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Review for SPCA Tampa Bay, Largo, FL, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

The SPCA Tampa Bay has gone downhill fast in the past 2½ years. The organization no longer rehabilitates animals and has in fact discouraged animal intake. The Board contains NO veterinarians and consists of glorified party planners that provide limited oversight. Management runs the organization for the benefit of its employees, showing little regard for the animals. Euthanasia has increased.

In addition, the SPCA Tampa Bay has changed from an organization that would take in all animals in need to one that focuses largely on "designer dogs" and easy to adopt breeds. Long-time volunteers have left - some at the request of management. Animals are now evaluated beyond closed doors, and often killed with little explanation. The CEO either (i) has her husband/boyfriend on the payroll or (ii) has him doing a job that was once performed by a dedicated staff member. The condition of the kennels and the grounds has deteriorated considerably, and many dogs now lie in their own filth and do not get out for walks every day.

One of the supervisors was happy to consort with a man since convicted of murder - a man who was a frequent visitor to the grounds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Summarily terminate the CEO and Director, if necessary frog-marching them off the premises. Bring back the Family Dog Trainer program that focused on animal rehabilitation. Treat all animals with compassion - not as obstacles to be removed in order to get to the next round of fundraising.

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Role:  Volunteer