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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

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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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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 had the experience of adopting a wonderful pup from a wish for animals. He had been fostered by a neighbor and the care she was giving him was impressive. Sunny was so well adjusted by the time I adopted him I felt I had to be part of a wish for animals fostering program. So far I have fostered 3 beautiful pups. From the time I received each pup to the adoption, the pups were treated with great care, given lots of exposure. If I was unable to get my pup to an adoption site they were picked up and delivered for me. From high Quality food, good medical care to help with training, a wish for animals made sure their pups were ready for their forever homes. I received detailed paperwork for interviewing new parents to approval of forever homes. Adoptive parents were left with care instructions. All of my pups parents keep in touch with me boasting of how well their new pup is fitting into their lives. The compassion for the welfare of all of the pets in the care of a wish for animals makes me want to be part of this organization.

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

was a foster mom for 3 pups, adopted a pup from them. Attended several Fund raisers and adoption events

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes but we always need more foster homes, the pups are so loving and the transition to a new home seems to be so much smoother for them

More feedback...

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?

None

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

yes, able to save the life of an incredible animal and bring joy to it's new parents

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

incredibly satisfied and joyful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 2, 2011

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August 2, 2011

Volunteering with a Wish for Animals is a great and fulfilling experience. My whole family comes out and we love to help the dogs.

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

We've experienced many dogs finding their forever home.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them more money. There are a ton of things that could be made so much easier with some more financial resources.

August 2, 2011

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August 2, 2011

I have worked with Toni and A Wish for Animals off and on for three years. I adopted my wonderful dog Zena from this rescue and have fostered other great dogs for Toni. The rescue does all that it can to find the right home situation for the dogs and also focuses on education and follow up to make sure that each adoption is a successful placement. Toni continues to grow in her expertise in the area of animal welfare, nutrition and health and works with adoptees and the volunteers to educate. We can use more volunteers as we have many animals in the rescue that need a home.

The Great!

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

I have enjoyed fostering dogs for A Wish for Animals and helping find homes at the adoption events.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to recruit more regular volunteers who can commit their time in other ways to help raise more money for the organization.

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