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August 7, 2011

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August 7, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the pictures of dogs from our shelter who may not have had a happy ending now sitting by their new family... a furever loving home!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing other than continue to find ways of letting people know about this awesome animal rescue organization! I have nothing negative to say about A Wish For Animals!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They take larger / mixed breed dogs... and they can get transport pretty quick.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 7, 2011

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August 7, 2011

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 " .

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dogs and cats have been placed into forever homes . The animals are cared for and treated for medical problems , if necessary .

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing comes to my mind right now .

August 6, 2011

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August 6, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adopting a dog from them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

From what I've seen, this organization is very..., organized. They are great at utilizing their connections and resources to build their organization so they can help more animals.

August 5, 2011

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August 5, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes

August 4, 2011

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August 4, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen dogs that were sick and scared become healthy and turn out well as wonderful family pets

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

love to see more donations so that the good work can continue on a bigger scale.

August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

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!

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Meet Azul - he needs a home!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By adopting 2 hard-to-place pitties who fill my life with joy! I also am able to help train dogs so that they are easier to find homes which I love to do.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enhance fundraising efforts

August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the addition to our family, Gregory. I saw him go from a dog dumped in the desert left for dead to my best friend! I've also witnessed an immense amount of dogs go to their forever home, many successes each week.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find them some financial resources. Caring for dogs is so costly and I would love for them to have all the money they needed.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

It is an unrealistic change, but I would love to see AWFA have more financial backing in some way.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It completely changed my life. It is now my goal to have a rescue one day and continue the work of AWFA across the US.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing. Volunteering at AWFA is hands-down the most rewarding experience I've ever had. It completely changed my perspective on dogs, animals, and non-profits.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

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"!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing a dog go from being on death row, or sick from some deadly diesease fighting for it's little life to then becoming healthy again and ultimately adopted into a wonderful and loving forever home is all the reward I need! Nothing makes me more happy then to be a part of that!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The rescue doesn't need to change, what needs to change are the laws with regards to euthenizing animals after a certain period of time, breeding, puppy mills, etc. The shelters have become more of a death camp for animals. People need to be educated about the importance of spaying/neutering their pets so the shelters are not over populated with animals. Millions are killed every year! This is outragous! Puppy mills and breeders should be banned! These are the kinds of changes I'd like to see!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I can make a difference... saving one pet may not change the world, but surely the world would change for that one pet...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

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.
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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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting two great dogs who would otherwise have been put down a while ago in a county shelter.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure that more people hear about the great work rescue organizations do.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

on the Internet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The manner in which my dog was treated and handled before he came to our home.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing :)

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