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GREENHILL HUMANE SOCIETY
July 20, 2010

I began fostering for Greenhill in 2004. The goal is to save lives and to match animal to adopting parent or parents. I have had extensive contact with the category staff and somewhat less contact with the veterinarian. Everyone is knowledgeable and committed to the health and welfare of the animal, and staff are visibly upset at those infrequent times when the cat has to be euthanized because the cat tested positive for feline leukemia (for examples). I fostered one cat that was in the late stages of kidney failure. The staff allowed me to continue fostering him as long as possible, and then provided a quick and peaceful end to his life when the time came. For the 6 or so months the cat was in my care, Greenhill provided veterinary services and medicines, even though they knew the cat would never be adopted and that he would eventually be euthanized. I have also cared for an amputee (who was happily adopted) plus a cat that was so afraid of humans that he hid from me for the first 4 weeks he was in my care (and has since been adopted!). In both cases, Greenhill provided all of the medical care and provided all of the medical supplies required. I only had to provide the housing and food (although Greenhill will provide special foods as needed). Recently I have begun fostering cats that come from domestic-violence homes. This is an invaluable service to the community, one I very much like participating in. Foster parents are encouraged to observe and report any problems the animal seems to have as soon as possible, and are given 24/7 access to staff, including the staff veterinarian. The back-up provided to a foster parent is tremendous. Greenhill is 100 percent supported by community donations. This alone makes it clear how much the community values its contributions. It has been in operation since 1944, and, during the time I have been working with Greenhill, it has continued to look for ways to enhance its services and to do as much as it can for the animals that come into its care.

The Great!

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

fostering for them and I have also adopted three cats from Greenhill. I have also attended a few trainings as well as social events.

Ways to make it better...

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

Put in a new kennel.

More feedback

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

meeting the cats and taking care of them

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

knowledgeable and caring of the animals, as well as enjoyable human beings

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

Expand the facilities and upgrade the kennel, possibly taking on responsibilities in Eugene-Springfield as well.

Ways to make it better...

It's been terrific!

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

Raising enough money to put in a new kennel

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

You do a great job!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I foster cats for Greenhill.