados is about giving a voice to the abused and neglected animals. I am proud to support this charity that helps so many animals
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
Review from CharityNavigator
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.
Review from CharityNavigator
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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