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HOUSTON SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
May 22, 2012

The Guidestar website says that the Houston SPCA was given the "GuideStar Seal" because they are "committed to transparency". This is not true. I have personally asked the Houston SPCA to provide their intake and outcome records. I have asked them twice yet they refuse to even respond. Even their own employees are not allowed to see the records so they have no idea how many animals are being saved or killed. I am sure that the HSPCA does not want to be transparent with people because their kill rate is as high as it was during the 2005 Mayor's Task Force report. However, this organization takes in many millions of dollars in donations each year. They should be required by law to tell the community exactly what they are doing with all of that money.

Ways to make it better...

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

Fire the director and replace her with someone who is dedicated to saving lives, instead of dedicated to increasing their bank accounts.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

They have a high kill rate, especially considering that they could say no to intakes and stop killing for space.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

Review from Guidestar
NO KILL HOUSTON
April 19, 2010

This is an excellent organization and the only one of its kind in Houston. They are dedicated to bringing the No Kill model of sheltering to Houston's shelters. Houston's five kill shelters kill 80,000 pets per year and this organization is determined to change that number. Many people do not know what No Kill means or they have misconceptions. No Kill Houston is dedicating to public awareness regarding what No Kill means and how we can make it a reality for Houston.

The Great!

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

There have been many changes at Houston's animal control facility since this organization has become involved.

Ways to make it better...

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

Tell everyone about this cause.

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

It will make a difference in the lives of literally tens of thousands of dogs and cats that will enter our city's kill shelters each year.

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

Great! Everyone is dedicated to stopping the killing in our city's shelters.

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

Spread the No Kill message on a much larger scale.

Ways to make it better...

We could find ways to create more public awareness on a larger scale.

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

Educating people who have been told years of lies by our shelters that "there are too many pets and not enough homes" or that shelters "must" kill. This simply isn't true but most people don't know it yet so they allow the killing to continue.

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

It's very hard work and there are a lot of naysayers out there. But, the work is worth it when thousands of animals' lives are saved in Houston.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Helped with public awareness campaign.