ROGUE VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 951 Grants Pass OR 97528 USA

Mission: The Rogue Valley Humane Society (RVHS) is dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals in our community and finding permanent and loving adoptive homes for the cats and dogs in our care.  We provide a safe haven for animals in transition, serve as advocates for animals and their people, work to end animal overpopulation and educate the public about compassion and responsibility towards all animals.  Our shelter is a No-Kill facility where all incoming animals are evaluated, medically treated and rehabilitated when needed.   RVHS is a 501(c)[3] non-profit organization that does not receive any government funding and relies on the good will and generosity of individuals and corporations.  We have a "spay/neuter animals before adoption" policy in place.
Programs: Our Spay/Neuter Certificate Program is for the benefit of our community.  A certificate can be purchased which entitles the cat or dog for a low cost spay/neuter procedure at  participating local vets' offices 

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen a major turn around with Rogue Valley Humane Society in the past 8 years for the positive. The facility has improved their standard of care to such a level that the animals are more healthy both mind and body. I have worked with the staff as both a volunteer and a CVT and am so impressed with their willingness to learn and make what ever changes necessary to improve their facility. The staff and volunteers are a great group of individuals and their dedication to the animals is most admirable. I have also seen a marked improvement in reaching out to the community and offering programs such as low cost spaying and neutering, dogs without chains, critter champ to name a few. In closing I would just like to say that I am very proud to be a part RVHS and look forward working with them in the future.

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?

2014

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It has been about 3 years since I became a volunteer at the Rogue Valley Humane Society (RVHS) in Grants Pass, Oregon. They are a no-kill, 501(c) (3) non-profit animal care facility. Over the years I have watched SO many homeless and abused dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies come to RVHS scared, underweight and traumatized. They leave RVHS happy and healthy excited to be a treasured member of their new loving family. The dedication of the staff and volunteers is nothing less than phenomenal. “No” and “can’t” aren’t words in their vocabulary. They feel that the standard of care for the animals is most important. By the amount of hand licks and purring going on around here tells you that the animals know they are loved.

If there is an injured dog alone in a field needing help, he gets that help. Dogs and cats in hoarding situations are rescued, medically treated, rehabilitated and given a new chance to become loved. Senior dogs and cats with no one and no place to go can come to RVHS and get the care they deserve. Puppies thrown away in garbage dumpsters are brought to RVHS and given the love and care they need to live. I can truly say that RVHS is the best animal care facility around and we are fortunate to have them in our town!

I am now a proud board member of RVHS and continue to see first hand what incredible, heroic things happen at RVHS. Our community depends on us to keep these animals safe. We are their voice. Sometimes they just need a chance and RVHS gives them that chance, without question. Go team RVHS!!

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3 people found this review helpful

My husband and I both volunteer at RVHS and we are rewarded in too many ways to count. The love, committment, caring and unending sweat and tears that this shelter and it's employees and volunteers give is phenominal. I have never witnessed a place such as this. It has expanded my hearts vocabulary to know what unconditional love is.
From the first time we went to RVHS we were hooked by the caring individuals who take love these animals and in the process they encourage love and tolerance in the human factor. God bless you RVHS!!

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

The community and how this organization effects all of those in the county and in the personal lives of it's volunteers and employees. We are a small community but the "heart" is so big you think you are in a Metropolis.

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

The only changes I would make are in expansion so that more animals could be helped and loved. A larger facility that could handle many more so that no healthy, viable animal would have to be euthanized because of no room. (RVHS does not euthanize but others in our county have to.) I would like them all to have loving, caring homes.

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In the last year the Rogue Valley Humane Society (RVHS) has participated in over 8 major rescues of cats and dogs. Many of the owners contacted RVHS because of illness or are overwhelmed by numbers of animals that they have. We rescued 7 orphaned pups in Dec 2010 whose mom was shot and killed. All of the pups survived and have been adopted into loving homes. We have rescued over 115 cats from hoarding situations. Recently we rescued 8 puppies near death found in our local Walmart dumpster! They all lived and have been adopted.

Watch for us on Animal Planet's new program Confessions: Animal Hoarding in Sept or Oct to see us during one of our rescues.

We have started a Chained Dog Project and have gotten our first dog off of her chain (she had a padlock around her neck too). We are completing our 2nd one this week where there are 2 chained dogs.

WATCH THE PUPPY CAM- they are so cute. Go to this website: www.thedailycourier.com Click on the Critter Cam on left side of page.
No donation is too small to help our animals. OUr website: rvhs-or.org Check out our videos too. "We Are The Lucky Ones" and "Going Home" are two favorites. Thanks for visiting. Come visit us.

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

Seeing the changes in the rescued dogs and cats. Watching them them get rehabilitated -going from fearful and shy to calm and loving. Then they get adopted and have great lives.

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

Hire more people to take the load off the present employees. They work so hard and are so dedicated to 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

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

Stop making it so nice to be there. A lot of times I would just stay there longer if I could. There is nothing like the hand lick of a puppy or the purring of a kitten. They look at you like you are their everything. Love it!

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

All of the employees and volunteers I have come in contact with have become part of a big family. We have a common goal - helping the animals and it makes us all work well with each other.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Every time I go there I am greeted with smiling faces and great attitudes. It is heartwarming and uplifting. You can't have a bad day there. There are too many animals waiting for their ears to be scratched or snuggle time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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The Rogue Valley Humane Society in Grants Pass, Oregon is a NO-Kill, nonprofit animal shelter. From the first time I went to the shelter I found the most caring staff members. And it shows with the cats and dogs that are living there. First off, it was SO clean and cheery everywhere. It had to be the best smelling shelter I have ever been in. When you go into the dog kennels you see wagging tails and smiling faces. It is the same thing when you go into one of the cat rooms - friendly and ready to snuggle cats and kittens. The staff and volunteers are devoted to the animals in their care. It really shows! If you EVER thought about donating to an organization that protects animals this is the one for you. Check out their online website: rvhs-or.org and you can see it first hand. If you get a chance to see The Truman Fund video on their facebook page get some kleenex out. It does have happy ending! All I can say is they are the BEST! I am proud to be a volunteer of this great organization. If you are ever in Grants Pass come for a visit! You will be so glad you did.

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

their current community spay/neuter program funded by an anonymous foundation. The owners of the dogs in this program are so thankful that they can get their dog taken care of that we have had people cry on the phone and thank us repeatedly.

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

Definitely give all the staff pay raises for all they do, above and beyond what they need to do. Times are tough but it doesn't prevent the staff from giving 150% !! I LOVE RVHS.

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

Great caring staff and volunteers

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

So wonderful and helpful and most of all animal lovers every one.

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

Build a new state of the art shelter and rescue every animal that needs to find a home. They could build an onsite spay/neuter clinic for the community. They could build a community room for events. They would no longer have financial concerns.

Ways to make it better...

I win the lottery and can help build a bigger shelter for them.

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

Finding the donors to help pay for monthly expenses which can be $6,000-$8,000 a month.

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

We would welcome any and all donations to help us during the summer. Thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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