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Review for WEST SUBURBAN HUMANE SOCIETY, Downers Grove, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

WSHS has continued to excel in the care of its animals. Last year brought with it a new, cage-free cattery which has reduced stress and disease and has boosted adoptions. The love and respect both staff and volunteers have for every animal is inspiring.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer

Review for WEST SUBURBAN HUMANE SOCIETY, Downers Grove, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The WSHS is an amazing facility where staff and volunteers treat adoptable animals as their own.

The physical health of each animal is of extreme concern. Every dog and cat taken in receives basic health care, plus, if necessary, a special diet (allergies, age, disability, etc.) or further veterinary care, for everything from mange and heartworm treatments to hip replacements and heart surgeries.

The mental health of the animals is also exceedingly important. Dogs and cats get daily playtime and interaction with numerous volunteers. Certain cats get "free roam" time around the building, and dogs with behaviors that may limit their adoptability are trained to become more ideal pets. Some dogs go on outings or "sleepovers" with volunteers. If an animal becomes particularly depressed, extra time is taken with him to ensure quality of life remains high while waiting for a home.

The relationship between staff and volunteers is excellent. There is a open line of communication. Volunteers are encouraged to relate any concerns to staff, allowing quick health care when needed, a constant flow of ideas, and happy, efficient volunteers. The staff has an impressive knowledge of each individual animal and, even after years of service, they are extremely dedicated.

The adoption process is thorough but not outrageous. Many questions are asked to tailor safe, happy, long-term matches between homes and pets. Before any animal is released, it is spayed/neutered (to prevent further pet overpopulation) and microchiped (a permanent form of identification).

WSHS is a no-kill shelter, meaning that no animal is ever put down for lack of space or for taking too long to get adopted. Only in extreme cases of health or aggression is euthanasia considered, and then only as a last resort, as it would be for a personal pet. West Suburban has rehabilitation and rehomed hundreds of dogs and cats who would have been deemed "unadoptable" in other facilities.

I could go on forever about why I am so pleased with the West Suburban Humane Society. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to adopt a dog or cat or to volunteer. It is an amazing experience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & Volunteer, primarily with dogs, for nine years.