Kansas Humane Society

Rating: 2.2 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 3313 N Hillside Wichita KS 67219 USA

Mission: The Kansas Humane Society is a community resource for pets and people, dedicated to enhancing the welfare of all companion animals.
Programs: Since 1888, the Kansas Humane Society has been committed to helping the lost, abandoned and homeless animals in our community. For over 125 years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of Wichita’s pets by providing them care, comfort, hope, and most importantly, a second chance at a new life. The Kansas Humane Society is a community resource for pets and people by offering an array of services to promote the human/animal bond, including pet adoption; dog training; behavior consultation; pet supplies; social media outreach including mobile apps, spay/neuter services for the pets of low income families; youth education and community outreach; as well as private cremation and other end of life services for pets. The Kansas Humane Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and receives no federal, state or local tax dollars, support from the Humane Society of the United States, is not a United Way agency, and depends entirely on private donations and fees for service.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The 'former board member and president' must have access to data the public doesn't have, or otherwise cannot perform basic math functions. According to data published on the Kansas Humane Society webpage, the actual number of 'animals' that the Kansas Humane Society took in, was (and this requires extrapolating dome data from the graph the Kansas Humane Society provides), the Murfin Animal Care Campus (The Kansas Humane Society plus the Wichita Animal Shelter comprise the Murfin Animal Care Campus), the 'campus' took in approximately 22,00 animals in 2011. But the Wichita Animal Shelter (statical data provided on the City of Wichita Animal Care data website) took in 10,245 of the total, leaving, if my calculator works correctly, 11,755 animals to be attributed to the Kansas Humane Society. Now in my grade school, I was taught that 17,000 (claimed by the 'former board member and president') is actually 5245 animals FEWER than this writer claims. Perhaps the public is unaware of different figures, but as the Kansas Humane Society claims to follow the ASILOMAR accords, the protocols of the accords are very straightforward, and simple, as to how the intake numbers are ascertained. These figures I presented had to be extrapolated from data published by the Kansas Humane Society since the Society seems to refuse data pertinent to the Society itself. Instead, it seems to bury their data in the generalized Murfin Animal Care Campus statistics (supported by the Wichita Animal Shelter 'hard' data) using innuendo to suggest greater success than the Society in reality, enjoys. Every fact mentioned here is verifiable online and in person.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As a past board member and president of the board, I have been able to see the Kansas Humane Society from the inside out. I've spoken with many people who were satisfied and many who were dissatisfied with the Humane Society and have found many, many more who liked the organization. The goal of the Humane Society is to find homes for all adoptable animals which is not as easy as some may think when they have 17,000 animals coming through the doors on a yearly basis. Working with animals in this forum is extremely difficult. But the Humane Society does their level best to make the lives of the animals in their shelter as comfortable as possible while showing as much compassion as possible. It's a great organization.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

I wish that The Kansas Humane Society would be open with the public and give actual numbers of how many animals are brought in to their shelter, and the actual disposition of those animals. They talk about percentages of live release rates, but don't give any actual numbers. Just recently Jennifer Cambellr stated, October 2012, to the newsmedia that they took care of over 17,000 animals last year. Yet when you look at the total numbers taken in by both KHS and the Wichtia Animal Shelter it shows a much lesser number. They did cut the number of cat cages in half last year and routinely have empty dog runs when dogs are being euthanized at the neighboring facitly.

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A little

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

Financial data for 2011 from the Kansas Humane Society is STILL not available in late August 2012. I would advise that no one make any contributions to this organization until this information is publicly available. I believe that every charitable organization is responsible to the public which both donates to them and essentially subsidizes their programs. This long delay in making any financial available leads one to question the integrity, and indeed financial viability, of any organization. A charitable 'humane' shelter is essential to a community the size of Wichita. The question is, 'are we getting good management of donated funds and publicly subsidized facilities, or does the public need to re-evaluate the current organization...and find an equation that works for the unwanted and unloved animals in this community'?

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

My everyday life and companionship with my dogs.

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

Require an administrative and financial audit to understand, and make public, an unbiased, truth-based evaluation of the organization's strengths, weaknesses, and importance to the community. That is essentially the responsibility of its Board if Directors. But I personally believe that this organization, and it's Board, are not only not interested, but fearful of releasing any kind of financial or evaluative information to the public.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

General knowledge. Almost every community, of any size, has a charity-based animal shelter.

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Rating: 2 stars  

Actually, I am a former volunteer and was in fact dismissed from this organization because I was not in 'philosophical agreement' with the administration. And no, I wasn't. I do not condone subterfuge. It is my opinion, that the UN-AUDITED financial report (see Charity Navigator) makes a false statement when identifying this agencies assets (listed at approximately $10 million), because in fact the Kansas Humane Society does NOT OWN its shelter (which this agency paid to be constructed at a cost in excess of $10 million) but is instead a lessee of the building which is owned by the City of Wichita. It is my opinion that this is misrepresentation of agency assets made to deceive the public and donors as to the 'success' of this agency, which in turn generates confidence...and more donations. I would volunteer for this agency again, in a heartbeat if there were what I consider (my opinion) qualified, competent, and ethical administration and board.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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