The Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization (H.A.L.O.) put out a Press Release today explaining that due to growth, they had to replace Tamera Reed as President of the organization and replace her with Wayne Sanderson.
I have to admit, the Press Release is very ambiguous as to why Ms. Reed was voted out as President. When I asked some follow up questions, Andrea Stuart, public relations director told me most of my answers to my questions would be found in the Press Release.
Well I am still wondering that with extensive growth, why a President would be removed? After all, their own Press Release which is listed below states “the organization has experienced exponential growth”. I also asked if they thought there was a conflict of interest with the husband of a director now the president. That is nowhere in the Press Release.
Finally, the removal of the animals over the weekend was suspicious as the HALO claims a lack of volunteers and renovations to the facility.
I asked what renovations were occurring and here is the response I received.
“We are re-doing the floors in the facility; although the more pressing issue is that we do not have the volunteer staff to care for the animals at the facility during the weekdays right now, so we have moved them back into foster homes as we operated before H.A.L.O. House. As for the current directors, we will be addressing board of director’s issues at the next board meeting,” stated Ms. Stuart.
I followed up with Tamera Reed about these renovations. She stated as of last week, the only renovation on the table was the possibility of laying linoleum down in the cat room. She did speak with Oakley City Manager Bryan Montgomery yesterday about the situation and informed me they had yet to approve of such renovations.
An email to Bryan Montgomery was not returned.
Below, you will find the Press Release in its entirety and you can judge for yourself. While non-profit politics is one thing, we must remember that the care of animals are at stake and this organization had better correct it’s image before it gets permanent black eye in East County.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Contact: Andrea Stuart, Public Relations Director
Email: [email protected]
Sudden Growth Prompts Restructuring of H.A.L.O.
Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization takes steps in ensuring its future
OAKLEY, Ca. (July 23, 2012) – In October of 2011, Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization (H.A.L.O.) opened the H.A.L.O. House Pet Adoption facility at 215 Second Street in Oakley as part of its expansion project. The goal: to offer a safe and homelike environment for a greater number animals in East Contra Costa County as well as providing adequate facilities for business operations, and hosting some of the organization’s programs.
As a result, the organization has experienced exponential growth, forcing it to re-evaluate the best way in which to keep up with its development.
“H.A.L.O. is an essential element to the community, offering programs that few other organizations are currently providing in our area,” says Andrea Stuart, Public Relations Director for H.A.L.O. “And with the wonderful programs and facility, comes tremendous responsibility. We are now faced with operating on a much larger platform than previous years.”
In the last year, H.A.L.O. experienced some intense growing pains that were causing the organization to fall short in some areas. In an effort to keep up with the demands that are required of this caliber of expansion and keep the organization on track, H.A.L.O. elected Wayne Sanderson as president on July 19, in a majority vote of 5-2.
Sanderson is a Certified Public Accountant with decades of experience in the non-profit sector, has served on H.A.L.O.’s board, and has served as the treasurer for the organization for eight years.
“We have an obligation to our supporters, volunteers, and to the city to do everything we can to maintain our operations on a professional level,” said Stuart. “Wayne Sanderson has the expertise necessary to guide the organization on a path that will enable it to maintain its current programs and ensure its vitality.”
While H.A.L.O. was recently forced to go back to its roots temporarily by pulling the dogs from H.A.L.O. House and moving them to the dog manager’s and other foster homes on weekdays due to renovations and a shortage of volunteers to work at the facility, H.A.L.O. is continuing each of its current programs including weekend adoptions at H.A.L.O. House, PETsMART, Petco, and Pet Food Express; the Angel Ears therapy dog program; the K9 Companion at-risk youth program; and Feral Cat Network (FCN); as well as hosting the 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in October.
For information about volunteering for H.A.L.O. or to learn more about its programs, visit www.eccchalo.org.