I have only been able to volunteer one time with UAN so far, but I have to tell you I was greatly impressed with the professionalism, dedication, love and care given to the dogs! This is a great organization that I am proud to be a part of. I was impressed with all of the volunteers and leaders on my deployment. What a great group of people!!
I have been a volunteer with United Animal Nations since 2007. UAN provides training and resources to ensure that we are well-prepared to respond to emergencies involving animals. Communication is excellent, and all emergency deployments are well-planned, organized and very efficient. I always feel safe and supported while volunteering. Emotions can run very high when working with animals in distress or witnessing scenes of animal cruelty and neglect, and UAN ensures that volunteers are provided with debriefing opportunities as needed. This is an excellent organization that has developed an effective system for helping animals in crisis.
I am so honored to be a part of this team of volunteers that removes animals from crises, and moves them into an environment of care, both physically and mentally. These volunteers literally work through the filth and the elements, whether caused by mother nature or by humans. They bring about the care to tend wounds and illness and give hope that these creatures (any species) will be able to live out a natural life with their needs being met. This group melds into all areas, and works with any legitimate animal charity or law enforcement agency that requests their help. It is comprised of volunteers from all walks of life, who pay their own way to be able to make a difference. These people do not turn up their noses when they see unfathomable circumstances. They respond without hesitation to get the job done. Their willingness to work in harmony is a true tribute to mankind's abilities to adapt. If this attitude were to spread, this world would be such a better place. Imagine........ Please help spread this attitude and expand this group's abilities.
Thanks for the wonderful review and great summary of what our Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteers do!
Without a doubt I can say that UAN is the best non-profit, nearly all volunteer organizagtion which which I have ever worked. I am one of only two EARS volunteers in the state of Delaware, and I believe that I am the only HEAR volunteer from my state. It's a little tough, but I travel over an hour to continue to train with PA EARS, as I aspire to become a first responder. I've had trouble implementing a HEAR program in my state, but will continue to persevere because I believe so strongly in the enormous value of UAN. I am presently using the HEAR recommended books in a pet therapy READ program, and have been astounded at the response of inner city children to humane education. It seems like such a simple concept, combining humane education with reading, but if it were not for the HEAR program of UAN, this wouldn't be happening. I live in an area with a high amount of puppy mills and Michael Vick is a hero to many of the children that I serve. To be able to affect a change in the way these children understand animal and human relationships is astounding and I wouldn't be ablem to do this without UAN. I have not yet been deployed as an EARS volunteer, but have heard the wonderful stories and seen incredible pictures and video. I will continue to train and spread the word about EARS. Each January, I decide which organization to which I should monetarily donate. Not only because I am a volunteer, but also because UAN accomplishes so much with such a small paid staff, it is an easy decision. The dedication of the UAN staff and all the volunteers, as well as the phenomenal number of animals (and people) that it helps, makes UAN the winner of both my money and my time. Thank you.
Thanks for writing a review and for being so involved with our EARS and HEAR programs as a volunteer -- we couldn't do it without you!
I just recently completed a deployment to Kern County with UAN/EARS. The experience from beginning to end was a good one. As a volunteer in animal rescue situations, the key is to have an excellent support system, whether it be advanced training, on-site communication about changing conditions or dealing with difficult emotional situations. Throughout, I found the UAN/EARS volunteers and staff both were highly trained and provided the support I needed.
Thanks for your kind words and for helping the animals in Kern County, Heidi!
I first became of aware of UAN/EARS after Hurricane Katrina. They played a vital role in the wellfare of displaced animals by sheltering until permanent arrangements could be made. I attended a training class with UAN/EARS the following year so that I could assist when needed and available. The services that they offer are vital to the safety and well being of our animals. With UAN/EARS being able to step in and shelter large numbers of animals on short notice legal authorities are able to step up and take action against animal cruelty, hoarding and puppy mills in their areas. Without UAN/EARS many of these legal authorities would not act because they do not have the persnonnel or services to care for the animals post seizure. UAN/EARS also protects people and animals after natural disasters by sheltering and keeping the animals off the streets and out of danger.
Thanks for taking the time to write this detailed, review, Connie! We appreciate you being part of UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteer team and helping animal victims of natural disasters and neglect.
United Animal Nations is a terrific nonprofit. With a small and very dedicated and efficient staff, and thousands of volunteers, they deploy personnel to create and manage emergency animals shelters during natural disasters or for animals rescued in connection with criminal proceedings. They typically partner with another larger nonprofit, such as Humane Society of the United States, which retains EARS to create and run the emergency shelter. The work is very rewarding, and UAN is great to its volunteers.
UAN first came to my attention after they sheltered over hundred dogs rescued from a puppy mill. I was interested immediately and looked for them online to learn more. Their website showed me all the ways UAN works to help animals and the people who love them. They reach out to youngsters through reading programs such as HEAR (Humane Education Ambassador Readers). UAN offers money for emergency veterinary services through Lifeline grants. I liked that they serve a broad range of animals in need. They work for livestock as well as pets. It was their emergency animal rescue service (EARS) that really piqued my interest, so much so that I took their training to be part of a sheltering team. From what I learned that weekend, it appears that UAN is a highly organized group that performs at a moment's notice to help any animals in need. Be it a storm, earthquake, fire or the neglect of human keepers UAN is ready to step in and comfort the creatures with whom we share our lives. I am happy to support UAN's multiple missions - and - I hope that I never need to use my EARS training in the field.
This group is a wonderful, under appreciated group of volunteers who spend their own money to help care for and shelter animals in not only disasters but also rescues and seizures from law enforcement groups. I am proud to be a member of EARS!
I was only a volunteer a few years, but was unable to deploy due to my job obligations. However, I was always kept up-to-date and enjoyed seeing where everyone needed to go. Absolutely a great organization!
Thanks for the review, Darlene. We are sorry you were never able to deploy as an EARS volunteer, but we're glad you are still following our work and supporting UAN!