Found Animals is a caring, noble organization that is dedicated to helping rescue animals to limit euthanasia in animal shelters. The people we work with truly do care about the well-being of the animals, not to mention everyone involved in the organization is extremely supportive of one another. We work as a team and always aid each other in each and every way to make a difference not only in the lives of the animals, however in the eyes of others who may have a difference perspective on shelter animals. I have volunteered here for around two years and I continue to be joyfully satisfied with the results of my labor. We at Found Animals truly do love the animals and the people we interact with. If you're looking for an amazing opportunity to share your passion and love for animals, you will find no better place than Found Animals Organization. Our goal is to save lives.
The Found Animals organization has served as a source of inspiration for me. At first I was just interested in caring for animals, but now I have become an animal activist at my High School(class of '13)and in my community. I have volunteered in the Cat Adoption Center and Spay4LA mobile clinic. In the CAC I have had an experience that words simply cannot explain. I have had hands-on work that I will not obtain at a local animal shelter. The people are the kindest, you can see the love and care they have for working and volunteering for such a great organization. At the Spay4LA clinic I have been able to work hand-in-hand with the outreach coordinator that has inspired me to work more with my community in order to make the change of reducing the animal population in South LA. Volunteering here has been the best experience ever, and now that I will be attending UC Davis for pre-veterinary medicine, I will be sure to come back and try to work with them with the experience I will obtain.
I have volunteered at A&S for over a year, and my experience is very different from John B's last summer. The retail adoption center has definitely seen a lot of "growing pains" since it opened its flagship Lakewood store in April 2011, and I LOVE BEING PART OF IT.
The A&S volunteer program has grown and expanded, and offers a lot of training to its volunteer base. The A&S staff relies on and trusts their volunteers, and I never feel left out of the loop; when I have questions the staff is eager to provide the info so that I can be an effective team member - whether caring for the animals or assisting the customer base with adoptions and retail purchases.
Several hundred volunteers with nearly 20,000 hours contributed to date is a testament to the program's success. Yes, the fundamental mission is saving animals, and I believe that the Found Animals Foundation doesn't forget for one minute that it's the people working toward this mission that make it worthwhile. CHEERS TO A&S!
This review applies to the Found Animals Adopt and Shop located in Lakewood, Ca. and not to any of the other opportunities offered by Found Animals. The mission of A&S is to arrange adoptions of cats and dogs. They are very successful. The staff is knowledgeable and dedicated to this purpose. Unfortunately, while very much animal oriented they are not people oriented. This shows in the way the staff interacts with the volunteers (and sometimes in the way they deal with potential adopters). They are not very welcoming and friendly to the volunteers. They are reluctant when it comes to sharing information, tending to treat the volunteers as "outsiders". It does not make for a satisfying volunteer experience. My advise to potential volunteers is to check out other animal rescue volunteer opportunities where the organizations put a higher priority on enhancement of the volunteer experience.