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March 5, 2010

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March 5, 2010

Greenhill is a fantastic organization, which is why I adopted my dog, Simon, from the shelter nearly 4 years ago. Since that time, I've joined the board and volunteer LOTS of my time to this wonderful organization. They are dedicated to increasing spay/neuter rates in the area, helping to reduce animal overpopulation in the area. They have hired a full-time staff vet, who serves as an invaluable resource to Greenhill shelter animals as well as the animal welfare community in general. They have incredibly high "live release rates," meaning nearly all of the animals who come through the shelter find homes. They are organized and always striving to improve. I am proud to serve on the board of this fantastic organization.

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

Build a new kennel, so our puppies have a state-of-the art place to live that helps them get adopted FASTER and that has best practice safety features (like an area to quarantine the animals should an infectious disease hit the shelter).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 5, 2010

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March 5, 2010

As a board member and volunteer with Greenhill for the last several years, I have seen first hand the committment Greenhill's staff and its voluteers have to serving this community and its animals. Greenhill is constantly striving to improve itself and have a greater positive impact on animal welfare in the community.

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

build a state of the art shelter and kennel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 5, 2010

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March 5, 2010

As a Board Member, I see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make the most of the budget and continue to improve the organization, and I have been continually impressed with the passion for animal welfare shown by everyone involved. The staff and volunteers at Greenhill are incredibly dedicated to making the lives of the animals in their care as pleasant as possible before they find their forever homes. Greenhill's administration is committed to expanding and improving its services by improving medical care and updating their facilities when their budget allows to better serve the animals. Greenhill's management works very hard to try to coordinate services with other animal care organizations in our region to care for the animal population as efficiently and effectively as possible. They also frequently take animals in from "high kill" shelters - even as far away as Los Angeles, to save the animals from being euthanized. Greenhill is generally regarded as a fantastic asset to Lane County. I am proud to represent Greenhill in our community and I love all the positive feedback I hear when I mention the shelter. Unfortunately, there are some people with serious misconceptions about Greenhill, who are committed to trying to damage its reputation. This negativity helps no one - least of all the animals we are trying to save. I encourage anyone interested in Greenhill to visit the shelter and see its great work firsthand!

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

hearing great feedback when I tell people I'm a part of Greenhill.

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

build a state-of-the-art kennel and medical facility!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

Greenhill is great! I love helping the animals, and I love all of the people I meet at greenhill. Sometimes the job of cleaning isn't the most fun, but it's a great cause!

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

they find home for so many animals.

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

playing with the cats

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

Friendly and knowledgeable

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

Help more animals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

I volunteer at Greenhill. It's a great place with great people and wonderful animals. I moved here recently and started to volunteer with Greenhill about a year ago. They really do a lot for the animals in their care. Everyone I've met there cares so much, and the volunteers are really involved in helping. I feel so appreciated, and that I am making a difference.

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

by being a volunteer. I feel included.

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

Working with the animals, the staff, and the volunteers.

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

Everyone that I've met is friendly and helpful.

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

Be even better and help more animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 2, 2010
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March 2, 2010
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Greenhill receives the majority of the support given to animal non-profits in Lane County. However, as newer, smaller organizations are formed, GHS demonstrates their intent to maintain this dominance by co-opting the upstart, more progressive 501 (c)(3)'s. For instance, the Shelter Animal Resource Alliance (S.A.R.A.) was formed to rescue doomed dogs from the county animal control in 2001. After observing the success of this program for a few years, Greenhill saw it as a way to improve their own statistics and convinced LCAS to give the program to them. For 30 years Greenhill was uninterested in spaying and neutering--they had to be persuaded by local advocates to even do their own animals before adoption. Now, after noticing that there seems to be no backlash from the local vets concerning the Willamette Animal Guild's spay clinic, they have decided to open their own in-house clinic to the public. Ironically, they recently received a sizable grant to TNR feral cats although they have an active feral kill program. As the No-Kill movement progresses in Lane County, the front desk volunteers tell callers that Greenhill is a no-kill facility. It is NOT. Policy is dictated not by the charming and diverting new director, but by the ladies in the back with the blue needles. Greenhill's latest tactic is to persuade the local PetSmart store to let them take over the cat adoption room there, displacing a program that has been run by West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue for at least 3 years, despite the fact that the room was conveniently empty and available way before WCDC took it on. So often it's heard, "Why can't we all get along for the sake of the animals?" Greenhill is not there for the sake of the animals. Greenhill is there for the sake of Greenhill. Why cooperate when they can co-opt? Then there's no need to share the glory OR the funding.

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

my own work with them,which has diminished to almost nothing in the last 10 years.

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

hire a director who was committed to positive change, not one who made excuses for the staff in the back room.

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

seeing the smaller organizations sprout up in spite of them. The traditional animal shelter scenario is obsolete. We cannot kill or adopt our way out of pet overpopulation.Organizations like Greenhill have been trying and failing for 150 years.

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

The volunteers are well-meaning and idealistic. The staff all needs treatment for PTSD.

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

WOULD fritter it away on the same policies it's had forever, policies that have made no difference on the local pet overpopulation problem.

Ways to make it better...

I were able to ignore all the nasty stuff that goes on behind the scenes.

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

facing up to the fact that their methods are counter-productive and obsolete.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I came to Greenhill with a friend of mine to help her adopt a cat. I had never been to the shelter before and really didn't know what to expect. I was really impressed. The cats have the most wonderful space with toys and things to climb on. There were a number of people there to help us make a choice. They knew all of the cats and their personalities, and everyone was so friendly and took the time to talk to us.

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

how caring they are in the way they help people who want to get a pet.

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

It was beyond my expectations. Clean, friendly, and the animals were so well cared for.

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

Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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

Probably find more homes for cats - I had no idea how wonderful an animal shelter could be - maybe they can advertise that more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

I just adopted a dog from Greenhill. It was a great experience, thank you! The staff spent a lot of time with me and answered all of my questions. It seemed like the dogs were all very well taken care of, and the staff knew all about each one.

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

adopting a dog. The staff helped me make the right choice!

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

I learned so much from the people I talked to at the shelter. Everyone was so friendly.

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

Warm, friendly people. While I was there, it seemed like there were a lot of staff and volunteers spending time with the dogs.

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

build a new kennel. Although the dogs seem to be really well cared for, the building that they are in is really old.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

I have been a volunteer at Greenhill for the past two years, and find it a really incredible organization. I read the previous posts and really don't understand what those people are talking about - perhaps they should visit the organization again as it sounds as though it has been years since their negative experience. What I am really impressed about is how much they care about the animals and the volunteers. The staff are friendly and really pay attention to the animals' needs. As a volunteer, I really feel that I am part of the team making life better for homeless animals and helping to find them homes. It is extremely rewarding. If I had one thing to change, I hope that someday they can build a new dog kennel. The cats have a beautiful large open space in which they live, not in small cages like other shelters, but the dogs still have an old concrete brick kennel. Perhaps someday they will be able to raise enough money to build a new kennel.

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

everything they do to help the animals and the people. From a volunteer's perspective, I am really proud to be a part of this organization.

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

Build new dog kennels and a larger space for their rabbits.

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

I can help as I want to - directly volunteering with the animals or donating money to help. Also, I love working with all of the other volunteers and staff.

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

Very friendly and caring. We all love animals, and it is great to be working alongside like-minded people.

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

Build a new kennel. They already do so much with the money that they get now, but I'm sure that $10 million would really help them grow and have a better space for the dogs.

Ways to make it better...

The experience I have is great already. It would be better if I could spend even more time volunteering.

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

Lack of funding. They do wonderful work with what they get, but I'm sure that they could do so much more with more funding.

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

I love Greenhill!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010
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February 22, 2010
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As a former volunteer at Greenhill, I would urge donors to look elsewhere when giving away money. For too long, Greenhill (or Greenkill, as they are known is some of the local animal rescue circles) has skated on their so-called "good reputation". Their reputation, in fact, was why I had chosen the shelter at which to volunteer in the first place. What I found was that reputation was undeserved. During the several months that I volunteered there, I was appalled at much of what I saw: there were dogs who, week after week, continued to lose weight due to the stress of being in the kennel. Of course, I understand that kennel stress is a fact of life at a shelter, but the math is simple: more calories in will balance the higher calorie burn of a stressed dog. It didn't seem that anyone there was doing the math, though. Each week that I would show up to walk dogs, the dogs (and one in particular) were skinnier and skinnier. I do not exaggerate when I say that the one was completely emaciated, to the point that each and every rib and vertebra could be counted, and his face was completely sunken in. It got to the point where some of the volunteer dog walkers were sneaking extra food to these dogs in an effort to prevent them from starving to death. Thankfully, both of those dogs were finally adopted before they perished. I also often would come in to find a favorite dog euthanized for suspect reasons and can even recall four month old puppies being euthanized. The reason? Food aggression. Guarding food is a natural survival tendency in a dog that young and is not generally difficult to correct. All too often, it seemed (in my estimation)the first reaction to a dog with problems was to euthanize. During my stint at GH, volunteers who expressed concern over the number of euthanasias and the reasons for the decision were placated, intimidated, or told outright that their services were no longer needed. I was even threatened once by Katie Dyer when I expressed my own concerns to, essentially, keep my mouth shut if I know what's good for me. Eventually, though I felt like I was abandoning the animals, I had to cease volunteering there in an effort to preserve my own sanity and self-respect. Since then, I have been working with another local organization who makes every effort to rehabilitate dogs who have nowhere else to go, and we have been very successful and operate on a budget of about 1% of what Greenhill takes in. Lastly, there is absolutely no reason at all why a very choosy and relatively well-funded closed admission shelter such as Greenhill should not be a no-kill organization. With the resources they have and the ability to pick and choose amongst the most adoptable of animals, it's stunning that they have any euthanasias at all.

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

my own personal experience. Compared to what other groups (operating on a shoestring) have accomplished with few euthanasias, Greenhill's record is shameful.

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

fire everyone and start over with people who are concerned first and foremost with the welfare of the animals over their own glory and egos.

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

working with the animals.

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

lacking in people and customer service skills, by and large, and also more willing to placate and smooth over complaints rather than implement any actual change for the greater good of the animals.

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

do a lot to help the community. Unfortunately, the priorities of the actual organization seem to lie not in doing what's right but in relying on a reputation that is not deserved.

Ways to make it better...

there were any transparency or responsibility to the public who funds them.

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

that many of the staff are suffering from compassion fatigue and also that they seem to be primarily concerned with competing with other organizations for donations rather than embracing a spirit of working together for the sake of the animals.

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

it's quite sad that they can't put the welfare of the animals first. They have more resources than any other organization in the area and seem to do the least with them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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