• Report: #721707

Complaint Review: Cat Depot

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  • Submitted: Mon, April 25, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, August 22, 2011

  • Reported By: eye spy — sarasota Florida United States of America
Cat Depot
sarasota, Florida United States of America

Cat Depot TIME FOR THE TRUTH sarasota, Florida

*General Comment: Do not believe disgruntled job applicants

*Consumer Comment: I Disagree!

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For everyone out there who has been a supporter of Cat Depot it is time that you know the truth.  Yes when the move to the new shelter was made, the decision to move some of the cats (3 in particular) to an outdoor sanctuary was made.  However what you don't know is that the sanctuary was a property that had been in foreclosure for 2 years  prior to the cats being released there and that eventually this foreclosure would be processed by the courts and the animals and caretakers would be made to vacate the property.  What you also don't know is that one of these animals that was sent there was medically needy and on medication that for 1 reason or another he did not get and subsequently died. Ms Shelley "Heartless" Thayer has sent cats out to live in a supposed sanctuary that is nothing more than a business for port a potties.  They are not a sanctuary.  They thrown long time Cat Depot residents that are emotionally handicapped outside to survive, snakes,raccoons, hawks, their rottweilers (which incidentally are NOT cat friendly) fleas, ticks, other parasites, coyotes and other preditors without so much as a thought as to how they were supposed to survive outside when all they know it the loving indoor care they have received all their lives.  Tell me Ms Thayer, if these are hard to handle cats inside, just how are these 2 women supposed to catch these cats outside if they are injured and need medical attention or to treat monthly with Advantage?  What not your problem once they leave their home, out of sight out of mind right?  Cat Depot is supposed to be the biggest No Kill cat shelter in Florida, what do you think you have done to these emotionally handicapped cats, it would have been better if you had had them humanely euthanized than to set them free to be dinner to a preditor.  There is so much more that I could write but I don't have enough space to put it all down.
As for your 900 volunteers you are blowing smoke out of your left ear.  You have chased away long standing voluteers, people who have faithfully supported the Cat Depot in numerous ways for years.  I even witnessed you being so rude to one of the voluteers that you made her leave in tears!!! (That is definitely a sign of your wonderful people skills). What are the owners thinking, do you not realize that it is better to admit you have made a mistake with this one person and look for a replacement than to let her keep chasing staff, voluteers and financial contributors away.  You used to have such a wonderful staff at the much smaller, less grand but far more friendly, welcoming and dedicated building.  I do not see but 2 of those people and they do not look to happy. 
Shelley Thayer you are nothing more that a self promoting, egotistic, greedy woman.  If I were the owners I would be ashamed to say that someone as selfish and heartless was running my animal rescue which is supposed to put the needs of the helpless  before the needs of themselves.  You are a nightmare to the animal rescue community and perhaps the important rescues ASPCA, Humane Society of America and PETA need to be given information about the new and improved Cat Depot under the direction of Shelley Thayer so they too can see what a once wonderful rescue has become under the guiding hand of a heartless narcassis.

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#1 General Comment

Do not believe disgruntled job applicants

AUTHOR: Speak No Evil - (United States of America)

I have been a volunteer at The Cat Depot off and on, whenever time allows, for 3 years. I have worked alongside Vet Techs and renowned Sarasota Veterinarians at The Cat Depot. I've sat on committees, volunteered at events...I've cleaned cages, changed bedding, socialized with the cats and I've seen and experienced the love, care, commitment and organization that everybody who works there, regardless of their capacity, displays.  I have been there at 7:00 a.m., when sleepy-eyed volunteers appear to begin the feeding process, and I've been there at 7:00 p.m., when the last volunteer and employee says goodnight and goes home. 

Never, ever, have I seen anything short of sheer compassion for each and every single cat and kitten there. Every single feline's situation is taken seriously and is taken to heart. I've worked in the infirmary and I've seen the care and consideration that goes into seeing that the cat's care and well-being is the first and only priority.
As I have worked so closely and in many different capacities at The Cat Depot, and have seen nothing but magic and miracles, it is my belief that the people who have written such evil things are disgruntled job applicants, angry at not getting the position they wanted, or jealous competitors.

Why would 13 of the area's best veterinarians donate a combined total of 2,600 hours a year to the Cat Depot, if it wasn't a reputable, high quality facility? Readers, do not believe everything you read. Go and visit for yourself and make up your own mind.  Your kitty awaits you.
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#2 Consumer Comment

I Disagree!

AUTHOR: Casey - (United States of America)

I totally disagree with your assessment of Cat Depot and it's management!  First, this is a fabulous facility which shelters and finds homes for literally thousands of unwanted kittens and cats.  As an animal lover I have seen the good, the bad, and the downright horrible shelters in the southeast U.S. The Cat Depot is one of the very best and a facility that Sarasota should be proud to call thiers. 

I have met Shelley Thayer on several occasions and she has always been pleasant and accomodating, very knowledgable, and passionate about the cats, the facility, and the volunteers.   In this economy with charitable dollars being so hard to come by Cat Depot and it's supporters should be thankful for someone like Shelley who is a strong marketer and business woman who strives to improve this business and can keep this shelter not only open but thriving and moving forward. 

Your comments sound like the sour grapes of a few disgruntled ex-employees or volunteers who want everything to stay just the same as it was in the past.  You want to moan and groan and criticize instead of saying "Great, let's try some new avenues!  We may be able to help even more animals!"  Your comments about three cats being moved was so trite.  If you were so concerned why didn't you adopt them yourself or make it your personal mission to find homes for those animals? 

I encourage everyone who loves cats to donate your time and money to support the Cat Depot!
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