Originally Posted by Jen&Bambi
She is at Humane Society of Southern AZ.. sorry forgot to include that.
I have heard mixed reviews about their kill ratio and vision.
I am in no way bashing the HSSAZ as I have friend's who work there but they do ZERO temperament testing although they tell adopters they do. I was told by the former VP that she doesn't believe in standardized behavioral assessments. It was telling however that she mentioned in the next breath that evaluations like that would lower the number of "adoptable" animals and the foundation board would not approve. I know there are many people who HATE Sue Sternberg and the idea of standardized tests of any kind, but not long ago a visiting adopter and TWO other visitors were badly bitten in a visiting yard. This was reportedly an unprovoked attack. To me this is a prime example of why it is sooo important to evaluate ALL adoptable dogs PRIOR to determining if they should be in the adoptions wing.
As far as statistics go, Arizona Humane at one time claimed 100% of adoptable dogs went to homes. Many times animals that are sick or show temperament flaws are no longer considered adoptable and are subsequently not included in the statistical data. I personally feel like the data regarding HSSAZ is less manipulated than many other shelter groups. It is also worth noting that the intake numbers at the HSSAZ include animals signed in more than once. For example: a litter of kittens is released at six weeks and signed out to foster care. When they return at eight or nine weeks they are signed back in and receive a new control number. Now all of those kittens have been counted twice... yet they are only adopted once. This set-up confuses people trying to make sense of the numbers.
In our county the organizations that NEED the community the most are Pima Animal Care Center and HOPE animal shelter. PACC is making enormous improvements! They have new kennels, a great inmate volunteer program, an amazing guy they hired as the brand new "Animal Care Advocate", they finally adopt pit bulls over four months old, and best of all they are hiring people who really care about their job and aren't using Animal Control as an easy way to get a job with the County.
Hope Animal shelter is Tucson's ONLY No-Kill shelter. They are tiny and terribly underfunded. Currently HOPE is facing a bleak and uncertain future... they are not able to find enough volunteer or financial support in our community at this time... It is tragic!
I hope the red girl gets a home! The good news is I can guarantee that pretty thing has a "DO NOT PTS!" written on her control sheet and I know who put it there! Sleep tight tonight DTer's, Dobe's have a dedicated fan base at the HSSAZ