My family and I adopted our dog, Tyson, through York County HS about 3 years ago and to this day, I am humbled by the employees and volunteers who spend their days cleaning after and caring for these animals! We visit regularly and are ALWAYS greeted with kindness, love and smiles, even after three years!! It is this type of compassion and caring that brings joy to our wonderful community!!!
I have a special place in my heart for you all. My family and I thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all you do to make this world a better place for all of us!!
I am very proud, and consider myself lucky, to donate to such an incredible organization!!
I've been volunteering with the HSYC for several years. I am responsible for fund raising and work with amazing people. We are a family at the HSYC (staff and volunteers alike). With a family we have disagreements but at the end of the days....it's all about the animals.
We work diligently to make needed funds to support our no kill shelter. We currently house 140+ cats/kittens and about 40-50 dogs/pups. We also have a thrift shop that's focus is to make money to support our cause. Together the thrift shop and the shelter along with the business of running the shelter costs $32K a month. We regularly request donation of items and when spending act as if we are conservatively spending our own dollars when making decisions about our shelter.
Our shelter is a very positive place to visit. Our staff is paid very little and works with a passion for the animals.
As the fund raising coordinator, I feel very respected and appreciated for the activities I coordinate. However, I cannot do it alone and I have an amazing group of people I work with that makes every day a pleasure. It takes a community to make this all work. As an organization and as a volunteer, I regularly direct people to other rescues ...even Animal Control to find the pet that fits with the family's need. We work toward the common goal of finding the right fit for pet and family but bottom line we are the pet's advocate no matter what.
After I made a sizable donation to this group, I realized a few things and I regret not having checked further into their financials and procedures. Based on the amount of pets saved and the gross revenue for this group, I was surprised that comparitively speaking they are spending donation money . Look at the numbers they reported closely. Why, they are taking in so many cats and puppies are they not offering a spay and neuter clinic? Wouldn't it be in everybody's best interest to work on stopping the problem rather than only housing pets. When they reach their limit then what happens? I also do not see any colaboration and all donors know that with the animal concerns now a days it is essential that groups work together and also offer spay and neuter. Whoever is in charge of making these decisions needs to totally redirect their efforts with the goal in mind to reduce population and find as many good homes as possible through networking. NEXT TIME I WILL BE SURE TO PUT MY MONEY ELSEWHERE. I CANNOT EVEN GET THEM TO ANSWER THE PHONES!
Review from Guidestar