Annual Report for 2008: http://www.seattlehumane.org/files/images/2008AnnualReport-lr.pdf
At Our Philosophy we find:http://www.seattlehumane.org/explore/about/philosophy
All healthy and adoptable companion animals who come through Seattle Humane Society's doors are given as long as it takes for us to find them a home of their own, regardless of age, beauty or infirmity. In addition, we provide medical care and treatment for our shelter guests who need a little something extra to make them adoptable.
Pets with conditions that we can treat receive the care they need. Treatments can range from repairing broken legs; performing amputations; eye removal; care for sore ears, skin conditions and wounds; and treatment for kennel cough and upper respiratory infections in cats. At many shelters, animals requiring special care are put to death, but through the generosity of our donors, we are able to provide life-saving care to give hundreds of animals a new chance at life.
In the case of animals who have terminal medical conditions or for animals who present a public safety risk, our trained professional staff humanely euthanizes those animals.
The Seattle Humane Society accepts any owner surrendered animals utilizing intake appointments to allow our staff and volunteers to collect as much information as possible about the incoming pet. For dogs it is usually possible to get an appointment immediately. For cats, there may be as much as a two week delay. The appointments are scheduled on a first-call basis and not on the age or desirability of the kitty. In the case of an emergency, animals will be admitted immediately.
"ACCEPTS ANY OWNER SURRENDERED ANIMAL"
This to me, is close to the definition of an open shelter, even if not municipal or having municipal contracts. It is also not a "small" shelter in the sense that it is 2-1/2 times as large as Nathan's Ithaca shelter, and four times as large as Santa Monica's shelter system.
The Seattle Humane Society made long-awaited improvements at our campus during 2007. Prospective adopters can interact with the cats in condos. The cats are housed in new spacious compartments where staff and volunteers can socialize them daily. Sixty dog kennels have been completely remodeled to give a quieter kennel and to prevent barrier frustration. These changes were designed so the animals can thrive in the shelter and in their new home. Training programs have expanded in the remodeled auditorium. The Visiting Pets Program, only one-year-old, takes the healing presence of pets to 300 seniors, people with disabilities, and kids on a monthly basis. Animal Adventure Camp for Kids offers youngsters an opportunity to have fun and learn about pets.
I would note the obvious. Someone who has proven a success at saving lives in Seattle, is likely to be able to overcome some of the obstacles found in LA.
I should note using the Maddies format, animals euthanized on owner request that are too sick or have too severe behavior problems are not figured into the live save stats, which LAAS does. Using the LAAS method, live save would not be 92% but would be about 88%. However, the statistics are there for anyone to analyze any way they want. Also, because they are a quasi-open admission shelter, over 20% of the animals coming in are sick, injured, or have severe behavioral problems; they are not cherry-picked in any sense.
I still repeat, do you want someone who has run the NYC and Maricopa shelters with little change, or someone who has run a quasi-open admission shelter with extraordinary success? Or do you want someone with no shelter experience, like Stuckey?
On top of this she has endorsements from Winograd and Bonnie Brown, two of the top No-Kill experts in the country. AND, she has ADL's backing, which no previous GM had. Just a handful of detractors ask, to my mind, irrelevant questions.