Greenhill Humane Society and 1st Avenue Shelter are life-saving shelters. Over the past five years they have saved more than 90% of the animals in their care. The animals they could not save were irredeemably suffering or dangerous to humans with poor prognosis of rehabilitation. Animals are never euthanized due to lack of space or time limitation. Per the no-kill movement, success within a community is measured by achieving a 90% live-release rate. Greenhill has surpassed that goal. Animals at both shelters are well cared for, and staff and volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable.
Greenhill records indicate that treatment is withheld from some animals by their veterinarian. When this information with documentation went to the Director, and the Board, it was ignored. This is a serious breach of their own policies, and a violation of Oregon Statute. See this documentation and other issues at www.NoKillLaneCounty.org.
Review from Guidestar
I am honored to say that I have been a foster parent for cats at the Greenhill Humane Society for a little more than 2 years. During that time, I have gotten to know many members of the Greenhill staff. I have also had the pleasure of caring for several cats that have been exposed to Feline Leukemia. Normally, these cats would have to be "put down", even though they test negetive for this disease. However, Greenhill finds these cats foster homes for a 3 month quarantine period. During this time, the cats are given a monthly blood test and other care. If the cats test negative for the Feline Leukemia at the end of the quarantine period, they are then put up for adoption. In my case, all of my foster cats have passed their quarantine period and have been quickly and successfully adopted. I can testify that all of the staff members at the Greenhill Humane Society always put the best interests of their animal charges ahead of all else. I can honestly say that "at the Greenhill Humane Society, ...... WE CARE!"
I am so impressed with the absolute dedication by all the people involved with Greenhill Humane Society, both staff and volunteers, toward bettering the welfare of homeless dogs, cats and small animals. As for my personal experience as a volunteer at Greenhill, I have always been treated with great warmth and appreciation for my help.
The staff is a wonderful, caring group that is determined to help people find the perfect pet for them. They won't stop until every pet that comes in through the door has a loving home. They helped me find my two fantastic cats.
Greenhill Humane Society, in Eugene, Oregon, is great non-profit humane organization providing shelter, fostering, adoption, and neuter-spaying services. We have had the great pleasure with working with the highly committed staff of both employees and volunteers when we foster kittens until they are ready to be put up for adoption. We can not overstate our appreciation and admiration for the kind, humane, and compassionate services Greenhill provides for our local community and the animals they rescue and provide loving homes for.
Greenhill does so much with so little. The website is easy to navigate, so lots of people get engaged and stay connected. Their events are fun for 4-leggeds and their 2-leggeds.
Upon first volunteering at Greenhill Humane Society, I was suprised by the love of animals that drove each employee and volunteer. Everyone was filled with this intense care for the lives of the animals that was really inspiring. Greenhill is a great place, and it leaves a great impression on me every time I leave it!
Greenhill Humane Society is a wonderful nonprofit organization. They help many animals find good homes. They also help to stop animal overpopulation by spaying and neutering all of their animals. What I have said about Greenhill may sound like any ordinary humane society, but Greenhill is no ordinary humane society. All of the animals there are very happy. Greenhill's staff and volunteers are very friendly and helpful. I think Greenhill is a great humane society. If you are looking for a new pet, come to Greenhill and see why it is a truly wonderful organization.
I was so surprised by how much Greenhill does. In addition to people who come to adopt pets, there are so many phone calls and people with questions about how to help their animals. Everyone at the shelter really cares about the animals and the people who call or come in with questions.
I have always been an animal lover but couldn't always donate as much financially as I would've liked. I see being a Board Member as another way to contribute. While I've always heard great things about Greenhill, never could I have imagined how wonderfully managed this facility would be. Everyone involved (staff, volunteers, board members, etc.) is top notch. I couldn't imagine a better non-profit to be a part of. Greenhill provides such a valuable community service and they do it incredibly. Kudos to Greenhill!
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.
Nine years ago, we adopted a kitten from Greenhill. The adoption process was straightforward and easy. Since that time, we have fostered about 40 cats and kittens for them and have been consistently impressed with the professional, caring manner that they have with the animals. We have cared for many ill animals who required various levels of medical care, including a cat who required a hind leg amputation when he was brought in after a car accident, kittens with respiratory illnesses, and shy cats that need extra socialization. People often bring in animals that have not been well cared for. My experience is that they go out of their way to care for and eventually adopt out the animals who come their way. To the end of saving as many animals as possible they even have programs that take care of animals belonging to victims of domestic violence until the person can take their animal back and have exchange programs that take in animals from other shelters who may be in danger of being put down due to the length of time they have been at the facility. I would never hesitate adopting from them, knowing they've done everything in their power to put animals onto the adoption floor that are healthy and socialized, ready to be loving (and beloved) members of a new family.
Three months ago, our family dog of 14 years passed away. We came to Greenhill to find another dog. The people that we met there were so understanding and spent a lot of time with us and answered all of our questions. We found a perfect dog - just a few years old, that was given up because the family that he lived with had to move to find work. We are so happy to have him in our family, and thank Greenhill for being there.
Greenhill is a great place for homeless animals and the people do so much to help from medical treatment to spending time with shy animals. They have so many volunteers. It's great to see people helping animals.
This organization's so-called adoption percentages are totally bogus because they are a very limited intake facility. High adoption percentages are very easy when a facility is limited intake. I don't doubt that the animals that are there and make it to the adoption floor are well cared for. However, atrocities continue to happen "behind the scenes" - they of course, do not want the public to know about this aspect. They are decidedly NOT No-Kill, although they say they are. No Kill shelters don't kill healthy animals.
Review from Guidestar
I have adopted both a cat, and a dog from Greenhill Humane. Both animals were well cared for during their stay at the shelter, and came home to me healthy and well adjusted. This is due to the caring and well trained staff and volunteers. Greenhill has over 200 volunteers who come because they care. The environment is friendly, warm, and open. I have fostered kittens through Greenhill. My training was thorough and the screening program carefully executed. Greenhill does a tremendous job of getting the word out to the community that we need to adopt, not breed. I think they are a leader within our community.
I've ben a volunteer with Greenhill for four years now and have adopted a dog from them. They have done many things in the past few years to improve adoption experiences for both the animals and their humans, including hiring a full-time shelter medicine veterinarian, creating quiet rooms for both adopting and surrendering animals, expanding the foster program and increasing the amount of training and therapy for animals with mild to moderate behavior issues. They now have the Mend-A-Friend program to treat animals with more extensive medical needs. The staff and volunteers at GH work very hard at jobs that are sometimes difficult and are so deserving of our community's support, both emotional and financial.
As a member of the community I dream of a world where all companion animals have a loving, safe home and where pet over-population is prevented through spay/neuter. As an individual I used to wonder - how can I contribute to making this a reality? I adopted from Greenhill and became a volunteer board member because I saw that Greenhill staff, volunteers, and supporters are a collective group working to achieve this vision. I continue to support Greenhill because I believe they are succeeding in making a difference!
Greenhill Humane Society is a fantastic organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals in Lane County. On noting but dedication and effort, Greenhill has been able to put animals first and improve the lives of many cats, dogs, and other small animals in the area. Even when the economy is down, Greenhill has found a way to keep its adoption rate high and provide great on-site care for the shelter animals still looking for their forever home.