OSHKOSH AREA HUMANE SOCIETY INC

Rating: 4.6 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1925 Shelter Ct Oshkosh WI 54901 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

More below, but: I see that there's a Donor Advisory because OAHS did not list fundraising expenses. While I am not privy to the organization's financials, I do see how they fundraise and advertise in our community, and everything I see (and have been involved with) is done with donated time and materials, via volunteers, social media, and supporting organizations (for example, the local paper runs stories on the Pet of the Week; they've done a few videos courtesy of people who donated equipment and time that get a lot of play on Facebook; PetCo has adoption events; etc.). Especially since they made a commitment to being a lifesaving shelter, but also since they rescued a few high-profile animals (Google "Bernice the Cat" and you'll see what I mean), they've gotten a lot of free publicity. They rock. I know how much they try to make sure all of the animals in their care don't just get a chance to live, but to have a good quality of life. Everyone who works there, from shelter director to janitor, is interested in the animals' well-being - as I've seen when I've been there picking up and bringing in foster animals, sometimes unannounced and at odd hours. For example, I was fostering a cat for them who was very ill (and we had no idea what was wrong) and who was clearly fighting for life. Most places would have put the cat down, but not OAHS. While we discussed that as an option in case the cat was really suffering, we decided that we should take our cues from the animal, and as long as the cat seemed to want to fight for life, we were going to support it. We did, and the cat is now lively and happy in a forever home. (Yay!) They do their absolute best to provide each animal with a positive environment at the shelter or in foster care - the shelter has really nice community rooms and single condos for the cats, playtime and volunteer walkers for the dogs, and every office has animals in it, too, because if there's space, there's no reason there shouldn't be a pet in it. It is a shelter that you actually feel good being in, even when you can't take all the animals home with you. They are constantly trying to find forever homes for their animals, and they are thrilled when it succeeds. I give them money, time, and donations of goods, and am always encouraging friends and family to support them as well. They get a lot of community support, for good reason - but they can always use more, because these animals (and their shelter) always need more help.

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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  

The OAHS continues to be a model of how a humane animal shelter, education center and adoption center should be run. The group at the shelter continually show inventive ways to educate the community, foster fostering, increase adoption, and raise funds.

You know when you donate to this worthy cause - that the dollars are going to fund the best possible outcomes for homeless animals.

I'd be hardpressed to get a pet anywhere else BUT the OAHS

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

Adopting pets, requiring further information on behavioral issues, donating to honor friends pets that have died.

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

Make it bigger.

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is an extremely well run non-profit organization. They strive for local education, facility and service exposure, enjoyable special events,successful drives in times of exceptional need. All this and more, is done, secondarily - because at the heart of the organization is the goal to ensure that all animals, not just in the shelter but also throughout the community receive the basic needs, loving care, and respect that all animals deserve - and often times do not get. OAHS does an outstanding job caring for animals, matching up potential foster or adoptive homes, following up with those pairings. Adopting a pet from OAHS is not a one/two time contact - it becomes a relationship where both parties have the best interest of the animal in mind - forever. The staff is top notch: knowledge, caring, realistic, and honest. Without this - the OAHS would not exist as the great organization that it is today!

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

At the facility, at fundraising/friendraising events, in the newspaper, with other people who utilized the OAHS

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

Be more of a 'front-liner' in other business forums...Business expos, opportunities to network and educate the 'movers and shakers' to expand donor base and supporters.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people - the true knowledge and caring of the staff. The dedication to educating, ensuring the best possible environments for the pets that they are exposed. And...they are fun and have fun doing what they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, educated, patient, generous with what little time they have.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase education of the public and increase use of facility and dogs (through therapy programs with eldercare facilities in and around Oshkosh).

Ways to make it better...

I was extremely pleased with all of my experiences with OAHS

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funds. Lack of understanding that care of pets is not less important than caring for humans. If it wasn't that important, then there wouldn't be so many pets and pet issues for them to address.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I had that 10million 'bucks' to give to the Humane Society - they would only grow in a positive direction!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

This is the best run adoption center that I've ever seen. The facility is wonderful and the animals happy. Their comittment to "no kill" is tremendous. I adopted a 16 year old cat from them last year and he has been a wonderful addition to our family. Thanks OAHS!

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

They were committed to finding a home for a 16 year old cat who had been surrendered by his "family". They worked with me from afar (I live in the Twin Cities) to make sure we'd be a good fit. We were and it has been a wonderful year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This is one of the finest animal organizations I've been to. It's clear just from walking in the front door that they put the animals first. I don't know who wrote that first comment but it's clear they are misinformed or have a personal vendetta against someone. The shelter's LifeSaving Mission means that they will no longer euthanize any animal simply because they do not have room. Obviously they have always saved lives but before, when the shelter was full they had to make the difficult decision on whether or not to euthanize an animal to make room for another animal. It's great that they have made this pledge and they've really dedicated resources to try to expand their foster program to find temporary homes for every adoptable animal, until they go to their new forever home. And as far as the claim about the administration being overpaid, that is just laughable - you can look up executive director's salaries online and I can tell you that it's ridiculous how LITTLE people make. You have to admire those who have a passion for their cause that they are willing to work 60-80 hours a week for hardly anything. All in all, OAHS is a stellar organization - one that others should use an example.

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

my personal life - it has enriched my life in so many ways.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the animals and the people who care so much about the animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous and helpful - you can tell they love the animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the shelter, do more programs like mobile spay/neuter and animal rehabilitation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8416 ... this organization RECENTLY announced a 'lifesaving mission'. What were they doing before? VERY LOW scoring on charitynavigator.org. Administration seems to be overpaid and shelter is open way too few hours in light of the payroll being spent.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Volunteers are the backbone of this shelter.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

My first experience with the Oshkosh Area Humane Society(OAHS) was in 2001 when I adopted my first dog from there. I started in 2005 as a volunteer walking dogs and other odd jobs. While volunteering in January of 06 I started training a puppy named Smokey. After working with him for several months and fostering him I decided to adopt him. In 2008, I was given the opprotunity to join the Board of Directors. All my experiences at the OAHS have been very positive. The new building is state of the art and they have an absolutly outstanding staff to go along with it. They all are very caring, dedicated and everything is done for the animals best interest. Some days I don't know how they do it but they always handle every situation, difficult or not in the most professional, caring manner. I am proud to be associated with such an excellent organization.

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

the high percentage of animals that are adopted compared to the national average.

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

I'm not sure that it could be run any better then it is already.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping the animals through the opportunity of volunteering.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding caring people and always professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take care of more animals and educate the community on spay and neutering their animals.

Ways to make it better...

I could volunteer more and give them more money to help care for more animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

is the influx of abandon animals as well as a greater challenge raising money in this bad economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Joni and her staff do an outstanding job day in and day out no matter what the challenges they face. Excellent job!!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering for the OAHS for 14 years now. I started out helping with fund raising and graduated to being a senior volunteer at the shelter. I have done almost everything there is to do there, walk dogs, give them baths, laundry, dishes, clean kennels in a pinch, helped out at the desk. I keep volunteering because I feel very wanted and useful there. I am always thanked when I leave no matter how much or little I've done that day. The staff is very caring and very good at what they do. I know that everything is done with the animals best interest. I will continue to volunteer as long as I can, because the shelter is like my family. If I would have never volunteered there I would also have never had the joy and love of my three dogs and two cats.

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

The number of animals adopted out that might not be at other shelters.

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

I couldn't do it, I give every one of them all the credit in the world for what they do.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The way I am treated and the friendships I have found along the way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, friendly and willing to do whatever it takes.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay off debts, spay and neuter more animals, give raises to employees and fix what needs fixing.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend there and help out.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The amount of animals coming in and the education of people about spaying and neutering.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is the best place to volunteer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for the Oshkosh Area for over 6/7 years. I started volunteering there when it was in a small building with limited outdoor space. It was still one of the best operations with which I have been associated. It was clean and as organized as could be. My first and best observation was that the people were so very caring about the animals and ALWAYS kind and helpful to volunteers and patrons alike. There was a warm feeling that all of the employees liked each other and helped each other when the need arose. Now that the OAHS has moved to a bigger and more comfortable facility in many ways, the above values continue. The place is so clean and well-kept. The employees continue to be helpful and caring. The animals are genuinely cared for. Further, the employees are educated in the latest information about caring for animals and help community members with their animals regardless of where the animal originated!!! I love this place. Martha A. Skruby

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

the number of animals that are adopted.

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

I couldn't run this organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The unconditional love they have for their animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I think I explained that above.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay off loans, give raises to staff who deserve them, fix what needs fixing. What I neglected to say in my review is that this organization does not reject animals because of their health status. They still take them in and do whatever it takes to get them healthy again. I can't say that they would do a better job caring for the animals cause they do such a wonderful job now.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the number of animals that need them and the shortage of funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Congratulations to Joni and her staff for operating such a class outfit from where I adopt all of my animals.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Retired

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at OAHS for 3 1/2 yrs. It is like home to me. I wear many hats while volunteering and love being there and helping the staff. I see things most volunteers don't see, I see the staff interacting with the public, with the animals, with volunteers. They have always made me feel welcome and know they can ask me to help wherever I am needed. I have helped other volunteers and staff rehabilitate terrified dogs from puppymills and celebrated when they were adopted to a forever home. I have also seen the tears and have cried with the staff and other volunteers over the loss of an animal do to abuse from irresponsible owners. I have seen dedicated dogs that are 11 or 12 yrs old dropped off because owners didn't want to deal with them anymore. Many have been adopted and it lifts our hearts. I volunteer at OAHS because of our dog Penny. She died 4 yrs ago and I wanted to help other dogs that did not have the wonderful life she had. There is no better place to volunteer and I have volunteered several other places.

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

The joy in the eyes of dogs that have been adopted and came back to visit. Warms my heart !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

I could never run this organization. It is to difficult. The staff is underpaid, they are understaffed but still manage to do everything they need to do and more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love everything about OAHS, the staff appreciates, more than I can say, what I do and often tell me THANKS !!!!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met very dedicated, caring, loving and giving staff and volunteers. I have made so many new friends and many I concider family

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make such a big difference in the lives of even more animals. They could hire more people, expand, breath a big sigh of relief. They would not squander it that is for sure

Ways to make it better...

If OAHA didn't have to worry about how they were going to meet the needs of all the animals and all the expenses that go along with keeping the animals warm, safe, fed and happy

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

How to make ends meet in this economy, they do so much with what they have.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The staff is underpaid and under appreciated by the public.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

retired

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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