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August 23, 2010
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August 23, 2010
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I am an avid cat lover, and originally had two beautiful animals. Throughout the year of 2008-2009 I found myself temporarily adopting cats from friends who could no longer care for them, and in one instance, acquired kittens from an abandoned litter. My attempts to adopt the animals out to homes on my own, while at the same time provide them with adequate medical care, proved financially impossible and time consuming. During my repeated attempts to find cost effective medical care, a family member suggested I search online for local organizations in Upland who specialize in helping animals. I came across H.O.P.E.'s organizational website at www.helpingoutpetseveryday.com and was engaged by Margaret Coffman, who was immediately sympathetic to my plight. Her response was swift and effectively overwhelming. Within a week I was directed to the V.A.C.S.(Veterinary Ambulatory Community Service) program funded by H.O.P.E. since 2005 at the Upland Animal Shelter. To my utter surprise and amazement, the animals were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped FREE OF CHARGE since I was a resident of Upland. But wait, there's more. Margaret offered to help with my unsuccessful adoption attempts by taking the cats into the organization, guaranteeing me that they would find them loving homes for life. True to her word, all of the cats have found their lifelong homes. Then, in June of this year, one of my cats had escaped from the house and was attacked by another animal. When he returned he had severe bite marks on the backs of his legs and an abscess on his throat the size of a golf ball. I took him to a couple veterinarians and I was quoted up to $800 dollars to treat him, with both vets telling me that if not treated he could die within a month. Over the next two weeks my cat had difficulty breathing, eating, and the abscess popped and reformed a number of times making a mess and breaking my heart. The attempts to clean and treat the wound myself were futile, and with no access to antibiotics I feared for his life. I had no way to pay for the cost of saving my animal's life and I was completely devastated. I remembered my interaction with H.O.P.E the year before and I sent an email to Margaret, not knowing whether or not my situation would fall under the category of services that the organization could provide for. Once again H.O.P.E. saved the day. To my amazement, within hours I received a response stating that I had an appointment with Dr. Helsted at Upland Animal Hospital the next morning. H.O.P.E. and it's network of volunteers and veterinarians who donate their services saved his life, and I am eternally grateful. In my experience, H.O.P.E. approaches relationships from beginning to end, as a life long process for the benefit of both the pets and pet owners. This is what makes H.O.P.E. the long term successful community force that it has always been. Thank you H.O.P.E., and special thanks to all the dedicated veterinarians, individual volunteers, and family volunteers. Their daily contributions help the animals we love.

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

the help that H.O.P.E. has provided to my animals to ensure them a long and healthy life.

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

truly dedicated to the animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 22, 2010
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July 22, 2010
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HOPE cares! HOPE has high standards in pet placement which enable adopted dogs and cats to find safe and loving homes with responsible owners. While it appears there might be one or two naysayers who disagree with HOPE's mission and adoption policies, this is most definitely the minority view. In addition, HOPE's founder and president spends countless hours planning and conducting fundraising events (emergency medical care, fostering shelter animals, etc. don't come without a price), volunteering every Saturday at Petsmart in Upland along with many other selfless individuals, all without any personal compensation. Not only should the animals be grateful for HOPE, we all should.

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

My time spend volunteering.

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

Do even greater things....and have some money left over to pay it's tireless, dedicated staff and volunteers!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 21, 2010
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July 21, 2010
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I have volunteered with HOPE for more than 10 years. During this time 100's of rescues have been placed in loving forever homes.Time after time we have had people come to our events or stop by Petsmart and tell us how much they love the pet they adopted from us years ago and about how perfectly it has fit into their family. Many have come back to us to adopt another animal because they are so happy with the first one they adopted. HOPE is dedicated to placing all our rescues with responsible pet owners who will provide them with love, proper care and who will keep them in a safe environment.

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

I have some of my own pets that I fostered for HOPE and ended up keeping because they fit in so well and were loved by myself and family.

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

Seeing a cat or dog being adopted

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

HOPE has the BEST volunteers, we have so many great people that help out in so many ways

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

Save so many animals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 21, 2010
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July 21, 2010
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I hjave never met a person that cars more about cats and dogs, then Margaret Coffman. I met Margaret in June of 2006, when I adopted a wonderful cat from HOPE named Roma. I was so impreeded with HOPE, Margaret, Janis, Dawn, and the other great people, that I decided to join HOPE myself. It was the best thing I ever did! My wife, Joann, and I work at our adoption center that is in the Petsmart that is located in Upland. We have been doing shifts there twicw a week for four years now, and it has been a really fullfilling experience to see of of the different cats and dogs thast have been adopted from HOPE. Margaret is very carefull of who adopts from HOPE, because she loves and cares so much about each and every one of our rescuses!

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

Yes! it is so wonderful to see our rescues get such wonderful forever homes!!!

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

The wonderful careing people!

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

All about the animals!

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

Make sure there would never be a homeless animal again!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 21, 2010
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July 21, 2010
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I discovered H.O.P.E. a couple of years ago and was quite impressed by the commitment they have to finding homes for cats and dogs. I did some checking into the organization because I do understand that all rescue organizations are not top notch. I was pleased to find that H.O.P.E. went above and beyond my expectations. They "know" their animals - take the time to determine what environment would be best for each animal to be adopted into- i.e. an environment without kids, or an environment where they are the only animal, recognizing that each is an individual entity who comes with their particular needs. When I decided to get a cat, I asked the organization if I could foster a cat because I had dogs and wasn't sure that a cat would be comfortable in my home. They were completely agreeable and after doing a home visit and meeting my dogs, they actually chose a cat for me that they thought would fit in perfectly....and he did, so I ended up adopting him. When I adopted him, all his shots were up to date, he had been neutered and was in perfect physical condition and I learned that this is the level of care they give all their rescues. Several months later I wanted to find another cat and asked Margaret and Janis who they would suggest that would fit into our family - and again, they were spot on and I have two perfect cats for our family. H.O.P.E. volunteers know all their animals - their quirks, their likes and dislikes, and they are tireless in their efforts to find the right home. They focus on finding the right match for each animal. I appreciate that quality because too many shelters will just give an animal to anyone who will pay to adopt one, not ensuring that the animal is going to the best place possible. I discovered that they work closely with the Upland Animal Shelter and take on as many animals as they can handle. H.O.P.E. does many community fund raisers, not only to raise money for their organization, but to educate the general population about animal rescue. I found their work in the community to be invaluable and am thankful that we have such an organization in our area

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

As mentioned above

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 21, 2010
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July 21, 2010
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What a beautiful organization!!! They not only rescue these innocent animals who have been dumped, injured or are in danger of being put down, but they find PERFECT forever homes for them. They do not give these sweet babies to homes which might not be suitable, but find homes where they know they will be loved and cared for forever. I give a great big thumbs up for these incredible volunteers who love animals and show it in all they do! THANK YOU HOPE!

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

many ways....

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 17, 2010
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July 17, 2010
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This organization is HORRIBLE!!! They have no desire to find good homes for their pets, instead they find excuse after excuse as to why you are not a suitable owner or "Match" for the pet. They base all of their decisions upon the "what if". For instance we were told our back yard, which is enclosed by a 9 foot block wall, in a cul-de-sac, would not be a safe area for dogs to run around because,... and get this..., "a coyote might scale my wall and attack them," then literally 1 minute later it was, "well if not a coyote then a mountain lion" and if not a mountain lion then a BEAR!!!!!" That's right, Margaret says that we can not adopted homeless, abandoned puppies because of coyotes, mountain lions, and bears (Oh My) coming over a 9' block wall, in a cul-de-sac, in tracked homes, next to a freeway....!!!!! I truly believe that Margret is very biased and doesn't really care about getting these animals good homes, otherwise why all of the excuses and reasons to keep these animals from being apart of a family. I thought that that's what your "organizations" entire purpose was for. So why all the run around and b.s. just to keep these dogs in a cage even longer?????? The attitude she displayed was unprofessional and very judge-mental. I would never recommend using this agency to ANYONE, EVER. Please people, go give your love and time to a organization that is really trying to find good, loving homes for these animals. Not those that think they know your situation, and will say whatever nonsense that comes to their heads. No matter how idiotic and far fetched it is. If you really want an animal from H.O.P.E. then LIE and say dogs and cats are indoor only, otherwise Lions, and tigers and bears may attack and you'll be DENIED...

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

a very negative manner. Will NEVER deal with this organization again.

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

Change your standards. I would not have the outcome of the adoptions based on the opinion of the interviewer, instead base it upon the facts.

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

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, NADA, ZERO, ZILCH!

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

Volunteers were FABULOUS, Staff HORRIBLE!!!

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

probably waste it on keeping animals in foster homes, and not getting them adopted.

Ways to make it better...

If they were not so judge mental in thinking they know everything about you.

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

The staff and their opinions.

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

This organization is far from organized. Waited around forever, asked to come back next week, waited around again, all to be denied over Lions and coyotes and Bears!!! Really? Come on

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 20, 2009
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July 20, 2009
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I would like to echo the comments made by Nancy Sharp. HOPE volunteers came to my door with my new best friend five days after my dog passed away from complications with diabetes. I wasn't sure I was ready to adopt but Mattie was absolutely irresistible and it was the best thing that could happen. Each day I was lonelier than the day before so Mattie's arrival was destined to be a perfect ending. I will never be able to thank HOPE enough.

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

lots of well-placed, happy and professional pet adoptions.

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

being around pet lovers.

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

spay, neuter and empty animal shelters.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 8, 2009
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July 8, 2009
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This organization deserves applause 24/7 for finding homes for animals. The volunteers give so much love and dedication without expecting anything in return except to find loving homes for the animals. All potential adopters must fill out an application and have an at-home visit to insure the placement is appropriate. The group of volunteers spends countless hours covering the care and feeding of cats at a local major pet store. They also foster cats and small/medium size dogs. Cats and dogs are pulled from the shelter when ever possible to save their lives. If it were not for H.O.P.E. many countless animals would be euthanized. Thanks goodness we have this organization in our city.

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

The successful adoption of cats and dogs from the local shelter.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to have Margaret be in charge!

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

The group words great as a team!!!

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

Committed to saving the lives of cats and dogs.

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

Save countless cats and dogs who would otherwise be euthanized.

Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers.

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

Volunteers and financial support from the community.

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

I feel very proud of this organization. I wish I could spend more time helping the group. They are delightful people!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 7, 2009
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July 7, 2009
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This is a fantastic organization! All of the volunteers' hearts are dedicated to helping dogs and cats find "forever" homes! Margaret is a wonderful president and truly gives 100% of herself to HOPE. This organization deserves recognition for all they do in the community.

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

placing dogs and cats with "forever" and preventing animals from being euthanized.

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

that even doing a little, makes a difference and is better than doing nothing.

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

loving and kind.

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

reach out to more communities and make sure that animals are not put to sleep.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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