New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare Society Incorporated

Rating: 4.95 stars   88 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 8232 New Fairfield CT 06812 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Used to work as a volunteer training dogs that they had a better chance beeing adopted at New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare. I trained other volunteers too. I was very impressed how they ran this shelter (worked in New York too). The facilities were very clean. Their screening test really impressed me. It is so important to find a permanent home for an animal which had a tough life before. We had cases where animals got adopted after years beeing with us. That always made us very happy. And we got lots of letters back how happy the new parents were with their newly adopted animals.
We adopted two cats from there too. Misty is still with us now for 8 years. Relocated to Switzerland and really miss my work and everybody I worked with.

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

working there and adopting two cats at different times.

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

make improvements to the house.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered here when I was in my senior year of high shool with my friend Kellie. We chose NFSAW for our SEE project so we could help animals and raise money for the ones in the shelter. The staff was amazing on helping us with our project, and let us come anytime to fulfill our community service hours. They also introduced us to all the animals and let us play with them. We enjoyed seeing the animals, and doing our bake sale that raised over $200 dollars for the shelter. Wish college wasn't so crazy or we would come and vist again.

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

Helping my community. It was great to see all those who helped in our bake sale. We didn't put any prices on our goods, all you had to do was donate. Most people gave 10-20 dollars. It was a great thing to witness.

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

I wouldn't. They update their facebook page, and website daily.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started to volunteer at the Shelter a few years ago. Since then, I've been amazed at the care and love shown by the staff to the animals who are lucky to find a temporary place to stay. I say "lucky" because these cats and dogs are safe and cared for before they find permanent homes that are perfect for them. I love volunteering at the NFAW Shelter because of the good work that is done there.

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

By volunteering

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

hope to get the town more involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at other Shelters and I find the NFSAW is a wonderful Shelter. Their dedication and going beyond what is reqired for their animals is a daily practice. I feel there is no other shelter more deserving to receive this reward.
My only observation of the shelter that I feel needs inprovement is that, they leave the animal alone for 16 hours a day. A lot of times they have puppies, that is too long for them, especially when the employees leave earlier. They need to really look into that situation.
Maybe this award can help them hire a part-time evening employee.
I really hope they win, they truely are a great Shelter.

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

volunteering

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

My only observation of the shelter that I feel needs inprovement is that, they leave the animal alone for 16 hours a day. A lot of times they have puppies, that is too long for them, especially when the employees leave earlier. They need to really look into that situation. Maybe this award can help them hire a part-time evening employee.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working with the New Fairfield Sherman Animal Welfare society for several years. Their annual holiday event pulls in a good crowd and is quite anticipated. The hundreds of hours required to prepare for, plan, set up, and break-down speak to the dedication of all parties involved.

It is an honor to work with such dedicated and warm-hearted people.

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

Actually, I have not personally experienced the results as I have not had the opportunity to adopt any animals.

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

Accept all help offered.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The people who work/volunteer at NFSAWS are unbelievably dedicated to saving animals. They spend hours rescuing caring for and placing animals in loving homes. What would happen to these pets if they did not do this work? I'd hate to think of it!

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

Bake sales, holiday sales

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

have more people volunteer

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Rating: 5 stars  

NFSAW is a community dedicated organization. While their 1st responsibility is to the local pets, they make a great effort to rescue dogs from high kill areas as well. The shelter also works with the area's youths to educate the importance of proper pet care, the responsibilities of owning a pet, and the need to spay/neuter. A truly dedicated staff and volunteers who often board pets in their own homes, to better prepare them for their forever homes. The shelter is kept very clean, all pets are given any medical attention, spayed/neutered, and vaccinated. Pets are socialized, exercised, and matched to a home where both people and pets will be happy.

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

Dogs and cats finding good homes, people finding great companions, pets receiving medical care,training, and assisting the community to find lost pets.

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

Expansion to help more dogs/cats. Money: medical care,medicine,spay/neutering,food,building upkeep and expansion, it all costs money. I know they try to keep adoption fees down, so money would help a great deal.

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?

I look forward to volunteering there, wouldn't make any changes

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

Every person can learn so much by volunteering at a shelter in so many ways.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I helped pets to find forever homes, people to find lifetime companions

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This little shelter tucked into the hills of New Fairfield is a real gem. They care so compassionately about their pets and place them very carefully with appropriate homes. Their volunteers are professional, friendly, and helpful. We always contribute to their fundraising efforts. Our next pet will be adopted from this great organization.

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

fundraising efforts, pet adoption

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

Like any nonprofit, they could always use more help, more donations, more volunteers, but they do a remarkable job with what they have.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Volunteer Baker for the NF/SHERMAN ANIMAL WELFARE which means I deliver a baked item the morning of the fund raising bake sale. They do this several times a year and it all goes to support the organization. These people who organize, advertise and care for the animals are some of the most dedicated people on the planet. Besides the animals being well cared for the facility itself is kept clean and efficient......again, Volunteers.

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

I have visited their facility and seen how it is run and the care of the animals

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

I would not change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a volunteer for 3 years until I left to start my family. It was great to work on training the dogs before they were adopted. So much care goes into all of their animals cats and dogs.

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

volunteering

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

streamline communication with volunteers

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