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May 10, 2011

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May 10, 2011

I started volunteering to give myself a break from job hunting. At first it was "all about me". After the first visit I realized that being jobless was not the most tragic thing in the world; that these poor sweet victims of cruelty and neglect had no family but the staff and thatthey all have so much love to give, if a human would just take a moment to see. The staff at HSGKC are some of the most loving and selfless people I have ever met. Everything they do is for the best interest of the animals in their care, even if it means getting up at 5:00 AM to go to the shelter so a dog could be picked up by his forever mom.

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

my adoption of Fletch, an American Staffordshire terrier mix. Fletch was rescued from a horrible life as a bait dog in a fighting ring. HSGKC nursed him back to health and worked to socialize him so he would not fear people anymore. He's a sweet, slobbery boy with a wonderful personality that Pete and the staff helped to nurture.

Ways to make it better...

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

get the shelter and others like it Federal funding. Maybe is we spend less on war and more on saving and improving lives we would all be better for it. There are just not enough hours in a week to raise the funds and awareness needed.

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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

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience opened my eyes and my heart in a way they never were. I am humbled and at the same time fulfilled from spending time with the humans and the animals at the HSGKC.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 10, 2011

Our beloved L.T. was almost 17 when he died. My husband was overcome with grief. I searched Petfinder for another small dog. When I saw Maggie Mae, I knew that she was just what we needed. She was a 10 year old special needs dog whose owner was suffering from cancer. She had actually been brought to HSGKC for euthanasia. She was the perfect compainon to my disabled husband. After my husband died, I wanted to give back to the organization. Being useful to this team of dedicated individuals has helped me establish myself as a single person after 47 years of marriage. It is the highlight of my week to spend time helping them. My granddaughters volunteer with me during their summer vacation.

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

I usually volunteer in the reception area and I get to see the way that HSGKC does everything in their power to help people take care of their pets.

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage more financial support for this organization.

May 10, 2011

Working with the Greater Kansas City Area Humane Society is one of the positive experiences. The staff is excellent with their professionalism and compassion and always doing what is best for their animals. The Ray of Hope is a tremendous program, as well as their annual events and fund raisers they sponsor.

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

my everyday interaction with them and when adopting a precious cat, Taffy.

Ways to make it better...

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

Everything costs money. If there were funds available, I'd enlarge the facility, especially for the dogs.

May 10, 2011

The Humane Society of Greater KC has proven to me that volunteers CAN change animals’ lives. Hundreds of pets were saved through the Ray of Hope program last year at adoption satellites where I volunteer. ROH is a partnership between HSGKC, KCK animal control and rescue groups in KC. When I first started volunteering in 2009, 70% of the animals were euthanized at KCK Animal Control. This year, it is less than 1%. Dozens of animals who would not have a chance at many shelters with broken legs, heartworm and neurological problems have a home at HSGKC through the Gabriel Fund. Volunteering at HSGKC is more than something to look forward to every week. I wake up early on Saturdays (rain, snow, or shine) and can’t wait to see my canine, feline and human friends. I have seen dogs and cats overcome unfathomable abuse. Fletch, a bait dog, found a forever home just this month. Not only did Fletch get a second chance; He gave us one. HSGKC has changed my life and the way I live it.

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

I adopted my dog from HSGKC and she means the world to me and my family. My dog was saved from a high kill shelter by HSGKC in 2008 along with 3 of her siblngs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them all the money they needed to expand their Ray of Hope efforts!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I participated in the 2008 Dog N Jog event.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I have met many great friends that also support the shelter. Volunteering has opened my eyes to many of the possibilities I can make a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 2, 2011

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March 2, 2011

My first experience with HSGKC came when I was looking for a second dog as a playmate to my collie, Cabernet. It was important to me that they were a no-kill shelter. I explained that I wanted an older, large, female, black dog - one that was probably not very adoptable - but a dog that could possibly do therapy work. They told me to bring my dog to the shelter to meet some options. They brought in a small (40 lbs), 2 year old, blonde, male dog. Cabernet bonded to him instantly and even though he wasn't what I was looking for, apparently she and the shelter staff knew what I needed. Sake was a long-timer at the shelter having been there since he was found as a pup. Needless to say, he is now my favorite and has become an extraordinary therapy and crisis response dog.

Since adopting Sake 7 years ago, I've been actively involved in the shelter and its mission. I am a staunch financial supporter and have included them in my estate plan. I joined their board of directors in 2008 and am continually impressed with the way the shelter is run and its outstanding insight to partner with KCK Animal Control to significantly reduce their euthanasia rate. HSGKC's intensive focus on education and spay & neuter programs gives me hope that maybe someday in the futuure we won't need a shelter.

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

Working with the leadership to encourage success as a no-kill shelter and educating the public on the importance of spay and neuter.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them all the money they need to keep doing what they are doing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Searching for no-kill shelters in my area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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