Romeoville Humane Society

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Romeoville, IL

#1 Oct 16, 2012
So how does everybody feel about the Romeoville Humane Society? Why can't they keep volunteers. Seems like every time I see them some where it is always new people. They have done some good things and have adopted out many animals. How ever just seems like they are going no where. So lets hear what you think about them as I am deciding between joining them or another rescue.
Fuury friends

Romeoville, IL

#2 Oct 16, 2012
They have done very good works for Romeoville and have saved animals not only from here in town, but from other states. They are very passionate about saving as many lives as possible and as far as I can tell very good people.
As far as the volunteers, I really don’t know why the turnover is so high. I was able to meet the new president at Romeofest and she was very kind and obviously very engaged in the organization. Hopefully once they get a building that will provide stability for staff and the animals, the turnover rate may change. One suggestion would be is to attend a meeting, observe the organizational skills and the demeanor of the board. Do they get along? Do they allow questions regarding policies? Do they accept feedback openly? What is your intuition regarding their credibility and integrity and what are the short term and long term goals? This is true regarding any charitable organization. This can give you a small glimpse into their sustainability.
I believe in RHS’s heart and passion. It is not easy dealing with suffering animals on a daily basis. Paying for their vet care, finding foster homes and then monitoring the adopting families. It takes a toll on the hearts and minds of volunteers.
I wish you very well and hope you find the right organization to volunteer for. Thank you for loving animals and having such a compassionate heart to want to help and I wish them all the best in their works for both Romeoville and our furry friends. Take care and God Bless.
lrt

United States

#3 Oct 16, 2012
Everything previous poster said. My guess as to rotating vo,unteers: good intentions, loving, caring hearts followed by burnout. Animal rescue can be extrodinarily demanding. Calls at all hours for 'rescue'. Fostering animals for indeterminent times. More thwn puppy petting some folks expect, more than even some relalisticly expectation can handle for very long. A proper building would probably go miles toward leveling the playing field. All guesses here, of course.
Just MHO

Romeoville, IL

#4 Oct 17, 2012
While I will say that they have done some good I will also say stay away and go to that other rescue. I was with them for about 9 months and will say the left hand don't know what the right hand is doing. The board has ran off any one who has a different opinion then them. It starts with their secretary and then travels through out the board. The board has committed to many events then at the last minute cancels them or just don't show up. When I was with them they lost a lot of volunteers do to the fact of them arguing about getting a dog I think named Evo medicine for four months. So that dog suffer all that time. Sure it had and was given some meds to help a bit but not what was needed. So go to a rescue that will care for their animals with out all the drama from the board.

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animal lover

United States

#5 Oct 17, 2012
Try Humane Haven in Bolingbrook. :-)
petvolunteer

Romeoville, IL

#6 Oct 17, 2012
I have tried to get in touch with the new person that schedules volunteers. She NEVER calls back. I have called the society number directly and am told to speak with her; if she is not available then leave a message. I have left messages at the Petco store (as they have cats for viewing to adopt through the humane society). Never calls back.
I do know one person that works at the store. They are annoyed with her because they have lost so many 'cat volunteers' that they have had to pick up the slack on occasion, and they are not supposed to do that (according to company policy. I don't think that's right, but that's the company's policy, not mine). My kids and I volunteered all spring and summer. When August came around, no more calls letting us know of availability. I have left at least a dozen messages, all unanswered. That's the reason they don't have enough volunteers. No organization. Poor animals.
dog friend

Romeoville, IL

#7 Oct 18, 2012
The humane society while doing good in the adoptions they have done still can't keep people. I went to one meeting and what it seemed like to me was the person leading the meeting whose name was Meg I think had to many side conversation going on to know what was going on. It seemed like when some one asked a question she would get offended and answer with some type of an excuse and not really answer what was asked. I was at a meeting where there was at least 15 people there and what the questions were about was medicine for a dog that had some kind of butt problem. What was said was the medicine costs a lot of money and we are hoping to get the medicine donated. The people that where there kept saying just buy it but the people running the meeting said we will wait a while longer due to the cost and maybe the drug company will donate it.Fro what I could understand this was going on for a few months. This is why I never went back as I don't feel they were there to help the animals unless it was free or low cost. How ever that is not the way it is with real rescues. So go to the other rescue you were looking at. I went to another one an can say that I am very happy.
animal lover

Romeoville, IL

#8 Oct 20, 2012
Taking for ever to get an animal the meds it needs as above poster states then maybe they should remove Humane from their name. Heck maybe the village should start to look into them as with their name it shades a bad light on the village. Or is the Romeoville Humane Society ran in part by the village. Looking at their logo I would say the village has or has had something to do with them.
President of RHS

Romeoville, IL

#9 Oct 20, 2012
Greetings, my name is Tisha McGary and I am the current President of the Romeoville Humane Society. I wanted to take a moment to address some comments shared here. Topix.com is a wonderful example of the great American tradition of being free to speak your mind. However, this type of anonymous posting allows for freedom of half truths and misunderstood facts. Romeoville Humane Society has gone thru some very major changes all in the last year, and changes take time to adjust too. That being said, YES we are very short on volunteers right now. So instead of discouraging people and advising them to go else where, which would perpetuate the shortage and just make things worse, I suggest you all come volunteer with us. As stated above, it is hard to find the typical volunteer situation with us because we don't have a building but we do have specific needs.

We are in DESPERATE need of 3 specific types of volunteers for our type of rescue. 1. Cat house cleaners (not a popular job to clean cat poop, that is why people quit.) For our two locations to be fully staffed we need 28 different shifts covered with regular consistent volunteers. 2. Fundraising Volunteers (the organization cannot hold events - adoption, fun, fundraising, or otherwise - if there is no bodies to help run the events or come up with ideas.) Please consider coming to the Fundraising meeting and helping us come up with, plan, and staff some fresh, new and interesting events. Finally 3.) Foster Homes. Because we do not have a building we cannot save lives if we don't have loving understanding homes to put these animals into. This is a very hard job as rescue animals can be very hard to deal with and this take a special kind of person with a special kind of patients. Yes, we did have a period of time when volunteer inquiries were not being called or emailed back. That situation has been rectified and ALL volunteer inquires are welcome, appreciated and responded too with in 48hrs.

I would also like to address the comments made about Evo, the German Shepard with the "butt problem". Yes the board decided to wait for the pharmaceutical company to donate the very expensive medication that the veterinarian wanted him to have. However, the detail that most don't know or forget to mention is that the veterinarian said it was fine for the dog to wait for this medication. We followed veterinary recommendation. We did purchase many equally expensive medications that he could not wait for. Both of his fosters and his current owner, as well as the vet can assure you that he did not suffer in any way while waiting for that medication. All the other medications he was on eased any suffering. He was in no pain or uncomfortableness. The medication we were waiting for was a supplement for his condition, but had nothing to do with how he felt. In hind sight, if presented with the same situation, the Board would probably buy the first dose while waiting for the donation, but remember; the organization was 2 years old at the time and was learning as we grow. The best thing about this Board is we learn from our experiences and adjust appropriately for future circumstances

Finally, I would like to commend the comment above that suggested attending a meeting. I encourage everyone to come to a meeting. Ask Questions. We are very open. You may not like the answer you receive, but it will be open and honest. But please understand that the Board and Chair People are comprised of 8 working adults who are volunteering their time and doing the bulk of the work. There is only so much 8 people can do in an organization this size when they have families and careers to attend to as well. YOUR HELP is needed to make this organization thrive.

Thank you for reading and I hope this clears things up. I personally welcome all of you to call the 877-813-7300 voicemail line if you have any questions. I will personally call you back with in 48 hours to discuss anything.

Tisha McGary
President
President

Romeoville, IL

#10 Oct 20, 2012
Dog Friend did state he/she went to a meeting. He/she also stated why they will not go back to Romeoville Humane Society. I think that you are missing the posters points of why they said go some where else. Problems on your board is their biggest reason. The posters gave examples of this and mention who and also on what postion this person has. I have also been to a couple of your meetings and must say that the way she speaks to people in a demeaning way she is trying to cover for some thing. Or just wants as few people there as possible. I felt that at the meetings I went to that the board members are there more so to pat them self's on the back. Egos were out of control. The only ones that did not seem that way was Char and Jeff.

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Just MHO

Romeoville, IL

#11 Oct 21, 2012
The president of the humane society Tisha McGary had some good points. How ever she is also the same person who had new born puppies out in the heat and humidity at Romeofest. Those puppies died a short period after. Could that have cause extra stress to their weak bodies.As some one that works in a vets office now for 15 years I would say so. Was she needed there so much as to place those puppies under that extra stress. We will never know the truth to that as some made up thing will come out here.So hopefully she has learned some thing about the death of these puppies and will not do some thing like that again. So Humane they are not. As others stated stroke my ego is what that board is. Yes I went to a couple of meetings and will also agree with all of the above posters about the sectary Megan. The way she speaks to the people that at are the meetings makes them not to want to come back. I wasn't even welcomed by the people on the board but was by the few people that did attend the meeting. So yes I would stay away at least till they get some people that are not their for their egos or the pat on the back.

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Animals First

Bolingbrook, IL

#12 Oct 21, 2012
So sad to see the comments and where some "posters" dont see they are actually only focusing on themselves! If members had such huge "egos" they wouldn't be fostering or cleaning cages or taking care of medical things or spending weekends at stores or events. Theyd be like you- having the time to write and complain. we have adopted from RHS 3 times and started with going to their adoption events, then they made arrangements to bring the dog and cat and another dog to our home to make sure we d be a happy family on their own time before we decided. We were lucky they made the extra effort as one dog was so nervous at the store but wonderful with us. The other was a cat they were told "loved" dogs however I guess not ours. So they brought a few with them and we found our perfect match. Everything has gone smoothly and we continue to make donations and support when we can. I wish we could do more to help them with the animals as I know their board members have many fosters as well as other members, but at this time we help through donations. Over the last few years of seeing them around and helping us find a pet, I have found that its true people can seem a little short at times but I know it's because they are working very hard at helping the animals and that within itself can be frustrating and overwhelming. On the other hand , I have seen the work and true joy on their faces when an unwanted animal turns into a pet/companion. I wish that people would take half of the energy it takes to criticize and complain and put it into really helping ! Foster one or more and spend all of your "free" time making the difference in a dog or cats life and NOT focus on yourself and see what you have to say. It's not so easy when your actually in the game, not on the sidelines sitting in a chair calling the plays !!
petvolunteer

Romeoville, IL

#13 Oct 21, 2012
Animals First wrote:
So sad to see the comments and where some "posters" dont see they are actually only focusing on themselves! If members had such huge "egos" they wouldn't be fostering or cleaning cages or taking care of medical things or spending weekends at stores or events. Theyd be like you- having the time to write and complain. we have adopted from RHS 3 times and started with going to their adoption events, then they made arrangements to bring the dog and cat and another dog to our home to make sure we d be a happy family on their own time before we decided. We were lucky they made the extra effort as one dog was so nervous at the store but wonderful with us. The other was a cat they were told "loved" dogs however I guess not ours. So they brought a few with them and we found our perfect match. Everything has gone smoothly and we continue to make donations and support when we can. I wish we could do more to help them with the animals as I know their board members have many fosters as well as other members, but at this time we help through donations. Over the last few years of seeing them around and helping us find a pet, I have found that its true people can seem a little short at times but I know it's because they are working very hard at helping the animals and that within itself can be frustrating and overwhelming. On the other hand , I have seen the work and true joy on their faces when an unwanted animal turns into a pet/companion. I wish that people would take half of the energy it takes to criticize and complain and put it into really helping ! Foster one or more and spend all of your "free" time making the difference in a dog or cats life and NOT focus on yourself and see what you have to say. It's not so easy when your actually in the game, not on the sidelines sitting in a chair calling the plays !!
My family DID take the time to help. We have several rescued animals in our family. We would LIKE to continue to help. What can be done if no one bothers to contact eager volunteers? That isn't on the poor animals--it's on the disorganized people running the shelter. How many time did I call, leave a message, leave another message, etc. We had NO problems prior to February of this year. The problems arose since August. Who's fault? Certainly not the pets or the volunteers who want to lend a hand. I cannot comment about other complaints, such as the poor puppies that perished. If that is true a complaint needs to be registered for animals abuse and neglect. If it isn't, then shame on the person making such a vile accusation. However, I can say that not calling volunteers back is a valid complaint. How can anything be done for homeless animals if no one is available? It isn't as though they cannot find anyone to help--there are plenty of those who have helped in the past and wish to continue. Perhaps the egos of those in charge are getting in the way of progress. I've seen it happen before--not just through the shelter, but through church volunteering, food drives, etc. People think they are too important and tend to forget the important reason they are there. If the shelter needs volunteers and there are volunteers banging on your door to help--for heaven's sake, wake up and make arrangements for them to help. Not returning calls, not scheduling volunteering, not doing a darn thing--that's not helping out. That's sitting on the sidelines and calling (or in this case, not calling) the plays. Certainly does not help the animals in need in anyway.
PanP

Naperville, IL

#14 Oct 22, 2012
The Romeoville Humane Society helped me out a lot. I am elderly and don't get around very well or often. I had a small dog and a cat in my apartment that were not getting along. 2 of their board members actually came to my apartment personally to help me surrender my cat. They helped read me the papers and gather her toys and litter box. I miss her but I know she is in good hands with them.
animal lover

Romeoville, IL

#15 Oct 22, 2012
Why was my comment marked spam? Humane Haven is a great orginaztion for animal rescue.
animal lover wrote:
Try Humane Haven in Bolingbrook.:-)
Put 2n2 together

Romeoville, IL

#16 Oct 22, 2012
After reading the posts here there seems to be a recurring theme. A board member that is named in more than one post.Seeing as this is coming from people that have been to minimum of at least one meeting than there must be a problem with this person. Might be this person is some type of control freak. Or feels she is untouchable. Either way the rest of the board should take a look at this person with their eyes open and not with rose colored glasses.

Since: Oct 12

Lockport, IL

#17 Oct 26, 2012
It has been some time since I have resigned from The Romeoville Humane Society. I am not here to cause waves or slander the humane society in any way but as the founder and former President I must state my case. The Romeoville Humane Society will always hold a place in my heart because of the animals. I fought long and hard to get the village to listen to me as to why the village of Romeoville needed a humane society and I feel my efforts did pay off. During my role on the board as the president and as a VERY active volunteer, many lives were changed and saved and to me that is a great feeling. Being active in rescue for many years, I personally know how stressful rescue can be as rescue is still and always will be active in my life. The humane society like any other NON for Profit rescue can be exhausting and overwhelming and yes egos can get in the way, believe me I know first hand. Did the humane society lose volunteers? Yes, quite a few. I am not here to point fingers or put anyone down but to simply voice my opinion. I did see the puppy that was mentioned at Romeofest in the heat (apx. 95 degrees) and was shocked to see that the small pup was there. I am still very upset over that and I know many people are as well. Poor judgment? Of course. With that being said, I hope that does not happen again. As far as board members being mentioned by name.. all I have to say to that is, you are able to become a member and vote who you want on the board. If you take the time to become a paid member then use your voting rights to form the board you see fits best. I have seen many things in many origination's that I will never agree with and probably never will. I am an animal advocate and always will be. If you can foster, please do, if you can be part of a committee please do. Remember, this is not about the ego's or the board members yet the animals in need. If things continue this way the only ones to suffer are the innocent animals.
Possible

Romeoville, IL

#18 Oct 29, 2012
Jill being a former member I will state that I agree with most of what you are saying. How ever the current board has done what ever they could to get to where they are now. With the lowest membership ever. They have ran most everybody away. It would take a huge influx of people to join and stay around for a year to be voted in. Further I have seen what the others are saying about that person on the board. Yes she has done a lot for the humane society but she now is having the opposite affect. As she has been and still is the major reason no one stays. People are tired of the half truths and the lies that come from them. I totally agree the poor animals are the ones that suffer from all of this.

“All in all”

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I'd rather be fishing!

#19 Oct 29, 2012
petvolunteer wrote:
I have tried to get in touch with the new person that schedules volunteers. She NEVER calls back. I have called the society number directly and am told to speak with her; if she is not available then leave a message. I have left messages at the Petco store (as they have cats for viewing to adopt through the humane society). Never calls back.
I do know one person that works at the store. They are annoyed with her because they have lost so many 'cat volunteers' that they have had to pick up the slack on occasion, and they are not supposed to do that (according to company policy. I don't think that's right, but that's the company's policy, not mine). My kids and I volunteered all spring and summer. When August came around, no more calls letting us know of availability. I have left at least a dozen messages, all unanswered. That's the reason they don't have enough volunteers. No organization. Poor animals.
I dont know where your criticism comes from because my wife volunteers at PetSmart in Joliet for the Romeoville Humane Society, and never has a problem contacting the volunteer coordinator. In fact she inquired about extra days at PetSmart and got an answer within a day. They do great work, and my wife is constantly telling me of the cats that get adopted.
heythere

Romeoville, IL

#20 Oct 29, 2012
Jeffd902 wrote:
<quoted text>I dont know where your criticism comes from because my wife volunteers at PetSmart in Joliet for the Romeoville Humane Society, and never has a problem contacting the volunteer coordinator. In fact she inquired about extra days at PetSmart and got an answer within a day. They do great work, and my wife is constantly telling me of the cats that get adopted.
I can only say that I did call dozens of times and never got a call back. We also volunteered at Petco throughout the spring and summer. After August we were told a new coordinator was in charge. That is when the problems occurred. We have not received any call back and I know for a fact that volunteers at the store have dropped in recent weeks. I cannot say about your situation, only my own.

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