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July 23, 2010


Review from Guidestar
July 23, 2010

DCAWS may be a small, rural shelter but it has made great accomplishments. They are essentially a no-kill shelter having a lower euthanasia rate than most larger organizations with larger budgets. The dedicated group of staff and volunteers are committed to the animals in their care as well as educating others about proper pet care and the importance of spay and neuter. Adoptions are done out of the shelter in Salem but the majority of adoptions are accomplished in the St. Louis area at various adoption events. The Director makes the long trip with a van full of dogs almost every weekend and there are several dogs and cats in foster care in the St. Louis area. DCAWS has a small operating budget that relies soley on donations. If you donate money for food or vet care then that is what it is used for. This is an honest organization with a true passion for helping animals.

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Volunteering regularly with the group and experiencing first hand the dedication of the Director and the other volunteers.

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

Seeing a dog or cat get a second chance by going to their forever home.

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

Dedicated, hard working and kind.

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

Build a brand new up to date shelter to house the animals. Hire staff to do official fundraising and education programs for spay/neuter and teaching children about responsible pet ownership.

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