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September 8, 2010
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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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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

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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

August 10, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
August 10, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I am a national shelter reform advocate - use that as your guide in weighing what I write. This is a very high-kill organization comprised of 5 shelters under the umbrella of the Golden Valley main office of AHS. As of 2008, 40.2% of the animals coming in the front, never made it back out. Roughly 70% of the revenue goes to pay very high salaries and over 400 employees. You decide for yourself if that's the "bang for your buck" you want. My advice? Find some local rescue groups who do better work, don't kill and never draw a salary. Your donation would go directly to saving lives, not perpetuating this killing industry.

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

ongoing

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

Fire the CEO and other executives, update the anitquated housing facilities, rely more on high-caliber volunteers from business schools and local state rescuers who have great experience but are not allowed to work with AHS under the current leadership.

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

leaving

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

staff - rude and arrogant volunteers - mostly very friendly

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

kill more animals

Ways to make it better...

someone had cared

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

1) Board of directors 2) CEO 3) COO

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

send your donations or volunteer elsewhere

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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