December 31, 2012
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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