Due to an unfortunate chain of events that took place within the volunteer program at our Tinton Falls facility, we have decided to temporarily pause all volunteer activities while we restructure our program. The animals at our Tinton Falls facility will continue to receive the excellent care and attention that they always have from our dedicated staff while we work hard to formulate a plan for a new volunteer program going forward. Be assured that our dogs will continue to be walked.
Funds that were collected by volunteers for AHS did not get turned in.
Protocol for the volunteers was not followed. A cat was killed when volunteers were testing a dog.
A volunteer at an outreach allowed an AHS dog to maul an owned puppy which was gravely wounded and it cost several thoussands of dollars at Red Bank Vet Hosp.
Another of our dogs was bitten in the vaginal area by another dog when two volunteers were walking them. It cost additional thousands of dollars at Red Bank.
Due to the lack of protocol adhered to by the volunteers, countless animals and people have been injured as a result. Cats killed during unsanctioned dog to cat tests. Small dogs injured during play groups. Dogs mauled and latched onto by other dogs due to negligence, carelessness and not following the guidelines put in place.
The amount of injuries sustained to both animals and humans is unacceptable. It supersedes any other amounts at any other Facility operated by AHS that has an active volunteer program over the years.
Our number one goal in allowing such programs is safety for animals, volunteers, staff, and public. The situation at Tinton Falls turned into a recipe for disaster. Had protocol been adhered to as it is at our other two locations 99% of these incidents could have been prevented. Our methods and guidelines work which is why we have continued to have positive volunteer programs available at our other two facilities that run without the kinds of issues we have and tried so diligently to prevent in Tinton Falls.
We are working with other volunteers and staff to walk and care for Society dogs.
The problematic and costly incidents were made known to the volunteers to solve the troublesome situation but they were uncooperative and did not want to be confused bythe facts.
See update on volunteers reinstated.