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December 20, 2013

Have a Heart loses prime showcase location


Have a Heart, Save a Life spent three years holding weekend showcases in front of what is currently Complete Cash off North Columbia Street.

The Baldwin County based animal rescue group no longer has prime viewing position to adopt out dogs and cats.

HAHSAL founder Valerie Buckley was informed she and volunteers could no longer hold weekend showcases on the busy corner effective this week.

Buckley said the issue started over five months ago with a new local manager.

Kent Popham, CEO of Complete Cash Holdings, LLC. said that has nothing to do with the decision.

“What started the adversarial situation is that our insurance carrier found out about the events going on there and simply made some recommendations. They recommended that we move what (HAHSAL) was doing from the front of the parking lot over to the side,” Popham said. “Valerie Buckley agreed to reposition their events, and thanked us for the opportunity. This agreement was never kept by Have a Heart, Save a Life and they continued to host the pet adoptions with no regard to the agreed upon area.” 

Buckley said HAHSAL followed countless instructions such as not parking in Complete Cash's side lot, using the business's trash can or keeping tables under the organization's van that typically sits in front of the business.

“It was every hurdle, and I said fine we will do it,” Buckley said.

The last episode, according to Buckley, occurred when a manager requested that the HAHSAL van be moved behind Complete Cash during the week and back out front for weekend showcase.

“I never heard anything back until two days ago. The message said you have to vacate the premise by Thursday at close of business day, the van has to be moved and no adoptions,” the HAHSAL founder said.

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