HUMANE SOCIETY FOR SEATTLE-KING CO

Rating: 4.83 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 13212 Se Eastgate Way Bellevue WA 98005 USA

Mission: The Humane Society for Seattle/King County?s mission is to bring people and animals together to enrich each others lives. By saving animals? lives and placing these formerly abandoned animals in homes of their own, both the animals and humans benefit?friendship is forever.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Chief is my fourth Humane Society dog. His family had to surrender Chief because he had a cancerous tumor on his hip and the family could not afford to treat him. At the age of 10, the vets removed the tumor and 4 months later I adopted him. At 13 1/2 years young he enjoys running all over the place. The Humane Society saved another life who greatly enriches mine.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I am now with my fourth Humane Society dog. Don't act surprised, since this is over a 25 year period. You should, also, understand that I adopt dogs over the age of 6. They all have had many years of love to give. My present companion, Chief, was adopted over a year ago. He was surrendered in January 2011 by his family due to a cancerous growth on his hip. When I first met Chief in May 2011, after the loss of Roxy Sue, he had completely recovered from the surgery performed by the Vet at the Humane Society. I was assured that the cancer was gone. Chief celebrated his 11th birthday this past January 2012. He enjoys running and climbing stairs. Chief has stood by me on the loss of my parents and my move to a smaller home. He is smart and right away, he understood where "Go home" is. I don't know how I could have survived all the changes (which are still happening) without the constant companionship of Chief. Thank you to the Humane Society for givingChief and me the time together.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with the Humane Society for Seattle/King County for almost 20 years. They are the best animal organization I have ever worked with. They reach the community in many ways, from offering low cost spay/neuter events, to providing dog and cat food to low income seniors and people with HIV?AIDS, to having a huge network of volunteers to help with their fundraising and training. They also have one of the best save rates for animals in the country. They often take animals from other shelters to help them get adopted. They really care about making sure people and animals are aligned for the best fit to ensure it is a forever home.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Humane Society for Seattle/King County for 15 years. They are instrumental in not only placing animals for adoption, but working to ensure people understand how important the relationship between people and their pets is. As I've watched this organization grow, I can see firsthand the fruits of our labors. They provide dog and cat food to low income seniors and those with HIV/AIDS who would otherwise not be able to keep their pets. There is a huge bank of volunteers who foster pets to ensure they are not turned away when the shelter is full or when animals are sick and need some time to heal. Their veterinary department is top notch, and the staff is so helpful. I plan on spending many more years volunteering there!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Seattle Humane Society for 3 years now. I've also donated to their fundraisers and items in need for the animals. The staff are wonderful to work with, many of the volunteers have been working there for years, and the animals are well taken care of. The public should know that the animals get the necessary care to help them be successful in their new homes. They really do care about the animals they have in their care.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

(thanks to a flexible work schedule) I have been volunteering every Thursday (and various events) for over two years now. The staff is wonderful to work with, all up beat and helpful and just a joy to be around. The concern and care they have for the animals and visitors to their site is very obvious. It makes me feel good to know I'm working with an upstanding organization that I can be proud to broadcast my participation with all my friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. Thursdays have become my favorite day of the week! (I am also a donor, and a client served before being a volunteer with happy results in both categories)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching cats that need time adjusting, are older, have medical issues, etc. get adopted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide a bigger facility. However, that takes money...that is used to treat, care for the animals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing. It has been fabulous from day one.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definately have made new freinds. I've learned so much about shelters and the good they do for animals. People shouldn't be afraid to adopt from them OR to surrender their animals if they are is a situation were they can not care for them any longer. Also learned how to make cat beds, enjoy sewing those when time permits.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

That EVERYONE can do a little something to make the world a better place for someone (even if that someone is an animal).

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering here for less than a year and I can't imagine my life without it. It's such a great group of people dedicated to the well-being of animals in their community. The trust and respect that they show to their volunteers is amazing and every week I look forward to my shift.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at several animal shelters in the Seattle/South Sound area, and by far Seattle Humane is the best! They have such dedicated staff, so many great volunteers, and really provide critical services for a large number of folks in the Puget Sound Area. What I really appreciate is that SHS listens to the volunteers, taking seriously their input on programs and operations. They also work with other shelters in the area, transfer animals from shelters that are too full, and find rescue for animals that have medical/behavioral issues that might make them unadoptable or euthanasia candidates at other shelters. They have a 96.5% rescue rate (far above the 90% needed to be considered no/low-kill), and a four-star rating on Charity Navigator, the highest rating available! I have volunteered there for 4+ years, and hope to continue for a long time to come--there are some 20+ year volunteers, and I hope to be one of them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My family has adopted from SHS with great success. I've also fostered cats/kittens from SHS. And I love to spread the word far and wide about adoption!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more volunteer-based activities so that volunteers can get to know each other and have more "community". Offer classes to volunteers to learn about animal behavior, and how the shelter operates/how the different parts of the shelter functions. Add committees, where volunteers can get together to spread the word about adoption and other ways the public can get involved with the shelter if they can't donate money or time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Everyone at SHS says thank you for volunteering, so that's not an issue. But getting recognition is nice, so having some way of thanking volunteers with swag (key chains/shirts/bumper stickers/window decals, etc.) to show our pride in the organization would be nice! Since there are *so* many volunteers, sometimes you can feel "faceless", and the paid staff just ignores you--I know they cannot remember every volunteer! But it would be nice to feel like part of the team, rather than a faceless "helper".

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Volunteering at SHS changed my life immensely for the better. I had been through several consecutive tragedies and found myself depressed and without family or friends. I decided to volunteer and it's the single most important part of my "recovery". I have loved every minute of my time at SHS!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great! I love working at the shelter more than working at my regular job, and I would stay longer if they let me!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

We looked at several shelters throughout the northwest and when we came across Seattle Humane Society we knew we found the one we wanted to be associated with. We have been foster parents and volunteers for their events. Our situation is a little different then most, we take in the older foster cats that either have a medical need or don't have much time left because of age or sickness. We want to have them spend the rest of their lives in a home not a cage. The fiest foster we have only lived for a sort time before we had to take her back because she was so ill and they wanted to try some things at the shelter. After a couple of days we got a phone call that they had decied to put Munchie out of her misery and they want to know if we wanted to come and say goodbye. Well we got there and we met with the vet there and we all started to cry. Sharing that moment with Dr B endeared us to SHS. We have not come acorss ant other shelter that shows so much compassion for the animals as this one does. In the last year we have provided a home for 5 other kitties that have since passed on as well as 2 "Fospice" kitties that are still with us. We have one slot open for them when they have a desperate situation they will call us. They all are the best from the foster cat cordinator to the head vet. Very, very special people that only think animal first!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Seattle Humane Society for 4 years now. This place does so very much for the animals in their care and also takes animals from shelters in California that would have been put to sleep. They work with the animals so much providing in care training to ensure the dogs/cats gets all the chances they deserve. They also help low income people with food for their pets so they don't have to give them up and also people with AIDS. This place is amazing and it has changed my life volunteering there. Thank you Seattle Humane Society for all you do!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with them for 2 years now & I LOVE it! I can see firsthand how good all the staff is at helping animals find their forever homes. This is a private non-kill shelter that also helps other smaller shelters from around the country, when they can. This past weekend they had a FREE adoption blitz (adoption fees were waived), they were able to find homes for over 200 animals & now that they have extra space they plan on helping a smaller shelter by taking in some of their animals. They're AMAZING!!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have three WONDERFUL pets -- two dogs and one cat -- from Seattle Humane Society. The adoption staff really get to know the dogs and cats, so they can recommend a pet that that is a good fit for your family. Our daughter loves all the pets, and they are gentle with her and love to play. We also took a dog training class with our adopted Dauschund, and the instructor was amazing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Seattle Humane Society works on many angles, increasing spay & neuters to prevent unwanted animals to being totally dedicated to matching homes to animals for those animals in need of placement. I work in the dog socialization and behavior area. The program is well organized with emphasis on safety for both dogs and volunteers, on cleanliness and health- again for both dogs and volunteers. I observe a well run organization, with caring, dedicated, and knowledgable staff (the training program for volunteers is thorough).

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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