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Humane Society Of Cowlitz County Spca

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: To provide shelter where unwanted animals can be brought for adoption or euthanization. To provide a crematory where dead animals can be disposed. To provide public education on the importance of spay and neutering animals as well as humane treatment for animals. To provide animal control for public safty.

Programs: To provide a shelter where unwanted animals can be brought for adoption or euthanization.

to provide animal control and licensing for 14,000 square miles and service the population of 105,000 in cowlitz county including the five incorporated cities within that county.

to provide a crematory where dead animals can be disposed.

medical services - spay neuter of impounded pets. Identification chips for adopted pets. Care of shelter animals. Public education - provide schools and public education programs for humane treatment and kindness to animals, pet responsibility and the importance of spay and neuter of pets to help reduce the population of unaltered animals.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is the worst place to try and adopt a dog from everytime we call and acquire about a dog on there site they always say oh they just walked out the door. I was told by other people who have tried to adopt they are told the same thing multiple times on multiple dogs. Dont waist your time they are a joke. I believe you have to have connections to be able to adopt from Cowlitz County. I would give a zero rating if I could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After losing our beloved dog in 2010, we were finally ready in 2011 to start looking. Hearing about a 1 year old chocolate lab which was at Humane Society of Cowlitz County, we had to take a look. We fell in love immediately and he became our own. Our experience was so wonderful we went back in 2016 to add to our family. This time we adopted a puppy. All these years later we are so appreciative of the care our furbabies received prior to joining us. HSCC has went through some trying times and we are hopeful and excited to see what the new director has implemented. Adopt and change your life!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff members were very helpful with adopting my dog and helping me license each year!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Upon arrival I was given a tour of the facility. In the back room inaccessible to public, there were two dogs, without water on a 100 degree day, and covered in their own feces, there was nowhere the dogs could have gone to get away from their feces and urine. (Two separate kennels). I brought this to attention to the gal showing me around, but she only shrugged and said it was another girls job. One girl taking care of the entire dog facilities on her own, while three employees stood around the main building doing nothing most of the time. I was there for about 4 hours, and only until it was time for me to leave were the dogs finally given fresh water and had their kennels cleaned. After reports from several of the employees about the executive director threatening to fire them, ans seeing the duties assigned to them they claim were punishment for complaining about the hard work that nobody was helping them to do, and hearing about the many people he fires, that he scares away volunteers, and seeing him stand around with lazy employees mocking a volunteer, and after listening to the employees badmouth the only 2 employees who worked nonstop during my visit, I realized that the problems I was witnessing were the result of poor management and his lack of interest, and that speaking to him about my concerns would fall on deaf ears and become just another thing for them to stand around and gossip about. You can see on social media how he responds to people who have concerns, and it is tactless and defensive. He lacks professionalism and has poor public relations. Instead of firing the people who are speaking up about the neglect at the shelter, he should be firing the ones that are neglectful and working together with people who want to help. Prior to this particular visit I had donated cash. The woman behind the desk took my money and slid it under the desk, said thank you and have a nice day. I said hey, I would like a receipt.... There are many reviews from the public about suspicions that donations are not benefitting the animals and are being pocketed by staff. I hope they will have an unannounced inspection from an unaffiliated party to check the conditions and to have an audit performed on them. There are complaints that people are coming in for their pets, and denying that they are there when in fact they are there at the shelter, and end up adopting them to another family. They get strays in with microchips and dont even attempt to call and inform the owners. The center needs to wipe out the entire staff and bring in fresh new people who are actually there for the animals, and not willing to let animals suffer to punish another employee. Sick.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Horribly unorganized, rude and lacking any hint of common sense. No policies in place about anything. Director does not care about the animals but only about himself.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This Company is part of a large non profit ( SPCA International ) that spends almost all of its money on its own marketing company and printing company. Does very little for the animals!

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I hope they are being investigated !! My rating would be -0

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The employees and the director are so unprofessional that they turn away their volunteers by being rude, place strict rules on their volunteers etc. They have no proper policies and procedures and they answer to a board that never even steps a foot into the shelter yet gives the director such high praise. The director just retired yet is now on the board and they hired an existing employee to take his place at half the salary and no professional training. We are trying to change things to help the animals. Why euthanize animals that are perfect and could be placed into any home? Cowlitz County officials and board members need to wake up. The board needs to wake up and really see what's going on. This place needs audited and inspected.

Review from Guidestar