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June 23, 2012

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June 23, 2012

I have served on HSSV's Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the entirety of my high school career, with my service culminating in my role as board co-chair in my senior year. Before joining YAB, I had already held HSSV in high esteem, as it was the most notable animal shelter in my area, and I would frequently beg my parents to stop by and let me visit each of the cages. HSSV's move to the new Milpitas facility was certainly a dream come true not only for me, but for all involved with helping animals in the area...and of course, the animals who were, are, and will continue to experience the care of HSSV. Through my experience here, I wish to particularly highlight two aspects of this organization. Firstly, HSSV is a model for animal shelters everywhere in its resources and the genuine love HSSV staff and volunteers have for animals. From simply taking a tour around the facility, you can experience this for yourself. The dedication of the people here truly makes all the difference in the lives of the animals--from ensuring that every shelter guest gets individual attention and playtime, to ever keeping a watchful eye on the animals' health, and most of all, to never giving up on the search for the perfect home. Animals at HSSV stay as long as it takes to find new families right for them, and the foster care system provides important support as well. At HSSV, each happy ending is celebrated. Staff and volunteers are always rooting for each adoption. Secondly, I believe that one of HSSV's greatest treasures lies in its well-managed, thoughtfully conceived education programs. The education department was my guide in my years of involvement here, and I speak for every young person who has been in an education program at HSSV when I say that this humane society helps the community to grow in its stewardship, knowledge of, and love for animals. I have been involved in every educational program available for the teenage age group, including YAB, Compassion In Action (CIA), Amazing Animals summer camp junior volunteer counseling, and volunteering at other sessions for children and special events. YAB has given me a chance to lead other high school students and exercise our voice for animals at HSSV. CIA was community service for the HSSV animals, while making friends and hosting our own educational event. Summer camp counseling allowed me to take responsibility in helping animal-loving children learn and have fun, and re-live my own animal-centric childhood (that was a bonus). Volunteering in other events simply enabled me to offer my time to many worthwhile causes to sustain the organization, and be surrounded by animals too! Behind every activity in every session of every program lies meticulous planning, consideration, and care on behalf of the education department. Many people my age seek to help animals, and all of these programs provides opportunities to directly help the animals (such as making needed supplies), forge new friendship with peers with the same passion and drive, become empowered to educate others about the plight of homeless animals, and of course, playing with the animals! I have never seen a sad face in these programs, except when it comes time to leave. I will be forever grateful for the role HSSV has played in my life, as without it, I wholeheartedly believe that my senses of leadership and responsibility would not be as they are today. So is HSSV a "Great Nonprofit?" My answer is yes, and everything more. When it comes down to everything this organization does to impact both human and animal lives, the word "great" simply doesn't do it justice.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 21, 2012

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June 21, 2012

I believe in the Humane Society of Silicon Valley for several reasons. First off, it truly supports the welfare of animals. Secondly, whenever I am there, I have a smile on my face because of what a welcoming place it is. Last but not least, all the volunteers at HSSV are so dedicated and passionate about what they are doing. I fully support and believe in the mission of the HSSV an would choose this humane society out of any others.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 20, 2012

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June 20, 2012

My son attends a monthly class for kids. They learn about so many things related to animal habits, care, how they are treated in the community, how the children can be helpful in the community towards animals, and they do craft proejcts. My son loves it so much, we had his birthday party there too. We also adopted a cat from HSSV, which was a very easy process. Everyone there loves animals and treats the animals and the humans with great respect and courtesy. I love this place!

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

A lot

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 19, 2012

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June 19, 2012

I have always had an interest in animals and in giving back to society, but with every organization I tried to join, I was told I was too young. When I came to know of the HSSV however, I was able to join their Compassion In Action program right away, subsequently volunteering at their summer camp for kids, and now being on their Youth Advisory Board for a year (and going into my next year). Not only are its facilities the cleanest I've ever seen, but it is the best place where so many animals can be taken care of at once. Furthermore, it has a variety of activities for everyone, allowing each and every one of us to find where our interest in giving (to animals) lies. I am a very proud member of the Humane Society and the extreme success that it is today.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 11, 2012

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June 11, 2012

My girls took a six-month class there and they absolutely loved it. They have learned so much, from handling the kittens, to petting dogs, to making toys for the kittens, etc. They are so happy to go there. The staff is friendly, lets us know what they have done, and what to expect before each class (we receive an email). I am considering becoming a volunteer there myself! We will continue going next school year. It's great to see such amazing, selfless, dedicated staff and volunteers there.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 11, 2012

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June 11, 2012

I believe that through volunteering one can help elevate their community. My experience at HSSV was powerful in the sense that I felt the passion that everybody had for the animals and could connect with them. I am eager to continue to volunteer and help these great animals with other great people who have a passion like me.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 8, 2012

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June 8, 2012

I started off at the Humane Society to fulfill requirements for school, but almost immediately I fell in love with volunteering at it. It's been a wonderful experience being able to work with animals and help the students in the CIA program learn what the program has to offer! I can't wait until my next opportunity to volunteer here.

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

my social skills. I believe that it helped me get used speaking and working with people that I don't necessarily know well.

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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?

2012

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This experience made me feel like I was making a difference in the community because we actually taught the community the lessons we had learned.

June 7, 2012

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June 7, 2012

As a student volunteer, it's hard to make the time to focus on both schoolwork and community service, but rearranging my schedule for the purpose of the Humane Society's Compassion in Action program was worth the effort. During the short amount of time I spent in this 8-session time, the message of the HSSV was clear. The team there is so compassionate and so loving, I felt welcomed and I couldn't wait to come back to see what more this shelter had to offer to the people and the animals. The facility was clean, the smiles on the staffs' and volunteers' faces were welcoming, and the animals in safe hands couldn't have made me feel happier for them. I cannot wait to come back soon to see how far those animals have progressed, thanks to the Humane Society of the Silicon Valley.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012

I've been a donor, supporter, and client of HSSV. There really is no way to sufficiently describe this place. It is not like any "animal shelter" you have ever seen or visited. Go take a tour--you'll be moved by the work they do.

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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?

2012

July 31, 2010

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July 31, 2010

I have volunteered for the HSSV for about a year and a half as a dog socializer and assistant to behavior staff. They have a fabulous training program to promote consistency in handling of dogs across all the volunteers, and although many dogs are adopted quite quickly, I have seen the incredible difference HSSV staff and volunteers can make working with an animal over time. One dog in particular went from 75 pounds of jumping up, dragging people on leash, overwhelming exuberance to a dog who could sit to be leashed, walk nicely, knew basic commands, and was a pleasure to be around. And it was all done with only positive reinforcement, and a dog with only positive associations with people. These folks take in overflow from other shelters, and dogs that need more work than other shelters can give (medical or behavioral), and love them till they can find their "forever homes." The facility itself is marvelous, with two dog parks (for big and little) and daycare, and summer camp programs, and lots of beautiful animals to visit. I love having "TLC a dog" as part of my volunteer duties!

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

Teaching dogs how to be good canine citizens in a loving, postive, fun way, and teaching people how to understand a dog's perspective and to encourage desirable behaviors without punishment.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand access to the dogs in-person for potential adopters. There is often a waiting list for people to meet a dog they're interested in, and the new facility, while fabulous, doesn't allow people to interact with dogs without an appointment.

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

Learning how to interact with all kinds of dog breeds and personalities, and helping to improve their quality of life with TLC and walks and treats and games...

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

Other dog socializers and the Behavior Staff, and the volunteer coordinator Kris Gunderson.

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

Save more animals! Expand access to training for volunteers and the public! Do more public outreach on how to be a great pet owner (spay and neuter, train your dog to be a good citizen, socilialize with people and other dogs).

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer!

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

Funding and public education.

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

This shelter does not euthanize for space reasons, only for safety or health reasons.

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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