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January 11, 2014

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January 11, 2014

I think that this organization is hands down, one of the best. They have all personally sacrificed much to bring their vision into reality. It is easy to criticize like "nice?girl" did in her review, but they are in the trenches making a difference every day. After volunteering for a few months to evaluate just what kind of shelter this was, I ended up adopting two dogs from ACT in 2013. They had both been rescued from being put to death at one of the county shelters and they both had severe health issues, which didn't stop ACT from taking them in. They are extremely compassionate and do their very best with every animal in their care. I realize no one organization is perfect, but the ones run by individuals that are passionate about their vision will stand for the long haul. In contrast to "nicegirl" I have to say that I for one am encouraged to see a nonprofit organization that embraces faith in God for help, direction and hope for a better future. ACT is worth your time, check them out for yourself, you'll be glad that you did.

Ways to make it better...

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

Foster more volunteers to get involved with the day to day work.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 4, 2013

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July 4, 2013

ACT is awesome. I was going through cancer and just staying at home doing nothing, but feeling sorry for myself. My husband brought home a cat for me and it just opened my world. My husband and son then each got dogs, but they came down with Parvo. At the time Brenda Mitchell, the president of ACT, worked at the SPCA, ut she would take home Parvo babies and get them healthy. One of ours didn't even make it to Brenda's. The other one did and when she was ready to go home Brenda told my husband she had another one she just nursed through Parvo. Hubby took that one home. Shortly after, Brenda left the SPCA to start ACT with other committed, compassionate friends. We happened to run into her and she told us what she was doing and we offered to take a dog to foster. Well at one point we had 24 fosters some kittens and some were Mommies with litters. ACT was so helpful through the whole process. We even ended up keeping 2 of our fosters and adopting them. There were many tears shed when my fosters went to their foster homes, but they were tears of happiness. I love that I met the adopters. All their animals are raised to be inside dogs or some are raised to be working dogs with experience fosters. I love the Mommas with their new litters and I so miss doing that. I moved back East and I am trying to hook up with another rescue, but not found one like ACT. I love and miss you guys. Pat and John Harley

Ways to make it better...

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

Move back there so I could to help save more lives. They don't need to change a thing. They are growing and are supportive, compassionate and caring. I would maybe plant a money tree in their new yard at the Sophia Center.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 14, 2012

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November 14, 2012

I have fostered for two years now and like that I have a choice in who can adopt my fosters. I know their personality. I had one request for a busy little dog I had. He didn't like to be left more than about 3 hours or would start getting into things and tearing stuff up. One person wanted him that said he was at work for 10 hours, so when I explained this wasn't the dog for him, he became beligerant. He had never met the dog, only saw his picture and thought this was the only dog for him. If I had allowed him to adopt this dog, both the dog and the man would have been very unhappy with the arrangement and I hate to think what might have happened. Please take the time to talk to the foster parent and have ideas of what personality of dog you would like, not looks. Be willing to look at other dogs that are suggested if the one you want doesn't seem to fit your lifestyle/or you fit its. This is a LIFETIME committment as a new family member, not a fashion accessory.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 1, 2011

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September 1, 2011

ACT is a grass-roots non profit that started with a few people wanting to help animals in need. I have watched it grow, become official as a non-profit organization and blossom. I have been fortunate to be able to volunteer in a few small ways. On a rare day off several months ago, I read a post on Facebook that ACT needed a driver to take 2 Dalmations to a rescue organization in Turlock specifically for Dalmations. I called and said that I was available. I met Brenda, the volunteer coordinator for ACT at the house of a man I didn't know. He was surrendering these 2 dogs in hopes of giving them better homes. The dogs were unsocialized, untrained, hadn't ever been on leashes, and very wary of us. This was my first experience helping any animal in this way. It was heartbreaking to see the man give them up, but, heartwarming knowing they would get the care they truly needed. With Brenda and her daughter's help, we loaded them into my small SUV and I drove my precious cargo from Fresno to the meeting point in Turlock. The woman from the Dalmation rescue was waiting, and it was a bit challenging to transfer them to her vehicle. They were scared but she knew how to handle it. Overall, it was a very rewarding experience for me to be able to help transport these dogs. I hope to be able to volunteer more in the future at this wonderful organization!

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

my daily life. I follow this organization on Facebook and repost information to spread the word about ACT.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find someone who would joyfully donate money and resources to build ACT it's very own facility. They have struggled to find locations to have their adoption days. A locally owned petshop is now sponsoring their adoption days, but having their own facility would help in saving even more animals than they already do!

September 1, 2011

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September 1, 2011

I have really enjoyed my experiences working with Animal Compassion Team!

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

finding homes for homeless animals

Ways to make it better...

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

give the organization a home of their own

September 1, 2011

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September 1, 2011

ACT is amazing! My husband and I both are volunteer foster parents and have adopted from ACT as well. They take wonderful care of the animals they rescue, going above and beyond what others might do.
Without ACT we would never have met some amazing people, taken care and helped find homes
for cats and dogs or have our sweet puppy love.
ACT ROCKS!!

The Great!

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

animal rescue, adoption and humane education

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them a place to call home of their very own.

August 30, 2011

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August 30, 2011

I have opened my home and become a foster home for ACT. This rescue team is amazing. Every need of the animal is met in a very timely manner. The compassion and support of the Board of Directors and other volunteers really keep you up beat and positive in some very difficult times. I have volunteered with many "rescue groups" and they have been great, but there is a difference with ACT. They never give up in their battle to make our Valley a safe place for the many homeless animals. The sacrafice many of the Board members make in their very own personal lives is beyond words. I have never met a group that takes every challenge head on like ACT does. Fostering for this group has given me so many joyous moments. Watching a dog find a new life after being beaten, starved, sick, and scared is life changing. I am happy that ACT has allowed me the pleasure of helping them with their mission.

The Great!

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

The amount of animals being saved from our local CCSPCA by this group is amazing. The trap/neuter and release program for ferrel cats is helping to stop the over population. Sick and injuted animals that were going to be killed at the CCSPCA have found wonderful, loving homes. Act also educates the public in the importance of spay and neuter and will offer to help the community with finding the best place to have their animals altered. Act also offers help in pet retention.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to help more. ACT needs property tto be able to build a shelter so they can help more of the animals on death row at our Valley kill shelters.

August 29, 2011

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August 29, 2011

The Animal Compassion Team runs completely based on the generosity of the community and volunteers. They do so much with what little resources they have and in their short existence have already become one of the biggest rescues in the Central Valley, if not the biggest, in terms of rescuing and adopting animals. Not only do they work hard to help get animals out of local kill-shelters and into loving foster and forever homes, but they work to help fight the pet overpopulation problems with TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs for feral cats. Such a great group of people who will do anything they can to help improve the lives of our animals.

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

seeing how many animals they are able to save. They take in animals that would immediately be put down at the kill shelters due to medical issues and help them, giving them their lives back.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change anything! They are still growing and with the growth with come more funds, more volunteers and more animals.

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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?

Nothing. They are there for their volunteers every step of the way and go above and beyond to make you feel like you're part of their family.

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

Absolutely. I've met great new people and have had the opportunity so far to foster 10 dogs that would otherwise have been killed at the SPCA. They were all pulled at the last possible moment from the SPCA.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It's a great feeling to save an animals life, and it's just that much better when you know you have the support of such a great, knowledgeable team.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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