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February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

I adopted a pony from MHF. All of the workers at Middleburg do a great job getting to know all the animals and helping to rehabilitate them. Unlike many other rescue groups Middleburg does an excellent in matching animals with their new forever homes. I appreciate that they also keep in touch even years later with owners of animals they have adopted out...even 16 years later, as i did, when it would be easy to drop the ball.

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

relations that come with adopting an animal.

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

not really sure what i would improve except maybe upgrade some of the facility.

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

I have been a volunteer w/MHF for about 2 years and it has changed my life. When I began I thought I would just be walking dogs, but it has turned into so much more. And I can't decide who gets more out of the experience - me or the dogs? They give me so much more than I can ever give them. The warm fuzzies are amazing :-)
I have 2 experiences that stand out: 1) The poodles. MFH took in @ least 23 poodles of various ages from a local animal hoarder. They were in horrible shape - most had been kept in animal airline crates that were far too small and had stood in their own feces. They were filthy and had sores on their feet. MHF rallied their troops. It took weeks of loving care from the MHF staff and volunteers to get them healed and used to being around people. The cutest thing was when the poodle puppies were taken to be spayed, they came back w/their little toenails polished in different colors so that they could be identified. You would have thought they had been to the beauty parlor! They looked like different dogs and they were all adopted. This was a very heartwarming experience for me.
2) Chrissy was a red-bone Coonhound and I absolutely fell in love w/her. I believe she came in from a shelter in WVa w/her brother who was quickly adopted. Chrissy was very timid and didn't always do well @ the adoption events - just too much going on. But she was an absolute love when you got her one on one. She loved to have her belly rubbed and was just a huge cuddle-bug. If I had the right situation for her, I would have adopted her in a second. But turned out that a woman from my work was looking for a dog for her teenage daughter and I suggested Chrissy. Well, they came out to meet Chrissy and it was love at 1st sight and within a week, Chrissy went home w/her new family. Now this is a family who had never before had a dog. What a change for all of them. They are all very happy and I feel that MHF and I played a small part in changing all of their lives for the better.
MHF has had many animals that have lived out their last days @ the shelter and has taken adoptees back w/open arms when things just don't turn out as they had hoped. MHF does fabulous work w/all the animals that it takes in. But what I don't think Hilleary and crew realize is what the shelter provides for the volunteers - a place to make forever friends - fuzzy and otherwise.

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

Helping dogs to find their loving, forever homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it easier for volunteers to spend more time w/the animals and less time trying to locate appropriately sized halters, leashes and collars. I would love to see a larger, more modernized shelter building.

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

I have been volunteering at The Middleburg Humane Foundation for several years. MHF is a wonderful place for animals to receive love, nuturing, medical care and help in finding their forever home. The staff has an amazing amount of compassion and caring for the well being of each animal. All of the animals are treated respectfully, and allowed the time needed to recover from the abuse or neglect that they suffered before coming to MHF. It is truly a remarkable animal shelter and I feel so lucky to be a MHF volunteer!

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I have 2 super special dogs which I adopted from MHF. The junior volunteer program has allowed my son the opportunity to start volunteering at a young age. His love, compassion and understanding of animals is due in large part to his time spent at MHF.

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

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February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

My daughter and I have been volunteers with MHF for approx. 2 years. We chose MHF to volunteer our time because it is a no-kill farm shelter which provides wonderful care to animals in need no matter how long the animal needs a home. Volunteering at MHF has been a fantastic experience for my daughter and I to spend time together while enjoying the company of the animals. The staff are friendly, helpful and professional. The facility is well organized, clean and safe.

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

watching hundreds of animals find homes. Assist with socialization and training of animals to make adoption easier.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the facility to make it easier for the staff and volunteers to help more animals.

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

I have helped Hilleary a couple of times at her Humane Foundation, and have seen the many positive results of her animal rescues. She truly is a crusader all animal welfare.

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

I have seen her rescue and find homes for many animals. You could not find a better person to head up her foundation.

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

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February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

Middleburg Humane Foundation is a non for profit no kill shelter that takes pride in loving,caring and finding homes for animals that have been abused, neglected or have fallen on hard times. The dedication that the President's Shelter Hilleary exhibits is nothing short of a Mother Teresa for Animals. Her whole life has been dedicated to ensuring that all the animals that come into the shelter get proper treatment and care and above all love. This is not an easy task due to the funding it takes to have the many animals that need help treated. There have been pigs, goats, horses,cats, dogs, rabbits and you name it come to the shelter. Middleburg Humane Foundation needs support so it can support the care and treatment for the animlas in need that come here.

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

I have seen first hand what money can do to help animals in need. When money comes in the organization has been able ot build more shelter, have better vet care, more vet care and enables the operation to continue in it's loving manner that it does.

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

I don't know of any changes I would make other than if I had more money I would give it to Middleburg Humand Foundation as they are truly dedicated solely to the animlas that come to them as a safe haven against abuse and neglect.

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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?

Nothing that I could think of.....

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

It made me appreciate how much work it takes to run a non profit no kill animal shelter.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

When I helped the animals I in turn was helped in my heart and mind and soul.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I started MHF 17 years ago and am proud of what is has developed into: a successful, busy & pro-active farm shelter that helps hundreds of people and animals every year! Its everyting I wanted it to be and now am looking forward to a bright future which includes the expansion of our equine rescue program, a much needed adoption center and a high volumne low cost spay/ neuter facility!

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

I have seen many animals and people truly benefit from our many programs. It is a very heartwarming/ fullfilling job.

Ways to make it better...

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

More financial security so that I could focus more efforst dircetly on the animals and not have to worry about raising money all of the time!

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

Can not believe the animals that Middleburg is able to rehabilitate. Those pets that most would deem unadoptable. With time and a great training program(all positive, no negative) the animals are able to go to loving homes.

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

Seeing some of the most difficult dogs(pitbulls and other big,physically scary dogs) get trained and find homes!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

None. I am totally impressed by everything there. Especially the positive training.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I have been a volunteer for Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) in Middleburg/Marshall, Virginia for over 14 years. I have enjoyed every moment and have helped in many capacities. MHF volunteers help at the shelter with socializing the animals, walking the dogs, helping the staff clean cages, and bathing animals as needed. MHF fills a huge need in our community and the surrounding area. MHF helps abused and neglected animals find a second chance at life. They have a number of programs to help the community, including the Chained Dog program where they make sure food and shelter and medical care is given to animals whose owners keep them chained up 24/7. Sometimes they end up giving us the animals. We hold adoption events around the community at PetSmarts, Wylie Wagg Dog Store, local farmers markets and fundraisers. It gives us an incredible sense of satisfaction and joy to see these animals find their forever homes. My understanding of what they do deepened when I worked with them on a seizure of poodles and helped take care of them. But I love walking the dogs the best and getting to know them and take them through the obedience classes and be a part of finding their forever home. I can't take them all home with me, though I sure would like to and being a volunteer is the next best thing. The volunteers play a large role in the running of the shelter and the staff knows this and trys to meet our needs with extensive training and scheduling. We all work together as a team and a family. I'm so very proud to tell people that I volunteer at MHF and I hope I'll be there at least another 14 years.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in seeing the number of animals who have benefited from being taken in and who have found forever homes. My husband and I have 3 dogs from Middleburg Humane Foundation. I've seen dogs come in that were near death from starvation and abuse and in a short time are transformed into loving companions just waiting to be adopted. It amazes me the amount of love these animals have even after so much has been done to them.

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

I don't think I would change things - just keep on what they are doing and thinking outside the box for the best ways to make use of volunteers and to increase awareness of the plight of animals and their abuse. I would, however, like to see a larger indoor and outdoor facility to help take care of more animals and a source of income that would enable them to focus on animal care and not have to worry about fundraising to support the work.

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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?

Quite 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.)

Learned how to be a better person and better companion to my own animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful to be able to able others in such dire need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The staff are uniformly very serious about MHF's mission and deeply and sincerely love animals. They treat humans with respect as well; so many volunteers, yet everyone seems to remember my name! All kinds of animals are cared for here: chickens, pigs, horses, mules, cats, dogs, goats. The resident cats are sleek and well-fed and quite properly regard us all as Cat Slaves On Duty; the animals awaiting adoption quickly learn to be just as assertive in seeking treats and love, running to visit with visitors. On my first day as a volunteer, I drove an abandoned goat with a broken leg to the vet; on my next, I'm scheduled to take chickens to yet another vet. While helping in the office, I've overheard staff counseling concerned owners, coordinating with other local humane workers, and even doing an emergency stray cat-with-kittens trapping. With all this going on, they still manage to run a very efficient operation. An amazing bunch.

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

Most of my experience is with the dogs and cats, so very many of them having been treated and/or adopted out through MHF. I've taken dozens of animals to vets for the organization, both MHF adoptables and those whose owners needed MHF help to get their pets treated. On one day alone, I remember having 9 newly neutered or spayed cats in the van with me. So much suffering has been relieved, and so much joy bestowed!

Ways to make it better...

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

I wish MHF had a larger facility, both indoors and out. We're really running out of room to take care of all the animals that come to us.

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