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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 personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

Ways to make it better...

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

None

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August 16, 2011

I've been a volunteer for Actors and Others for about ten years, and have spent eight of those visiting patients at a senior care facility with my Aussie Shepherd mix, Benny. Many of the patients suffer from dementia, or live with the long term effects of diabetes, have had strokes, and are there for permanent care; most never return home. Over the years many of the friends we've made have passed away, and even Benny is my second pet therapy dog who has been trained for this work. But patients love to see us, and they especially love Benny, who is very gentle and affectionate, and often reminds them of their own dogs. Seeing him brings a spark to their eyes and warms their hearts. We would not have been able to do this without Actors and Others for Animals' support; they help coordinate my volunteer services and make sure all the paper work and insurance is in place. I couldn't have done this work for the last ten years without their support.

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

They've produced fund-raisers, help out numerous people and other organizations, and provide a very important service.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'd like to see them as a bigger organization and have more funding so they can reach more people and extend their services.

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August 16, 2011

2 MONTHS AGO, THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, A 9YR OLD MINIATURE PINSCHER NAMED PETRIE, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES. THE TESTS AND VET VISITS LEADING UP TO HIS DIAGNOSIS HAD ALREADY EXHAUSTED MY FUNDS AND I WAS UNSURE OF HOW I WAS GOING TO PAY FOR THE INITIAL COSTS OF TREATMENT THAT WAS NECESSARY TO STABILIZE PETRIE'S CONDITION. I WAS COMPLETELY DISTRAUGHT, BEWILDERED, AND FEARFUL OF LOOSING MY BEST FRIEND. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE RELIEF THAT CAME, WHEN I RECEIVED A CALL FROM BEVERLY OF ACTORS AND OTHERS FOR ANIMALS, INFORMING ME OF THEIR PLEDGE TOWARDS PETRIE'S CARE. SHE ALSO GAVE ME A LIST OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO CALL, AND ALTHOUGH MOST OF THEM WERE UNABLE TO HELP OUT FINANCIALLY, I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A WHOLE NETWORK OF COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE, ALL OF WHICH OFFERED ME ADVICE AND PERSONAL INSIGHT FROM THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES. SINCE THEN, PETRIE'S HEALTH HAS IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY, I HAVE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE HIS DOG FOOD, AS WELL AS LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT A DISEASE, THAT I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT! ALTHOUGH; HE IS INSULIN DEPENDENT, I CONSIDER MYSELF VERY FORTUNATE THAT IT'S A DISEASE THAT CAN BE MANAGED. I CANT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH THIS ORGANIZATION HAS GIVEN TO ME, AS YEARS ADDED TO YOUR "CHILD'S" LIFE, ARE IMMEASURABLE !!!! I WILL REMAIN FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THEIR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY... THEY ARE SIMPLY WONDERFUL!

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

receiving a pledge from Actors and Others for Petrie's medical bills

Ways to make it better...

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

offer them more support with donations and/or help in promoting them to a wider audience... this is more of a personal goal in which I intend to uphold in some way or another, as I have the utmost respect for this organization for their inspirational work among our community and their benevolent demeanor... I wouldn't ask them to change a thing!

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August 16, 2011

Actors and Others for Animals is an AMAZING organization that has been around since 1971. The list of celebrities alone that are attached to this phenomenal organization show how passionately the acting community has rallied to support the tremendous work that AOA does for animal welfare. But it isn't just an organization for actors--any one that cares about our sweet animals and their welfare--couldn't pick a better organization to donate to and be connected with. I was brought into the fundraising committee by a dear friend, Jackie, a couple of years ago. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this wonderful group. If you are not familiar with them please check them out--our animals need your help!

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

Seeing the MANY animals and people that have been helped by the hard and tireless work of AOA

Ways to make it better...

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

Make more people aware of it!

August 15, 2011

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August 15, 2011

I first became aware of Actors and Others for Animals in the 80's when I was asked to MC a fund raiser. Over the years I have continued to follow their services and the difference they make in the community. I am not honored to be a volunteer with them and have seen first had the good work they do. I couldn't recommend them if I didn't believe in the work they do...and I do.

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

seeing the services they render to the community as a whole.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would expand it so we can save more animals.

August 7, 2011

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August 7, 2011

The largesse recently shown to my service animal, a Siberian Husky named Handelman's Misty, by Actors and Others for Animals overwhelms me. It came at a time when I found myself coping with a temporary medical disability on top of my "regular" total and permanent
disability. Thus funds were
beyond tight. And Misty's surgery could not
be delayed another month. From my first telephone contact through my
navigating their web site to the rather quick response with their decision
and pledge amount the entire process was not only professional but also very caring. These people exemplify the quote from Gandhi: "What use is it in having a very fine mind unless it is connected to an equally fine heart." Their history shows this and they should be very proud of their work that led to the elimination of decompression chambers in California. Always they will have my gratitude and my checks whenever I get this erstwhile "break" that has nearly killed me.

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

I received a pledge for surgery for my service animal Misty and they allowed me to go to the veterinarian that is closest to where I live.

Ways to make it better...

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

no changes just more money donations so that they can expand as animals need all the help there is to offer

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