My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Secondhand Hounds, Minnetonka, MN, USA
On Adoptions: My experience with Secondhand Hounds has been incredibly supportive and professional in many ways. I adopted both my two dogs from SHH over the past 3+ years (1 in 2015 and the other in 2017). Both processes were thorough, as I would expect, helpful, and overall positive.
On Volunteering: Because of my adoption experiences, I chose to also volunteer with SHH. As a volunteer I have come to see that SHH is also well run on most aspects as well as very supportive to volunteers. They’re dedicated to their mission and it shows in everything they do. It’s a dedicated group of volunteers and staff and they take feedback very seriously.
On Resources: One of the biggest things I think about when looking into rescues either to adopt from, donate to, volunteer with, or generally support otherwise, is how they use their resources. What’s special about SHH, is that they’re well connected and supported not only by individuals, but by businesses as well which is incredibly smart. Because of that, they’re able to do a lot that other rescues might not be able to do.
On Financial Health of the Organization: Furthermore, I more recently looked into SHH’s publicly available financial information and reporting. I found that they are very good at ensuring that donations, adoption fees, and etc. are spent on the program and the animals they rescue. Also, SHH’s very hardworking and relatively small paid staff aren’t taking in large salaries at all. I was actually shocked how little money was spent on staff. SHH is mostly, majorly, volunteer-based and that certainly helps, but it’s still very impressive. I can only expect the organization to continue to be even more efficient and effective at saving animals in the future.