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February 24, 2014

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February 24, 2014

I volunteer at one of Greenhill's shelters. The are the most crooked group of workers I've ever met. They kill adoptable and treatable dogs and cats. They like to make up lies about why they killed them. They don't like the public to know about the killings. When dogs develop kennel stress behaviors and/or are going kennel crazy (but not dangerous) they put them on a "behavior hold" so that they cannot be adopted so that they continue to deteriorate further until the uncertified "trainer" Sandy decides to have them killed. Sandy is like Hitler in my mind. Her "behavior assessments" are highly flawed and they stress the dogs out. They test dogs for dog and cat aggression by putting a stuffed cat or dog infront of them to see what they do to it.
Usually if dogs are" mouthy" but don't bite, the dog won't make it out of the shelter alive. One dog was going to be killed for body slamming someone one time. The president of Greenhill lies more than any human being I've ever known. Greenhill puts an ENORMOUS amount of effort to try to hide all their dirty secrets. They go to such great lengths to try to keep a clean public image. How about if they just did the right thing, then they would have nothing to hide. They won't even release their records yet they are a public agency. How fishy is that. I personally don't even believe their euthenasia rate they claim... that can be tweaked. Greenhil doesn't like rescue groups to take their dogs, because whenever a rescue group gets the dog they then state how the dog is nothing like what Sandy said they were like, making Greenhill look incompetent, which they are. It is documented that the vet Dr. Schroder has neglected suffering animals. Including a cat with a damaged eye who sat in the back room for weeks without treatment or medication before getting rescued. There is documented proof of them lieing to potential adopters of a dog in order to scare them away.
Staff at Greenhill shelters use emotional blackmail on their volunteers: If dirty secrets are let out by volunteers there are consequences and it affects the dogs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get a No Kill director, so that all the facets of a no kill shelter can be in place. Get a vice president who cares about animals (currently she is happy to sign off on any euthenasias Sandy wants to happen). Use their donations more for the animals instead of other things.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 24, 2014

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February 24, 2014

First off Greenhill is under contract with Lane county to run First Ave. County shelter. They have totally ignored the rules..almost all of them especially transparency! They're unreasonable to ask volunteers to do all that they do, but they're to cheap to hire people. Employees are nasty to customers, probably due to their Director asking them to lie and they're blackmailed. Training volunteers how to handle dogs is ridiculous. They require you to take 5 hours of training on how to walk a dog but volunteers are constantly rewarding dogs for bad behavior. They fire and ban anyone that tries to save an adoptable animal. Rescues refuse to work with them. Volunteers leave because they're depressed seeing so many adoptable pets being killed. ..And they have the nerve to blame all this on a group that spends hours rescuing and cleaning up their mess.
I could go on for days but I get depressed.

Ways to make it better...

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

Fire upper management and their trainers know nothing and condemn dogs to death for chewing stuffed animals and Dr. Death who jokes about killing adoptable and treatable pets. Also, records show her refusal to treat animals in terrible pain which is immoral and against the dvm code of ethics.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 21, 2014
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February 21, 2014
1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered with 3 animal welfare organizations in Eugene, and Greenhill far exceeds my expectations. I have found the staff and volunteers to all care deeply about the animals in their care.

I also have had the pleasure of adopting an animal from Greenhill, and was impressed with
the thoroughness of the process. This is another way they insure the best outcomes for their animals.

It is unfortunate that some people use their time by trying to discredit Greenhill by using half-truths and incomplete, subjective statements. If they truly cared about animals, why not use their time and resources to make the whole animal welfare system better in a positive way?

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 21, 2014
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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2014
2 people found this review helpful

Organization is very concerned about information getting out to the public. I felt like I had a gag order. Also was micromanaged in regards to statements. Was asked to run everything by management before I said anything publicly. To me that was a red flag.

Believe there's no clear
lines of Business protocol between the nonprofit shelter, Greenhill, and the public shelter, First Avenue, they began to manage in July 2012. Not able to find reports on exactly where the $500,000 tax payer money is spent. As a former business manager and bookeeper, this type of reports are simple and I'm not sure why it's so difficult to sort through the mishmash.

Witnesses told me that the Greenhill will take resources from the First Avenue Public Shelter and use them up at the private (main Greenhill shelter). I know the donation button, that appears to be for the stray:neglected animals at the public actually goes to Greenhill general fund. Donations for First Ave may go to Greenhill unless you clearly specify that you want the funds to go to the public animal shelter First Avenue only. And even then there is no assurance the Public Shelter will get the funding.

The stray, neglected, confiscated animals receive less care and behavior modification training then do the animals up at the main Greenhill site which are mostly owner surrendered animals.

There's not enough transparency and they continue to violate the contract for the public shelter on many levels including not notifying the public of animals that are Redalert or on the euthanasia list. Secretly Euthanizing animals who appeared to be suffering from Kennel stress, or animals who have been at the public shelter along time and don't appear to be have adoption option vs truly dangerous of which there have been a few.

In addition, reputable animal rescue groups are repeatedly turned away. Many groups locally still try to work to save the dogs, but dread having to go through all the hoops that Greenhillreq requires. Policy, procedure and rules for adoption a rescue seem to change on a daily basis. Just depends on who's in charge.

Sadly my great hope for Greenhill managers to treat our public animal shelter (formerly No Kill Shelter) is been extremely disappointing. Transition for their takeover was very rough animals were neglected and not treated for medical conditions. Seems as though animals at public shelter are still being euthanized for medical issues when simple medical treatment would suffice...including things like ear infections if the animal is harder to manage when being treated with medication. Greenhill will NOT commit to the No Kill Philosopy despite it being shown, time and time again, that is an extremely cost-effective way to run a shelter. It's a win for the shelter, and win for the animals.

Appears to be advisarial relationship between Greenhill, first Avenue shelter and the no kill community.
I watch both sides and the energy that they put forth against each other, I wonder why that energy can't be put towards saving more animals and cooperating. I know many volunteers have dropped off the roster in favor of no kill… And that just means there is less people to care for the animals. Seems to me that Shelter management should be doing things to keep volunteers instead of chase them away.

I don't know what the solution is is currently Greenhill is under contract and that won't expire until July 2014. I am not aware of another group or organization willing to take over the plight of the public animal shelter First Avenue. I certainly think that First Avenue Shelter, the public dog pound, could be run much more effectively and much more humanely

It is a very sad situation for all of Lane county and their stray, neglected, or confiscated animals. In the end it seems the animals are paying a very heavy price.

Ways to make it better...

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

No more secrecy and implement No Kill. Separate the two shelters into two business models. Expectation of transparency public shelter (Not private shelter). Reports easily accessible on the website. Separate fundraising for public shelter. Separate volunteer programs for private and public shelter. Team cooperation of shelters management and all animal advocacy groups, rescue organizations and animal trainers behaviorist. Create an environment so the community can help.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

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?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 30, 2010
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July 30, 2010
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I am honored to say that I have been a foster parent for cats at the Greenhill Humane Society for a little more than 2 years. During that time, I have gotten to know many members of the Greenhill staff. I have also had the pleasure of caring for several cats that have been exposed to Feline Leukemia. Normally, these cats would have to be "put down", even though they test negetive for this disease. However, Greenhill finds these cats foster homes for a 3 month quarantine period. During this time, the cats are given a monthly blood test and other care. If the cats test negative for the Feline Leukemia at the end of the quarantine period, they are then put up for adoption. In my case, all of my foster cats have passed their quarantine period and have been quickly and successfully adopted. I can testify that all of the staff members at the Greenhill Humane Society always put the best interests of their animal charges ahead of all else. I can honestly say that "at the Greenhill Humane Society, ...... WE CARE!"

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

I have seen first hand that all of the animals being cared for at Greenhill are well taken care of and are successfully adopted.

Ways to make it better...

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

I really can't think of anything that I would do to change it. Greenhill is well organized and if anything, its services should be expanded.

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

working with the cats and also the people in the cattery.

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

always friendly, polite and helpful.

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

EXPAND and care for more animals!

Ways to make it better...

I would be happy to care for even more cats than I already have cared for.

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

Fundraising is always a challenge.

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

I love being involved with Greenhill!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 30, 2010

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July 30, 2010

I am so impressed with the absolute dedication by all the people involved with Greenhill Humane Society, both staff and volunteers, toward bettering the welfare of homeless dogs, cats and small animals. As for my personal experience as a volunteer at Greenhill, I have always been treated with great warmth and appreciation for my help.

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

My cat Sophie is a Greenhill "graduate." We adopted her 7-1/2 years ago. She is the princess of our household and is generally adored by all.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 29, 2010

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July 29, 2010

The staff is a wonderful, caring group that is determined to help people find the perfect pet for them. They won't stop until every pet that comes in through the door has a loving home. They helped me find my two fantastic cats.

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

I volunteer weekly in the kennal, cattery, and small animal room. I have helped many families find a wonderful pet.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 28, 2010

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July 28, 2010

Greenhill Humane Society, in Eugene, Oregon, is great non-profit humane organization providing shelter, fostering, adoption, and neuter-spaying services. We have had the great pleasure with working with the highly committed staff of both employees and volunteers when we foster kittens until they are ready to be put up for adoption. We can not overstate our appreciation and admiration for the kind, humane, and compassionate services Greenhill provides for our local community and the animals they rescue and provide loving homes for.

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

Fostering kittens until they are ready to be put up for adoption.

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

The satisfaction of seeing kittens we foster finding loving homes.

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

Wondeful. Friendly, compassionate, and committed.

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

Build larger living spaces for the animals it shelters, allowing more animals to be rescued and adopted. Also more education of the importance of getting people to spay/neuter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 27, 2010

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July 27, 2010

Upon first volunteering at Greenhill Humane Society, I was suprised by the love of animals that drove each employee and volunteer. Everyone was filled with this intense care for the lives of the animals that was really inspiring. Greenhill is a great place, and it leaves a great impression on me every time I leave it!

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

volunteering at their shelter and interacting with the sheltered dogs.

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

knowing that I am making a difference in each dog's life.

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

friendly and had very loving attitudes towards the animals.

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

greatly increase the size of its shelter, therefore increasing the number of animals that could be cared for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 27, 2010

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July 27, 2010

Greenhill Humane Society is a wonderful nonprofit organization. They help many animals find good homes. They also help to stop animal overpopulation by spaying and neutering all of their animals. What I have said about Greenhill may sound like any ordinary humane society, but Greenhill is no ordinary humane society. All of the animals there are very happy. Greenhill's staff and volunteers are very friendly and helpful. I think Greenhill is a great humane society. If you are looking for a new pet, come to Greenhill and see why it is a truly wonderful organization.

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

volunteering in the cattery.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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