Greenhill Humane Society

Rating: 3.67 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 88530 Green Hill Rd Eugene OR 97402 USA

Mission: Greenhill Humane Society, SPCA will provide safe shelter 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.
Results: From June 09 - July 10, Greenhill Humane Society achieved an 86.3% save rate for cats and an even higher rate for dogs, at 99.6%.  Greenhill found homes for 746 dogs and 956 cats during this same period.  In addition to receiving animals from individuals, Greenhill receives animals from other shelters in their Interagency Transfer Program giving them a second chance at finding a loving home when time and resources have run out at their shelter. Spay/Neuter Services - During the year ended June 30, 2010, Greenhill performed 3,402 surgeries in their regular clinic and 586 surgeries through the trap-neuter-release program. Volunteer & Foster Programs - Greenhill Humane Society has approximately 225 active volunteers and 100 active foster families.  Volunteers and foster families help in the daily care, training, socializing, and rehabilitation of animals brought to the shelter.  The volunteer and foster program works with schools, community service programs, and the general public to help promote humane education through hands-on animal welfare experience.
Target demographics: We shelter homeless companion animals and work to prevent homeless pet over-population through free and low-cost targeted spay/neuter.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 2,000 animals per year.
Geographic areas served: Oregon
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am so sick over all the stories I see on Facebook about the INhumane treatment of animals at Greenhill. Not just INhumane treatment but actual mistreatment or lack of needed treatment. Greenhill looks for reasons to kill the dogs in their care, they even test dog/cat and dog/human compatibility and safety by giving dogs stuffed animals. Greenhill turns down rescue groups that want to save a dog then if the rescue complains at all Greenhill just bans them completely by revoking their pulling privileges. What a disgraceful organization that is entrusted by the public to take care of the animals. Taxpayer dollars going to waste and used for killing. Furthermore, contrary to claims in some reviews, there is NO proof of a 90% live release rate because Greenhill is NOT transparent and they have no accountability. They refuse to release any information to back their claim of 90%

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

Fire current leadership and hire a compassionate leader, a No Kill Director. Fire the vet that withholds treatment for sick animals and hire one that will work to save ALL healthy/treatable animals. Insist that the contract Greenhill has with the local communities be enforced!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

If I could give this "shelter" less than one star I would. Greenhill tests dogs for "aggression" by throwing keys in their kennel and "testing" by seeing if the dog tears up either a dog or cat shaped stuffed animal. If the dog acts like a normal dog and plays with or tears up the cat shaped stuffed animal, Greenhill says that dog is cat aggressive. This is pure nonsense and many dogs have been labeled using this ridiculous method, that is not supported by any sane professional. Since being called on this asinine practice, Greenhill denies they do this. However, we have community members who are willing to testify this is what they were told. Volunteers know this as well. It is bizarre, unprofessional and downright deadly for the animals in Greenhill's "care"

Greenhill has stated that if the community that supports them calls in concerned about an animal, they deem that harassment. They want your money, but do not want to be bothered by questions, or be transparent or accountable.

No doubt there will be posts on here by Greenhill claiming that those who support No Kill Lane County are crazy, but we aren't the ones testing for aggression by seeing if a dog plays with a stuffed animal, are we? There are heinous abuses that go on behind the scenes at Greenhill and we can prove it.

Greenhill's Executive Director and his girlfriend the Ops Manager have been caught in lie after lie after lie, and we can prove that too! (Conflict of interest and a blatant violation of Greenhill's own policies)

www.facebook.com/NoKillLaneCounty




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

Fire all the management including the vet that withholds treatment from animals causing suffering. See Greenhill's medical records here: http://www.nokilllanecounty.org/2013/05/violation-of-state-statute-greenhills.html The Board of directors looks the other way while Greenhill's management violate their own personnel policies. They need to go.

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Greenhill records indicate that treatment is withheld from some animals by their veterinarian. When this information with documentation went to the Director, and the Board, it was ignored. This is a serious breach of their own policies, and a violation of Oregon Statute. See this documentation and other issues at www.NoKillLaneCounty.org.

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Three months ago, our family dog of 14 years passed away. We came to Greenhill to find another dog. The people that we met there were so understanding and spent a lot of time with us and answered all of our questions. We found a perfect dog - just a few years old, that was given up because the family that he lived with had to move to find work. We are so happy to have him in our family, and thank Greenhill for being there.

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

adopting a dog.

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

the time they spent with us.

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

Great people.

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

Do more good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-2-01

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