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April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

KPETS is an amazing organization!! Karen and her team of volunteers are selfless in the time and devotion that give to the community ... not to mention the unconditional love and kisses provided by their furry friends. Watching the children run to the dogs when they are at church or at other locations allows one to see the human bonding between the therapy dogs and others. Furry friends greet everyone warmly and compassionately ... creating a ray of sunshine for everyone!!

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

I watched their endless hours and devotion seeking out fundraising opportunities so they can GROW the organization. Additionally, I have personally observed how the therapy dogs have the changed the lives of sick children and adults... giving them hope and unconditional love beyond measure.

Ways to make it better...

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

None ... the organization does an amazing job at carrying out it's mission to adults and children alike ... bring smiles and warm hearts to everyone!

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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

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

None at this time.

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

I felt a sense of love and compassion like never before ... watching the dogs changing the lives of sick children.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Warm & fuzzy!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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April 13, 2011

Meeko and I were doing our regular visit with a small class at a school. Our visit went really well and the students had a great time working and visiting with Meeko. That was awesome enough. Meeko is truly turning into a fantastic little therapy dog. He may only weigh 6lbs, but he really has a big heart for kids and just seems to know who needs a little extra therapy at times.

We had finished our classroom visit, exited the room and were making our way down the hall to leave when we came upon a student and a staff member sitting in the hall. Meeko immediately went to this student, I asked the staff member if it was okay, noting that it appeared the student had been crying. He nodded and the student asked if he could hold Meeko. I said certainly, and placed Meeko in his lap. Meeko looked up and began licking this child’s tears. The child began smiling and talking to Meeko. He had Meeko do a few a tricks, sat on the floor and played with him for a couple of minutes, got up turned to me, smiled and ran off into the classroom.

I looked at the staff member sitting on the chair who had been with this student, obviously consoling this child. He looked at me in wonder and said, “That was the most amazing thing I ever saw.” He proceeded to tell me that there was speaker in the class talking about smoking and the effects of it. This student’s mother had just been diagnosed with lung cancer from smoking. He had become upset when they began talking about it in class. The staff member said he had been trying to console him for about 20 minutes but was unable to. He said he had never seen anything like that happen before. I smiled and said that is the magic of pet therapy. We peeked in on the child in the classroom before we left, he looked back with the biggest smile ever, gave us two thumbs up. I returned the thumbs up, smiled and winked, then as we turned and made our way down the hall, I thought, “Isn’t it amazing how our dog’s just know what to do?” I am so proud of Meeko. He will forever be the Chihuahua that touched the lives of so many children. The little dog with a big heart!

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

Libraries, schools, nursing and retirement homes, teen detention centers, and mental health facilities.

Ways to make it better...

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

Recruit more volunteers. We have so many facilities who would like visits that we need more volunteers to fill the need.

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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

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

Definitely yes! I have learned so many new skills, met so many new people and made lots of new friends!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Made me feel like we could make a difference in someone's life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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April 13, 2011

My little Westie, McGuffee, loves meeting with children and senior citizens. He is small and friendly and everyone enjoys him. He marched in the K-Pets Christmas Parade, made several visits to Manorcare and participates in the annual Pupapolooza.

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

Enjoyed activity with my dog

Ways to make it better...

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

Reduce the amount of annoying regulations and restrictions

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

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

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

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

too many annoying rules and regulations for a volunteer activity. Nearly every time I do a K-Pets activity someone complains about some minor infraction--leash is not the right length, no wear proper ID, some legal form not signed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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