My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Humane Society for Seattle-King Co, Bellevue, WA, USA
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!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My family has adopted from SHS with great success. I've also fostered cats/kittens from SHS. And I love to spread the word far and wide about adoption!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Add more volunteer-based activities so that volunteers can get to know each other and have more "community". Offer classes to volunteers to learn about animal behavior, and how the shelter operates/how the different parts of the shelter functions. Add committees, where volunteers can get together to spread the word about adoption and other ways the public can get involved with the shelter if they can't donate money or time.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Everyone at SHS says thank you for volunteering, so that's not an issue. But getting recognition is nice, so having some way of thanking volunteers with swag (key chains/shirts/bumper stickers/window decals, etc.) to show our pride in the organization would be nice! Since there are *so* many volunteers, sometimes you can feel "faceless", and the paid staff just ignores you--I know they cannot remember every volunteer! But it would be nice to feel like part of the team, rather than a faceless "helper".
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Volunteering at SHS changed my life immensely for the better. I had been through several consecutive tragedies and found myself depressed and without family or friends. I decided to volunteer and it's the single most important part of my "recovery". I have loved every minute of my time at SHS!
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Great! I love working at the shelter more than working at my regular job, and I would stay longer if they let me!