I sometimes wonder if I should be surprised that this has happened – after all there was a significant amount of public outcry directed at their organization. Their founder, Lea Kaydus, has been dodging questions from the families she is supposed to be helping, the Better Business Bureau, and even the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Initially it was just her program’s web site (http://siberiansnowbabies.com/animals_for_autism) and then the Facebook page was taken down after the segment on KING5 Seattle’s Jesse Jones talking about the concerns we had with the program. It remained down for a few days and was restored minus a comment here and there. She insisted that all was well and the whole fiasco was nothing more than a simple misunderstanding. She was “encouraged” by the grant administrators at Global Giving to have more open communication with the families that were in her program. There has been no real communication between the families and Ms. Kaydus. In fact it feels like we are being shoved aside since we have had the audacity to question her credentials and credibility. She has also “relocated” her facility and left no forwarding address. What are the families to do?
She and her husband currently continue to list puppies for sale at PuppyFind.com under the name Snowbabies and have been so kind to provide a phone number for contact.
There are also several locations in which she provides email addresses for contact as well and rather than ask you to search for them I will consolidate them here for you.
If her treatment of the families involved has upset you and you would like to voice your concern about what has happened there are people that you may contact. Apparently, the concerns of the families are not enough to get those with any clout to take notice. It will take the combined effort of many people. Let them know. The following are part of the GlobalGiving.org Grant Team that administer Ms. Kaydus’ grant.
Apparently there has been a bit of rearranging at GlobalGiving.org and those that now administer the Pepsi Refresh Project grants are:
Cooper Breeden: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Shaffer Oatley: email@example.com
Instead of playing musical grant administrators it might just be easier to direct questions and concerns to the founders of GlobalGiving.org themselves.
Mari Kuraishi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Whittle: email@example.com