Greenhill Humane Society has been caring for animals in Lane County since 1944. We operate the only animal shelter within the Eugene/Springfield area. Our programs include animal adoptions; reuniting lost animals with their families; crisis care boarding in situations of domestic violence, medical emergencies, and other crisis situations; spay/neuter for free roaming, un-owned community cats; a pet food bank; on-site volunteer opportunities; foster care and humane education.
Last year, we helped reunite or find new loving homes for 3,630 animals. In addition, we provided 1,341 cat spay/neuter surgeries to assist cat caregivers in reducing feral cat over-population. Our humane education program reached more than 12,179 children and adults.
Greenhill is a private non-profit and relies on donations for a majority of its budget. The generosity of our local community enables us to provide a high level of care to lost, abandoned, and neglected animals while at the same time helping pet owners in need.
Greenhill Humane Society provides care and shelter for animals, support and resources for people, and education to promote the humane treatment of animals.
Greenhill Humane Society envisions a world in which all animals are treated with compassion and respect.
Greenhill Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. We consider candidates of all races, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Greenhill values diversity in our workforce. To see a list of our current employee opportunities, click here.
Greenhill Humane Society has an all volunteer board. You can find the GHS Board Conflict of Interest Policy here.
Funding & Donation Information
Greenhill Humane Society is a private, 501c(3) non-profit animal shelter. We rely on charitable donations and fees for services to run our shelters. Links to our recent 990s and Audits are below:
Greenhill Philosophies & Position Statements
Greenhill Humane Society is committed to achieving the highest level of care for the homeless pets in our shelters. We follow the guidelines established by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. Every staff member is Fear Free Certified meaning we use strategies and techniques designed to reduce the negative emotional states that are commonly experienced by shelter and rescue animals- including fear, anxiety, stress, and frustration- and increase their enrichment opportunities.
We have a commitment to reserve euthanasia only for situations involving animals that cannot be safely handled – either because of aggression or contagious disease, or in situations where the animal is suffering and a reasonable level of treatment would not be effective.
Each and every day, the animals at Greenhill Humane Society are cared for, exercised, played with, and loved upon by our dedicated staff and volunteers.
Links to our animal adoption statistics are below. We present the data in its “naked” form, unfettered by subjective terms like “unadoptable” or “untreatable.”
A Life Saving Organization
Greenhill Humane Society is a Life Saving organization, where animals are safe and well cared for; where all life is affirmed and respected. Our shelters never put a time limit on how long an animal can be in the shelter and we provide quality treatment for animals requiring extra care. Some pets find homes in a matter of days, while others are with us for months. They all receive the same abundance of love and devotion from our staff and volunteers.
Greenhill Humane Society focuses on saving lives and building a community that has compassion and respect for all companion animals. Since 2008, we have successfully saved 90% or more of the animals that came into our care. Those that we had to let go were too sick, too dangerous, or beyond our ability to treat. For the fiscal year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, our overall life-saving percentage was 91%. The life-saving percentage is calculated as live-outcomes divided by total-outcomes not including owner-intended-euthanasia.
Euthanasia decisions are taken very seriously, and only made after all other options have been exhausted. Euthanasia is carried out by Certified Euthanasia Technicians according to Oregon law, using the most modern and humane method available.
Our Animal Care Team discusses policies relating to animal care and some of the more difficult ethical issues that we face in the shelter. It is composed of expert staff including the Executive Director, Operations Director, Animal Care Department Managers, Veterinarians, Certified Veterinary Technicians, and Certified Dog Trainers.
For critical cases, veterinary, behavioral, and animal care management staff discuss an animal’s medical and behavioral needs. All information about the individual case is considered, including: potential treatment options, possible rescue options, on-going care within the shelter or foster situation, quality of life, and safety concerns. In the circumstances when the decision to euthanize is made, at least 3 managers must sign paperwork before the procedure is performed.
If you have questions, please call Cary Lieberman at 541-689-1503 x113 or Sasha Elliott at 541.689.1503 x112