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January 13, 2010

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January 13, 2010

The organization is not fiscally responsible. The board of directors do not abide by the organization's by-laws. While the euthanasia rate is impressive, often the results of temperament tests on the dogs are ignored so that the animals can be sent to rescue.Volunteers are often made to feel unwelcome.

The Great!

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

The organization has done a great job working with local media to promote adoptions.

Ways to make it better...

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

Enforce the by-laws and create a voluneer-friendly environment. See to it that the dogs have supervised playtime and opportunities to exercise outside.

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

Seeing safe, ADOPTABLE animals find homes either thru shelter adoptions or rescue.

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

Many caring people but the inability of a couple of the board members to refrain from micro-managing creates a situation difficult to work in.

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

Find a new location and build a new facility with an adequate ventilation system and outside area for the dogs to get fresh air, exercise, and play space. Hire an executive director to act as liasion between shelter director and board of directors.

Ways to make it better...

I had been treated better by staff and board members and if the board would operate based on their by-laws.

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

A couple of board members who have a private agenda and no knowledge how to lead an organiztion.

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

When first build, the shelter was out in the country. It is now in the city and surrounded by homes. The neighbors complain about the barking dogs when they are left outside. If a new facility is to be built, a new location needs to be found.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

THHS has lost its way. Despite multiple very successful fundraisers, the board claims there is no money for vetting animals - especially cats. Where is all of that money going? Best case scenario - into a fund for building a new building. Worst case scenario - use your imagination. Most recently they have begun euthanizing cats out of hand insted of letting them go out to rescues or into foster homes at the same time as they have just changed the rules to allow the city to bring in much larger numbers of cats than ever before. They have also cut off all funding for medications and vetting for cats. The commuity at large needs to step forward and demand that the cats get equal treatment with the dogs. Perhaps the HS's books need to be audited as well to findout where all the money from fundraisers is being spent. The board is now a closed clique - all new board members are approved by the president and her friends. And they put on only their friends. General membership no longer has a say-so in any HS policies. Good people are beign driven off the board by the hateful atmosphere and are afradi to stick up for each other at the meetings.

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

Caring people, who are now scared for the animals, afraid they will lose their jobs and extremely frustrated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009
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September 28, 2009
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The Terre Haute Humane Society has effectively reduced euthanasia in the community by incorporating and being involved with several new programs in our community. These programs include: low-cost spay-neuter, free spay neuter for the parents of puppies or kittens taken in at the shelter. Most recently we have been involved with the community HOPE program which targets families on assistance by providing free spay/neuter for their pets. We have increased adoptions by joining with PetSmart Charities adoption center at PetSmart, monthly Mutts at the Mall adoption events, and other adoption events at community events as well as businesses. We have a weekly presentation on both local TV stations, and a weekly article in our newspaper, each showcasing an available animal for adoption.

The Great!

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

The reduction of euthanasia from 84% in 2000 to less than 5% in 2008, while continuing to received an average of 3000 animals per year.

Ways to make it better...

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

Like to see it take a step in a new direction and be more aggressive in helping the community with low-cost spay neuter. Unfortunately the current facility is limited.

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

Watching this non-profit grow from a place that was the end of the road for most animals, to a place that is the new beginning for most.

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

Knowledgeable and helpful, unfortunately space is limited in the facility.

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

Build a new and inviting facility, as the current facility is over 50 years old and painfully out of date.

Ways to make it better...

We could further educate the community in the need for spay & neuter as well as proper care for their pets.

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

lack of community understanding of the Humane Society role in the community, as they often think of it as the city "pound" when in fact it's a private organization.

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

I'm proud of the progress of this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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