I have been volunteering with the Humane Society for Seattle/King County for almost 20 years. They are the best animal organization I have ever worked with. They reach the community in many ways, from offering low cost spay/neuter events, to providing dog and cat food to low income seniors and people with HIV?AIDS, to having a huge network of volunteers to help with their fundraising and training. They also have one of the best save rates for animals in the country. They often take animals from other shelters to help them get adopted. They really care about making sure people and animals are aligned for the best fit to ensure it is a forever home.
I have been volunteering at the Humane Society for Seattle/King County for 15 years. They are instrumental in not only placing animals for adoption, but working to ensure people understand how important the relationship between people and their pets is. As I've watched this organization grow, I can see firsthand the fruits of our labors. They provide dog and cat food to low income seniors and those with HIV/AIDS who would otherwise not be able to keep their pets. There is a huge bank of volunteers who foster pets to ensure they are not turned away when the shelter is full or when animals are sick and need some time to heal. Their veterinary department is top notch, and the staff is so helpful. I plan on spending many more years volunteering there!
I have been volunteering at the Seattle Humane Society for 3 years now. I've also donated to their fundraisers and items in need for the animals. The staff are wonderful to work with, many of the volunteers have been working there for years, and the animals are well taken care of. The public should know that the animals get the necessary care to help them be successful in their new homes. They really do care about the animals they have in their care.
(thanks to a flexible work schedule) I have been volunteering every Thursday (and various events) for over two years now. The staff is wonderful to work with, all up beat and helpful and just a joy to be around. The concern and care they have for the animals and visitors to their site is very obvious. It makes me feel good to know I'm working with an upstanding organization that I can be proud to broadcast my participation with all my friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. Thursdays have become my favorite day of the week! (I am also a donor, and a client served before being a volunteer with happy results in both categories)
I've been volunteering here for less than a year and I can't imagine my life without it. It's such a great group of people dedicated to the well-being of animals in their community. The trust and respect that they show to their volunteers is amazing and every week I look forward to my shift.
I have volunteered at several animal shelters in the Seattle/South Sound area, and by far Seattle Humane is the best! They have such dedicated staff, so many great volunteers, and really provide critical services for a large number of folks in the Puget Sound Area. What I really appreciate is that SHS listens to the volunteers, taking seriously their input on programs and operations. They also work with other shelters in the area, transfer animals from shelters that are too full, and find rescue for animals that have medical/behavioral issues that might make them unadoptable or euthanasia candidates at other shelters. They have a 96.5% rescue rate (far above the 90% needed to be considered no/low-kill), and a four-star rating on Charity Navigator, the highest rating available! I have volunteered there for 4+ years, and hope to continue for a long time to come--there are some 20+ year volunteers, and I hope to be one of them!
We looked at several shelters throughout the northwest and when we came across Seattle Humane Society we knew we found the one we wanted to be associated with. We have been foster parents and volunteers for their events. Our situation is a little different then most, we take in the older foster cats that either have a medical need or don't have much time left because of age or sickness. We want to have them spend the rest of their lives in a home not a cage. The fiest foster we have only lived for a sort time before we had to take her back because she was so ill and they wanted to try some things at the shelter. After a couple of days we got a phone call that they had decied to put Munchie out of her misery and they want to know if we wanted to come and say goodbye. Well we got there and we met with the vet there and we all started to cry. Sharing that moment with Dr B endeared us to SHS. We have not come acorss ant other shelter that shows so much compassion for the animals as this one does. In the last year we have provided a home for 5 other kitties that have since passed on as well as 2 "Fospice" kitties that are still with us. We have one slot open for them when they have a desperate situation they will call us. They all are the best from the foster cat cordinator to the head vet. Very, very special people that only think animal first!
I have been volunteering at the Seattle Humane Society for 4 years now. This place does so very much for the animals in their care and also takes animals from shelters in California that would have been put to sleep. They work with the animals so much providing in care training to ensure the dogs/cats gets all the chances they deserve. They also help low income people with food for their pets so they don't have to give them up and also people with AIDS. This place is amazing and it has changed my life volunteering there. Thank you Seattle Humane Society for all you do!
I have been volunteering with them for 2 years now & I LOVE it! I can see firsthand how good all the staff is at helping animals find their forever homes. This is a private non-kill shelter that also helps other smaller shelters from around the country, when they can. This past weekend they had a FREE adoption blitz (adoption fees were waived), they were able to find homes for over 200 animals & now that they have extra space they plan on helping a smaller shelter by taking in some of their animals. They're AMAZING!!
Seattle Humane Society works on many angles, increasing spay & neuters to prevent unwanted animals to being totally dedicated to matching homes to animals for those animals in need of placement. I work in the dog socialization and behavior area. The program is well organized with emphasis on safety for both dogs and volunteers, on cleanliness and health- again for both dogs and volunteers. I observe a well run organization, with caring, dedicated, and knowledgable staff (the training program for volunteers is thorough).
My cat Button and I are part of the Visiting Pet Program of the Humane Society. We visit assisted living facilities and nursing homes. So far we have made over 60 trips to these facilities and visited over 500 residents. It is incredible to see Button in action. She knows how to get on each person's lap if they are in a chair or where to position herself on their bed if they are bedridden. She has an amazing connection with people suffering from severe Alzheimer's. I have seen people who were staring into space and not moving, suddenly become responsive to her presence next to them. I cannot express how blessed I feel that the Humane Society has this program going, what it means to those we visit and what it means to be to be able to watch my cat in action. I have been with the Visiting Pet Program since it started and it is the most rewarding volunteer experience I have ever had.
I volunteer as part of the "Dog Behavior and Socialization" group. We exercise and train the dogs. Volunteers are the main source of exercise for the adoptable dogs. I definitely feel like we make a deference the the dogs' stay at SHS!
I'm a retired physician with managerial experience who has been volunteering at SHS for three years. I started out in Dog Behavior and Socialization, which I still do, then added Jog-a-Dog (running approx 4 mi with a dog) and dog Playgroups, total 15-20 hours a week. There are abundant opportunities at SHS to volunteer in various capacities as well as to acquire new knowledge and skills. Unlike my experience at another animal shelter, volunteers are well-managed and know that we are appreciated. The staff are knowledgable, friendly and seem to appreciate our feedback and our enthusiasm. Turnover of staff is remarkably low considering the stressful nature of this "business". Quality of volunteers and of managerial staff is outstanding. Focus is always on the animals and their potential adopters. Animals and people are treated kindly. Despite the many constraints of our small and outmoded facility, morale is high. Continuing educational opportunities and ability to give feedback that is listened to support a level of enthusiasm that results in long-term volunteering. (Some volunteers have been active for 10-20 years!) I love this organization and intend to support it with my time and contributions for as long as I can.
I was a kitten foster parent for Seattle Humane Society. It was an incredible experience. First, the fact that SHS has a foster program is commendable. It has allowed the shelter to help so many cats and dogs it otherwide couldn't take in. The program was well run and provided me with all the advice, supplies and medication needed to help kittens become adoptable. Each time I returned my foster kittens back to the shelter, they were adopted right away. This was a very rewarding experience and I would recommend it to any animal lover who has some extra time to make a difference in a pet's life.
I started working at the 1 1/2 yrs ago. I spend Saturday mornings working in the Cat Annex taking care of the cats. This involves monitoring, feeding and cleaning out the cubbies. And when time permits, playing or cuddling them. I work with the best group of volunteers and it makes my Saturday mornings lots of fun. Working as a volunteer at the SHS is so rewarding and they make you feel so welcome and appreciated. I wish I could volunteer there everyday instead going to my paying job! I think the thing that impresses me most is how everyone cares so much about the animals. I'm always proud to say I volunteer for the Seattle Humane Society.
I've been a volunteer for seven years at the Seattle/King County Humane Society. My first role was assisting the public with meeting and adopting dogs and cats. I've since moved on from that role to packing food for the Pet Food Bank, a monthly program that provides dog and cat food for senior homes. In addition, I participate in various events, especially the HS annual Tuxes and Tails working registration. Most recently my husband and I have become foster parents. We are currently fostering Buddy a three year-old part German Shepherd. He's the sweetest dog and we're probably going to adopt him! I love volunteering for the Humane Society and will continue to do so for years to come.
SHS is a very organized no-kill shelter, with extremely dedicated staff and volunteers, with tons of opportunities to do good for the animals. My husband and I work full time busy jobs and we've been volunteering there for 2 years, every Sunday - it really feels like what we are doing helps a lot.
I volunteer at the shelter, and for the most of the part they do a great job. Especially now, when they became a no-kill shelter.
Review from CharityNavigator