Monthly Archives: May 2009

Piece Written About Pasado’s Safe Haven

My experience with them was literally the worst of my life. AND it’s the only job I’ve ever just stormed off in a huff and never looked back. FINALLY people are starting to question their ethics.

Based on my personal experiences with Pasado’s, please think long and hard about ever giving them any money. Follow the link for the whole article but I’ve quoted a bit if you want the condensed version.

Pasado’s Safe Haven: Charity is a force for animals but critics question tactics, finances

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090517/NEWS0….tactics.finances

Quote:
The legal wrangling focused largely on a 2003 decision by the Pasado’s board of directors to help pay part of the more than $530,000 the couple spent building the custom home that Michaels and Steinway shared on the sanctuary grounds.

The 2,400-square-foot house was completed using $170,000 of the nonprofit’s funds, court records show. When the deal was approved, Michaels was president of Pasado’s board and Steinway was the board’s secretary-treasurer.

Quote:
Fundraising at Pasado’s incorporates tactics that make some uneasy, Burk and others said.

For example, visitors to the sanctuary often are told that all of the animals there have been rescued, but actually some animals, such as turkeys, are purchased and brought on site so the pens appear full when visitors tour the grounds, Burk and others said.

There are seven cabins on the sanctuary grounds, used as homes for geriatric dogs. Steinway said each cabin was paid for with a $5,000 sponsorship from donors who each were promised plaques on the buildings. The plaques would let them name their structure in memory of a departed pet.

More sponsorships were sold than cabins were built, but donors weren’t told, Steinway said.

That’s common knowledge on the sanctuary grounds, said one volunteer, who showed the newspaper photographs, taken in April, revealing unused sponsorship plaques stowed away in a barn. Among those were sponsorship plaques that said “Daisy’s House,” “Harley’s House” and “Jupiter McPooch House.”

The plaques on the cabins are switched when the sponsor visits the sanctuary, said the volunteer and others familiar with operations at Pasado’s.