Imagine what it takes to run a no-kill animal shelter. Not just money: you need people who don't just love animals. Your people have to be so emotionally resilient that they can withstand joy and heartbreak every day--sometimes the one followed immediately by the other. Every person on the staff of the UHS is absolutely committed to making things better for the animals, from the director right down to the guy who washes the floors. Any organization that depends heavily on an army of volunteers will, inevitably, have from time to time to settle squabbles and differences of opinion and breaches of the rules--without alienating anybody. It's tough, but the UHS does as fine a job at this as any outfit could. How many of us could take in stride the barrage of (sometimes ignorant) questions from the public? Where do you find people who can look cruelty and stupidity in the eye, and at the same time rejoice when a dog finds the perfect new home, or a cat who should have died has reason to purr again? Well, everybody at UHS is like this. Make UHS your first stop if you're looking for an animal companion. And donate if you can! It's the best money you'll ever spend. (And speaking of money: the adoption fees are the best deal in town--vaccinations, health checkups, plus spay/neuter. You can't beat it.)
Karen, thank you so much for this thoughtful review. Our staff works very hard to achieve our mission and the acknowledgement means so much to all of us. Thank you for recognizing our passion for what we do. We also want to thank you for YOUR contributions to the organization (for adopting from us, fostering animals for us and utilizing our clinic services). Together we can change their world.