MEDIA RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE

 

April 25, 2019

 

We are aware that two individuals have made false allegations regarding our programs and our organization to members of the media and other entities.  We would like to inform the public that our organization always has been and remains a licensed animal facility in Missouri which is in compliance with all required protocol, documentation, staffing, and safeguards in place as required by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and all other applicable regulatory agencies.  Our operations are continuing uninterrupted and all of our animals are safe and being cared for at the same high level we have always provided.

 

We are saddened that this former volunteer and this former staff person, who were removed from Open Door Animal Sanctuary, have for their own reasons chosen to attempt to discredit our organization in a way that could impact our life saving work.  We are also highly concerned that the individual behind this organized effort to malign our organization is raising funds around the publicity this has caused for his own organization, the Animal Justice League of America.  We are investigating the activities of all individuals and entities involved in this effort and will pursue appropriate legal remedies to stop these false accusations.

 

Open Door has been a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and a licensed animal shelter in the State of Missouri in good standing since 1975.  We serve an average of 350 animals each day and rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome an average of 1,100 each year.  We also support the community and work to reduce the unwanted pet population with a low cost spay/neuter/vaccination program and a pet food pantry for low income families.  We ask the community for their support at this difficult time as our programs are supported 100% by donations.  We also ask the public to trust that we will continue to meet our mission of providing homeless cats and dogs with the highest quality of life and a second chance to find a forever family.  Thank you.

 

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Warren, Director of Development

Open Door Animal Sanctuary, 6065 Duda Road, House Springs, MO 63051

636-671-3643 / carrie@odas.org / www.odas.org