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December 31, 2012
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December 31, 2012
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This organization has greatly compromised its mission as "the only open admission shelter in the Portland Metro Area" in order to pay extraordinary salaries to top administrators who intimidate their employees from speaking out. They no longer accept cats in need unless they have an appointment (i.e. are on a waiting list) and they have recently announced that they are going to close to the public one day a week. And what's this about asking for a "merger" with one of the other local animal sheltering facilities that has figured out how to do things right? Seems that the HSSW has given up, and is now trying to hitch their wagon to a successful organization because they don't know what to do next. Please kind people, dig deeper, and then find an organization that is truly worth your donations.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 29, 2011

I have adopted 3 times in the past several years (dogs). I have found the staff helpful, knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and always willing to take as long as necessary to help me. Their first concern is the animal's well-being, and they have taken great strides to be sure each time that the dog was a good fit for my canine family. The staff is always eager to answer questions and/or show you through their clean, well-kept kennels. I am also a tender sender (regular monthly donation) and participate in fund-raising ventures throughout the year. The Humane Society for SW Washington has several programs for kids, too, teaching them the love and care of animals.

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

I have talked to many people who are now not "afraid" to go to the humane society and find the next member of their family. That's because of the quality of the SW Washington Humane society facility and also because of the quality of the people who work and volunteer there.

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

They have a new (2 years old) facility; as with all non-profits, they need to continue to have the funds to properly care for the animals waiting for their forever families.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Because of my love of animals, especially dogs & horses, their advertisements caught my eye years ago.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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