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October 4, 2013

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October 4, 2013

I have been a big fan of Denkai for about 3 years now, since they helped me in being able to rescue 2 horses from auction where they would have been sent to slaughter. The founder is just awesome in her devotion and management and her vision. Every effort is made to help animals with special needs to become a likely adoption candidate. The compassion displayed by the Denkai staff is amazing.

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

give them tons of money so they could devote more time to the animals and less to having to raise funding.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 25, 2013

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July 25, 2013

I have had experience with Denkai Animal Sanctuary since 2007. Horses and dogs. The facilities are always disorganized and a mess. They take on too many animals and they put press out there that they need money and do things, the money comes, but the things are not getting done. Sadly if people were following up, they would see they are basically donating to pay for the founder to travel around and waste money and make false promises. The animals that get adopted out are never followed up on. I mean EVER. The horses are rarely trained. They had a nice bed and breakfast facility that they ran into the ground and in the end they were giving away all of the dogs. I saw a horse get injured by some kids trying to load it into a trailer that day too. I have had some interactions with the founder Floss Blackburn and asked her bluntly why she is not doing things to the Grover facility that she has in her "master plan" that she actively markets to the public/media.... and she basically gets nasty, then will not email you back or correspond with you again. I have wondered if she is really a legitimate 501 3C, or if she has just gotten blind board members who she can pull the wool over their eyes to get away with stealing peoples money that donate with the conception it will actually go to help the animals and not be used for her "vacation" or wasted on her kids/family/current boyfriend. I even was made aware that the founder, Floss Blackburn went to an auction in WY where the Cloud Foundation was trying to buy a herd to keep the mustang herd family together, and Floss Blackburn was trying to bid on the horse to take it away from them. Be very careful with any donations that go to this "Sanctuary", I would consider others that are always doing more of the right things.

Ways to make it better...

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

There are too many things to list, sadly, it's disorganized, not friendly to volunteers and should be monitored, or just shut down.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

I too have experienced the change of hands of this facility not just once but 3 times. Aside from the financial aspect, the people who try and or excel at these facilites, their hearts are in the right place. I have seen some very selfish humans come through those doors to give up animals. The reasons are many, but some should be ashamed of themselves. The man hours are endless in this type of work with upkeep, care of the animals and the day to day issues that occur. All of the staff has done the best they can with what they have and what is donated. It can be a little chaotic at times, but so is grocery shopping. The main thing is the well being of the animals.

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

I have been a volunteer, with my husband for over 4 years. I have watched the change of hands and improvements that have been made at both facilities. There have been 100's of hours put into the facility grounds and buildings. Sadly the key to any non-profit if funding and volunteers. The owner has dedicated all of her time and life to building this organization from nearly nothing to where she is today. Just think one persons dream, has saved lives. What did you do today?

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

The change I would make is to recruit more loyal volunteers that are dedicated to the care of these animals and the time to help with events. We do have a handful of these individuals and they have gone beyond in effort. The youth, to be more involved. Local school leaders in Greeley, Windsor, and surrounding areas to commit involvement and education.

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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

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

To be able to serve and have more time.

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

Yes, new friends, community involvement, community awareness, and the education of young children. Our church youth have had the opportunities to serve, our missionaries, and scout troops to earn their Eagle Scout awards. For me the knowledge of working with businesses and the functionality of a non-profit. The planning and execution of activities and fundraising.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Grateful that we, my husband and I, could make a difference not only in the animals lives, but those around us.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 1, 2011

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May 1, 2011

I heard about Denkai through the newspaper. I started volunteering a few months ago. I have found it to be well-run for a non-profit shelter. I have volunteered consistently at animal shelters for the past 15 years, so I have good experience with both the Humane Society and a similar non-profit.

The organization is well-managed, and does a good job of selecting dogs, not just breed-specific rescuing. The majority of dogs that do have behavorial problems have been at the shelter too long, or have typical problems which all shelter dogs may face.

The volunteer assistance is a little too free-form, do what you want to help, but that is because there really is not much help.
The assigned duties to clean up kennels and feed are permanent positions so that they are done everyday.

The kennel does a good job managing food and medicine, and caring for its animals. The vet is there consistently checking all animals. These animals definitely receive more medical care than I've seen at other shelters.

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

Animals that are unadoptable have been specifically worked with so that they become adoptable.

Ways to make it better...

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

The changes I would have made a few months ago have been undertaken. Volunteer duties have been made a little less free-form. If they had a million dollars, I would re-do the kennels and enclosures, and wash facilities.

April 7, 2011

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April 7, 2011

Hi,
I couldn't get on your web-site so thought I would write a request this way.
Do you ever get any Bashkir Curly's or Curly Mustangs.
Thank you...Beth

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no

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

a ok

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I've read some of the negative reviews - "disorganized mess" etc. - and agree that volunteering at Denkai had it's problems. But please do not judge this by a chaotic transitation period when Denkai was taking over K-9 Bed & Biscuit. Denkai has been running the shelter for only 11 months and in that time has placed over 70% of the animals who had been with K-9 for years. Placement time for new arrivals is usually only a few weeks. Denkai has saved many, many animals who would have been killed or died out on their own. As of Jan 1st - I'm the new volunteer coordinator and promise to keep volunteers informed and interested, so please consider volunteering with us. We need the help and it's a good cause.

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

They have placed more animals in a shorter period of time, rescued animals from shelters in other states.

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

As the new volunteer coordinator I will be making changes. Volunteers will be kept more informed, much needed projects will be organized. I will actively be seeking new volunteers for all committees.

January 11, 2011

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January 11, 2011

I have enjoyed volunteering with Denkai for nearly 5 years now. I have helped with basic animal care, many public outreach events, adoption events & fundraising.

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

I have seen first hand how Floss, her staff & volunteers have all worked kindly & patiently with a variety of abused or neglected animals. The goal is always to give the animal it's best opportunity to get a new loving home. Animals are given quality veterinary care if needed. They are given time to heal emotionally & physically.

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

I would like to see more public outreach activities in order to let more folks know about this unique northern Colorado organization.

December 11, 2010

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December 11, 2010

I have quit as a volunteer. Denkai is a disorganized mess. The volunteer events have been a joke. No messages sent out, no tools, or materials. The volunteers seem to be poorly treated, the volunteers often do not come back. Also, they do not have any team leads or coordination of effort. They do not train volunteers.The director has two facilities and does not seem to be able to delegate responsibilities and tasks properly. The isolation unit is filthy, and they are turning into a habitation for a staff member. The directory should step down and allow some one with real management skills to step in.

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

breaking my heart. There are far too many good animals in the shelter and are being under served. With proper care and advertising they could place more animals, have more volunteers helping, improve the facility, and better the quality of life of the animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

The director should step down.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

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

The director should step down

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

It broke my heart

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

sad

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 5, 2010

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August 5, 2010

It is with great pleasure I donate as much as I'm able to Denkai Animal Sanctuary. Their work in the community is fabulous. I'm impressed with the dedication and devotion every team member has shown, working towards a common goal of saving "lost" and homeless animals. I'll continue to do what I can for this organization and am happy to do so. It is an honor to be associated with Denkai no matter how small a part I play in the big scheme of things.

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 4, 2010

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August 4, 2010

Floss Blackburn, the president of Denkai has a very similar vision to mine. She is a dedicated person devoting over 100 hours per week to the daily chores, management of the facilities, staff and volunteers, and ensuring that the animals are cared for not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. She is constantly developing new programs to reach new people with the mission of Denkai, which is to promote a healthy environment in which people and animals can interact and connect through applied, environmental and educational programs that cultivate mental and physical health.

The Great!

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

advocacy of animal welfare, personal growth, and effecting changes within my own community and state for welfare practices.

Ways to make it better...

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

like to see it grow and become a leading force nationally for animal welfare, environmental awareness and sanctuary for not only animals but also for at-risk youth, victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The education it is providing me in more than just animal welfare, but sustainable agriculture practices and the healing power that working with troubled humans and animals provides.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic and eager!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Truly change the world. That may sound extreme- but I really believe that with a nickel this organization would make a difference somehow. with a million bucks the state of WY would have a sanctuary, and 10 million would enable so much more!

Ways to make it better...

I was able to be immersed in it more often! If I could live at the sanctuary and rehabilitate animals all day, every day.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The need. There is such a need that it will not be met anytime soon. Meeting the needs in each area is challenging enough- but the overall need in two states is exceptionally high.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Every person I have ever met who has looked at the business plan and the vision of Denkai has been amazed and enthusiastically become involved. There is a wonderful energy in the holistic philosophy of Denkai.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Socialize animals, update website information, create or distribute literature, clean kennels and cages, groom animals, walk dogs, pet and give love to horses or other livestock, clean pens, feed animals, work in our gardens, transport an animal from a shelter to the adoption facility or sanctuary, transport an animal to a foster or adoptive family, help with repairs or maintenance on structures and buildings or yards, take photos for petfinder and websites, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! Volunteer