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January 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 11, 2011

The Animal Human Society is a wonderful asset to the community. Their support and care of animals is top notch. My experience with the Animal Humane Society is as a donor and pet adopter. Their pet loss support group was a huge help a few years ago when I lost my beloved cat. Since then, I have been a strong supporter of everything they do through donations and the Walk for Animals.

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

The animals at the facility seem to be well cared for.

Ways to make it better...

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

not sure

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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?

2010

December 23, 2010

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December 23, 2010

I have been both a donor and volunteer of the Animal Humane Society. It is at the top of my list of organizations I consider deserving of my contributions, and I always feel good when I write my check to AHS. Also, being a volunteer gives me a behind-the-scenes look at what the organization does.

It continues to amaze me all of the services the shelter provides - way more than the average member of the public could ever know. Two cats my family adopted from AHS had been hit by cars, and in both cases, the AHS invested time and resources to give those animals a second chance. One of the cats required the amputation of a leg, and the other required several weeks of treatment for a head injury.

For animals that are surrendered at the shelter but are too fearful or have behavior issues which need addressing before the animal goes up for adoption, AHS offers a socialization program where volunteers work one on one with those animals until they are ready for the adoption floor.

Many animals recovering from surgery are placed in volunteer foster homes until they are well enough to go on the adoption floor. All animals who are adopted have already been spayed or neutered to help address the overpopulation issues. The animals also have a microchip implant so they can be easily tracked should they get lost.

Once animals are adopted, AHS offers services to adopters including training classes and a help line. AHS even offers a support group for people who are grieving the loss of a pet.

AHS is sometimes critized because it is not a no-kill shelter. Unfortunately, though, there are many more unwanted and stray animals than there are available homes and shelters. No-kill shelters are also doing important work, but there is a limit to how many animals the no-kill shelters can take, meaning they aren't able to take in every animal that someone tries to surrender to them.

My sense as both a volunteer and donor is that AHS is very mission focused and is a wise steward of the financial resources it receives. Expenditures are made carefully, and the organization utilizes volunteers wherever it can to help keep expenses as low as possible and focused as much as possible on the care of the animals.

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

the three animals I've adopted, through volunteering hundreds of hours, and in being a donor.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the budget available to do more outreach to help find more homes for the animals.

December 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 21, 2010

I started as a volunteer at the Animal Humane Society in the 1980s. Between 1984 and 1996, we adopted three cats from them. Each time, we received help in selecting the best cat to fit our particular situation. We had a chance to visit with several different cats in private rooms and talk to volunteers who knew the cats. Twice we adopted adult cats, because the Society does not put an age limit on cats accepted for adoption. Also, animals who are on the adoption floor remain there until they are adopted; there is no "kill by" date. All adopted animals are now spayed/neutered before leaving the facility, one of the real ways we can attack the problem of stray and unwanted animals. The Society is currently raising money for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in their Golden Valley building to serve people who already own pets but cannot afford the surgery.

I have also been a contributor to the Society, and have increased my donations as my circumstances have allowed. I like that the Society provides services to help adopters with their pets after the adoption: puppy training classes, advice on behavioral issues, and so on. I also like their program for taking carefully selected animals to assisted living/nursing homes: my elderly mother greatly benefitted from such visits. And finally, they provide many tours and education on proper care of animals for school groups; summer camps for children interested in animal-related careers, etc. I am constantly amazed at the range of services and programs that are available. Even a pet-loss support group when your pet has died. Are some animals euthanized? Yes, because some animals come in with overwhelming health issues, or are feral animals, and so on. But I would rather they be humanely euthanized than roam the streets and die from injury, hunger, or our cold winters.

People also need to know that the Animal Humane Society has two humane investigators who work with police around the state of Minnesota to investigate animal abuse, puppy "mills", animal hoarding situations, and so on. They are the only two full-time human investigators in the state.

The Animal Humane Society is my number 1 charity, and I support them completely.

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

volunteering, adopting cats, touring the facility, meeting with the staff, reviewing printed materials, attending informational sessions.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide more money for humane investigators, for the planned low-cost spay/neuter clinics, and for education of children and prospective adopters.

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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

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Bound for Home, a program to get surrended animals into adoptive homes more quickly. Low-cost spay/neuter mobile clinic and on-site clinic in the works. Humane investigation officers.

What would you tell others about this organization?

If you care about animals, this is one organization where the effect of your donation will be maximized. You can pick specific areas/programs to support, if you wish.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 21, 2010

I have volunteered as well as adopted wonderful animals from AHS. The staff and volunteers are friendly and caring. This year, they brought in specialists to help the shelter better serve animals in their care.

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

Working with the caring staff and volunteers as a volunteer and experienced their passion for the animals in their care and have also adopted animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Want them to do more outreach to the community to help people understand the time, effort, and cost of having a pet and helping people make good choices to increase the chance that their animal doesn't ever end up at a shelter.

December 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 21, 2010

I am a volunteer, donor and customer of the AHS. When I first started volunteering 8 years ago I was amazed by how much AHS does for the animals. This lead to me wanting to contribute to the organization as it is obvious that the majority of funding goes toward making the animals lives as pleasant as possible.
The staff is invested in the lives of the animals. All you have to do is ask them a questions about the animals and you can tell they love and care about each animal in the shelter.
Part of my volunteering involved 'vising' the animals that were sick so they would have socialization. AHS does everything possible to bring the animals back to health so they can be available for adoption.
The reality of euthanasia exists however it is not based on the amount of time an animal has been at the shelter or the age of the animal. Frankly I believe sometimes euthanasia is the humane answer for some animals. Because they accept all animals that show up at their door (unlike many shelters that turn animals away) they have animals that have terminal illnesses (leukemia) or behavioral problems (urinating in home, feral cats, etc). They go through a process with every animal to determine if the animal is appropriate for adoption.
I support this organization 100% and feel confident recommending them to anyone for donations, purchase of animals,or volunteer opportunities.

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

The treatment of cats. All cats are spayed/neutered before they can be adopted. This is the key to getting a handle on over population of cats. I have seen them treat cats that arrived injured or sick and nursed them back to health at great expense. If the animal is deemed adoptable they do what needs to be done to make the cat healthy.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make more opportunities for volunteers. There is quite a bit of structure in the volunteer area that requires signing up for shifts, etc. I would make it more open so the animals get more attention and people are encouraged to 'stop in' and volunteer. I have brought this to their attention and the volunteer directors have explained to me why this isn't best for the animals. Just by 2 cents.

December 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 21, 2010

We have been doners to the animal humane society for over 30 years as well as being an adopter of 4 wonderful cats. We have also toured the Golden Valley facility which was a wonderful experience in seeing the generous love and care being given to these homeless animals.

Mr. and Mrs T

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

Adopter

Ways to make it better...

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

Involve more young people in understanding the need for your organization

December 21, 2010

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December 21, 2010

I have been a volunteer for the Animal Humane Society for many years. I have seen all aspects of the organization and all the great things they do, as well as many of the difficult decisions they've had to make. They help so many animals that need homes, including many wildlife that have been displaced for some reason. They provide a great service to the entire state by taking in animals that people can no longer care for, are found wandering the streets - lost, no longer wanted, and a myriad other reasons animals need a home. AHS is such a necessary organization for our state, I can't imagine it not being here. I am very proud to volunteer for them, and am amazed at all that they do for the animal and human communities of Minnesota.

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

every aspect of the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

with more funding, fewer animals would have to euthanized.

December 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
December 21, 2010

The Animal Humane Society partners with other animal welfare groups from Minnesota and around the country to provide better care and safe refuge for thousands of homeless animals. I have adopted three fantastic, healthy cats from AHS over the last 13 years and I will continue to support it--Minnesotans and animal welfare groups around the state and nation are fortunate to have such a relaible, ethical and well-run partner!

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

visiting its shelters which are very clean and well-run and seeing how much the staff and volunteers care about every animal.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help the community better understand the difference between open admission and limited admission (no kill) shelters. AHS is often the only organization able to accept animals in need--try surrendering a cat to any "No-Kill" shelter right now--chances are you will find all of them are full and can't take any more cats in. AHS is THE safety net for homeless animals in the twin cities.

September 8, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
September 8, 2010
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wiley1827 challenged data taken right from the 2008 990 form: o % of total revenue spent on labor costs = 68.9% This comes from these lines: o Total revenue = Part I, Line 12 o Total Labor Costs = Part I, Line 15 o Number of Employees = Part I, Line 5 (410, btw - not 400) o Number of volunteers = Part I, Line 6 (1,467) The defensiveness of "wiley1827" is indicative of the continual efforts of AHS to "spin" data in their favor and hide actual facts. This is AHS' actual reported data. It should be noted that employees and volunteers are required to sign nondisclosure (confidentiality) agreements. Why the secrecy? What possible trade secrets do they have to protect? The most important point: All those millions every year and AHS still has to kill 1 out of every 3 animals that enter its shelters.

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

by research, by contact with executives and as a former volunteer.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 16, 2010

The fellow who claimed 70% expenses is misinformed or reading information wrong. AHS has complete disclosed info on their web site. It appears the comments left about AHS are a collusion or group effort by a single force to be critical. Charity Navigator and others gives them high marks. And local supporters and donors find them to be of very high caliber.

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

see above

Ways to make it better...

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

reply to groundless and false charges on this website

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

Efficient use of capital and cash

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

fine

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

Convert space or rent space to house animals

Ways to make it better...

Charges to leave stray animals not so high

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

shortage of funds to keep animals for duration needed to find adopting homes or to be places in foster homes/sanctuaries

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

Shelters are up against budget issues - the source of excess pet population is the average citizen. Those who mismanage matter of pet care and overpopulation have on their hands the death of old and sick animals who can not be adopted.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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