Something Is Wrong at Greenhill
Sydney could have been saved. Rescues were willing to provide care for this beautiful dog, but Jaclyn Rudebeck, Greenhill's operations manager, lied to me. She stated that there were no rescues interested, and there were! She wanted the dog dead, and she did just that. RIP Sydney!
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This shelter hides behind their name!!!! We tried pulling a malamute and they euthanized knowing that the dog had a committed rescue and rehabiltaton commitment, All but Furgotten Rescue in Pa. We pleaded and begged them to not ethanize Sydney, but they did anyway. They said he was aggressive and we all know how they change when they are catch poled and thrown into a kennel..SCARED!!!! We cold have taken that dog and transoformed like we had on so many other occasions, but We are in Pa.....We evn set up transport for this dog!!!! NOW with that being said...WHY WHY WHY would you kill him????????????? A shelter you call yourselves???? NBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! Hopefully you get repaid to fullest....Ill pray everyday for that with all the lives that you take daily!!! TRUST US YO HAVENT HEARD THE LAST OF US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I volunteer at one of Greenhill's shelters. The are the most crooked group of workers I've ever met. They kill adoptable and treatable dogs and cats. They like to make up lies about why they killed them. They don't like the public to know about the killings. When dogs develop kennel stress behaviors and/or are going kennel crazy (but not dangerous) they put them on a "behavior hold" so that they cannot be adopted so that they continue to deteriorate further until the uncertified "trainer" Sandy decides to have them killed. Sandy is like Hitler in my mind. Her "behavior assessments" are highly flawed and they stress the dogs out. They test dogs for dog and cat aggression by putting a stuffed cat or dog infront of them to see what they do to it.
Usually if dogs are" mouthy" but don't bite, the dog won't make it out of the shelter alive. One dog was going to be killed for body slamming someone one time. The president of Greenhill lies more than any human being I've ever known. Greenhill puts an ENORMOUS amount of effort to try to hide all their dirty secrets. They go to such great lengths to try to keep a clean public image. How about if they just did the right thing, then they would have nothing to hide. They won't even release their records yet they are a public agency. How fishy is that. I personally don't even believe their euthenasia rate they claim... that can be tweaked. Greenhil doesn't like rescue groups to take their dogs, because whenever a rescue group gets the dog they then state how the dog is nothing like what Sandy said they were like, making Greenhill look incompetent, which they are. It is documented that the vet Dr. Schroder has neglected suffering animals. Including a cat with a damaged eye who sat in the back room for weeks without treatment or medication before getting rescued. There is documented proof of them lieing to potential adopters of a dog in order to scare them away.
Staff at Greenhill shelters use emotional blackmail on their volunteers: If dirty secrets are let out by volunteers there are consequences and it affects the dogs.
First off Greenhill is under contract with Lane county to run First Ave. County shelter. They have totally ignored the rules..almost all of them especially transparency! They're unreasonable to ask volunteers to do all that they do, but they're to cheap to hire people. Employees are nasty to customers, probably due to their Director asking them to lie and they're blackmailed. Training volunteers how to handle dogs is ridiculous. They require you to take 5 hours of training on how to walk a dog but volunteers are constantly rewarding dogs for bad behavior. They fire and ban anyone that tries to save an adoptable animal. Rescues refuse to work with them. Volunteers leave because they're depressed seeing so many adoptable pets being killed. ..And they have the nerve to blame all this on a group that spends hours rescuing and cleaning up their mess.
I could go on for days but I get depressed.
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I have volunteered with 3 animal welfare organizations in Eugene, and Greenhill far exceeds my expectations. I have found the staff and volunteers to all care deeply about the animals in their care.
I also have had the pleasure of adopting an animal from Greenhill, and was impressed with the thoroughness of the process. This is another way they insure the best outcomes for their animals.
It is unfortunate that some people use their time by trying to discredit Greenhill by using half-truths and incomplete, subjective statements. If they truly cared about animals, why not use their time and resources to make the whole animal welfare system better in a positive way?
Organization is very concerned about information getting out to the public. I felt like I had a gag order. Also was micromanaged in regards to statements. Was asked to run everything by management before I said anything publicly. To me that was a red flag.
Believe there's no clear lines of Business protocol between the nonprofit shelter, Greenhill, and the public shelter, First Avenue, they began to manage in July 2012. Not able to find reports on exactly where the $500,000 tax payer money is spent. As a former business manager and bookeeper, this type of reports are simple and I'm not sure why it's so difficult to sort through the mishmash.
Witnesses told me that the Greenhill will take resources from the First Avenue Public Shelter and use them up at the private (main Greenhill shelter). I know the donation button, that appears to be for the stray:neglected animals at the public actually goes to Greenhill general fund. Donations for First Ave may go to Greenhill unless you clearly specify that you want the funds to go to the public animal shelter First Avenue only. And even then there is no assurance the Public Shelter will get the funding.
The stray, neglected, confiscated animals receive less care and behavior modification training then do the animals up at the main Greenhill site which are mostly owner surrendered animals.
There's not enough transparency and they continue to violate the contract for the public shelter on many levels including not notifying the public of animals that are Redalert or on the euthanasia list. Secretly Euthanizing animals who appeared to be suffering from Kennel stress, or animals who have been at the public shelter along time and don't appear to be have adoption option vs truly dangerous of which there have been a few.
In addition, reputable animal rescue groups are repeatedly turned away. Many groups locally still try to work to save the dogs, but dread having to go through all the hoops that Greenhillreq requires. Policy, procedure and rules for adoption a rescue seem to change on a daily basis. Just depends on who's in charge.
Sadly my great hope for Greenhill managers to treat our public animal shelter (formerly No Kill Shelter) is been extremely disappointing. Transition for their takeover was very rough animals were neglected and not treated for medical conditions. Seems as though animals at public shelter are still being euthanized for medical issues when simple medical treatment would suffice...including things like ear infections if the animal is harder to manage when being treated with medication. Greenhill will NOT commit to the No Kill Philosopy despite it being shown, time and time again, that is an extremely cost-effective way to run a shelter. It's a win for the shelter, and win for the animals.
Appears to be advisarial relationship between Greenhill, first Avenue shelter and the no kill community.
I watch both sides and the energy that they put forth against each other, I wonder why that energy can't be put towards saving more animals and cooperating. I know many volunteers have dropped off the roster in favor of no kill… And that just means there is less people to care for the animals. Seems to me that Shelter management should be doing things to keep volunteers instead of chase them away.
I don't know what the solution is is currently Greenhill is under contract and that won't expire until July 2014. I am not aware of another group or organization willing to take over the plight of the public animal shelter First Avenue. I certainly think that First Avenue Shelter, the public dog pound, could be run much more effectively and much more humanely
It is a very sad situation for all of Lane county and their stray, neglected, or confiscated animals. In the end it seems the animals are paying a very heavy price.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
Greenhill is great! I love helping the animals, and I love all of the people I meet at greenhill. Sometimes the job of cleaning isn't the most fun, but it's a great cause!