Would you recommend Save the Animals Foundation?
This shelter is completely volunteer-run, and I love helping out here. They really take time to get to know the dogs ( I only work with dogs, but have met many happy & dedicated cat volunteers too) and provide as much care as possible. I have personally seen pups come in that would've been euthanized for aggressiveness and bad behavior, get as much training as they need to be sweet boys and girls. Very rewarding experience, and I always recommend it to anyone looking to volunteer.
I have been volunteering with STAF for almost 4 years. ON the cat side, in the Horseshoe. It is not easy work, but I have made LOTS of kitty friends. Especially Big Mac. I am not a cat lover, but I LOVE taking care of all these sweeties
I think this is a great organization in terms of helping anumals, but they could do much better if they were more responsive to attracting and keeping volunteers. I recently donated an item for a fundraising event, and my sister dropped it off for me. The women at the event were not very helpful to her, they didn't even greet her when she came in, they just waved in a vague direction when she asked where to put the donation, and did not thank her or ask the value. I was still interested in helping the animals, and emailed asking how I can help at fundraising events, and never received a response. What a shame when these animals need help and people are willing, but the organization does not support volunteers.
My friend has been a volunteer at STAF for almost twenty years. I started going to help her. Everyone is very kind not only to the animals, but to each other. Even though my friend is now over ninety and takes much longer to feed the cats, she is still treated with great patience. The animals are well cared for which is a great testament to the volunteers. If you are looking to enrich your life, and to make a difference in the life of sweet, innocent animals, then I highly recommend that you choose STAF.
I HAVE SEEN VOLUNTEERS COMMIT THEIR TIME, ENERGY, AND LOVE
TO OUR ANIMALS. MANY OF THE CATS AND DOGS COME INTO THE SHELTER IN VERY SAD SHAPE, AND THEY ARE GIVEN THE LOVE AND ATTENTION THAT HELPS THEM RECOVER. I HAVE RECOMMENDED THE SHELTER FOR ADOPTION AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES.
*I never actually had a chance to volunteer* I wish I could say that all went smoothly. I attended mandatory dog volunteer orientation and took a tour of the facility. I was given a volunteer packet to fill out, which I did and was also given info to take home. I then continually called and emailed the dog coordinator to see when I could start volunteering. She stated once that she had to figure out when I could be trained, and then no one ever responded to me. I attempted for about 2 months to have someone call me back or email me and to this day have never gotten any response. They do have a good facility but in terms of volunteering, I was never given a chance . If I did something "wrong" during my 1 hour of orientation that I was there, I was never informed of it. If no more volunteers were needed at that time, someone could have at least told me that.
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