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Pets in Need Executive Director Al Mollica to resign

Original post made on Nov 18, 2021

Al Mollica, the executive director of beleaguered animal advocacy organization Pets in Need, will resign, the nonprofit confirmed Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1:53 PM

Comments (9)

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2021 at 2:22 pm

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Resigning is the right thing to do. You know what rolls down hill. I hope and pray this never happens again. These poor little animals deserve better and so does Palo Alto.

Posted by Karen
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 18, 2021 at 2:41 pm

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I had been a long time supporter and contributor to Pets in Need, but after the recent events, I will turn my support to other humane organizations.

Posted by Heckity
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 18, 2021 at 3:24 pm

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Pretty certain the resignation wasn’t voluntary. Let’s move forward from City/non-profit bickering and serve the animals, who should be the primary concern.

Posted by Michelledb
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 19, 2021 at 10:28 am

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I am glad he resigned. On a different note - PA was going to pay 3 million plus to renovate and then the building was going to be torn down? I don’t understand. PA presumably owns the land so why not just re-build now. The building is not huge and I cannot imagine that it will be more than 3-4 million to just build (without land cost). The current plan seems beyond wasteful.

Posted by Local Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 19, 2021 at 10:36 am

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Good riddance! Now maybe they can focus on Palo Alto and the surrounding cities instead of trying to serve Northern California.

Posted by Cat Mom Leonorilda
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 19, 2021 at 11:25 am

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It is high time that the City reverse its policy of lack of concern for the animals in our community. Had the City stepped up to the task years ago and gave a modicum of importance for the animals in our community, our pets, our abandoned animals, our strays, the health of local animals in terms of providing low-cost spay-neuter options and low-cost vaccination clinics, rather than "outsourcing," this outcome would have never transpired. (Pets In Need, by the way, used city funding to spay and neuter only the animals in the shelter, many of whom were from out of the area, and completely ignored local community residents, including low-income people who needed help with vaccinations and spay-neuter surgeries; the organization, as well, did not heed to the needs of the pet rescue community in the cities it was supposed to serve.) Palo Alto is noted for di$bur$ing huge $um$ to overpaid "contractors" including spending millions on useless and dangerous roundabouts and ignoring the real needs of the community, and especially the many of us who are concerned about animal welfare. It is amazing that in a community as wealthy as Palo Alto, animals (who cannot express their needs) are consigned the dregs at the bottom of the erstwhile barrel along with the people who care about them and their welfare. Cry shame, folks! The only people who behaved within the spirit of animal welfare and obeyed the letter as well as the spirit of the law are the animal control officers who insisted on a police investigation into the death of those poor maltreated puppies by an organization that was supposed to "care" about animals. Thank you for caring... if not, the whole issue would have been "swept under the rug."

Posted by Heckity
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 19, 2021 at 12:05 pm

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Well said, Cat Mom. And the Animal Control Officer who called for the investigation was maligned by Al Mollica for requesting it. Al Mollica said that the ACOs weren't "veterinarians or behaviorists." Yeah, I guess their primary concern was animal welfare -- imagine that.

Posted by TheNif
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Nov 21, 2021 at 5:05 pm

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When a number of staff in an organization are willing to put their names on paper and submit a carefully documented set of accusations about an Executive Director to the Board of that organization, then you know there is a serious problem internally. (They wisely copied the City as well, so that the Board had no choice but to act.) Al Mollica had to go. His remarks to the press and his attacks on the City showed a total lack of understanding of his role and clearly his staff do not respect him. My experience with Pets in Need was that the staff were conscientious and caring; I truly cannot understand how this tragedy happened.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 21, 2021 at 5:21 pm

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Echoing Cat Mom. The prices for spay/neutering by vets have soared so the lack of these services from the city cost each new pet owner between $500 and $1,200.

People wasted hours looking for low-cost alternatives, weighing the trafeoffs of going to an unknown doctor AND staying in a hotel. When one of the local groups finally re-instated those services it was only for certain San Jose zip codes!

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