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November 11, 2013

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Review from Guidestar
November 11, 2013

I have been a volunteer at Northwoods since January 2001. I've enjoyed helping in many ways, including dog walking, cat socialization, adoption counseling, fundraising, public relations, fostering kittens, grant writing and serving on the Board of Directors for 5 years. Both of my beloved cats, Penny & Tilly, are alumni from Northwoods! I've also donated money to the shelter whenever I can. I've always loved that EVERY animal is spayed or neutered before adoption. This is wonderful, but costly and imperative in the mission of animal welfare and pet overpopulation! Northwoods has very few staff and is mostly volunteers. Donations are used to pay for everything from the light bill to computer ink to gasoline for transporting animals to vet appointments for exams and spay & neuter surgeries! Staff and Volunteers work incredibly hard to ensure that each dog, cat, puppy or kitten are cared for while they await their "fur-ever" home. RESCUE, REHABILITATE, REHOME...

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

Encourage more people to become a volunteer! Very rewarding!

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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?

2013

November 11, 2012

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Review from Guidestar
November 11, 2012

I have been a volunteer with Northwoods Humane Society since 2007. I have put in many hundreds of hours in many different capacities as a volunteer. I have found that NHS has always been a place where caring for animals is paramount. The staff's commitment to helping the public find solutions to their animal challenges- whether it be taking in unwanted animals, providing information and opportunities for low-cost pet care, or helping people find new, wonderful pets to add to their families is amazing and admirable. From a veterinary standpoint, cleanliness and illness management are kept to high standards every day. From the perspective of a potential adopter, NHS provides a simple process for finding a new pet and it is easy to feel at ease after seeing how well kept the facilities are and how helpful the staff and volunteers are. I enjoy my time spent volunteering with so many great, committed people, and recommend NHS to everyone I know who is interested in finding a new pet.

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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

April 21, 2012

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April 21, 2012

I started volunteering at Northwoods Humane Society after I was laid off from work, I had driven past twice a day for 2 years and kept thinking I should try to find some time to volunteer there. In 2011 I started as a dog walker and have loved every walk I went on. Since beginning, I have been given the opportunity to volunteer in multiple roles and learn many skills and aspects of the shelter's operations. Staff at the shelter even remembered my visit (which was 2 years prior) and welcomed me back (in this new role) with welcome arms. The acceptance and kindness I have felt while being at the Northwoods has meant so very much to me. The support I have received from staff and fellow volunteers is equal to a family. This shelter does amazing work and is a vital organization in our small community.

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

when I first moved to the area, my husband and I went to Northwoods to look at a dog. We were treated with such kindness and respect that we felt welcomed every time we went to look before making a decision. I have since started volunteering and couldn't be happier with the choice of organization I associate my name with.

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

increase funding to help support an increase in services. The shelter operates amazingly well (in my opinion) but all non-profits could benefit from additional funding to increase services. One area this shelter could benefit from is increased marketing and web-presence; this usually requires a trained staff that has time to focus solely on these projects. It's this aspect that could help Northwoods reach an even greater population and help even more animals find a "fur-ever" home more quickly.

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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

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

Nothing. From my point of view, Northwoods Humane Society operates very well and has found a good balance between friendly, welcoming, MN-nice and business-minded practice. Every person I talk to who knows of Northwoods has wonderful things to say, whether its first hand experience or through someone they know. Our community values and appreciates this organizations work.

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

Volunteering at Northwoods helped me feel connected to my community and a connection to something other than paid employment, but to an organization whose purpose is more than earning a profit.

October 14, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
October 14, 2010

I adopted a female Chihuahua about 11 years ago and a male Chihuahua 4 years ago from this shelter and was very satisfied with the adoption. The shelter is beyond clean and run very well and the staff's dedication to animals is mind-boggling. I have been very happy with my little angel dogs and would most certainly adopt another animal from this shelter in a heartbeat. The shelter manager has had years of dedication to this shelter right from the beginning and you'll not find another person more dedicated to finding homes for these dogs and cats than her. She has a genuine love for pets and works hard for this organization. I only wish we had a shelter as well run as this one is in LaSalle County Illinois. A++++

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

Hayward, Wisconsin

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

I can't think of anything that they aren't already doing to run an excellent shelter.

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