I like statistics, so I often see how SoHumane does against other similar organizations in our state and in the nation.
Overall, we do very good. Our average length of stay (from intake to adoption) is just at 2 weeks for dogs and 45 days for cats. The cat numbers are on par with state and national groups, but our dog numbers are very, very good.
So is our “return” rate – the percentage of animals that are returned within 30 days of adoption. We’ve been hovering right at 8 percent, which is exceptionally low. But for 2014, that percentage has dropped to a mere 6.
I believe we have such low returns because the staff works hard to make a good match, not just make any match. If they believe the animal you have chosen isn’t the best fit, they will tell you so AND also provide some alternatives. If you still think your first choice is the best, they will give you some good advice on how to overcome some of the obstacles they see and, always, our staff is available by phone to help talk you though some rough spots.
Finding the right home for cats and dogs isn’t an exact science, but the men and women at SoHumane do a darn good job at it.
Kenn AltineKenn Altine is the executive director of SoHumane.org, the Southern Oregon Humane Society. He and the SoHumane staff are committed to helping cats and dogs that have lost everything, including the only home they may have ever known. Through the ... Read FullWebsite: http://www.sohumane.org