I work for a municipal animal shelter and have been working with rescue organizations for over 5 yrs. now. A Wish for Animals is a great and dedicated group of people who do everything in their power to pull dogs from shelters (giving them a second chance), take care of any necessary medical/emotional needs, and carefully finds them forever homes. They are always willing do to whatever they can to help take our shelter dogs and are deeply appreciated by myself as well as the rest of the staff. It is hard to find rescues who will take larger mixed breed dogs - no matter how awesome and friendly - and place them into loving homes. They have great volunteers willing to drive a good distance (at least 100+ miles), on a weeknight with traffic, in order to take some dogs from us, thus giving us some space for our new arrivals as well as saving the dogs from possible euthanasia. They are a pleasure to work with and I can always sense and see the true passion they have to help these homeless animals. Coming across them as another resource for the pets at my shelter was and is a true blessing. They've made a big impact in our shelter.
A wish for animals is helping dogs and cats in need , rescuing them from local shelters , providing care for them until a fitting new forever home is found .
I personal worked with this organisation . They rescue dogs on regular basis from the shelter i work for . I am very thankful for groups like " A wish for animals " .
I adopted a dog from this wonderful rescue. My dog, Bunny, had a mild limp when she was a puppy, which Toni thought may need surgery. Although I was ready and willing to adopt her anyway, Toni suggested I foster her until we found out what was wrong with her - and said that if Bunny needed surgery, they would pay for it before I adopted her. It turned out her joints were still growing and there was nothing wrong with her leg at all - she just grew out of it. But I really appreciated that A Wish For Animals completely "guarantees" (for lack of a better word) the animals they adopt out.
I've kept in touch with Toni over the years and given her progress reports and she always remembers us.
Can not say enough wonderful things about A wish for Animals (AWFA). I seem to come across many stray dogs in my long commute to & from work everyday. Having such a strong love for animals I am unable to look away and have picked up many of these strays. Typically most of the animal rescues were unwilling to help. But AWFA is completely different and has found my beautiful strays wonderful loving homes. Toni Eakes is truly an guardian angel for animals.
Great organization - all money raised goes directly to rescuing dogs, feeding them and providing medical care. No staff salaries - everyone is a volunteer. Super dedicated founder has a great heart and knows and cares about each animal. Great place to adopt a forever friend - volunteers want each dog to go to the right home.
I have been a volunteer for several years now after I adopted a fantastic pittie, Lucy, to join our family. She passed away a year ago and adopted 2 hard-to-adopt pitties, Jake and Zoe - Jake was found with in a hoarding situation and Zoe recovered from serious injuries from being hit on a local freeway. They bonded together and are 2 of the best dogs ever! I joined Toni in her tireless efforts to save as many dogs from a variety of "tough" situations no matter what it takes. I spend my valuable time helping out with adoptions, fostering, and training because of the fantastic care, love, and devotion shown to these poor dogs. I am very proud to be part of this organization that truly makes a huge difference in the lives of countless dogs that have found fabulous homes. I smile each and every day in celebration of the work that is accomplished!
I began volunteering at AWFA in Aug of 2009. Instantly I knew that my life would be different by being part of such a wonderful organization. It is amazing how much AWFA steps up to the plate when dogs get neglected for one reason or another. I've heard pretty much every story in the book of why each dog was given to AWFA. The reasons are heartbreaking, but the dogs couldn't be in a safer and more loving place than this shelter. During my days as a volunteer I acquired my dog, Greg. I couldn't ask for anything more and I thank Toni and the AWFA team for saving his life and bringing him into mine. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. They take in dogs from hoarding situations, abusive households, city shelters, and homeless dogs- no one gets left behind. What a wonderful place!
I learned about A Wish for Animals through a good friend and fellow animal lover. I decided I wanted to do something good and since I loved animals, what better way then to serve as a volunteer for a local rescue group. I got in touch with Toni Eakes, Founder for AWFA and expressed an interest in helping out where I was able. In the beginning I started out walking the dogs, feeding them and fostering from time to time. I wanted to do more, so I worked closely w/Toni. She's taught me a lot, not just about rescuing but the importance of following through! It's not enough to just save a dog and find it a home. There is so much more involved and she dedicates her whole life to not only saving lives, but also educating new dog owners from health, diet and nutrition for your pets, to medical care, which vaccinations are required, the importance of spaying and neutering your pets etc. She wants to make sure that every potential adopter understands that owning a dog is a committment for the lifetime of that dog! Toni is very protective of each animal she has rescued and also very selective of anyone interested in adoption. She will turn people away if she doesn't feel it would be the right fit/home for the dog. In the 2 years I have been a volunteer she has taught me so much! This has to be one of the best rescues I have had the opportunity to work with. Their passion goes above and beyond...they understand the true meaning of "RESCUE"!
I adopted two dogs through A Wish For Animals in June. I found them through petfinder.com where I saw pictures, a cute video (very helpful!) and a thorough description. I contacted them via email and immediately was in touch with Toni who could answer all my questions ... and I had many.
I visited the dogs a few times at the rescue shelter where other volunteers went all out to help me get to know the dogs. After we decided to take them, Toni brought them to our house a week later and spend another couple hours making sure that we had a great start.
They also have been there for us whenever we had questions even after the adoption. I am so glad there are rescues like this out there!
We were really excited to work with A Wish For Animals when looking for a new addition to our family. We really respected their 100% no-kill policy. We found Charlie and experienced a great transition from his foster family who took wonderful care of him. A Wish For Animals genuinely cares for animals and it shows in the way that the organization is run and the manner in which the dogs are treated. All and all, it was a great process and we couldn't imagine our lives without Charlie.