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August 25, 2011

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August 25, 2011

MY Shiih Tzu was extremerly ill 8/22/2011. I am single parent that is out of a job. My animal has come down with a sever case of sickness he was vomitting,would not eat his doggie food, and bleeding from his rectal. I started to panicThen i starting praying that he would not die,every hospital i call, they would no see my Benjamin unless i had some type of down payment.I search the web site to some orginzation that feel my pain as well as my need.I came across" Actors And Others for Animals"I fill out the form, that same week i recieve a respond,Benjamin was able to see aVet,His doctor report was Good,I can not thank them enough for the love and support they gave for my little man(Benjamin),This orginzation do care,was able to meet my need, Thank You So Much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Vet Bill,I did not worry about the expensive,so i could concentrate more about Benjamin an less about the up front cost visit.Beverly was extreme concern indivdual i spoken to that return my phone from actors and others for animals.

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I would not change any thing about this originzation,all iknow is that they do care.

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

Life-changing

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 web site for donation

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

more care about my animal,

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 21, 2011

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August 21, 2011

I work as an animal trainer for television and film. I had heard of this organization and the wonderful work they do to provide funds for pet owners that may not have the money to pay for their pets surgeries. I also learned about the pet therapy program and got three retired movie dogs certified to do visitations at the Veterans Hospital.

Everyone at Actors and Others for Animals is so supportive and committed to the pet therapy program, that I have recruited other pet owners to come on board.

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Everyone at Actors and Others for Animals is so supportive and committed to the pet therapy program that now many more facilities can benefit from animal visitations. The patients are always thrilled to see the animals and doctors agree that it aides the patient's recovery.

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

Provide a larger office space.

August 18, 2011

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August 18, 2011

I've volunteered at the Actors & Others benefits and events, and have been delighted at every turn by both the warmth and generosity of the people who staff and volunteer for them (including some FOUNDERS who are still dedicated to it decades later), and also by the great work they've done and continued to do.

Plus, the Hollywood celebrity connections make their events always surprising and engaging - last year's Betty White tribute was hilarious! And all the more poignant hearing the stories of Betty's dedication to her retriever, Pontiac.

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

Extensive interactions with their staff and volunteers.

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

Find ways to heighten the awareness in the general public about the history of services they've provided and continue to provide - they're too under the radar!

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

After finding Bailey on the street in the winter of 2010, I quickly became aware of his gentle nature and effect on myself and everyone we met. One day at the dog park, I learned about Actors & Others For Animals and contacted Stephanie about Bailey possibly becoming a Therapy Dog. She was wonderful and informative! Bailey first had to pass a 6-week beginner dog training class, and after he completed that, he was brought to the Actors & Others For Animals office for an evaluation. They loved him! He has a great combination of energy and gentleness, so he's both energetic and calm. He is not bothered by loud noises or crutches/walkers, adapts well to new environments, and is very good with strangers. Stephanie got us in touch with the Sherman Oaks Hospital patient activity co-ordinator, and after I filled out the proper volunteer forms, and completed the other volunteer requirements, she and another Pet Therapy volunteer escorted Bailey and I around the hospital for our first visit. It was great! Among the many patients we visited, one that truly stood out was an elderly blind woman who laughed like a young girl when I picked Bailey up to meet her and he licked her nose! How sweet! Thank you Stephanie and Actors & Others For Animals for this opportunity to volunteer with your Pet Therapy program! ~ Monica & Bailey ~ : )

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Bailey has brought smiles to both the patients and staff members that we have met at the Sherman Oaks Hospital.. I hope to be a Pet Therapy volunteer with Actors & Others For Animals for many years to come. : )

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I would not change a thing about this organization! They have been wonderful, supportive, informative, and kind. Thank you for this opportunity to volunteer in your Pet Therapy program! : )

August 16, 2011

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August 16, 2011

my name is yofi i am a Bernese mountain dog (4 years old, CGC and a TD). My moms name is Reviva. We wanted to do voluntary work. we contacted Actors and Others for Animals and were welcomed so graciously by Stephanie and . I passed my test and impressed everybody with my great personality. We are going to work at West Hills Hospital under the guldens of stephanei .We are looking forwards to continue working as volunteers and we want to thank this great organization for a wonderful experience and opportunity to learn and grow and contribute with much bark appreciation Yofi

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

aid and guidelines regarding finding and preparing our therapy work

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

i could not find any area for me to change

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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?

i do not know one

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

yes

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

i felt like i would be doing a very important job making patients feel better

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 16, 2011

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August 16, 2011

"Actors and Others for Animals" has filled a need in my dog’s and in my own life, while allowing us to have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Their Pet Therapy Program and its skillful volunteer coordinator make volunteering easy and so fulfilling.

My dog, Perry, has a
very strong work ethic and was constantly searching for his "job". I was perfectly happy with his companionship, but he needed more.

One day I stumbled upon information about the "Actors and Others for Animals" Pet Therapy Program. It was a perfect fit.

Perry delights in greeting his friends, collecting smiles, doing tricks and generally basking in attention but he never seems to forget that it’s about making the patients feel better. Sometimes that means just lying quietly with them or giving them a reason to stretch out their hand and pet him.

I’m grateful the Actors and Others for Animals Program lets us do this.

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I've seen how people light up when Perry enters their room. I've seen patients make the effort to stretch out their hands to pet him. I've seen how my dog, Perry lights up when we prepare to visit his hospital friends. I've also referred friends in need emergency assistance to help care for their pets to Actors and Others for Animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Let more people know what a good job they do and what valuable programs they have, including their community education programs working through the LA Library system.

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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

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

I have friends at this hospital that I've visited from day 1. I also have a couple dogs who have fostered with me for several years. Our regular hospital visits guarantee Perry some time with me and a reminder of just how special he is.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 16, 2011

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August 16, 2011

I have been volunteering for Actors and Others for Animals with my black lab, Jack. It is a wonderful organization in helping all animals and their owners. Jack was trained at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Raphael, California. He did not pass because they said he was timid in traffic. He is a perfect dog, very well trained and loves EVERYBODY! He was "interviewed" at Actors and Others by Stephanie Park, who is a wonderful volunteer and has been with the organization for years. He passed their test with no problems. We have been visiting convalescent hospitals and this has been very gratifying. The patients love Jack and yesterday when we visited, a woman told Jack that he made her day! He has his regular fan club and some patients want a picture of him. They may not know my name, but they all know Jack.
Actors and others makes all this possible and I really can't begin to say what a wonderful organization this is.

Carole Cohen and Jack

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

seeing the help they give to people with emergencies and provide the needed health care for their animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

I really can't think of any. Actors and Others for Animals is a wonderful organization.

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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?

A lot

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?

Having more places to visit with Jack.

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

We made lots of new friends and it is very gratifying to see the happiness they get from Jack.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Both Jack and I feel wonderful after we visit at the hospitals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 16, 2011

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August 16, 2011

Stephanie Park from Actors & Others for Animals performed a Pet Safety puppet show for children at our branch library and it was an awesome success! Stephanie is an excellent presenter, very knowledgeable about pets (specifically dogs and cats), pet care, and particularly pet safety and pet owner safety. She interacts very well with children and uses humor very well in the presentation which is very useful in keeping the young audience engaged. Her information is excellent and the tips she gives about how to behave around pets is vital for children to know when they encounter dogs that they do not know. I recommend this group and Stephanie Park to any community library or center that wants to present a fun, informative and beneficial program to their community.

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Seeing how the children interacted with the performer and throught the questions that they asked, and their ability to answer questions asked of them by the performer, based on the information they learned from her show.

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

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August 16, 2011

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August 16, 2011

Recently, I lost my job and my health took a turn for the worse. My unemployment ran out and waiting for disability can take a long time. My food stamps only covers human food, and I have a dog and two cats. With no income, it was getting harder and harder for me to get by. I wasn't sure what I was going to do about affording food for my "babies". And then I heard about Actors and Others for Animals. I told them of my situation and they were only to happy to help me. The next thing I knew I was getting 40lbs of dog food, cat food and cat liter! It was a God send! I can never thank Actors and Others enough for what they did to help us. God Bless you all for the work you do!! Times are tough enough for us humans, without having to see our pets suffer too. It's nice to know they have someone on their side, looking out for their interest. On behalf of all us, thank you - Lisa, Playful, Willow and Angel.

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With no income I could barely pay my bills. Food stamp money doesn't go very far, and you can't use it to buy pet food. A simple phone call explaining my situation and Actors and Others came to my aide with plenty of dog and cat food and even cat liter.

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I hope that people will consider making donations to this amazing organization. Be it food, time, or talent - This is an amazing program that helps so many when they are able.

August 16, 2011

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August 16, 2011

I first connected with Actors and Animals when I picked up a pit bull running loose in the neighborhood. The group helped me get him neutered.

Through that process, I learned about the animal therapy program, and I've been volunteering ever since with my dog Melita at a convalescent home.
We have wonderful relationships with many of the long-term residents there. Actors and Others has been hugely supportive finding the location, providing insurance, providing name badges and t-shirts, and periodically checking in to see how things are going.

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

Therapy

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

None

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