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January 21, 2012

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January 21, 2012

I've sat on the boards of 30 non-profit organizations over the last 30 years, and the Placer SPCA is the best run non-profit organization with which I've been associated. All of their staff members are utterly dedicated to the organization's mission, and the staff and the volunteers do an incredible job every day maximizing the resources provided to them to the benefit of companion animals that come into their care. I don't know if I've seen a more dedicated group of people from top to bottom associated with a non-profit.

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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

January 17, 2012

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August 20, 2011

My husband Lonnie and I choose to continually support the Placer SPCA for hundreds of reasons and in many ways. We feel the most important thing is the constant thread of compassion and kindness they ... more

January 17, 2012

I am honored to help Placer SPCA help abused and homeless animals in our area. Their kind and heartfelt attention to these abandoned pets is wonderful. Each animal is given the equal opportunity to be evaluated for possible adoption. They also screen potential "pet parents" to make sure the animal is going to an appropriate and loving home. I work at their thrift store and love being able to donate my time to bring much needed funds to the organization. I also am a 10 year member and donate as much cash as I can throughout the year. It is a pleasure to help these great folks and this great group do their best to help those beings without a voice.

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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

August 20, 2011

My husband Lonnie and I choose to continually support the Placer SPCA for hundreds of reasons and in many ways. We feel the most important thing is the constant thread of compassion and kindness they show the animals and those of us blessed enough to live in Placer County.

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encounter whether it be a surrender or adoption, I feel that the animal will be or has been cared for in an appropriate and humane manner.

Placer SPCA’s staff has consistently proven themselves to care more about others, both human and animals, than they do themselves. They are selfless volunteers who bring empathy and encouragement to the most needy of our community…those without a voice. By helping the most helpless, they encourage my family and I to support them in anyway we can. We help with more than monetary donations by being a constant cheerleader for their cause, bringing in our recyclable bottles and cans, volunteering and shopping and donating at the thrift store and donating food and other needed items to the shelter.

Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Wise words and those that we feel are followed very closely by the Placer SPCA.

The Placer SPCA gives those that can not speak a voice, those that can not defend themselves a safe haven. I have personally been involved with stories of abused and injured animals being made whole and given a new happy life due to their efforts.

LeeAnn Dickson

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

Being able to rely on Placer SPCA to be a safe place to surrender a wild or domestic animal. I also rely on them to prepare potential adoptive families to get ready to take home a cat or dog and know what their responsibilities are with that commitment.

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

really none. I think the staff and management are extraordinary. all my interactions from the CEO to counter staff have been positive.

October 6, 2011

We no longer support them, as we choose to support other local groups that don't have the fundraising machine this group has. There are shoestring groups doing as much or more for animals, and they don't turn away animals because they come from outside Roseville. Placer SPCA is very choosy about the animals it takes, meaning many of the least adoptable have no place to go. That's why they can claim such low euthanasia rates. It's really a form of cheating.

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

nothing

Ways to make it better...

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

take all animals instead of rejecting all but the perfect ones

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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As a person who loves animals so intensly, it was often difficult for me to do volunteer work inside the shelter without having anxiety. The good folks at the Placer SPCA worked with me for a year allowing me to try different volunteer duties. Now, I'm a sales associated at the Placer SPCA Thrift Store on Saturdays. I'm utilizing my God given gift of gabbing on the sales floor and all proceeds directly benefit the Center! It's a win-win!

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I have witnessed many homeless pets find loving homes and the shelter's staff and volunteers work tirelessly to socialize the homeless pets and provide them with favorable living conditions.

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

I can't think of anything this group isn't already doing.

August 23, 2011
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August 23, 2011
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I volunteer with the dogs at the SPCA. I have enjoyed helping people pick out there new family members. One lady and her son came in with very different ideas of which dog they wanted. After meeting the dogs each of the two people wanted a different dog. Both family members were willing to give up their first choice to make the other person happy. After much discussion and counselling little Mo went home.

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

I appreciate the training I have received for my dogs and to help others find their new family members.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the area for walking and Create more shady areas for the dogs to be outside in.

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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

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

better scheduling of volunteer time so new people had a set time to come in.

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

making me a better Dog mom

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I am helping people and ab Animals

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 22, 2011
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August 22, 2011
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As many family's today we are a very busy family and I simply didn't have the time to take classes and volunteer. The reason I initially started was my daughter's persistence and love for animals. I am ashamed to say I was not looking forward to it because I felt way to busy between full time work and raising three teenagers. But from the very first orientation I felt this sense of urge to participate and have felt hooked and now look forward to it! If you can just take the time (even just 4 hrs) to be a JR team it is a bonding experience that both you and your teen will remember forever!!!

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My daughter has been wanting to volunteer at the Placer SPCA ever since she attended there Summer camp. Although she was to young to work directly with the animals, Mary Terrell did a wonderful job in educating the kids in how they could help & left a lasting impression. For yrs my daughter has been counting the dys until she would be old enough to work directly with the animals. Now she is 16 we are finally a Jr team at the SPCA The education classes are great & we couldn't feel more fulfilled!

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

Have more money to make a bigger facility so there would be more room to take in more animals. I also wish there was the ability to take more classes and that the classes count for both the Auburn facility so that you could volunteer at both. The classes are so wonderful I wish there was more room and more ability to offer maybe two of each in a month.

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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

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

Yes Definitely, The training classes were great and I got more information then I expected (The instructors were wonderful you could really see there love for animals)!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

We are a very busy family and I simply didn't have the time to take classes and volunteer. The reason I initially started was my daughter's persistence and love for animals. I am ashamed to say I was not looking forward to it because I felt way to busy between full time work and raising three teenagers. But from the very first orientation I felt this sense of urge to participate and have felt hooked and now look forward to it! If you can just take the time (even just 4 hrs) to be a JR team it is a bonding experience that both you and your teen will remember forever!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 21, 2011
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August 21, 2011
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I am a volunteer at the Auburn SPCA. It is a new shelter and I work with the animals and help clean in the morning. This faucility had 2 kittens that had colds and were on med's twice a day. They looked pretty bad and no one was going adopt sick kittens. I suggested they go to a foster to get well and I was told that all the fosters were full. I said I could foster and was told that you had to be trained in fostering. I proudly said I was trained in fostering and I took 2 sick kitties home to make well. My dog at home was a SPCA rescue almost 4 years ago, but she had never seen cats or been with them. She was not sure what to make of them, but soon she was mothering them. Within a week they were well and looking great and playing. When they were returned it was amazing how good the looked and acted. They were soon adopted. The faucility is the greatest and the workers and CEO are all pretty special people.

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Four years ago our border collie mix died. The Ceo of the Roseville faucility called my husband saying that they had a 8 wk old yorkie mix to go with our yorkie at home. My husband secretly took me to the SPCA to look at this 8 wk old pup. Well went we went to the room for visitation, a young lady brought her in the room and that was allo it took. She was so cute and tiny and sick, we had to foster for about 3 mo. But then she was our. She goes everywhere with us.

Ways to make it better...

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

Gererate a plane to get more volunteers to help with the Auburn faculity.

August 21, 2011
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August 21, 2011
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I have adopted animals from several rescue places throughout Northern California in the past but once I became a volunteer for the Placer SPCA two years ago I saw how they were above and beyond all the other non-profit animal rescue groups. They provide help to new pet owners and even pet owners that are not adopting from them with information, training, classes, and programs for free or low cost that you cannot get at other non-profits.

I have been a volunteer for two years and a foster volunteer for over a year and this group works hand in hand with the volunteers to provide the best place temporary home they can for these great future pets.

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

happy pet adoptions, rescues, fostering, fundraising.

Ways to make it better...

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

I have no recommendations for changes

August 21, 2011
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August 21, 2011
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As a volunteer mentor, it is so rewarding to assist adopters to find the right pet, to know that they are going to a good home. Many people ask "how can you do this" but knowing that the animals are safe & fed keeps me going. Being a part of the entire adoption process is a "feel good" emotion.

I personally adopt older cats (11-15) as people often think they won't live long, or there will be behaviorial problems. But all they have done is bring me joy.

The shelter is like a community, where our one goal is to help animals find their "forever" home. I have been with them about 6 years. What you choose to do is up to you, ie walk dogs, pamper the cats, assist in adoption counseling, Petmobile, assist in training volunteers, and even foster care, You volunteer when it is best for you. They provide classes for all areas of interest.

PSPCA is truly a volunteer driven facility, with the heart in the right place.....A forever home for all the animals.

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

Total concern is best care for the animals. Health issues are watched daily. Any changes in the animal is noted by volunteers or staff. Always looking for ways to stimulate the cats in cages...they even have their own TV. Long lasting friendships have been made and it makes you more involved in your community

Ways to make it better...

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

Allow the animals more interaction with each other - companionship. Cats have their own cages, and are protected from each other for illness/injury prevention, but they can get very lonely after being in the shelter for months and months. The volunteers do try adn visit with each cat daily, but sometimes it just is not enough. The down side is that larger cages would take up space and there would be fewer cats shown for adoption.

August 21, 2011

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August 21, 2011

Last year I found a Momma cat with several kittens, they were just days old. We decided to raise them and with that comes the responsibility to be a responsible pet owner.

The Placer SPCA educates and encourages the public to spay or neuter their pets as part of responsible pet ownership.
For my new found momma kitty and her kittens this would not have been possible without help from SNAP (spay and Neuter Assistance Program). The application process was simple, and the Placer SPCA was very quick to respond to our request. We were able to get the momma cat and kittens spayed free of charge through agreements the Placer SPCA has with various local vets.

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

Through my positive experiences as a client served, it has made me want to get more involved with the organization. A few months ago I signed up to start volunteering and all the experiences have been just as pleasant.

Ways to make it better...

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

switch up the volunteer class schedule. Some people are always busy on a particular weekend, and not being able to make that class might be the one thing that's keeping from giving their time.

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